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The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan Hardcover – 3 Apr 2001

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  • Hardcover: 1214 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2Rev Ed edition (3 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520204379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520204379
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 7 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,124,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melvyn C. Goldstein is John Reynolds Harkness Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, as well as Director of the University's Center for Research on Tibet. He is author or coauthor of over eighty articles and books on Tibet, including A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951, (1989), Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar (1991), and The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama (1997), all published by California.

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This is an essential tool for learners of Tibetan. And it's reasonably priced. Goldstein tends to be biased towards Tibetan used within the TAR. This is not going to help you much with Buddhist texts, but then he doesn't claim to offer much in that area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, regardless of editorial shortcomings 30 Jun. 2001
By Indrek - Published on Amazon.com
I have used Goldstein's new dictionary every day since I bought it from the Amazon. It is undoubtedly the most up-to-date Tibetan dictionary ever published that covers well both the written language as well as the spoken language of the central dialect. However, the publishers seem to have been too much in a hurry, if they had taken a few more months, the result would have been perfect. Some of the cross-references tell you to look the word up under another listing, and if you do it, they tell you to get back to the first one. Sometimes the referred listing is missing altogether! It would have been useful if they had given more Sanskrit equivalents for Buddhist terms as the English translations vary. Regardless of these annoying trivia, the dictionary is indispensable for reading Tibetan newspapers and other materials published after 1950. Numerous illustrative sentences make it easier to understand the meanings. In short, its main strength lies in the modern everyday language (for Buddhist texts you will need a more specialised dictionary). Its coverage is so impressive that the Chinese Minorities Publishing House put indefenetely off the publication of its own dictionary which was due later this year. For any serious student of modern Tibetan: get it, you are going to need it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Available...BY FAR 15 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This dictionary is undoubtedly the best out there for modern literary and colloquial Tibetan. It is excellent for political, literary, and colloquial terminology. Of course, the depth of these genres comes at the expense of (non-basic) religious/philosophical terminology. But anyone who is in the market to buy this book would have known this about the dictionary and Goldstein's expertise already.
Since the majority of Tibetan-English dictionaries are "Dharma" oriented anyway, this dictionary is a welcomed and needed departure from the norm. Moreover, whereas virtually every widely available "Dharma" dictionary is put together by a pseudo-scholar, and is full of laughably incorrect glosses/definitions for a high percentage of terms, this dictionary -- compiled by a genuine scholar of Tibetan -- rarely has off the mark definitions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan 6 Feb. 2010
By Pascale S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Probably one of the best Tibetan-English Dictionary on the market today. It holds over 80,000 lexical references pertaining to a wide spectrum of political, scientific, social, political and literary domains. Also contains core lexical terminology of every day life and modern Tibetan. Spoken pronunciation is also included. This sourcebook is a gem!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Thrilled 3 July 2014
By Mel - Published on Amazon.com
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It's very hard to use, I wish I had gotten a smaller dictionary of common terms instead of this big, heavy monster. Also I don't like the tone of the dictionary, a lot of examples seem like the government does this and the government does that. And also lists Tibetan texts as coming from CHINA. Tibet is not a part of China! I'd re-sell this book if I hadn't already taped tabs on the pages to help me find words and highlighted the words related to Tibetan Buddhism. Phooey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GReat Book 5 Jun. 2012
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Great Buy, this book is easy to use when learning Tibetan. It was easy to look words up to find the translated word.
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