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Did you know that “Tibetan” isn’t a language? Much like Chinese, it’s rather a group of several closely related languages instead of one single language. According to linguistic analyses, there are approximately 50 modern-day Tibetic languages, spoken across Tibet, neighboring provinces in China, and nearby countries like India, Nepal, and Bhutan. But much like how most people mean Mandarin when they say “Chinese,” when you think of the Tibetan language, you’re probably thinking of Central Tibetan, whose Lhasa Tibetan dialect constitutes Standard Tibetan.

Central Tibetan boasts roughly 1.2 million native speakers today and is one of the three “traditional” Tibetan languages spoken across the Tibetan Plateau. It shares this title with Khams Tibetan, with which it has basic mutual intelligibility, and Amdo Tibetan, with which it’s completely mutually unintelligible. Central Tibetan may also be called Ü-Tsang Tibetan, Dbus, or Ü, and while these names may look completely unrelated, they’re surprisingly not—“Dbus” is the transliteration of the language’s name in the Tibetan script, and “Ü” is the pronunciation. Since Tibetan spelling has not evolved in more than 1200 years, the spelling and pronunciation are often completely unrelated, making Tibetic languages incredibly difficult to spell. Central Tibetan translation services aren’t easy to find, so we at have compiled our own team to translate to and from Central Tibetan.

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Central Tibetan: the most prestigious Tibetic language today

As you’ve likely guessed, Central Tibetan is primarily spoken in Tibet, although neighboring regions of India and Nepal also house some Central Tibetan speakers. The language is broken up into several dialects that are largely mutually intelligible, with the most prominent dialect, Lhasa Tibetan, spoken in Tibet’s capital of Lhasa. Many of the different dialects of Central Tibetan are found along the border and in Nepal:

  • Limi (Limirong)

  • Mugum

  • Dolpo (Dolkha)

  • Mustang (Lowa, Lokä)

  • Humla

  • Nubri

  • Lhomi

  • Dhrogpai Gola

  • Walungchung Goola (Walungge/Halungge)

  • Tseku (also classified as Khams Tibetan)

  • Basum (highly divergent and may be a separate language)

Grammatically, Central Tibetan (and other Tibetic languages) demonstrate phenomenal complexity, employing a subject-object-verb word order with adjectives, numerals, words like “this” and “that,” and even prepositions all coming after the noun. Central Tibetan has no grammatical gender, but it does have several cases, which indicate the role a noun plays in a sentence, marked by suffixes attached to the noun in question. It’s not an easy language to translate by any means, but our native-speaking translators are happy to take on the challenge.

Customize your Central Tibetan translation services to your liking

Our Central Tibetan translation team is large and diverse, featuring passionate native-speaking translators from all over the Tibetan Plateau and neighboring regions of Nepal and India. Our translators are proud of their language and are eager to translate both to and from Central Tibetan in whatever dialect you prefer, whether it’s the prestigious Lhasa Tibetan dialect or a smaller variety along the border or in Nepal.

What if you need more specific translation services, such as academic translation, business translation, literary translation, or localization services? No problem—we have various specialists on our team. Researchers, professors, students, and other scholars can work with our academic team to translate their research surveys, interview transcripts, papers, and more, while CEOs, entrepreneurs, and marketers can lean on our business translation team to help them connect to a Central Tibetan-speaking customer base. Writers and creatives can hire our literary translators to share their novels, poems, short stories, and more with new audiences inside and outside of Tibet, and developers can use our localization services to bring their websites, apps, software, and games to speakers of Central Tibetan. We even have translators with expertise in different fields, so technical jargon doesn’t pose a problem.

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