March 26th update:
a friend shared with me the Nepali Language Resource from Cornell’s program. It looks really good.
This entry will be brief.
I have dusted off my Nepali language book Teach Yourself Nepali by Hutt and Subedi. I also own the two CDs that accompany it, and a couple of years ago I ripped these into mp3 files so as to have them on my Blackberry.
I know there are other books out there. that is the one I have.
I handmade a set of flashcards in 2006 when i was learning the language before my very first trip. It was laborious but paid off. Flashcards are an old learning tool. Gotta have ’em!
This past week I found a site that includes flashcards to accompany the book. It is titled flashcards dot com, and somebody took the time to enter all the flashcards, chapter-by-chapter, to enhance your ability to read Devanagari, the syllabary (not to be confused with an alphabet!) for Nepali. the site is set up extremely well, which is more than I can say for the set of audio tracks to accompany the book.
Even to read just a little bit of Nepali is a big asset.