Knowledge is like an ocean. In this course we are trying to have a small sip. Our goal is to get a friendly introduction to Samskritam, the sacred language of ancient India.
This course is scheduled over 12 weeks (a quarter), and consists of 12 live class sessions, 1 hour per week, with a live Orientation Meeting and Closing Ceremony. There are 14 live sessions in total. The course is structured innovatively using a curriculum inspired by Samskrita Bharati, an Indian NGO dedicated to the revival of Sanskrit.
This course will allow a beginning level student to develop hearing, understanding and speaking Sanskrit through a streamlined set of exercises. If you have studied Sanskrit before and want a refresher, this is a great opportunity to strengthen your foundation from the beginning.
Learning Objectives - In this course students will be able to:
- Pronounce simple Sanskrit words with the correct pronunciation.
- Understand and speak in simple sentences.
- Develop an introductory Sanskrit vocabulary.
- Complete simple exercises and gain the right skills required for further studies in Sanskrit.
Prerequisites: No prior experience needed. Students must commit to attend 90% of the live sessions without fail.
Instructor: Brahmachari Saktipriyan, Amritapuri
Quarter Offered: Winter 2023 (Dec 2022- Mar 2023)
Start/End Date: View schedule here
Enrollment Options by Time Zone: View enrollment options here
Time Commitment: 60-minutes per week for each live session, plus additional study time to review and practice at home.
Bonus Office Hours: The instructor is available 15-minutes before and after each live class for extra practice (30-minutes of weekly office hours).
About the Zoom Sessions: Since this is an immersive spoken classroom, all participants are requested to have their video camera turned on, ready to participate. You will then turn your microphone on and off as needed for different portions of the class.
Note: This course will only cover spoken Sanskrit. It follows the traditional teaching approach of listening and speaking. Learn like a child and immerse in the beautiful sounds, slowly increasing comprehension and vocabulary over time.
There will be handouts with vocabulary of Sanskrit in both roman script as well as Devanagari (Sanskrit written in Sanskrit alphabet) to reinforce your studies. While the reading and writing of Devanagari will not be covered in Level 1, Level 1 is a prerequisite for all Sanskrit courses offered in the future.