Himalayan Languages

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RYI’s online courses in Himalayan languages are designed to facilitate efficient and thorough acquisition of the target language. Created for both scholars of Buddhist Studies and Buddhist practitioners alike, they are particularly for those interested in reading and translating texts. Courses are taught using Western academic methodology, integrating technological resources and the support of native speakers.

Courses are delivered via Moodle, an open source e-learning environment. Depending on the chosen format, class sessions will include a short video lecture, visual lectures illustrating grammar points, and various web-based practice materials for vocabulary drilling and memorization. In the Interactive format, students complete homework assignments and quizzes each week that are then graded by a course moderator. During the semester, courses may feature a collaborative translation assignment applying skills developed within the course. Online discussion forums will facilitate queries of fellow students and the course moderator. #RYIonline

The Tibetan Alphabet

Read, write, and spell Tibetan in no time at all--this short course gives all the instruction and practice tools needed to learn the Tibetan script in its entirety in a few short weeks. It is perfect for beginning scholars and practitioners alike! Read more...

Introduction to Classical Tibetan

Want to delve into Tibetan texts on your own? Get started here with this introductory course! Build a strong foundation with a step-by-step approach to the entire classical Tibetan grammar in one semester, then continue with confidence into more advanced language instruction. Read more...

Classical Tibetan II

Build on what you learned in Introduction to Classical Tibetan to become more capable of reading Tibetan texts on your own. Gain experience with applied Tibetan grammar as it used in actual texts, add to your vocabulary, and develop your fluency. Read more...