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Learn Dzongkha and unlock the wonders of the Kingdom in the clouds. The national language of Bhutan, Dzongkha literally means “the language of the fortresses.” Steeped in Buddhist tradition, towering monasteries dot Bhutan’s landscape in this remote corner of the Himalaya. Trek to the sacred Tiger’s Nest (Paro Taktsang) monastery or wind down with a hot stone bath overlooking the snowcapped peaks and sweeping forests so highly revered by the Ngalop people. In Thimphu, shop at the city’s weekend market or catch an archery match with the locals. In a land where Gross National Happiness takes precedence, there’s so much to love about Bhutan.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Dzongkha language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Dzongkha culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Dzongkha culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

Didn’t catch that? Hear it again at a conversational speed, hover over for phonetics, or click on the word for an articulated narration. Tone your accent against native speaker audio by activating the voice comparison tool.

Course Overview

Learn Dzongkha language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Dzongkha

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Basics
  • Chapter 1 - Greetings, Gratitude, Goodbyes
  • Chapter 2 - Names and Introductions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Greetings, Gratitude, Goodbyes

Conversational Goals

  • Greet People
  • Make Small Talk
  • Say Goodbye

Grammar Goals

  • Form Questions
  • Learn First- and Second-Person Pronouns
  • Learn the Basic Sentence Structure
  • Negate Sentences

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Names and Introductions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Tell Where Someone Is From
  • Express Gratitude and Admiration
  • Introduce Yourself and Respond to Introductions
  • Recognize Bhutanese Names
  • Talk About National Costumes

Grammar Goals

  • Form Possessive Adjectives, Pronouns, and Nouns
  • Form Yes or No Questions
  • Learn the Demonstrative Pronouns
  • Practice Negation
  • Use the Past Tense marker ཡི་

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