Lesson 10: Sanskrit for Beginners Course: Sandhi Practice


Sandhi practice.

Source: Introduction to Sanskrit (4th Ed) – Thomas Egenes – Part One


  • Textbook PDF file used in class. It is 3rd Ed. (Copyright: Book is by Thomas Egenes. To support his work, consider buying the book.)
  • Template we used in class for conversation practice.


  • Please watch video to see sandhi in action.


  1. Memorize all words on Spoken Sanskrit pg 1-6. Here is pronunciation for latest words on page 6.
  2. At least THREE verses should be memorized by now: Practice, Ornaments, Here there, Blades of Grass, What Burden?
  3. On page 29, 36, 38, 48, 50 of book — write out the Sandhi version of each, using the rules we learned in table. Cover the sandhi version below, check after writing.
  4. Memorize new words on page 47.


You'll have more questions throughout the course. How to ask? Leave in comments below, so others can also benefit. We'll respond within 48 hours. Only ask specific to this Lesson.

Recorded 27 Sept, 2020


  1. Hi Andre – can I clarify on Pg 36 a- narah mrgam changes with Sandhi to ‘naro mrgam’ or like in the textbook ‘nara mrgam’?

  2. Hi Andre – In the example, it mentioned (chanting verse) “tyaktavyaḥ abhyāsaḥ hi = tyaktavyo abhyāso hi” (w/ sandhi). Why not “tyaktavyaḥ abhyāsaḥ hi = tyaktavyo ‘bhyāso hi” as indicated in the table. Pls clarify.

    1. Don’t have to apply sandhi rule in sections where it would break the flow of the meter (when chanting).

      If was reading that, then “tyaktavyo ‘bhyāso hi” is fine. But chanting it would sound little off.

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