Learn Sanskrit through self study
from Samskritapriyah, Chennai, India. In these pages you will find
information relating to Sanskrit and also a set of basic lessons to learn
the language through self study. The lessons have been presented
in a unique manner allowing you to read the Devanagari script easily without
having install any special font or software. Almost any browser on any
system (Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh or other Unix machines) will
be able to correctly display the text of the lessons.
Please enable the
display of inline graphic images in your browser to be able to view
the lessons properly. Please see the note at the end about enabling the
images.The inline images for the Sanskrit lessons are generated on the
fly from special text files prepared using the Multilingual Software developed
at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, at Chennai, India. This
approach more or less guarantees error free display of the text on almost
all the systems running a web browser.
the lessons, these pages also carry interesting information relating to
Sanskrit that is generally not known outside India.
The series of twelve
lessons is aimed at giving the student a reasonably good introduction to
the language. The student will be able to frame sentences relating to daily
activities in life and thus will gain enough confidence to converse in
Sanskrit though with a smaller vocabulary to begin with. The structure
of the lessons is quite different from that of lessons found in conventional
Sanskrit primers. It is hoped that the twelve lessons would provide enough
details for the student to understand the basic grammar of Sanskrit and
sentence formation rules.
required for following the Lessons
The approach taken here
does not assume any knowledge of Sanskrit on the part of the student. The
student is also not required to know the Devanagari Script. It is assumed
that he/she is familiar with the terminology of English Grammar.
Children may also be able to follow the lessons, if parents are able to
explain to them the meaning of the grammatical terms used in the lessons.
The Devanagari text will be shown along with Roman
Transliteration using standard diacritical marks to help understand
the pronunciation of the letters and words.
If you would like to
interact with the Samskritapriyah group either to seek clarifications on
the lessons or to address other issues relating to Sanskrit, you are welcome
to send your requests via email to the address given in
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the default setting permits viewing images. However, almost all Browsers
provide a feature to disable viewing of images. Inline images are often
disabled to prevent them from being downloaded and displayed, often for
reasons of excessive download times. Images have the advantage that they
will be properly displayed on almost all browsers. This is the reason for
sending the contents of the lessons in the form of images.
These lessons were
first made available on the web in the year 1997. Over the years,
we have received warm messages from thousands of readers who have benefited
from the presentations here at the Acharya site. We would appreciate hearing
from you about the usefulness of the presentations. Please send your views
to contacting IITM .
learn or study Sanskrit?
(Ready reference for words)
Monier Williams Dictionary)
Sanskrit and Science
(Use this freely downloadable
application to prepare text in Devanagari script for deployment on the
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