Eager for Sanskrit Learning???
I've just applied as a Contributor for adding a new Language on this huge Platform of Learning. How many are there who have completed the Hindi course and are eagerly awaiting for learning Hindi's mother Sanskrit?
You know, if you have learnt Hindi pretty well, Sanskrit is not a bit of difficult for you... It's just a few weeks away to master.
Anyone already having mastery over Sanskrit. Please also be a contributor with me. Let's develop this course together...
संस्कृत श्लोक (Sanskrit Verse) :
ॐ... सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः, सर्वे सन्तु निरामया | सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु, मा कश्चित् दुखभाक्भवेत || ॐ..... शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः |||
भाषांतर (Translation) :
Aum... May all be happy, May all be free from all the diseases | May all see what is prosperous, May none suffer || Aum..... Peace Peace Peace |||
Namo Namah!! :))
PS : I have explained very basic Sanskrit words in my little course below, that's a click away.. :)
Years ago when I was a physics postgraduate in London, it was trendy for the maths and physics postgraduates to pick up a copy of teach yourself Sanskrit, as the mother of the Indo-European language group. I still remember one of the sentences, "Hark! by the tinkling of anklets, I recognise my beloved's tread." Good luck with your endeavours, and I may sign up if you manage to launch this course.
"Sanskrit, as the mother of the Indo-European language group." Not quite. "Mother (or father) of Indo-European" would presumably mean Proto-Indo-European, an unattested, reconstructed language which gave rise to all of the 8 main branches of Indo-European: Germanic, Italic (or Romance or Latin), Celtic, Greek, Balto-Slavic, Indo-Iranian, Armenian, and Albanian. Of these, Indo-Iranian has 3 subbranches: Indo-Aryan, or Indic; Iranian; and Nuristani (a few small languages). Indo-Aryan gave rise to Sanskrit and ultimately Hindi-Urdu, Bengali, Panjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sinhala, etc.
Personal world view. I suppose it's similar to those who regard Hebrew as a liturgical language vs. those who view it as a colloquial one. To me, it doesn't seem logical to promote a colloquialized version of a (for all accounts and purposes) scriptural/hymnal language given the politics of state that is promoting it. In the case of Sanskrit, that would be Samskritam Bharati. I don't think Samskritam Bharati curriculum cannot be taught without the deshbhatka buy-in as it has been traditionally delivered by SB volunteers.
Ultimately, (depending on your world view), for all practical purposes the language to me is dead/zombie (although by UNESCO's estimate, it is endangered) in spite of revival movements and claims that it has been spoken contiguously in certain parts of India (I have never heard of any dialects of Sanskrit being spoken in the modern era).
The political dimensions of SB are also overly fixated necessarily on national identity by many instructors. To start, SB curriculum often seems at odds with interpretation of scripture from a secular perspective.
If Sanskrit is to be taught to non-deshbhaktas, where would one start? Would duolingo support a colloquialized version of Sanskrit without the SB politic? Most non-desis will probably not care about this, but after being involved in SB, it left a bad taste in my mouth in spite of becoming more familiar with the "matri bhasha".
Those are my concerns. While I do think duolingo Sanskrit has the potential to be awesome, I hope that western non Samskritam Bharati scholars will also be consulted. People would do well to research Samskritam Bharati before adopting it at duolingo.
https://ochsonline.org/product/sanskrit-level-1/#1470426749888-9ccc6779-c46a Curious about this course (or level two) if anyone has taken similar types of online courses.
I also used the Egenes book on Amazon (both levels) and it has some great exercises and explanations. Contains lots of tables for verb conjugation, noun cases, sandhi, pronouns, etc.