New Colloquial Tibetan Book

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SilenceMonkey
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New Colloquial Tibetan Book

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There is a new book in town. Dawa Tsering’s “Colloquial Tibetan Grammar Book: Volume 1” is the new best book on spoken Tibetan, in my opinion. It was published a month ago and I happened upon it in a bookshop in McLeod Ganj.

Basically, it is very straight forward and to the point. Every page or two presents a new grammar pattern and gives you a lot of example sentences. I haven’t seen a number of the grammar patterns before, and now I have ways to express things I’ve wanted to express for years.

I haven’t met Gen Dawa personally, but from the few people I’ve met who know him, they say he is the best spoken Tibetan teacher they’ve ever met. He taught mostly at the Manjushri Center of Tibetan Culture in Darjeeling when it was still around, as well as Rangjung Yeshe.
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Re: New Colloquial Tibetan Book

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SilenceMonkey wrote: Tue May 16, 2023 3:02 pm There is a new book in town. Dawa Tsering’s “Colloquial Tibetan Grammar Book: Volume 1” is the new best book on spoken Tibetan, in my opinion. It was published a month ago and I happened upon it in a bookshop in McLeod Ganj.
Thanks for mentioning. Can it be bought online anywhere? Does it come with audio? How many volumes are there?

I tried searching for it online but didn't have any luck.
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SilenceMonkey wrote: Tue May 16, 2023 3:02 pm There is a new book in town. Dawa Tsering’s “Colloquial Tibetan Grammar Book: Volume 1” is the new best book on spoken Tibetan, in my opinion. It was published a month ago and I happened upon it in a bookshop in McLeod Ganj.
Perhaps the book is only available locally at the moment. Could you tell us the name of the bookshop and the publisher?

Also wondering about the Manjushree Center of Tibetan Culture. Are you saying this is another centre that hasn't resumed Tibetan language classes since the covid lockdown?
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Re: New Colloquial Tibetan Book

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Punya wrote: Fri May 19, 2023 9:56 pm
SilenceMonkey wrote: Tue May 16, 2023 3:02 pm There is a new book in town. Dawa Tsering’s “Colloquial Tibetan Grammar Book: Volume 1” is the new best book on spoken Tibetan, in my opinion. It was published a month ago and I happened upon it in a bookshop in McLeod Ganj.
Perhaps the book is only available locally at the moment. Could you tell us the name of the bookshop and the publisher?

Also wondering about the Manjushree Center of Tibetan Culture. Are you saying this is another centre that hasn't resumed Tibetan language classes since the covid lockdown?
Yes, sorry. Not coming on here regularly these days.

The bookstore I got it from is called “Tibet Bookstore” on Jogiwara road, near Main Square in McLeod Ganj (Dharamsala, India). I don’t believe there is any e-book or online ordering option as of yet. It seems Gen Dawa is quite traditional, I’m guessing that maybe he hasn’t thought about this.

I believe the Manjushri Center of Tibetan Culture closed around ten years ago. It used to be a good place to learn Tibetan.

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Re: New Colloquial Tibetan Book

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SilenceMonkey wrote: Mon May 22, 2023 8:49 am
The bookstore I got it from is called “Tibet Bookstore” on Jogiwara road, near Main Square in McLeod Ganj (Dharamsala, India). I don’t believe there is any e-book or online ordering option as of yet. It seems Gen Dawa is quite traditional, I’m guessing that maybe he hasn’t thought about this.

I believe the Manjushri Center of Tibetan Culture closed around ten years ago. It used to be a good place to learn Tibetan.
Thanks for the info. Hopefully most of us who are interested will have a way of obtaining it through contacts or even a visit to the bookstore in person. :smile:

Sorry to hear about the language centre closing. It sounds like it was a good place to learn Tibetan, in its day.
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