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Introduction to Spoken Tibetan

June 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

About the Course
Lola Odessey Waters will be leading an 11-week online course on the fundamentals of Tibetan language. The aim of the course is to give students a taste of the language, bringing them to the point of being able to read Tibetan prayers and texts. The course also aims to inspire students to begin a more serious study of Tibetan, so they can expand their knowledge and participate in the preservation of Tibetan culture.

Course Overview

  • The first class will be an introduction to the historical context of Tibetan language. Students will reflect on their motivation behind learning the language and clarify their intent.
  • The following three classes (Lessons 2,3 & 4) will focus on learning the alphabet, the vowels, and the prefixes. Students will learn how these different letters fit together and produce a final sound.
  • Lessons 5 and 6 will be revision sessions, mainly going over what students have learned so far through participative listening, pronunciation and group exercises.
  • Lessons 7, 8 & 9 will introduce the rest of the structure of the syllable (the first and second suffixes, head letters, and foot letters).
  • Lessons 10 & 11 will be the final revision sessions to fully assimilate how all the different letters function together in a syllable through a series of varied written, reading and listening exercises.

Lesson Structure

  • 30 minutes introducing theory & the grammar
  • 30 minutes group exercises applying the theory
  • 30 minutes for listening comprehension and repetition

Course Schedule
Click here to view the schedule of online classes.

Course Fees
£165 for entire course (£15 per class).

Course Page
Course enrolment will grant students access to the course page which will include recordings of the classes and relevant materials.

About the Facilitator
Lola Odessey Waters was born in the UK and raised in Southern France. She returned to the UK to pursue undergraduate work in Environmental and Media Studies while participating in community projects in Nepal, Kenya, Morocco, USA and UK.

In 2018, she travelled to India and over the next two years she completed the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator and Interpreter program where she learnt both spoken and classical Tibetan.

Lola says: When I started learning Tibetan, I made one wish “May I learn Tibetan quickly, so that at least once in my life I can interpret for His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

Causes and conditions have led to her currently working as the French interpreter for HH Dalai Lama and Institute Vajra Yogini where she currently lives.

Lola’s aspiration: I hope that in the future, I can combine my understanding of the environment and Buddhist philosophy in order to develop study programs addressing climate change by understanding our inner world.

How to join
Register for the course here.


June 10
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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