Tibetan is an official language of the Tibet, along with Chinese. It is a tonal language, which means that changing the pitch when pronouncing a word can change the meaning of that word. It uses a script descended from the Brahmi script of India, written left to right with syllables separated by a dot. Although the Tibetan community in Australia is very small, it is very active and community language schools have been established to help younger members of the community maintain their language. Tibetan is currently only offered at one Australian university.
Number of people in Australia who speak this language at home: 746 (ABS Census Data, 2011)
Language Category: Asian Languages
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