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ESSENTIAL SANSKRIT
PART ONE

Alphabet, phonetics and transliteration

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ESSENTIAL SANSKRIT
PART ONE

Alphabet, phonetics and transliteration

10-hour, online workshop with Certificate of Completion

WORKSHOP ACCESS
SCHEDULES, RESOURCES & LINKS

Essential Sanskrit Part One
  • Preparation: 6 hours, self-paced
  • Live class: 4 hours, instructor-led

Upcoming live class schedules
​Asia Pacific, September 2022 (Click here to check your time zone.)
  • September 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th, 2022
    • Australian Eastern, 8am-9am (AEDT)
  • September 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th, 2022
    • UTC, 10pm-11pm (22:00-23:00)
    • US Eastern, 6pm-7pm (EDT)
    • US Pacific, 3pm-4pm (PDT)

Europe Americas, September 2022 (Click here to check your time zone.)
  • September 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th, 2022
    • Central European, 5pm-6pm (17:00-18:00)
    • British Summer, 4pm-5pm (16:00-17:00)
    • UTC, 3pm-4pm (15:00-16:00)
    • US Eastern, 11am-12pm (EDT)
    • US Pacific, 8am-9am (PDT)
Resources & Links
After registering, you will receive access (within 24-48 hours) to the workshop materials through Google Drive. This includes the pre-recorded lectures, view-only PDFs for the Essential Sanskrit One workbook, and self-assessment quizzes. When you're ready to join live classes, let us know by email and you will receive a Google Calendar invite with a joining link.
 

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LEARNING GOALS
COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING

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, instructor-led pronunciation, interactive group practice, class discussion and Q&A sessions.

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

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.

 

CURRICULUM
TEN HOURS OF LESSONS

Lessons one through six are approximately one hour each of self-paced, preparatory study with a pre-recorded lecture, workbook reading and a self-assessment quiz. Expect to spend up to an additional hour of study and memorization per lesson.

Lessons seven through ten are one hour each of live class, led by an instructor (Dr. Jessica Vellela, BAMS). Students practice pronunciation, recitation and learning exercises, and can participate in discussion and Q&A.

Preparatory study

Lesson one

Introduction to Sanskrit and Indic Languages

 

Lesson two

Devanāgarī mechanics

Lesson three

Sanskrit vowels

Lesson four

Sanskrit consonants

Lesson five

Sanskrit semivowels, sibilants and aspirate

Lesson six

Key concepts

Live, instructor-led classes

Lesson seven

Devanāgarī vowel recitation

Lesson eight

Devanāgarī true consonant recitation

Lesson nine

Devanāgarī semivowels, sibilants and aspirate recitation

Lesson ten

Practicing simple terms

SOUNDS OF SANSKRIT
LISTEN AND LEARN ABOUT THE ALPHABET