The Tibetan Phrasebook is a phrasebook of the modern eastern Amdo dialect of the Tibetan language. The instructor's voice is that of a native speaker from Rebkong--the region widely considered to be the unofficial center of the Amdo lingua franca. The Tibetan Phrasebook has been designed to train speaking and listening competence in Amdo Tibetan, which, in my estimation, is one of the most challenging aspects of this language. As tools abound to learn to read and write Tibetan, I've decided to exclude these aspects from this endeavor, and rather, focus on acquiring and understanding Amdo Tibetan phonemics. As such, six lessons have been crafted, from Basic to Advanced, teaching modern spoken Amdo Tibetan by way of repetition and common grammatical patterns. This Phrasebook has been principally inspired by content from "Part I" of Wang Qingshan's rare but precious 1995 book, "A Grammar of Spoken Amdo Tibetan".

Dpa'ris (Huari) Tibetan Dialect

Dbang chen don 'grub (b. 1985) of Dar lung sde ba Village and Dpal ldan nyima (b. 1982) of Gyon lung Village (both villages are located in Sol kha nyag ka Township, Dpa'ris bod rigs rang skyong rdzong (Tianzhu) Tibetan Autonomous County, Gansu Province, PR China) converse in their native Dpa'ris (Huari) Tibetan dialect in November 2005 in Zi ling (Xining) City.

Sonam Wogyal (Bsod nams dbang rgyal; b. 1983) and Tashi Lhamo (Bkra shis lhamo' 1986) converse in the Narong (Nyag rong) Tibetan Dialect. Narong is one of eighteen counties in Ganzi (Ganze; Dkar mdzes) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, PR China. Sonam Wongyal is from Jyongra (Gyong ra) Village, Pizza ('phel) Township. Jyongra is a farming and herding community. Tashi Lhamo is from Halong ('along) Natural Village, Yinnam (Yin nam) Administrative Village, Gyara Sha (Rgyal rab gshang) Township. Halong is a farming community. Their conversation was recorded in Xining City in about 2007.