Language Learning Resources

These are some of the many resources on the internet that you may find interesting for self study of Nepali and Tibetan. Please write to us at himalaya.arts@ubc.ca if you know of additional resources that it would be helpful to include.


Nepali Languages Resources

RESOURCE NAME

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LINK

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DESCRIPTION

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TOOLS NEEDED

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DIFFICULTY

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PRICE

Nepali: A Beginner’s Primer Conversation and Grammar

LINK

16 beginner lessons that include vocabulary, phrases, numbers, grammar and excerises. There are audio files and video files that go along with the lesson plans. Phonology and conjugations included. Also a glossary.

Quicktime, Devanagari fonts, Firefox (preferable)

Easy

Free

Teach Yourself Nepali by Karunakar Baidya

LINK

A brief overview of the entire grammar, splitting up chapters by grammatical categories. Some short translation exercises included.

Computer

Hard

Free

Structure of Nepali Grammar by Bal Krishna Bal

LINK

A brief overview of the entire grammar, similar to above.

Computer

Medium

Free

English Nepali Dictionary

LINK

Website, iPhone and Android Apps for dictionary. Website has a phrase list.

computer, iPhone or Android, internet connection

Easy

Free

English-Nepali Dictionary

LINK

iPhone dictionary application with search feature and list of all words, also shows “related words”

iPhone

Easy

Free

Learn Nepali by Go Learning Bus

LINK

App with videos, flashcards, and writing practice. Phrases book and visual dictionary.

iPhone, Android, Windows app

Medium

$9.99

Nepali-English & English-Nepali Glossary

LINK

Just a basic word glossary

Computer

Easy

Free

Nepali Fonts

LINK

Fonts to type in Nepali

Computer

Easy

Free

Nepal Go

LINK

Language lessons/instruction from Starter to Pre-Advanced, Grammar, Vocabulary, Literature, basic phrasebook, ask box

Computer

Easy

Free

OLE Nepal’s E-Pustakalaya

LINK

A collection of e-book downloads of books ranging in difficulties in Nepali. Includes fiction and non-fiction literature, and course materials among other things.

Computer

Hard

Free

Nepali Language Exchange

LINK

A list of native Nepali speakers wanting to do a language exchange.

Computer

Easy

Free

Learn 101 - Learn Nepali

LINK

Very beginner lessons, includes audio recordings of words and phrases

Computer

Easy

Free

Learn with Sharad

LINK

Language tutorial videos, some including downloadable content (worksheets)

Computer

Easy

Free

Nepali: A Beginner's Primer Conversation and Grammar

LINK

A conversation and grammar guide

Computer

Medium

Free

Nepali FM

LINK

Streams Nepali radio stations

iPhone, Android

Hard

Free


Tibetan Languages Resources

RESOURCE NAME

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LINK

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DESCRIPTION

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TOOLS NEEDED

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DIFFICULTY

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PRICE

Memrise - Learn Tibetan

LINK

120 mini-language lessons that include vocabulary, grammar, flashcards, audio files, as well as a somewhat active forum.

Computer, iPhone or Android

Easy

Free

Learn Tibetan

LINK

Short reading and grammar lessons, mobile apps, translation service

Computer, iPhone (for apps)

Medium

Website is free, apps are $6.99

Learn Tibetan Course

LINK

Online courses taught in a group of 3 students using Skype and google documents available throughout the year, via the Learn Tibetan website above. Reading Basics, Colloquial Grammar, Classical Grammar courses available.

Computer, Skype

Medium

Courses are $250 each

Tibetan Language Channel

LINK

Video lessons about the alphabet, grammar, and parts of speech

Computer

Easy

Free

Tibetan Language for Beginners

LINK

Reference grammar for beginners

Computer

Easy

Free

Talk Tibetan Podcast

LINK

Podcast about basic conversations

Computer

Easy

Free

Tibetan Language Exchange

LINK

A list of native Tibetan speakers wanting to do a language exchange.

Computer

Easy

Free

Khata Eng-Tibetan Dictionary

LINK

An English - Tibetan dictionary website and app

Computer, iPhone or Android

Easy

Free

Tibetan Fonts

LINK

Fonts to type in Tibetan

Computer

Easy

Free

VOA Tibetan

LINK

Tibetan news and internet radio stations streams

Computer

Hard

Free

The Tibetan Alphabet App

APPLE LINK or ANDROID LINK

App to practice orthography, drawing alphabet symbols and quiz on pronunciation of each symbol

iPhone or Android

Easy

Free

Basic Tibetan Reading Practice

LINK AND LINK

A podcast working alongside a PDF to teach the sound system of the language, parts of speech, and some incorporated vocabulary

Computer

Easy

Free

Learning Tibetan

LINK

Lessons (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Computer

N/A

Free