Anyone speak dzongkha?

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Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby ClearblueSky » Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:59 pm

Does anybody out there happen to be able to read/ speak dzongkha proficiently? I have a letter I would like to have translated into english (not so long, just a paragraph or two). It would absolutely mean the world to me if somebody has the ability to do this. It's something I will scan and PM to you if you think you can do it. Thanks!
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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby KonchokZoepa » Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:05 pm

never heard of that language, where do they speak dzongkha?
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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby Norwegian » Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:38 pm

In Bhutan.
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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby pemachophel » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:45 am

Most particularly western Bhutan.

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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby smcj » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:21 am

I thought they spoke Tibetan in Bhutan. Is that not true?
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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby ClearblueSky » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:05 am

smcj wrote:I thought they spoke Tibetan in Bhutan. Is that not true?

No, dzongkha is their national language taught in all Bhutanese schools, and is spoken especially in the West as the other poster mentioned. Religious texts are still usually in Tibetan though.
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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby hop.pala » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:33 pm

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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby JKhedrup » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:43 pm

There are several dharma centres in Europe with Bhutanese rather than Tibetan lamas resident. If you don't get any other leads, might be worth a shot.
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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby pemachophel » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:01 pm

There are six or seven languages spoken in Nepal, Dzongkha being only one of them. Actually, English is the official teaching medium. If one uses the term "Bod Ked," Tibetan language, most Bhutanese will understand that as colloquial Tibetan. If you mean the Tibetan used in Dharma texts, prayers, and pujas, then they refer to that as "Chos ked," Dharma language. Young people all speak English; and many, many people (if not most) also speak Nepali. While Dzongkha is obviously part of the Tibetan language family tree, there are definite differences in grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. If you try speaking Tibetan in Bhutan, some people will understand you and some will not.
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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby pemachophel » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:03 pm

You can try asking Khenpo Sonam of Lhundrub Choling in L.A. to help you. He's a Bhutanese Lama. He's on Facebook.

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Re: Anyone speak dzongkha?

Postby JKhedrup » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:28 pm

When I traveled in Bhutan people around Thimpu could understand most of my Tibetan but I couldn't understand a word they said.
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