Tibetan Vocabulary

Below is a list of Tibetan words commonly used in the Ü-kay dialect Radio Free Asia Tibetan news podcasts. Tibetan words are spelled phonetically and added as I learn them, while pursuing my Tibetan by Osmosis project.

a-ree = American
ay-shee-a = Asia
chang = north
chang ko-ree-ya = North Korea
chik = one, a
cho-mo-lung-ma = Mount Everest
dang = and
day-tsen = category, section
de-nay = then; after that; now… (as in starting a new paragraph)
ee-rak = Iraq
ee-ran = Iran
gong-du day-lay = good evening
gong-sa cho(k) = Dalai Lama
gong-sa kyab-gön chen-po cho(k) = His Holiness the Dalai Lama
gu-shab = mister, sir (e.g. gu-shab Al Gore = Mr. Al Gore)
gya-ga = India (also gya-rar)
gya-mee = Chinese person
gya-na = China
gya-rar = India (also gya-ga)
gyal-sa = capital (e.g. of a country)
gyal-tso = United Nations
gyee = of
hong kong = Hong Kong
in-jee = England
in-kay = English (language)
khag = indicates plurality of parts (e.g. lay-rim khag = programs)
khang = house, building
lay-rim = program
lho = south
lho ko-ree-ya = South Korea
lob-d(r)ug = student
loong-tin = radio
loong-tin khang = radio station
mang-bo = many
mang-tso = democratic
nay = from (e.g. Lhasa ne = from Lhasa)
nyay-char = recently
nyee-hong = Japan
= Tibet
pö-kay = Tibetan language
pö-mi = Tibetan person
pö rang-tsen = “Free Tibet”
pö-yö = Tibet
rang-tsen = independence
ra(ng)-wang = independent
san-gyur = news
shoong = government
shoong-tsab = ambassador
shoong-tsab gyee khang = consulate, embassy
si-zeen = president
tan-da = now
ta-shee day-lay = hello
tay-ring = today
tsam-ling = world
yin-nay = but
yö-pa ray = is, are, was, were

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