The Online English-Tibetan Dictionary

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do the parenthetical abbreviations mean?

These are the abbreviations used in the dictionary:

(v) - verb
(n) - noun
(adj) - adjective
(H) - honorific form

Q: Why do some English words have four Tibetan words listed?

Some Tibetan verbs have different forms for the present, past, future, and imperative. Such verbs list the different forms in this order. Verbs with only three forms listed lack an imperative form. In many (but not all) cases, these forms will have the same pronunciation.

Q: Why doesn't the Tibetan written in English letters look the way it sounds?

Definitions are displayed in unicode followed by Wylie transliteration in parentheses. Wylie is a system of writing Tibetan words with roman letters that preserves the Tibetan spelling. Information on how to pronounce Tibetan syllables can be found here.

Q: I see little boxs or strange looking fractions instead of Tibetan letters. What's wrong?

Make sure you have installed one of the Tibetan Unicode fonts (you can find them here or here) and that your browser is up to date.

If you can't install unicode fonts but still need to see the word in the Uchen script, you can convert the Wylie transliteration into Tibetan script here or here.

Q: I've found a mistake or missing word. Can I tell you about it?

Yes! Thank you! You can email any corrections to:

nic [dot] bommarito [at] gmail [dot] com

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The ad revenue helps to pay for the domain and the cost of hosting the site. I hope to someday return the site to being ad-free, but for now every click helps.