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Tibetan Language

Tibetan language originated during the time of the ancient Xianxiong civilization and began to form a script during the period of Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. Nowadays, Tibetan is still the main language spoken by the local people living in Tibet and surrounding Tibetan-inhabited regions.

When you travel to Tibet, you can see Tibetan scriptures everywhere, engraved on stone plats, on prayer flags, and prayer wheels. This unique script also forms part of the Tibetan artwork. To give you a more complete understanding of the Tibetan language, here we will introduce you to some easy-to-understand knowledge of the language of Tibet.

What language is used in Tibet?

Standard Tibetan is the major language used in Tibet. In different regions, Tibetans speak different branches of Tibetans. Central Tibetan is known as Lhasa Tibetan, is the basis of Standard Tibetan, which is not only used by Tibetans in Lhasa, but also Nepal. Kham Tibetan is the main language used in the region of Kham, which covers Tibet Autonomous Region, western Sichuan province, southern Qinghai, and northwestern Yunnan. Amdo Tibetan is mostly spoken in the northwestern Qinghai.

Can Tibetan understand English and Chinese?

With the development of tourism and increased communication with mainland China and neighboring areas, Mandarin is now becoming more common in Tibet, and English is also used in the tourism business.

All of our Tibetan travel guides can speak English, so you don’t need to worry about the communication in Tibet when travel with us. Some of our Tibetan guides can also speak German.

If you need a travel guide in other language, please feel free to tell your one-on-one travel consultant.

What does tashi delek mean?

Whether you speak Tibetan or not, Tashi delek is probably the phrase you’re most familiar with. It is often used as a phrase for people greeting each other, or indicating a celebration or a prayer for good luck.

Once you land in Tibet, our guide will meet you at the airport or train station, presenting you the holy Hada with Tashi Delek.

Is Tibetan a dying language?

Of course not.

Originated in the Middle Ages, Tibetan language is still spoken by more than 6million Tibetans today. The evolution of Tibetan language takes long time to form the modern standard Tibetan language system. Now, Tibetan language is still the main language used by Tibetans in their daily lives.

With the development of technology, the Tibetan language is increasingly being incorporated into software applications, website development, and blog writing. The modernization of the Tibetan language has enabled more and more Tibetans to enjoy the convenience of technological development and has accelerated communication with the rest of the world.

Most Read Articles about Tibetan Language

To help you learn more about the language of Tibet, we provide the top 4 articles about the language of Tibet. You can have a general understanding of the Tibetan language and script.

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