Nepali

Nepal has been a favorite destination for researchers, Peace Corps and NGO volunteers, and ever increasing numbers of tourists since the country opened to the outside world in the Fifties. As the home of the famous Gurkha regiments of the British and Indian armies, the birthplace of the Buddha at Lumbini, with its great variety of plants and animals from tropical jungle to alpine ice deserts, and especially with its varied, sixty-odd populations, the country has been very attractive for trekking and study. Almost every other valley harbors another ethnic group or two, whose ancient traditions are still maintained, even if increasingly threatened by modernization.

To get around in the far-flung regions—whether the high mountains, the "hills"  (parbat) or the lowlands—knowledge of the most widely spoken language, Nepali (formerly Gorkhali) is a must.  Almost everyone in the towns and in the countryside will be able to converse in Nepali, often spoken as the second language next to an indigenous (Tibeto-Burman or Indo-Aryan) language. In addition, the neighboring state of Sikkim, the Darjeeling hills, parts of Bhutan and Assam have Nepali speaking populations, and consequently Nepali is even one of the official languages of India.

Learning this ancient language (first documents date to the 1200s) will be easier for those who know Sanskrit or a North Indian language, however, compared to them, the more simplified grammatical structure will allow speedy acquisition of basic Nepali even for neophytes; this can be followed up in successive semesters as to include reading and writing in Sanskritized official and scholarly Nepali.
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Nepali 101B Introductory Nepali
Instructor: Netra Darai; Individual meeting times (continuation of Nepali 101A)

South Asian Language Tutorials, Introductory Level

Individualized study of a South Asian language at the introductory level; emphasis on written expression, reading comprehension and oral fluency. This course introduces the basic grammatical structures of modern Nepali, enabling students to read and produce simple, standard prose as well as engage in basic conversation by the end of the first year. Nepali is taught with a concern for the cultural context in which this language is spoken and written. (Language Tutorials are not open to auditors.)

 

Nepali 102B Intermediate Nepali

Instructor: Netra Darai; Individual meeting times (continuation of Nepali 102A)

South Asian Language Tutorials, Intermediate Level

Individualized study of a South Asian language at the intermediate level; emphasis on written expression, reading comprehension and oral fluency. This course is designed to provide students with a more sophisticated knowledge of Nepali grammar. Students will also have an opportunity to use Nepali language for communication purposes and will be able to analyze more complex sentence types than the ones taught in the introductory course. (Language Tutorials are not open to auditors.)

 

Nepali 103B Advanced Nepali

Advanced Level is not offered Spring 2019

South Asian Language Tutorials, Advanced Level

Individualized study of a South Asian language at the advanced level; emphasis on written expression, reading comprehension and oral fluency. A reading course in Modern Nepali Literature, suitable for students who have at least three years of Nepali learning. This course is designed to help students understand some of the complex literary materials composed in modern Nepali language. The students will have an opportunity to read a wide variety of selected texts, understand the linguistic systems operative in those writings, and come up with their own informed understanding of them. (Language Tutorials are not open to auditors.)

 

Nepali 104B Readings in Modern Nepali Literature
This course is not offered Spring 2019
South Asian Language Tutorials

Individualized study of a South Asian language; emphasis on written expression, reading comprehension and oral fluency. A reading course in Modern Nepali Literature, suitable for students who have at least three years of Nepali learning. This course is designed to help students understand some of the complex literary materials composed in modern Nepali language. The students will have an opportunity to read a wide variety of selected texts, understand the linguistic systems operative in those writings, and come up with their own informed understanding of them. (Language Tutorials are not open to auditors.)