Is anyone currently interested in Tibetan or Dzongkha? I'm in love with Tibetan.
Three years ago (as seen in this thread) I was interested in Tibetan, but back then I was interested in over 30 languages at least.
Major wanderlust! But now that's settled down, and my interest in Tibetan has returned.
It has everything I love in languages; nasal vowels, retroflex consonants, and tones.
I'm seriously thinking about studying it. I'm learning a bit right now, but I won't make it official until I'm sure I'll stick with it. Hey, I've stuck with Basque for over two years, and am sticking with Hungarian, so why not Tibetan?
Boy, is Tibetan's orthography a mess! The word for "here" (pronounced [dɛː]) is spelt like "hatahi" (or atai, depending on how you transliterate).
[la] is spelt "lakhas"! Fortunately it doesn't get worse than that. Mostly it's just one or two consonants at the beginning and/or end of the word that aren't pronounced, and possibly change pronunciation. But look at the English word "one" and compare it to its pronunciation - way different!
Awhile back in this thread Formiko said most natives write phonetically, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Maybe I just happened to have come across the few that do, but on YouTube I'd figure they'd write phonetically.
I can do this.
(Sorry if my writing is weird, it happens when I don't sleep at all.