Colloquial Tibetan

For Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022, Rangjung Yeshe Institute will continue to hold all classes online.

The following courses are non-credit, if you are interested in taking these courses for-credit you can do so by signing up to any of our undergraduate degree programs here.

All non-degree courses for Fall Semester 2021 are listed on the right hand side of this page (the end of the page if you are on a mobile device).

Colloquial Tibetan

The colloquial Tibetan courses are designed for students who wish to engage more deeply with the living Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and for scholars and researchers planning to work in Tibetan cultures or with Tibetan texts. The courses are comprehensive in terms of their pedagogical approach and students who put time and effort into study will be well on their way to fluent conversations with Tibetans. 

TLAN 103: Colloquial Tibetan I

This is an entry-level class that introduces students to the basics of spoken Tibetan so they can begin conversing with Tibetans in their own language. Students start by learning basic conversational structures and building a vocabulary of colloquial words and phrases. Emphasis is placed on active learning, with students using techniques such as role-playing, group discussions, and games to develop confidence in speaking. Twice a week, students have individual classes with a native Tibetan speaker who helps them integrate what they’ve learned in class into a real conversation. You can choose from either class time; "S1" or "S2", depending on your timezone. 

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Schedule available mid-end of June.

TLAN 203: Colloquial Tibetan III

This class is for students who have at least two semesters’ study of Colloquial Tibetan, and aims to bring students to the point where they can communicate comfortably in Tibetan. New grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced, enabling students to use more nuanced sentences and to converse on a wider variety of topics. A number of different classroom techniques are employed to help students understand and practice these more complicated sentence structures and to express more complex ideas. The use of honorific language is explained in detail. Twice a week, students have individual classes with a native Tibetan speaker who helps them integrate what they’ve learned in class into a real conversation. You can choose from either class time; "S1" or "S2", depending on your timezone. 

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Schedule available mid-end of June.

TLAN 303: Colloquial Tibetan V

The aim of this course is to refine the students’ ability to communicate clearly and correctly in Colloquial Tibetan and to augment their understanding of the language by drawing links between colloquial usages and classical grammar. This course also further emphasizes the correct and natural use of honorific language. The first section of the semester is devoted to reviewing and refining knowledge from previous courses and to teaching a traditional presentation of the grammar of Classical Tibetan as it is related to the colloquial language. There are two times available to choose from (S1 or S2) for Colloquial Tibetan V. 

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Schedule available mid-end of June.

Applications opening mid-end of June!

Eligibility Requirements

Not-for-credit applicants

Not-for-credit applicants are expected to have completed high school (through grade 12) in order to be prepared for university-level study. However, you are not required to submit a high school diploma or transcript.

Course Fee

You will find the price list for all courses and programs linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the heading "Tuition Fee List."