please add sanskrit language
Yes. Please add Sanskrit. I am so eager to learn this beautiful language through Duolingo.
Sanskritam literally means 'the perfectly made' or 'the refined one'.
It is the perfect language for poetry. One who has not read a poem in Sanskrit and understood it on its own has no idea how powerful can words be. And how complex and refined can human speech get and yet how simply and elegantly can they be put into fewest possible words.
But the most wonderful thing is its cultural and historical significance. When you come across a "Hotri" reciting a "Shruti" from the "Rigveda" at a Hindu wedding you come to a solemn realization. It is that a Vedic Priest is reciting a sacred hymn composed 4 thousand years ago and passed from father to son in ORAL form for 200 generations and YET sung in the same metre in the exact same way with the exact pronunciation as 4 millennia ago. He is invoking the "Agni" (which is where the Latin "Ignis" for "fire" comes from) "the god of fire" in Vedic Sanskrit to be the principal witness for joining of two souls for eternity.
Sanskrit is not a language. It is a living fossil. It is the soul of the oldest religion in the world the Sanatan Dharma. It is the mother of all of the North Indian languages. It is the language of Rigveda (the oldest extant text in any Indo-European language). It is the language of the philosophy of the Buddha and Mahavira. It is the ancient fountain of values that nourishes an ancient civilization. It is language of epics Ramayana and Mahabharata ("the longest poem ever written". About 1.8 million words in total, the Mahabharata is roughly ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined). It is a glimpse back in time. It is truly "The Language of the Gods".
Here is something for those who are more interested. I am quoting some parts of the Tristubhs from Rigveda (10:129) "Nasadiya Sukta" or Hymn of Creation. It is concerned with cosmology and the origin of the universe.
नासदासीन्नो सदासीत्तदानीं नासीद्रजो नो व्योमा परो यत् |
Then even nothingness was not, nor existence, There was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it.
न मृत्युरासीदमृतं न तर्हि न रात्र्या अह्न आसीत्प्रकेतः | आनीदवातं स्वधया तदेकं तस्माद्धान्यन्न परः किञ्चनास ॥२॥ तम आसीत्तमसा गूहळमग्रे प्रकेतं सलिलं सर्वाऽइदम् | तुच्छ्येनाभ्वपिहितं यदासीत्तपसस्तन्महिनाजायतैकम् ॥३॥
Then there was neither death nor immortality nor was there then the torch of night and day. The One breathed windlessly and self-sustaining. There was that One then, and there was no other.
At first there was only darkness wrapped in darkness. All this was only unillumined water. That One which came to be, enclosed in nothing, arose at last, born of the power of heat.
को अद्धा वेद क इह प्र वोचत्कुत आजाता कुत इयं विसृष्टिः | अर्वाग्देवा अस्य विसर्जनेनाथा को वेद यत आबभूव ॥६॥ इयं विसृष्टिर्यत आबभूव यदि वा दधे यदि वा न | यो अस्याध्यक्षः परमे व्योमन्त्सो अङ्ग वेद यदि वा न वेद ॥७॥
But, after all, who knows, and who can say Whence it all came, and how creation happened? the gods themselves are later than creation, so who knows truly whence it has arisen?
Whence all creation had its origin, he, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not, he, who surveys it all from highest heaven, he knows - or maybe even he does not know.
Thank you very much for this information, and you are absolutely correct that Sanskrit is a living fossil. It amazes me how old it is, and how wonderful it would be to learn in order to continue passing on.
Sanskrit has such a huge body of literature dating back to ancient times. Throughout its history it has produced a very high quality of literature. Even contemporary works are very polished.
Every language has a personality. Sanskrit seems to be like a sage who has seen it all. It mostly talks in poetry and not prose. It uses fewest possible words to express an idea that is generally very dynamic. I mean to say that anything you say in Sanskrit ends up being a deep philosophical musing. Its uncanny at times. Chilling even.
For e.g. Sanskrit's equivalent of greeting hello is "Namaste". This comes from Namah + te. Here "nam" is the root for divine recognition. Therefore literally Namaste means "I recognise the divine in you!". Not kidding.
Its a reference to the idea that God created the Universe from his own "universal reality" and thus we are all a part of him and hence all are divine, humans, animals, plants, earth etc. So when we meet another soul we recognise its divinity rather than just shout 'hey'. :)
I'm just here to add another vote for adding Sanskrit to the language offerings.
Sanskrit is in so many language discoveries and histories, I think it should be a must! If you study sanskrit, you basic could study Egyptian Hieroglyphs because you're diving into a world of history. This is a super cool language and I hope Duolingo approves it, even if I may not be learning it right now, others totally should!
Yes please. I too would like to join sanskrit through duolingo. Please do add the sanskrit module
Aum Harihi _/|_ I agree wholeheartedly... How do we make Sanskrit happen?
Does anybody know what it takes to start a course in Sanskrit on Duolingo? Is there anything we can do to speed up the progress? Like getting a panel of teachers together who know what they are doing to teach the language? I could suggest quite a few teachers!
It sounds as if they want people to sign up to say if they would be willing to work on the creation of the course. I expect that they have a number in mind ("X" volunteers) that is required to make a course a viable possibility, since some volunteers will probably fall by the wayside during the process and they won't want to start incubating something that doesn't get completed.
If anyone knows enough Sanskrit to help create a course and wants to help, then they can manually type in 'Sanskrit' under 'Enter Other' on the link that sps1919 mentioned above: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply
I would love to learn Sanskrit. There's a fascinating post on the Scientific American website about the "Sanskrit Effect", an increase in the size of regions of the brain associated with cognitive function after memorization of ancient Sanskrit mantras. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/a-neuroscientist-explores-the-sanskrit-effect/
I very very much support Sanskrit being added to duolingo and probably more than any other language not currently available to learn here would like to see this one!!!!
I would love to learn Sanskrit as well! and would also welcome being pointed in the direction of any beginner’s course resources or cirriculums that anyone has found reliable for native English speakers.
http://www.thesanskritlanguage.com It is a site for a Sanskrit learning book and has exercises and explanations. It is good for acquiring familiarity. Another source is: http://lexicity.com/language/sanskrit/
Hope they help you somehow. They are not 100% but it will be a beginning.
The biggest hurdle you may fear while learning would be a different script. But actually Sanskrit script 'Devanagri" is one of the easiest scripts to learn. The best thing about it is that it uses consonants as roots and adds vowels above or below the consonant. A consonant is followed by a vowel and each combination has only one possible sound so you can't possibly mispronounce anything. Like Namaste is spelled (N+a) + (m+a) + ((s+t)+e). So you build seperate consonant-vowel combination and put them together to form a word. Therefore you don't have to memorize spelling. It is written just as it sounds and it sounds just as it is written.
So get familiar with the script. Grammatically Sanskrit is similar to Latin and many words have common roots with old Latin. It will not be as outlandish as it looks once you get the hang of the script as it is also an Indo-European language like English. Plus it has lots of rules but no exceptions, just like Mathematics. Best of luck to you.
PLEASE add SANSKRIT. I am really looking forward to learning Sanskrit on Duolingo and by the looks of it I am not alone.
You should absolutely add Sanskrit. And if you think it's a dead language, you should know that there are some 20,000 native speakers of it in India and Nepal. Duo, I can try and help you find some of them if there is interest.
I love the Duolingo format and really want to learn Sanskrit. Please work on adding a course soon!
I agree, Duolingo would be the perfect format to learn a language like Sanskrit. Sanskrit incubator volunteers combined with a priority to translate Sanskrit documents (or anything in Sanskrit) on the internet will help see this project into reality in the future. I hope to see it happen, it'll be awesome to learn Sanskrit!
I tried to teach myself sanskrit as a teenager and would love an actual duolingo course in it!
I'd love to see Sanskrit one day! It's such an incredible language! One day maybe! :D
YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! OMFG This would be sooooo helpful
I hate to be "that person" who knows sanskrit because of yoga but it would be really nice to practice on my own time they could even add a yoga lesson on the tree in the bonus section
One year after my last post about Sanskrit I'm ready to ask Duolingo again to start a Sanskrit course. It would mean the world to all of us, Sanskrititians <3
I wish I could find a way to let the Duolingo staff know how much it would mean to us, Sanskrititians, to provide a Sanskrit course.
Duolingo helps translate the web and will add languages based off of the presence of usage/existence they have on the web. This TED talk explains it very well. https://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration
(I wish Sanskrit had a larger presence on the web, so it would be developed soon, but I think many other languages will come before it. I'm using some of the other Sanskrit learning links that have been posted in this tread until Duo comes out with their own course, which will be AMAZING!!!) Thank you Ari for your enthusiasm! I do still think a good demand, on Duo, will also help get a course into dev. ☺♥
Please oh please add Sanskrit! I learnt it for a few years in high school but have completely forgotten it due to lack of practice. All I remember is I greatly enjoyed the wonderfully precise grammar. Once you memorize the various forms, there is no room for confusion regardless of the order of words in a sentence. It really appeals to the engineer in me! It's such a beautiful language. It would be wonderful to start learning and practicing it again with an active community.
A vote for Sanskrit is a vote for the future! or something like that. Me too!
Yes please add! I am just starting Italian events in phoenix and have been asked multiple times if sanskirt is available.
I am learning French and Japanese from Duolingo and it is really a great experience. Even learning Sanskrit from a books but it is hardly interactive. Please add Sanskrit to Duolingo so that this great platform can be an excellent tool to learn it interactively.
I agree that Sanskrit should be an option, using Duolingo not just as an active language learning platform, but also a digital museum for these languages. People can pop in and out and see what the language is like
A sanskrit teacher at my uni wants to create a sanskrit learning app, but I believe that creating a duolingo course is better, because it provides a great framework and a large potential user base. So if anybody still wants to offer that course, contact me! I know at least three people who study sanskrit texts on an academic level and who would be more than willing to participate!
I think a Duolingo Sanskrit course would be great. I've just begun Sanskrit, and I would only have the skills to work on the very elementary modules of a course (if at all), but I would certainly be one of the first users of it!
that sounds like an excellent idea. My mom and brother are currently studying sanskrit, and their biggest disappointment is that there isn't a community of others to share the learning experience with.
I'm studying Sanskrit too... It would be lovely to have a community of adults to practice with. Namaste _/|_
Sanskrit is like Latin,and ancient Greek......not many people speak it on daily basis....I think there is only one village in India that speaks it on a daily basis...so many good things about Sanskrit...we have bhagvatgita(Hindus Bible),vedas,...etc....totally in Sanskrit....they have so many mythical things written in them...such a great language...
RasshmiSaraf, I did not see this post of yours, from 11 months ago, before I posted a discussion asking if Sanskrit will be added, just yesterday. Just like you, and the three commenters above, I would also love to see Sanskrit on Duolingo one day. Like sam.db said of his mother and brother, above, I too would like to find a Sanskrit learning community, thus my desire to see it on Duo one day.
There were some insightful comments on the Sanskrit discussion I started yesterday, and I wanted to share a link to that discussion with you https://www.duolingo.com/comment/14974226$comment_id=14976079. If the link doesn't work the title of the discussion is "Any English to Sanskrit projects in the works? Or Japanese to Sanskrit projects?" Kuah posted a nice link, in the discussion, to an online Sanskrit resource you might find interesting. I got advice from jirkhal to come here to add to your longer standing discussion, in order to bring more attention to the subject of Sanskrit, and I think it is a great idea. So here I am, one more interested person in Sanskrit, to help garner attention to this subject.
Hopefully someday we'll all learn enough Sanskrit (on the side) combined to take sps1919's advice and start a Sanskrit course in the incubator together. Until then happy language learning, and Sanskrit learning on the side.
Peace be to all
Thank you for sharing this link, I love this site, very well designed! ☺
Found another very useful resource. It is a website called "memrise.com".
Go to courses->languages->Indian->Sanskrit.
In there you will find different modules covering script, vocabulary, grammar, pronounciation etc.
1) Firstly learn the "Devanagari" script (no need to learn Brahmi, Kharosti, Gandhari, Siddham etc. scripts as they are not used in modern times).
2) Then learn the basic words. Practice reading and writing in Devanagari. This will simultaneously build a basic vocabulary and will prepare you to delve into grammar.
3) Then learn the Sandhi rules and Sanskrit Grammar. Sandhi is very important. (In Sanskrit you can join any number of words or break them apart while still preserving the meaning.) This is done for style, rhythm and flow (Sanskrit is deliberately crafted for poetry). It is very mathematical with a lot of rules and no exceptions. You will be able to write and read simple sentences now.
4) Then only proceed with full paragraphs. Remember, it is a classical language. It will be very disciplined because in classical times mastering the language was the main goal of education and then only could one proceed to science, philosophy, or mathematics.
May the goddess Sanskrit bless all her students with knowledge, wisdom and peace.
Thank you so much for this new link and instruction; valuable information! Sanskrit crafted for poetry, makes sense, just b/c of how it sounds. The idea of a language being mathematical is exciting (also makes sense). ☺
There is an interesting reason why and how Sanskrit was specifically designed for poetry.
Interestingly, the Hindi for English course has made a lot of progress (finally) and once it is out it will be very helpful for Sanskrit. It will make the script more accessible, and help in future development of a Sanskrit for English course. I am very happy and hopeful. Yay!
I’d love to see this getting off the ground but I doubt how popular it will be. I study at Tel-Aviv University, which actually won a prize for having a record number of Sanskrit student in a class: 10 (if memory serves). Once I happened to see what a Sanskrit class there looks like, and was pretty surprised to see only 3 students.
I don't know if I posted here already, but, yes, I'd love to learn Sanskrit through duolingo --- It would be amazing. It should include both, transliteration, devanagari, and, very important, Sandhi (starting right away in order to get practice from the beginning onwards) Namaste to all & remember: Sanskritah shreshtah
I'd also like to add something. I think the number of people interested in studying this amazing language will never be as impressive as it is for, say, German, English or Spanish. Therefore, it would be great if the moderators who see these discussions research a bit about this language so they can maybe start duolingo with the 8 current people (posting here) who long to learn it.
I've been studying Sanskrit for 1.8 years now on my own. I've been looking for teachers, but there are none. I'd volunteer to help with as little as I know (which is really basic), but I think if everybody adds a bit to it, we could start getting the course going. _/|_
I'm teaching Sanskrit in Dublin to over 200 children and some 30 adults and would love to create a duolingo App for Sanskrit.
How interesting that you are teaching a Sanskrit course in Dublin, and to so many children as well!! Thank you for spreading your knowledge!
It's a very fulfilling passion to have. You receive a lot of good merit from making this your passion, but most especially from teaching it to others. You are helping sacred sounds to survive. :-)
I teach 24 students, and am working on some Tinycards decks for classroom use. If you’re interested in working on this with me, we can get create a foundation for the Duolingo course.
Yes you could contribute with what you know! You also bring up a valid point, that a Sanskrit course would help anyone who is trying to become a Yoga instructor. You have to learn every yoga sutras traditional Sanskrit name as a requirement of becoming an instructor (which you probably already know). I have a friend who became a yoga instructor. Being an avid practitioner of yoga, the hardest thing for them to learn and remember were all the Sanskrit yoga sutra names. :-)
Thank you for this input! It's hard to find any Sanskrit learning resources, besides what's online. I could imagine how hard it would be to find any teachers. I love that you have already been teaching yourself for so long. A very difficult language to teach your self! Hopefully if enough of us show interest, we might get a course in Duo (and maybe by then I'll have looked into it more to contribute to the course). When they make a course, you should consider contributing if you have the time. Your skills could prove very helpful to a Sanskrit incubator. :)
There is only one village I think that teaches Sanskrit in India(I don't think there will be any another bz I don't think Sanskrit is spoken anywhere else)......the only place to learn Sanskrit is that Village...I am pretty sure with internet available so easily all throughout India...u can find people from that village to learn online....
As a religious medium of Hindus, Buddhists, and others, as well as a living language in parts of India, I believe Sanskrit should be added. It is one of the oldest continuously used languages in history and one of the most beautiful.
Yes add Sanskrit. It would be great practice. I luckily found an amazing teacher with a PhD from Berkeley.
it will be nice to add sanskrit also, since it is mother of most languages . :)
it's a bit early for me to be saying this, but i'm buying a book for this winter solstice. i'll be possibly lending a hand for this project in the future.
Duolingo please please please add this most sacred (and beautiful) language Sanskrit to your options for study! I've begun studying since finding the enchanting Sanskrit music of Gabriela Burnel. She is presently filming a documentary on her Sanskrit-only immersion for 3 months in/across India staying in villages like Maitri Gurukulum and Pondicherry where it is widely spoken and taught. http://www.gabriellaburnel.com/ Also enchanted by Robert Svoboda's (http://www.drsvoboda.com/) videos and books on Jyotisha/Kundalini etc. which has brought me here.. Plus subscriber= Please Let Us Sanskritam!
Would it be Vedic or Classical? I would prefer Vedic, because it preserves tonal distinctions and much less of that incomprehensible Sandhi business lol
It will definitely be Classical Sanskrit. I don't know why you are complaining about Sandhi, as it is literally a tool to standardise and simplify the language and it's pronunciation. We should thank Sage Panini for his seminal work "Ashtadhyayi", the first and largest work on linguistics, phonology and grammar ever written and an excellent teaching manual that is still being used as it was two and a half thousand years ago. Panini simplified the complexities of Vedic Sanskrit and gave us Classical Sanskrit so that students will no longer suffer as he once did. :)
Vedic Sanskrit is an extremely nuanced language with a very intricate grammar and is very ritualistic in usage. Vedic Sutras are arranged in a specific pattern with a checksum system built in to ensure that the integrity of sutras are never lost in transmission. It takes 4 different types of Priests just to read from Vedas each handling one aspect to ensure no error is made while performing Vedic rituals.
Classical Sanskrit is the Sanskrit used in almost every literature other than the 4 Vedas. Classical Sanskrit is the language for human usage. Vedic Sanskrit is for Divine Rituals.
The statement about sandhi in vedic Sanskrit is absolutely untrue. Vedic sandhi actually has more features than the sandhi of classical Sanskrit, for example the visarga has more sound changes in vedic sandhi than in classical, when the visarga is followed by a sound from the point of articulation of the throat (ie k kh g gh ń) then it becomes similar to ch in loch or ch in German ich, when followed by a labial (p ph b bh m) it becomes almost a slight soft f sound like the Japanese F in Fuji where the lips make no contact with the teeth. These sandhi changes to the visarga do not exist in classical Sanskrit.