These materials were designed for use in the Cornell University Summer Intensive Nepali Language Program by Kathryn S. March to explore major themes important for the understanding of Nepal and to savor the special insights afforded by viewing Nepali through the Nepali language. They follow the sequence of six Content Area Lectures that are a part of that program up to the last time they were offered in 2016. They build upon the Cornell Beginning Nepali language materials: for which print materials are available through the South Asia Program at Cornell for a modest fee; audio and video are now available online at http://lrc.cornell.edu/nepali/online.
The Content Area Language Materials themselves are organized into six units:
Associated (and heavily annotated) wordlists of the most relevant Nepali terms
Reading selections in both Nepali and English, chosen from natural language sources including, especially, the national school curriculum of Nepal. A much larger collection of the schoolbooks from Nepal is available online at The Cornell Digital Collection of Nepali Textbooks.
Song selections chosen to represent a wide range of musical traditions, including those by caste Gandharva singers, long-time folksongs, contemporary pop, hip-hop, and the old and new national anthems.
Movie and video selections
As much as possible, these materials all come from natural Nepali language contexts. Images come primarily from the Nepalese press and historical sources; some are under copyright restrictions and are reproduced here for your personal scholarly use only.