Sanskrit

Beginner Sanskrit for Hindi Speakers

This course is aimed at beginners seeking to obtain reading skills in Sanskrit, often called the mother of all languages. Indeed Sanskrit is the root of most North Indian languages and has significantly influenced many in the Indo-European family. This course will introduce the students to the decelnsion and verbal conjugation system in Sanskrit. Primarily aimed at students interested in pursuing further specialised instruction in India, this course will be taught strictly using the Devanagari script. As the course progresses, students will gradually acquire the ability to deconstruct the rich language of written Sanskrit into root forms that can then be found in a dictionary.
  • Proficiency Level Reached: A1
  • Prerequisite(s): Knowledge of Devanagari Script
  • Course Materials: Introduction to Sanskrit: Part One (2011) by Thomas Egenes; Devavāṇīpraveśikā : An Introduction to the Sanskrit Language (2011) by Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman
  • Frequency: Once weekly
  • Duration: 10 weeks, 15 class hours
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Sanskrit Private Lessons

For students with specific goals or a unique schedule, private lessons are custom tailored to improve your language skills at a pace and learning style that’s right for you.  Lessons plans and materials are custom designed to fit your needs and help you reach your goals.  Available for individuals, couples, or small groups, private lessons can take place at Zabaan’s language centre or at your home or office in Delhi (travel costs apply).

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Sanskrit Online Lessons

No matter where you are in the world or what your level of proficiency, you can benefit from Zabaan’s through private online instruction. Zabaan can accommodate your schedule to arrange sessions on Google+ or Skype where you can learn new grammatical structures and vocabulary or practice your conversation skills. You’ll receive learning materials directly from your teacher via email and will submit scanned completed homework for review allowing your teacher to track your progress and plan subsequent lessons accordingly.

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“I wholeheartedly recommend Neha as a Sanskrit tutor for anyone wishing to learn this fascinating language with a reliable teacher.”

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I’m a Spanish research scholar in the field of General and Comparative Literature currently based in Delhi. Since 2012 I’ve been learning Sanskrit with Neha Tiwari at Zabaan on a one-to-one basis. My experience has been extremely satisfactory, since Neha combines a deep knowledge of the grammar and the Sanskrit tradition with great didactic skills. Her approach is very contemporary and fresh, but without loosing sight of the traditional account of the Indian grammarians, such as Panini. She also has a lot of patience, which is essential for teaching Sanskrit, and a great sense of humour, so you will never get bored in her classes. Her English is absolutely immaculate, and she can draw comparisons between both languages that are quite helpful for a beginner student like me. I wholeheartedly recommend Neha as a Sanskrit tutor for anyone wishing to learn this fascinating language with a reliable teacher. She is very serious and dedicated to her job, and her way of teaching is dynamic and methodical. For any further reference, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Nuño Aguirre de Cárcer, 25 Apr 2013

“I highly recommend Zabaan for anyone wishing to learn and/or improve their Hindi, Urdu or Sanskrit.”

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I was a student at Zabaan for about four months in 2013. I took private Hindi-Urdu classes once a week as well as private Sanskrit classes once a week. I had studied Hindi-Urdu for two years in college and Hindi for one semester in an intensive language class during a semester abroad in New Delhi prior to coming to Zabaan. I had never studied Sanskrit before. My two Hindi-Urdu teachers, Christoph and Ali, were exemplary. It had been two years since I had studied Hindi-Urdu. however both teachers helped me jump right back into learning the languages. Christoph is a very patient teacher. Although I only had four classes with him, I really learned a lot from him. One of the most helpful ways in which Christoph helped me get comfortable with Hindi again was by having me read the first Harry Potter book in Hindi. Christoph really wanted my Hindi learning experience to be a fun and enjoyable one. My main teacher for Hindi-Urdu was Ali. Ali is truly passionate about teaching languages. He made sure to devote large amounts of time to grammar, pronunciation, and sentence structure. Although the amounts of homework Ali assigned me seemed a bit overwhelming at times, it really helped me with my reading comprehension and overall grammar. Apart from helping me improve my Hindi-Urdu, Ali also taught me a lot about the history of Hindi-Urdu in India. He is a wonderful instructor who truly wants his students to succeed in their language study. My Sanskrit teacher Neha was also a fantastic instructor. In the four months she has been my instructor, she has helped me learn many Sanskrit basics such as sandhi, nouns and pronouns declensions, present tense verb conjugations, pronunciations, and indeclinables. She is incredibly sweet and kind and is always looking for ways to make concepts clearer and easier to understand. I really enjoyed my weekly classes with her. I highly recommend Zabaan for anyone wishing to learn and/or improve their Hindi, Urdu or Sanskrit.
Sohini Pillai, 23 Apr 2013