Introduction to Sanskrit

Sanskrit is an Indo-European language related to Latin, Ancient Greek and English. It is the classical language of Ancient India. There is a vast body of literature in Sanskrit which spans from the very early Vedic texts to modern times. Works include both secular and religious topics. The course is designed to enable students to learn enough of the language so that they can begin to tackle short passages from the Hitopadeśa, a series of animal fables that contain a moral point.


  • Thomas Egenes, Introduction to Sanskrit Part One, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers (1994)


Introduction to Sanskrit, with a focus on clear explanation of basic language principles and grammar. No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required.

  • Mastering the Devanagari script.
  • Basic Grammar Topics and questions of syntax introduced through graded reading.
  • Case.
  • Gender.
  • Nouns
  • Adjectives.
  • Verbs – different classes of verbs in the present tense
  • Adverbs.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a full familiarity with the Devanāgarī script.
  2. Read and understand simple passages from the Hitopadeśa.
  3. Acquire the skills for learning an inflected language.


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