Tibetan language

Tibeto-Birman language
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The Tibetan language is a language spoken in Tibet, a region of China. It is one of the main Han–Tibetan languages.

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
Early forms
Tibetan alphabet
Tibetan Braille
Official status
Official language in
Tibet 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

It is also spoken in other parts of the Himalaya region, including northern Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Ladakh).

It has been spoken for many centuries (since at least the 6th century, possibly earlier).

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