What is the course about?
This is a beginners course which will enable you to read basic Sanskrit in the Devanagari script.
What will we cover?
The alphabet in transliteration and the Devanagari script; sandhi (vowel and consonant liaison at word borders); commonly used noun declensions; most important verb conjugations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Construct and read simple sentences in the present tense. You will also be exposed to popular shlokas in Sanskrit.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course. You do not need any particular skill.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classroom contact with interactions in both Sanskrit and English. To fully benefit from the course, you should be prepared to commit at least 3-4 hours to homework.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notepad and a pen/pencil. Book links will be provided, and a cursive writing book recommended at a nominal cost. Neither are compulsory.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can enrol for module 2, in which you will expand your vocabulary dramatically, learn complex grammatical forms, the past and future tense, the passive voice, and be able to read prose passages appropriate to this level.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details