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Sample Syllabus: Course # NLCN 573
Beginning Nepali Language and Culture

  • • Identify and pronounce Nepali words and the basic sentences.
  • • Differentiate affirmative/ negative/ interrogative statements t o greet and introduce.
  • • Understand the polite and impolite forms of language, and to ask for needs and wants (ex. food/lodging)
  • • Deal with numbers and rules of counting
  • • Introductions to Nepali language, Vowels, Consonants, Words & Sentence structure (SOV)
  • • Pronouns, numbers and adjectives
  • • Case marks/ postpositions/ suffixes
  • • Types of verbs (transitive / intransitive and simple / compound)
  • • Tenses: past and non-past
  • • Verb conjugation : regular vs. polite and impolite forms
  • • Types of sentences: yes, no and question forms.
  • • Simple and compound sentences
  • • Important phrases to remember and particles
  • • Final project: Mono or dialog + analysis of a text
  • • Introduction to Nepal: historical back ground, unity within diversity
  • • Political system and life style etc
  • • Inseparability of Religion and Culture in Nepal
  • • Places to visit
  • • Holidays and festivals
  • • Caste system or a division of labor: How does it work in Nepal?
  • • Rituals from birth to death
  • • Special lecture on birthday celebration.
  • • How to find a life Partner? A system of marriage in Nepalese culture
  • 1. Nepali Bhasha Sikshya, By Daya R. S hakya, USWCNLC, Portland,Oregon USA
  • 2. Dictionary of Spoken Nepali, Earl Mosburg, Boulder, Colorado,USA
  • 3. Culture Shock Nepal, Jon Burbank, GAC Publishing Co. Portland,Oregon USA