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ESSENTIAL SANSKRIT
PART TWO

Conjuncts, sandhi and word dissection

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ESSENTIAL SANSKRIT
PART TWO

Conjuncts, sandhi and word dissection, Prerequisite Part One

10-hour, online workshop with Certificate of Completion

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SCHEDULES, RESOURCES & LINKS

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

Upcoming live class schedules
Asia Pacific, November 2022 (Click here to check your time zone.)
  • November 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th, 2022
    • Australian Eastern, 5pm-6pm (AEDT)
    • Central European, 7am-8am / 7:00-8:00 (CET)
    • UTC, 6am-7am / 6:00-7:00
Europe Americas, November 2022 (Click here to check your time zone.)
  • November 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th, 2022
    • Central European, 4pm-5pm / 16:00-17:00 (CET)
    • UTC, 3pm-4pm / 15:00-16:00
    • US Eastern, 10am-11am (EDT)
    • US Pacific, 7am-8am (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 Two 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 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.

The workshop presents material in several formats using guided reading, pre-recorded lectures, instructor-led pronunciation practice, individual and group exercises, class discussion and Q&A sessions.

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

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.

Word dissection

Learn a proprietary method developed by Dr. Jessica Vellela, BAMS, to break down Sanskrit words into their base syllables and perform akṣhara notation.

Sandhi

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.

 

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

Akṣhara combinations (consonant + vowel)

Lesson two

Conjunct consonants

Lesson three

Word dissection

Lesson four

Sandhi with vowels

Lesson five

Sandhi with consonants and visarga

Lesson six

Dhātus, prefixes and suffixes

Live, instructor-led classes

Lesson seven

Conjunct exercises

Lesson eight

Word dissection exercises

Lesson nine

Sandhi exercises

Lesson ten

Dhātu, prefix and suffix exercises

VOWEL SANDHI
COMBINING WORDS THROUGH SOUND