Connection methods for the classes are Zoom, Google Duo, Google Hangouts, Skype, WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal. These are the main apps used for class connection. Students may choose from any of these connection methods according to their needs and preference. The teacher will provide you with the relevant connection details.

The length of each class is generally 1 hour or 60 minutes in length. Classes often run overtime by 5-15 minutes. In general, extra time is recorded and counted toward the total course length.

Longer class times, such as one and half hours (90 minutes) or two hours (120 minutes) are available upon request. Fees for each class will be adjusted accordingly.

Classes are held 1 to 5 times per week, depending on the student’s preference and the schedules of both teacher and student. The minimum is 1 class per week and the maximum is 5 classes per week.

As a minimum, 2 to 3 classes per week is recommended for most students, in order to maintain more continuity and regularity in one’s study. Most students schedule 2 or 3 classes per week.

Class scheduling is arranged between the teacher and student. Class times are agreed upon by both parties. Time zone differences must be taken into consideration for class scheduling, and will be discussed prior to fixing the timetable.

English and Tibetan are the languages of instruction. Tibetan language medium is generally only for more advanced students already strongly familiar with colloquial Tibetan, or else those who would like to learn Colloquial Spoken Tibetan in a more immersive way. Erick Tsiknopoulos is able to teach in the Tibetan language itself, teaching classes in Colloquial Spoken Tibetan, if desired or applicable. However, the vast majority of students choose to study in the medium of English.


Student favorite: Many students choose to study in the best-selling Regular Tibetan Course (60 hours). There are many reasons for choosing the Regular Tibetan Course(General Proficiency Learning Track). Some students want to study for a longer period of time, and thereby make more progress in their studies; others because they are working toward a specific learning goal — for example, improving their Tibetan for the sake of conducting research in a university program, living at a monastic institute, studying under Tibetan teachers, doing a spiritual retreat, and travel and pilgrimage in India, Nepal or Tibet. The Regular Tibetan Course is aimed at giving students a proper and workable basis in Tibetan language by way of establishing a general proficiency in the grammar and vocabulary of Tibetan, from which they can then proceed to further studies in a more in-depth and specialized context of their choosing. Another great feature of the Regular Tibetan Course is its ability to help the student build a strong foundation in both Classical and Colloquial Tibetan within the context of a single course, which is also done in a relatively short amount of time, due to the 60 hour time-frame of the course, which generally takes 3 to 6 months to complete.
Regular Tibetan Courses generally require 60-80 hours of study time outside class.

Short Tibetan Course (Concise Study Learning Track): Some students may wish to do a shorter course designed to review a particular topic, conduct research on selected Tibetan texts in the context of specified readings or concentrated studies in Classical Literary, Colloquial Spoken or Modern Literary Tibetan, and this can often be done conveniently within the context of the Short Tibetan Course.
Short Tibetan Courses generally require 20-30 hours study time outside class.

Classical Tibetan Crash Course (Textual Readings Learning Track): For those wishing to get a good foundation in Classical Literary Tibetan, the Classical Tibetan Crash Course (30 hours) is designed to provide students with all the necessary keys to unlocking the mysteries of Classical Tibetan.
Classical Tibetan Crash Courses generally require 30-45 hours of study time outside class.

Colloquial Tibetan Crash Course (Lhasa Dialect Learning Track): For those wishing to get a food foundation in Colloquial Spoken Tibetan, the Colloquial Tibetan Crash Course (40 hours) is designed to provide students with all the necessary keys to unlocking the mysteries of Colloquial Tibetan.
Colloquial Tibetan Crash Courses generally require 40-60 hours of study time outside class.

Regular Tibetan Course (General Proficiency Learning Track): For most beginning and intermediate level students, it is recommended (but not required) to sign up for at least a Regular Tibetan Course (60 hours) at minimum, in order to make more significant progress in one’s Tibetan studies, and so as to provide a firm foundation for more advanced study programs in the future. This course is preferred and recommended by many students because they find it to be more ideal and suitable for their immediate learning goals.
* Regular Tibetan Courses generally require 60-80 hours of study time outside class.

Extensive Tibetan Courses (Intensive Comprehension Learning Track):The Extensive Tibetan Course (100 hours) is designed for those who wish to go deeply into their Tibetan studies in a more intensive and thorough curriculum, and thereby reach a higher level of written or verbal comprehension. In this way, they can make swift and substantial progress in the language in a relatively short amount of time. After completing this course, students will have mastered most of the key fundamental elements of Tibetan, and will have gained strong faculties of reading and listening comprehension.
Extensive Tibetan Courses generally require 100-150 hours of study time outside class.

Tibetan Translation Training Course (Translator’s Guidance Learning Track): The Tibetan Translation Training Course (200 hours) is a specialized, concentrated program for training Tibetan-English translators, by the end of which students should be proficient in translation theory and technique, and well-equipped to translate confidently from Tibetan into English or other languages. In this course students will learn how to translate Tibetan texts under the direct guidance of a professional translator, and will accomplish several translation projects under the teacher’s supervision. After completing the Tibetan Translation Training Course, students will be knowledgeable in Tibetan language and literature, have a strong degree of literacy in Tibetan, and will have gained significant competence in Tibetan translation. A certificate of achievement will be awarded upon completion of the Tibetan Translation Training Course.
Tibetan Translation Training Courses generally require 200-300 hours of study time outside class.

Note: Course length, or how long it takes to complete each course, is primarily determined by the number of classes per week. For example, if students do 4 classes per week they will complete a course much faster than if they do only 2 classes per week. Generally no fewer than 2 classes per week is recommended, and students may choose to do up to 5 classes per week.

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Study Tibetan with a Translator: Online Courses in Colloquial, Classical & Modern Literary Tibetan with Erick Tsiknopoulos

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Even if you must die tomorrow, train in your studies today!
Though you may not become an expert in this life,
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Like wealth deposited and then oneself reclaimed.

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