Introduction to Sanskrit 2

This course is for students who have completed Introduction to Sanskrit or who have had some experience in reading the Devanagari script. We continue with more grammar, including different classes of verbs and pronouns; and the rules of sandhi (a variety of sound changes at the beginning and the end of words) will be covered. In the latter half of the course, students should be ready to start tackling simple Indian stories adapted from the Hitopadeśa and Sanskrit sayings.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Classes will consist of 1.5 hours virtual class time, together with 30 minutes worth of work to be completed independently. You will be able to contact your tutor by email or phone to ask for guidance and feedback on this work. In addition tutors may set additional homework. This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer. Please note that WEA Sydney is unable to provide any technical support for students' personal equipment. We understand that for many of our students this is a new and novel approach. If you are unsure if it is for you, please note that we will offer you a no questions asked refund up until the end of Week 2.


  • Introduction to Sanskrit, Thomas Egenes, Part 1(Motilal Banarsidass Publication 1989)


  • Rules of Sandhi
  • Basic Grammar Topics and questions of syntax introduced through graded reading.
  • The Middle Voice
  • Verbs – different classes of verbs.
  • An appreciation of the historical context of Sanskrit.

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

  1. Demonstrate a full familiarity with the present tense in the Active and Middle voice.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the rules of Sandhi.
  3. Demonstrate competent reading of Sanskrit sentences and simple short stories.

IMPORTANT: Textbook cost is not included in the course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any textbooks. We therefore suggest you purchase your textbooks closer to the time of the course commencing.

Abbey’s Language Book Centre, 131 York Street Sydney, Ph: 9267 1397 |

If you enrol into a language class and subsequently find that you are at the wrong level (whether too high or too low), you are permitted to transfer into another more suitable class at no additional cost, provided that the request is made within the first two classes and is in writing from your tutor directly to the Education Manager. After that point, an administration fee of $30 will apply.

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