What is the course about?
This is a taster course to introduce students to one of the most ancient Indo-European languages in the world. A language that has an unbroken history of nearly 5,000 years, during which time, Sanskrit has been central to ritual and liturgy, statecraft, literature, medicine mathematics and science.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Basic conversational Sanskrit. And a broad overview of grammar, and the role of Sanskrit as the repository of spiritual knowledge.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have a basic conversation in Sanskrit in the present tense
- Be familiar with the content of the Vedas, epics, Puranas, key dharma and yoga texts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginner’s course. You do not need any particular skills. A knowledge of the Devanagari script would be useful, but is not necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classroom contact – lectures followed by an interactive Q&A. Each lecture other than the introduction, session will flow from a selection of verses from the Bhagvad Gita. Linguistic, grammatical and philosophical concepts will be touched upon.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Sanskrit level 1 from September.