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Standard Tibetan
lha-sa'i skad
Native toChina (Tibet), Nepal, India
Native speakers(1.3 million cited 1990 census)
ca. 5 million of broader Tibetan
Language family
Early forms:
Writing systemTibetan alphabet
Tibetan Braille
Official status
Official language inTibet Autonomous Region
Regulated byCommittee for the Standardisation of the Tibetan Language[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-1bo
ISO 639-2tib (B)
bod (T)
ISO 639-3bod

The Tibetan language is a language from the Himalayan region. It is the language of the Tibetan people. It is spoken in Tibet, parts of China, northern Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, and Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Ladakh in India. Tibetan is an old language that has been spoken for many centuries. Tibetan has many dialects. People who speak different dialects often cannot easily communicate with each other orally. The Tibetan written language is not known by most Tibetans and is not taught in many Tibetan areas.


  1. Tibetan: བོད་ཡིག་བརྡ་ཚད་ལྡན་དུ་སྒྱུར་བའི་ལ ས་དོན་ཨུ་ཡོན་ལྷན་ཁང་གིས་བསྒྲིགས
    Chinese: 藏语术语标准化工作委员会

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