Conjuncts, sandhi and word dissection, Prerequisite Part One
10-hour, online workshop with Certificate of Completion
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Essential Sanskrit Part Two
Preparation: 9 hours, preparatory study
Live test: 1 hour, one-on-one with a qualified instructor
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This workshop builds on the knowledge from the previous training to introduce intermediate concepts of Sanskrit and their practical application.
Students begin working with components of the Sanskrit alphabet to create complex sounds and syllables, half consonants, regular consonants, conjunct consonants and simple words. Students learn the concepts of schwa and virāma and their roles in the formation of akṣharas (syllables), conjuncts and words.
Through exercises of word formation and word dissection, students gain proficiency with the alphabet and its components. They improve recognition of akṣharas (syllables), and practice reading and writing through ĀYUT transliteration.
Students are introduced to intermediate Sanskrit language concepts including sandhi (word combining), Sanskrit dhātus (root terms), prefixes and suffixes.
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.
Akṣhara (syllable) combinations
The base syllables of the Devanāgarī alphabet can combine to form over 1,300 simple combinations of consonants plus vowels. Learn how these are made and practice their individual pronunciation.
Conjunct consonants can be formed with up to five combinations in a single set. Learn how schwa and virāma work in this process and differences in written Devanāgarī and transliteration. Practice pronunciation with common terms.
Learn a proprietary method developed by Dr. Jessica Vellela, BAMS, to break down Sanskrit words into their base syllables and perform akṣhara notation.
Receive an introduction to sandhi, an advanced, complex concept in Sanskrit that allows words to join together to change their pronunciation. Sandhi is common in classical Āyurvedic literature.
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.
Akṣhara combinations (consonant + vowel)
Sandhi with vowels
Sandhi with consonants and visarga
Dhātus, prefixes and suffixes
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.
Word dissection exercises
Dhātu, prefix and suffix exercises
Live test (1 hour)
Lessons one through ten
Demonstrate competency via memorization online with a qualified instructor.
Requirements for successful completion
Completion of all exercises in Lessons seven through ten
Explanation of conjunctions, word dissection, sandhi, dhātus, prefixes and suffixes
Corrections for lesson exercises
Any additional requirements as determined by the instructor