Alphabet, phonetics and transliteration
10-hour, online workshop with Certificate of Completion
Essential Sanskrit Part One
Preparation: 9 hours, preparatory study
Live test: 1 hour, one-on-one with a qualified instructor
Workshop access links will be activated within two business days. All workshop materials are available via Google drive, including pre-recorded lectures, view-only PDFs for the workbook, and self-assessment quizzes. You will also receive a private Google drive shared folder to submit your homework prior to live class.
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This workshop introduces the language of Sanskrit in clear, concise English. Foundational concepts are explained with practical application to answer common questions. This first workshop is ideal for those who would like an introduction to formal study as well as those who want to refresh knowledge or fill in the gaps.
Students learn about the history of the language, its current usage and practical application in Āyurveda through translation and common transliteration methods. The entire alphabet is explained in detail with and emphasis on phonetics through vocal practice and memorization exercises.
This workshop presents material in several formats using guided reading, pre-recorded lectures, practice exercises, memorization and one-on-one, live testing with a qualified instructor.
Context and Background
India is home to over 19,000 languages. Take a brief look into the history that shaped the people, culture and languages that exist today.
The Devanāgarī Alphabet
Learn the structure, function and mechanics of the Devanāgarī alphabet. Practice pronunciation with instructor support and memorize the 49-syllable alphabet in three days.
Transliteration schemes have been used for centuries to accurately represent Sanskrit using Roman letters. Learn how transliteration works and which methods are popular in Āyurveda and academia.
Pronunciation in Sanskrit, English and Indic languages
Why are Sanskrit words pronounced differently sometimes? Learn how Indic languages influence Sanskrit pronunciation, and why it’s unrealistic to expect a single, homogenous standard today.
TEN HOURS OF LESSONS
Preparatory lectures (6 hours)
Lessons one through six are a minimum of one hour each with a pre-recorded lecture, workbook reading, self-assessment quiz and optional further research.
Introduction to Sanskrit and Indic Languages
Sanskrit semivowels, sibilants and aspirate
Study and memorization (3 hours)
Complete the workbook exercises in writing using transliterated Devanāgarī. Submit your work in clear, legible, electronic form. Memorize all material from the lessons, practice recitation and write the transliterated alphabet from memory.
Devanāgarī vowel recitation
Devanāgarī true consonant recitation
Devanāgarī semivowels, sibilants and aspirate recitation
Practicing simple terms
Live test (1 hour)
Lessons one through ten
Demonstrate competency via memorization online with a qualified instructor.
Requirements for successful completion
Complete, ordered recitation of the Devanāgarī alphabet
Explanation of pronunciation, alphabet mechanics, transliteration, etc
Reading all simple terms in Lesson ten
Any additional requirements as determined by the instructor