Sherpa Audio Course - Language of the People of Everest
A mountain people originally from Tibet, the Sherpas are known more for their physical exploits than their rich and fascinating language. The fact remains that they have a language of their own which is very similar to Tibetan.
This Sherpa language method not only aims to help travelers discover this endearing people living not far from Everest but also to rekindle the Sherpa's interest in their own language. Indeed, many young Sherpas speak only Nepali, an everyday language throughout the southern Himalayas.
Like many regional languages Sherpa has an important oral tradition and attempts to write it have not been successful. It is sometimes found written with the Tibetan or Devanagari alphabet. Even if considered as a language in its own right, its Tibetan root runs deep and it closely resembles a Tibetan dialect spoken in the eastern province of Kham in the 15th century. The Sherpa has nevertheless developed in its own way for over 500 years. Direct contacts with the people currently living on Nepalese territory have enriched its vocabulary and it is not uncommon for a loan word to be used to the detriment of the original word in Sherpa.
Sherpa is a language of the Tibetan-Burmese family spoken by around 200,000 people (180,000 in Nepal, 20,000 in India in Sikkim, and less than 1,000 in China.
Welcome to the fascinating world of these mountain people!