As an important carrier of Tibetan culture, Tibetan language is very popular among Tibetans and other people from all corners of the country. They come together for the love and desire for the Tibetan culture.
“Can you help me record today?” In the evening class of the TongGa Tibetan language school near Ramoche Monastery of Lhasa, Li Ajia asked her Tibetan language teacher Chophel with her unique Hong Kong accent.
This is the second time for Li Ajia, a woman over 60 years old from Hongkong to learn Tibetan language in Lhasa. In 2009, Li Ajia first came to Tibet for traveling when she saw rows upon rows of Tibetan billboards on the streets which attracted her from the bottom of heart.
“I practiced Chinese calligraphy for a long time. The first sight I saw written Tibetan, I felt it was powerful, superbly spaced and beautiful,” said Li, and she decided to stay in Lhasa to learn Tibetan language. In the Tibetan language class, Li found that Tibetan script, like the cursive of Chinese calligraphy, had an aesthetic feeling of elegance and grace based on printed Tibetan she had seen on the streets.
Later, Li went back to Hong Kong for the sake of health; however, she still wanted to learn Tibetan language. “Tibetan calligraphy always lingers in my mind,” said Li. Therefore, she began to do physical exercises with the hope that she could come back to Tibet once again.
Two years later, her dream came true and she came back to Lhasa with confidence and a sound health for her Tibetan learning.
Li Ajia was not the only person learning Tibetan language from outside of Tibet.
In the Tibetan class of the school, there are young inland graduates working in Tibet, couples from northeast of China and students from the Tibet University.
“I want to spend three to five years learning Tibetan language and Tibetan culture well,” said Li with confidence.
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