Sanskrit for Beginners Course

Based on "Introduction to Sanskrit" by Thomas Egenes.

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Index:

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: 17 | 18 | 19
  • CH 9: 20 | 21 | 22
  • CH 10: 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. Gerunds (past tense).
    30 | 31

SEMESTER 2:

  • CH 13: Relative-correlative adverbs & pronouns.
    32 | 33 | 34

Lesson 1 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

March 1, 2020

Summary: What's covered: First 6 vowels in devanāgarī. How verb formed. Verbs √gam, √prach. Word for “and”. And how to make basic sentence. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One…

Lesson 2 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

March 15, 2020

Summary: What's covered: First 25 consonants, divided into 5 categories according to articulation. Remaining vowels (ṛ, ṝ, ḷ, e, ai, o, au) in devanāgarī. Dual verbs (we two go, you two go, those two go).…

Lesson 1 & 2 Revision: Sanskrit for Beginners Course

March 26, 2020

Summary: This video involves active participation. Reserve 1 hour. It revises lesson 1/2 grammar, vocabulary, devanāgarī letters, and new consonants. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Homework: Use answers…

Lesson 3 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

August 9, 2020

  Summary: What's covered: Sanskrit basics. Start of book's Lesson 3. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Textbook PDF file used in class. It is 3rd Ed. (Copyright:…

Lesson 4 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

August 16, 2020

Pronunciation of alphabet and first 4 pages of Spoken Sanskrit:   And video of Zoom webinar: Summary: What's covered: Pronunciation of words. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources:…

Lesson 5 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

August 23, 2020

Summary: This session goes into conversation practice. Then introduces grammar in Lesson 3 of the book. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Textbook PDF file used in class.…

Lesson 6 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

August 30, 2020

Summary: Tests our Spoken Sanskrit, gacchati paradigm and introduces Lesson 4 of the book (nominative & accusative case of nouns). Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Textbook PDF…

Lesson 7 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

September 6, 2020

Summary: Finished theory of Lesson 4 in book (pg 34, 35). Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Textbook PDF file used in class. It is 3rd Ed. (Copyright:…

Lesson 8 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

September 13, 2020

Summary: Formula to convert Sanskrit to English and English to Sanskrit. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Textbook PDF file used in class. It is 3rd Ed. (Copyright:…

Lesson 9 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

September 20, 2020

Summary: New verse and how sandhi works. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Textbook PDF file used in class. It is 3rd Ed. (Copyright: Book is by Thomas…

Lesson 10 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

September 27, 2020

Summary: Sandhi practice. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Textbook PDF file used in class. It is 3rd Ed. (Copyright: Book is by Thomas Egenes. To support his…

Lesson 11 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

October 4, 2020

Summary: How to say “Man asks Rāma about the deer“. Instrumental case. Word order. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Highlights: How to say “About”. Only applies to pṛccha…

Lesson 12 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

October 11, 2020

Summary: New verse. New case: dative (for the man). Alphabet revision. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: App to help memorizing long sections of text: iOS | Android…

Lesson 13 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

October 18, 2020

Summary: Vowel sandhi. Usage of: iti. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Andre's Complete Devanagari Reference Class PDF exercises What Have We Learned In Course So Far? From…

Lesson 14 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

October 25, 2020

Summary: Two new cases: Genitive, Ablative, Sandhi. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class PDF exercises Highlights: CASE: Ablative Summary: from __ Formula: stem + at Paradigm: nara…

Lesson 15 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

November 1, 2020

Summary: Last 2 cases of ‘nara' paradigm that covers 40% of all Sanskrit words: Locative (in/on), Vocative (addressing something). Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class Exercises Class…

Lesson 16 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

November 8, 2020

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 use Excel spreadsheet. Workbook for…

Lesson 17 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

November 15, 2020

Summary: Revision of nara paradigm. Chapter 8 of book: (1) Vowel Sandhi (2) Neuter nouns “phala” (3) New vocab. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Speaking Template Recording…

Lesson 18 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

November 22, 2020

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 Sheet (Print out and fill…

Lesson 19 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

November 29, 2020

Summary: New vocab. Fun games. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Story to translate Group work of exercises Highlights: Student / teacher convo at start: Teacher: pranāmāḥ suprabhātam…

Lesson 20 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

December 6, 2020

Summary: New verse. How to count in Sanskrit. Revision of r/ḥ sandhi. Introductions to new kind of verb (Middle Voice). How to say “To have” in Sanskrit. New vocab. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed)…

Lesson 21 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

December 13, 2020

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 Middle Voice Verbs (Ātmanepada) paradigm…

Lesson 22 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

December 20, 2020

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 joiner: Enter 2 non-sandhi'ed words…

Lesson 23 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

January 10, 2021

Summary: Sandhi for ‘t', and first person pronouns. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class exercises Sandhi for ‘t': Let's look at examples of this situation: word1t +…

Lesson 24 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

January 17, 2021

Summary: Revision of paradigms. How to use paradigm for 1st person Pronouns. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class exercises 1st Person Pronouns: Found in Vol 1, pg…

Lesson 25 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

January 24, 2021

Summary: New verse. Tvam (you) paradigm. Adjectives. Asti (is) paradigm. “I love you”. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class exercises Bhagavad Gita without sandhi Bhagavad Gita for…

Lesson 26 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

January 31, 2021

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 likely a pronoun. EG: te,…

Lesson 27 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

February 7, 2021

Summary: Chapter 11. Internal sandhi (only recognize, don't need to memorize). Feminine paradigm (stems ending with “ā”). Iva word. New vocab. First assignment for students. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes –…

Lesson 28 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

February 14, 2021

Summary: Third person pronouns (Vol 1, pg 146-148). Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Class exercises 3rd Person Pronouns: What are they? The actual word for “He“, “She“,…

Lesson 29 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

February 21, 2021

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 Put words in right boxes…

Lesson 30 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

March 14, 2021

Summary: New verse. Revision. Chapter 12: numbers and nouns ending in “i”. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Pronouns sheet used in class: Create sample sentences. LRB: Little…

Lesson 31 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course – Semester 1 END

March 21, 2021

Summary: Gerunds (past tense). Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One Resources: Group exercises Complimentary Study Material: Listen to Short Sanskrit Stories Sample Sanskrit <-> English Sentences Learn Sanskrit in…

Lesson 32 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course – Semester 2

April 19, 2021

Summary: Vowel strengthening. Sandhi revision. Nouns with stems ending in: ī  ई  (EG: nadī नदी). Relative-Correlative Clauses. Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One This session deals with: CH13, pg…

Lesson 33 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

April 25, 2021

Summary: Relative-Correlative Adverbs (When-Then. Since-Therefore, Where-There). Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One This session deals with: CH13, pg 172, #2-#5. Relative-Correlative Adverbs: Relative Adverbs (Dependent) Correlative Adverbs (Independent) Examples:…

Lesson 34 – Sanskrit for Beginners Course

May 2, 2021

Summary: Relative-Correlative Pronouns (Whom/which). Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One This session deals with: CH13, pg 173, #6-#11. Relative-Correlative Pronouns: What is relative-correlative pronoun? We already know what a…

10 Comments

  1. manish bhasin on March 30, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    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 ???

    • mm Andre Vas on April 1, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      Yes both are correct.
      विद्यया सह (OR) ज्ञानेन सह

  2. manish on April 19, 2021 at 8:01 am

    http://yesvedanta.s3.amazonaws.com/sanskrit/little-red-book-sanskrit-devanagari-mccomas-taylor.pdf
    LRB sanskrit version
    for whole group , few students were requesting .
    tx

  3. gustavo on April 21, 2021 at 3:02 am

    I will follow your classes on sanskrit offline.

  4. manish bhasin on April 27, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    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

    • mm Andre Vas on April 27, 2021 at 10:54 pm

      mitre: Two friends.

      mitrau = incorrect. As “au” only applies to Masculine words like “narau”.

  5. Melanie on April 29, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    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?

    • mm Andre Vas on April 29, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      ======
      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.

  6. manish bhasin on May 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    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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