Translating Tibetan names into English
Thread poster: Fang Sheng

Fang Sheng  Identity Verified
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English to Chinese
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Jan 26, 2007

Hi, I'm translating a book (into English) about traveling to Qinghai and Tibet. It's written in Chinese, with many Tibetan names. The famous ones, such as Lhasa, Golmud, Dalai Lama, all have established English transliration directly from Tibetan. I don't want to translate other Tibetan names with Pinyin. I think it's totally inappropriate and confusing for English readers. Can anyone with knowledge of Tibetan and Chinese languages help me?


Blandina Broesicke  Identity Verified
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Interesting Article Jan 27, 2007

Hello Fang Sheng,
I do not know Tibetan, but came across an interesting article on transcription of Tibetan via the forum for Chinese translators of the University of Hawaii where similiar problems have been discussed before. The article tells about the obvious problem and introduces several transcription systems. Though it is not really a "manual" for your problem it might still be helpful.

Good luck!


Will Matter  Identity Verified
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Look at the 'popup' function Jan 28, 2007

If you look at the link that Blandina kindly provided you can see the word 'popup' on the top right side of the screen. If you click on 'popup' you will see a pulldown menu that has a Tibetan dictionary AND a Tibetan > English translation function. Try this HTH.


Fabio Descalzi  Identity Verified
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Try this Feb 3, 2007

Hi Fang,
I am a curious man from South America, fond of helping.

Just visit the following profiles and ask directly these persons who happen to translate from Tibetan into English:

If the amount of words to translate is great, perhaps you should just use the Post a Job feature - and offer a concrete translation project to other ProZians. I mean: you make a list of names, and post the job "Please translate this whole list for USD 0.06 each word" or the like.
Sometimes people do collaborate for free - and sometimes they deserve a pay for their services (it depends from the collaboration asked for...)

Hope I have helped you go on.
Fabio Descalzi


Fang Sheng  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:25
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English to Chinese
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Thanks so much, Fabio! Feb 3, 2007

These are very important contacts and from their CVs, I can see they are interesting and highly established people. I'm sure this helps a great deal!


Rita Kuzder
Local time: 10:25
Tibetan to English
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Interesting work Feb 5, 2007

Hi Fang Sheng,

I like to help you in this translation as I am Tibetologist, so pls you can send me your questions.



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