Sanskrit

Learn Sanskrit at City Lit in London and Online

Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages in existence, dating back over 2,500 years. It is the classical language of ancient India and features in religious texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Sanskrit is part of the Indo-European language family, meaning that it has influenced several western languages including English. Some words of Sanskrit origin that appear in English conversation include avatar, cheetah and karma.

Learn Sanskrit at City Lit in Covent Garden. Our courses will give you an overview of Sanskrit grammar and develop your skills for translating ancient Sanskrit texts. Our courses range from beginner to advanced levels and you can further expand your knowledge with courses in Vedic chanting.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our Sanskrit courses below and enrol today!

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  1. Sanskrit: an introduction for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn about one of the most ancient Indo-European languages in the world. Get a taste of its grammar and begin to access the Bhagavad Gita, epics and yoga texts in the original language of their composition.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  2. Sanskrit Level 3: module 1
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    By the end of this module you will be able to read and write fairly complex sentences in the present and imperfect

    tense; understand and apply a range of noun declensions; thematic and athematic verb conjugations in the present

    system including at least two moods; introduction to sandhi.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  3. Sanskrit Reading Circle
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    By the end of this module you will be able to read and write fairly complex sentences in Sanskrit using the entire

    present system, the past imperfect and perfect; active, middle and passive voices and a variety of grammatical forms. You will be ready to approach original Sanskrit texts such as the Hitopadesha, the Bhagvad Gita and the Sanskrit epics.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
  4. Sanskrit level 2: module 1
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    By the end of this module you will be able to read and write in the Devanagari script; understand and apply commonly used noun declensions; identify frequently used verb conjugations; and construct simple sentences in

    the present tense.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
  5. Sanskrit Vedic chanting beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Vac (speech) has been deified in Sanskrit culture since the time of the Rigveda. Properly articulated, Vedic scriptures are considered mystical and liberating. In this class we will learn Vedic recitation (mantroccarana) techniques from the Taittiriya school of the Yajurveda. Purifying pronunciation (uccarana-shuddhi) being the first step, texts for chanting will be taken from Vedic samhitas, brahmanas and upanisads. Bhakti literature and yoga mantras will be part of the corpus.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £66.00
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  6. Sanskrit level 1: module 2
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
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