The Online English-Tibetan Dictionary

Tibetan Language Resources

Online Resources

The Tibetan Language Student

A great site with a lot of resoruces for learning Tibetan starting from very basic lessons to texts for reading practice.

Omniglot: Tibetan

A nice introduction to the Tibetan writing system and how to read it.

Wikipedia: Wylie Transliteration

An introduction to the standard way of writing Tibetan using roman letters.

WAZU Japan: Tibetan Fonts

A useful gallery of Tibetan fonts available for download.

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

A searchable database of Tibetan texts.

Tibetan and Himalayan Library

A lot of valuable resources about Tibetan langauge and the Tibetan plateau, though a little difficult to navigate.


A social networking site where you can write a journal in another language and have it corrected by native speakers.

Books and Dictionaries

The Manual of Standard Tibetan by Nicolas Tournadre

The best Tibetan language textbook available. It gives clear linguistic explanations and includes audio CDs of the dialogues.

Lhasa Verbs by Geoff Bailey & Christopher E. Walker

A very helpful verb dictionary for studying verbs; lots of usage notes and example sentences. Also includes a software version for Windows systems.

Modern Tibetan Language by Losang Thonden

Another very useful textbook; comes in two volumes.

An Introduction to Classical Tibetan by Stephen Hodge

A very clear introduction to reading literary Tibetan. Includes many passages to practice reading.

English-Tibetan Dictionary of Modern Tibetan by Melvyn C. Goldstein

A very helpful English-Tibetan dictionary.

The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan by Melvyn C. Goldstein

A very complete Tibetan-English dictionary.

Sherpa-English English-Sherpa Dictionary by Nicolas Tournadre, Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, Gyurme Chodrak & Guillaume Oisel

A great dictionary for those looking to learn the Sherpa language.