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1) Learning Classical Tibetan: A Reader for Translating Buddhist Texts

This book is a modern and accessible reader for studying traditional Buddhist texts. Utilizing the most up-to-date teaching methods and tools for Tibetan language training, students learn to navigate the grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and style of Classical Tibetan while also engaging the content of Buddhist philosophical works.

Level: A1

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2) Manual of Standard Tibetan: Language and Civilization

This book consists of forty-one lessons, is illustrated with many drawings and photographs and also includes two informative political and linguistic maps of Tibet. Two CDs provide an essential oral complement to the manual. A detailed introduction presents a linguistic overview of spoken and written Tibetan.

Level: A1

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3) Fluent Tibetan: Novice and Intermediate Level: A Proficiency-orientated Learning System

Designed for learning a language quickly, the method acquaints students with the sounds and patterns of Tibetan speech through repetitive interactive drills enabling rapid progress in speaking the language.

Level: A1/A2

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4) Translating Buddhism from Tibetan: An Introduction to the Tibetan Literary Language and the Translation of Buddhist Texts from Tibetan

This complete textbook on classical Tibetan is suitable for beginning or intermediate students. It begins with rules for reading writing and pronouncing Tibetan, gradually carrying the reader through the patterns seen in the formation of words and into the repeating patterns of Tibetan phrases, clauses, and sentences.

Level: A1/A2

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5) Learning Practical Tibetan

This book is designed for anyone wishing to communicate with Tibetans, either in Asia or in the West, and is suitable for beginners as well as for students familiar with the Tibetan language. The appendix provides helpful sections on Tibetan numbers, dates, telling time, festivals, religious terms, and an extensive vocabulary list.

Level: A1/A2

Categories: Advanced Tibetan learning, proficiency in Tibetan language

6) A Tibetan Verb Lexicon: Second Edition, Updated and Expanded

With over 4,500 entries of the most frequently used Tibetan verbs, this expanded edition is an incomparable lexical resource. This comprehensive verb dictionary includes various verb forms, with more grammatical information.

Level: B1/B2

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7) How to Read Classical Tibetan, Vol. 1:: Summary of the General Path

It is a complete language course built around the exposition of a famous Tibetan text, Summary of the General Path to Buddhahood, written at the beginning of the fifteenth century. Every sentence is diagrammed and completely explained so that you can easily see how the words and particles are arranged to convey meaning.

Level: B1/B2

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8) How to Read Classical Tibetan, Vol. 2:: Buddhist Tenets

How to Read Classical Tibetan, Volume Two: Buddhist Tenets continues Craig Preston’s groundbreaking series of self-study materials designed for students learning to read Classical Tibetan on their own. This book serves a dual purpose: the student learns both grammar and philosophy at the same time. It introduces the rich vocabulary of Buddhist philosophy without assuming any prior knowledge, offering simple, easy-to-understand explanations of complicated ideas.

Level: B1/B2

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