Indian Languages : Sanskrit (संस्कृत) ...... Topic 1
Hi all. I would like to learn the beautiful Indian languages (Of course except the one, that is my mother language GUJARATI) like Bengoli, Marathi, Tamil etc... Yet, I have NOT mentioned the most beautiful of all the Indian languages, and one of the most ancient languages i.e. Sanskrit. Because I am so so eager to learn this master-tongue via the well planned platform of Duolingo.
Apart from being just a medium of communication, this beautiful language Sanskrit has its own many advantages.
Sanskrit is rich; rich in vocabulary, rich in literature, rich in thoughts and ideas, rich in meanings and values.
Sanskrit is the oldest and the most continually used language in the world certainly since the second millennium BC. Classical Sanskrit grammar, which was established by the great grammarian, Pāṇini, encompasses the largest literature of any language, and incorporates the sacred literature of three of the world’s major religions.
Sanskrit is still taught in some schools in India, and in a few places in the Western world. With India playing an ever more important part on the world stage, there has been a corresponding growth of interest in Sanskrit. The World Sanskrit Conference meets every four years and there are also many smaller conferences focusing on different aspects of Sanskrit. In 2011 there was a World Sanskrit Book Fair in Bangalore which was attended by more than 100,000 people. There are Sanskrit magazines being published in India, the UK and the US. Thanks to the efforts of St James School there are now internationally recognised public examinations offered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
BENEFITS OF SANSKRIT
A Beautiful Language
Sanskrit grammar offers a beautifully clear structure as was recognised by Indian grammarians over 2,500 years ago. The script it is written in was designed especially for it and allows us to know with great certainty how it was pronounced.
A Language Of Impeccable Credentials
Knowledge of Sanskrit is highly respected by the academic community. It often forms a point of interest and admiration when students with Sanskrit qualifications are interviewed for university admission. Mastering the intricacies of Sanskrit grammar brings with it great insight into language structures in general.
A Further View Of The World
Sanskrit literature offers an expansive view of human nature and its role in creation. In this era of unprecedented change and uncertainty, it can be a valuable tool to assess and look afresh at society.
Sanskrit literature embodies a comprehensive map of the human makeup: spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. Its philosophical literature presents a clearly structured way of understanding our relationship to the rest of creation and lays out guidelines on how to live life well. Playwrights and poets have skilfully crafted the language to offer timeless insights into the human mind.
An Indo-European Language
Sanskrit stands close to the root of English and most other European languages, classical and modern. Many English words are related to words and word forms that also exist in Sanskrit. Its study illuminates their grammar and etymology.
A Literature Matchless In Its Wealth
Due to the way in which its grammar was fixed by grammarians like Pāṇini, Sanskrit has one of the most extensive literatures of all languages. It introduces students to vast epics, profound scripture, subtle philosophy, voluminous mythology, exquisite poetry and much else. Study of these works offers a student a wider perspective to enable a better understanding of their own tradition, but also shows them which questions and insights are shared across cultures.
I would request to the Duolingo whole staff members to please, please start the English <-------> Sanskrit course as early as it is possible for you..... It is a huge request... Thank you very much
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One of the world's most important - and interesting - languages, I fully agree and hope it will come here eventually. When the Hindi course is finished maybye it will be easier to start a course for Sanskrit.
Well, I hope so friend. But it would certainly be wonderful to learn this Divine beauty via the awesome platform of Duolingo.
I just started learning sanskrit but I can't find any material that treats it like if it was a living language. I prefer the natural method of learning and that is very sad to me.
I feel really good when someone asks me any curious question related this Divine Beauty Sanskriṭ... Well, I understand, there is a lack of good sources about Sanskrit on interneṭ... By the way, I can help you to learn Sanskriṭ.. (I need to clear that, I am not scholar in Sanskrit, and no one can be. Because Sanskrit is an Ocean of knowledge... I am also just a learneṛ... :) ..... ) .... But I can assure that, Sanskrit is very very easy language.... You can learn it very quickly :)
But tell me something firsṭ... Do you know about Devanagari Script? If yes, how much knowledge of it do you have? Have you studied it before? To learn Sanskrit, you MUST first learn Devanagari ... :)
I am currently learning devanagari. It is quite complex but it is very satisfying and useful for other languages. I know most letters, except for the difference between the two types of na, da and so on. And some difficulty in linking the consonants.
Someone made a course on Memrise for the Duolingo system based Latin course. Could you do something like that too? It would be awesome!
Thank you Diego for the new way of spreading Sanskriṭ.. I would try my best for sure.... :)
It would indeed be a huge request, since Sanskrit is not only old and beautiful but also fiendishly complicated. I have heard that it is the only natural language that does not have a single irregularity - but lest anyone think that this makes it easy, it is also a very precise language with lots of grammar rules.
The regularity and precision of Sanskrit has made it of interest in computing an artificial intelligence circles, so anyone seriously interested in those areas might want to study Sanskrit, even simply as a way of getting used to the very precise, ordered way of thinking that both Sanskrit and AI require.
In some ways Sanskrit is easier to learn because it is structured like no other language.
Indeed friend. And what to say, I feel that Sanskrit itself is an ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE of a Human mind having Eternal strength :)
The numbers “three” and “four” have irregular declensions in classical Sanskrit. In Vedic Sanskrit, the number “six” is irregularly declined as well.
The study of the Sanskrit language is attractive for many reasons...
Some people especially like the soothing, yet stimulating sounds of the simple, clear alphabet and enjoy the calming effects of the ancient Vedic prayers. Others are particularly enthused by an analytical approach and enjoy focussing on the intelligence and structure of the grammar which is said by some to be the greatest ever known. Some really appreciate the overall capacity of the language to challenge intellectually. If you are looking for some mental exercise Sanskrit is the perfect tool!
Certainly such a study is absorbing by its very nature and therefore has the added benefit of attracting the mind away from everyday issues and problems (or even boredom).
So this language offers something for everyone, and those who study it are nourished by touches of each of its aspects.
Namaste /|_ I loved your comment! Mama Naama Ari | Sanskritasya sisyaa asmi | Sanskrita shreshtaha| I'm learning this amazing language on my own and I'm loving it!
I hope to be able to learn Sanskrit with Duolingo. It would be of great value to have a platform where we could practice what we've learned. Is there a way to make this happen? I'm new to this community and don't know exactly how to contact the administrators of this site in order to formally request the development of a Sanskrit course.
Namo Namah Bhagini ...
It's great, you are learning this divine beauty. Well, just like you, I'm also waiting for that majestic day when we would be reading the phrase like Sanskrit for English Speakers on Duolingo.
Btw, I've posted some topics regarding the Basics of Sanskrit learning. (As I know the basics of Sanskrit in my school days, and also it's my GRAND-mother language) .... :P :)
Thank you for choosing to learn this endangered beauty (which is taking her last breaths) and that way helping her to breath more... Thank you so much friend Ari.... :)
Any ideas on how to start Duolingo Sanskrit? I can get some Indian friends who grew up speaking Sanskrit to help. I would have time my self and plenty of ideas as I teach Sanskrit to a few hundred children in my school in Dublin. Any suggestions as to how one starts?
Just gave you a lingot:) impressed with your long essay about sanskrit :P