© 2011 Dlo08

When I was asked to write a reflection on my experiences and reasons, which had led me to study Tibetan at Sarah, I realized the interest was sparked the summer I was 15.

My dad decided to send me to the TCV (Tibetan Children’s Village) in Dharamsala, India, summer camp for Tibetan children living abroad to learn Tibetan. The program was 6 weeks long and by the end of it, my spoken Tibetan had not become any better, nor did I read or write any better. However, I did come across an important lesson; I realized for the first time I could not hold a conversation in Tibetan without having to use English majority of the time. I was losing my grasp on the Tibetan language. This shocked me since I had only left India when I was 10.

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