Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Based on “Introduction to Sanskrit” by Thomas Egenes.

Classes are running on as Zoom webinar. Every Sunday 10:00am – 11:30am AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time). Use time converter for your city/country.

Table of Contents:

SEMESTER 1:

Easy:

  • CH 1: 1
  • CH 2: 2 | 3 | 4
  • CH 3: 5
  • CH 4: 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Intermediate:

Challenging:

  • CH 8: Sandhi intro & types (external/internal) | Paradigm for Neuter nouns ending in “a”.
    17 | 18 | 19
  • CH 9: How to count (cardinal numbers) | Parasmaipada – Ātmanepada – Ubhayapada | Sandhi final “n/m”.
    20 | 21 | 22
  • CH 10: Sandhi final “t” | 1st (I: aham) – 2nd (you: tvam) – 3rd (he/she) person pronouns | Adjectives | Verb “asti”.
    23 | 24 | 25 | 26
  • CH 11: Stems ending in “ā” | Pronouns (He, she, with him, in that) | Word “iva” (like).
    27 | 28 | 29
  • CH 12: Stems ending in “i” | Numbers as Adj (numeral, cardinal, ordinal) | Gerunds (past tense).
    30 | 31

SEMESTER 2:

  • CH 13: Relative-correlative adverbs & pronouns.
    32 | 33 | 34
  • CH 14: Verbal prefix (PRATIgacchati) | Imperfect (past) for Parasmaipada.
    35
  • CH 15: Sandhi final “m” | Common verb prefixes | Imperfect (past) for Ātmanepada.
    36
  • CH 16: Sandhi final “n” | Nouns in -an (ātman, karman) | He/she/it was | Compounds: dvandva, itaretara, samāhāra, negative.
    37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41
  • CH 17: Nouns ending in ṛ ऋ (family words) | Future tense | Cardinal/Ordinal numbers.
    42 | 43 | 44
  • CH 18: Sandhi final “r” | Nouns ending in -u उ | Compounds: karmadhāraya, tatpuruṣa, upapada, bahuvrīhi, dvandva | VOL1 Recap.
    45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49

SEMESTER 3:

  • CH 19: Suffix (mat/vat, tva/tā, ya) | Imperative (“He must go!”) | Upapada compound.
    50 | 51 | 52 | 53
  • CH 20: Verb class 1, 4, 6, 8, 10 | Passive (“is protected”).
    54 | 55 | 56
  • CH 21: Verse memorization | Nouns ending in -as (manas) | Bahuvrīhi compound.
    57 | 58 | 59

Lesson 58 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course: Bahuvrihi

Summary: CH21. Revision of compounds + last major compound: bahuvrihi. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part Two Session deals with: Vol 2, PG51-54. Compound Revision:…

Lesson 56 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course – Exercises

Summary: No theory. Translation practice. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part Two Practice Sentences: Only look at Sanskrit after attempted your own translation. Equanimity of…

Lesson 55 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course: Passive

Summary: Tenses. Passive. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part Two This session deals with: CH20, PG34-36. PASSIVE CONSTRUCTION: Kindergarten Concept: Dog bites the man. Man…

Lesson 53 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Summary: Purely a revision of everything throughout the course. Summary of Passive Constructions, in CH20. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part Two This session deals…

Lesson 42 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Summary: Intro to CH17. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One This session deals with: CH17, pg 220-221. Sandhi: Skip pg 220. Rather go to…

Lesson 38 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Summary: New Spoken Sanskrit words. New verse (Established in Yoga). Imperfect for √as (He was). Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One This session deals…

Lesson 29 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Summary: Assignment #2. Intro to LRB (Little Red Book) of paradigms. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class exercises Match pictures to words…

Lesson 26 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Summary: Revision of paradigms. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class exercises Highlights: If word starts with a “t” and is short, it's…

Lesson 22 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Summary: No new grammar. Discussion about learning environment. Group work. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class exercises 1 Class exercises 2 Sandhi…

Lesson 21 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Summary: Memorizing Middle Voice verbs (bhāṣate). Sandhi for “m” and “n”. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class exercises Identify objects in Sanskrit…

Lesson 18 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Summary: No new content. Class was memorizing paradigm endings (nara) and vowel/visarga sandhi. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Sandhi & Declensions Practice…

Lesson 16 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Summary: New verse. Parsing. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Interpret the Story Speaking Template Flashcards Deluxe: Can use as custom dictionary. Or…

10 Comments

  1. Dear Andre
    one doubt please
    lesson 11 exercise 2 , H
    with knowledge the students obtains immortality .
    Gyanen sah shishyah amratam labhte
    vidhya shishyo amratam labhte (according to book)
    ARE these both correct ???

  2. Namo Namah Andrei
    lesson 13
    Q1 ,E
    two friends should it be Mitrau ( as nar paradign for dual ??)according to answer it is mitraih???
    kripya explain

  3. Hi Andre
    Some questions about the homework.
    1. The answers to lesson 13 in the book write ‘patnī’ in 2 different ways. Are there two different ways to write the conjunct consonant ‘tna’ ?
    2. 2(g) says – The student, having thought, asks the poet about the river.
    I rewrote the sentence to say – Having thought, the student asks the poet about the river – matvā śiṣyo nadīṁ kaviṁ pṛcchati
    This is not the order of words in the answer but is it acceptable?

    1. ======
      1) ‘patnī’ in 2 different ways.
      ======

      Here’s two different ways to write “tna” in devanāgarī: https://i.imgur.com/Yws9iBt.png

      Both are correct.

      ====
      2: I rewrote the sentence to say – Having thought, the student asks the poet about the river
      ====

      Perfect. That’s how I would’ve done it.

  4. HI Andre
    is there a way to get the link which Shiva shared for the Bhagvat Geeta with Sandhi .
    I saved his link but unable to locate it .
    Thanks

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