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"Colloquial Tibetan" by Jonathan Samuels

Jan 16, 2014

"Colloquial Tibetan" is a new publication by Jonathan Samuels, Research Fellow with the Chair of Buddhist Studies. The complete course for beginners includes a comprehensive book as well as audio materials.

Colloquial Tibetan provides a step-by-step course in Central Tibetan as it is spoken by native speakers. Combining a thorough treatment of the language as it is used in everyday situations with an accurate written representation of this spoken form, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Tibetan in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

The handbook includes 15 chapters with practical advice such as how to communicate at the guesthouse, how to order meals in a restaurant and how to deal with elders and betters in a respectful way. In addition, the volume offers a grammar section and English-Tibetan-English glossaries.

Moreover, two 60-minute CDs, recorded by native speakers of Tibetan, complement the language course. While reinforcing material from the book, the CDs also contain a variety of additional exercises, including role-playing, and a guide to pronunciation. The materials are available to purchase separately in paperback, e-book, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the one of the Colloquials pack. "Colloquial Tibetan" has been published by Routledge in early 2014.

The author Jonathan Samuels (Geshe Sherab Gyatso) is Research Fellow with the Chair of Buddhist Studies (Birgit Kellner) at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. He teaches Colloquial Tibetan and Classical Tibetan at the Centre. In addition, he is affiliated with the research projects D16 "Reasoning in South Asian and Tibetan Buddhism" and MC3.3 "Negotiating Boundaries in Religious Discourse and Practice" at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context".

Before joining Heidelberg University, Jonathan Samuels spent 20 years as a monk, living in Tibetan communities in Asia. He is one of a handful of foreigners to have been awarded the title Geshe, having completed a full course of traditional academic studies in Tibetan monastic institutions. He has many years of experience teaching Tibetan, and has both designed and taught training courses for translators and interpreters. Jonathan Samuels holds a Master's degree from the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford, and will this year submit his PhD thesis with the same institution.

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Book announcement by Routledge


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