learning sanskrit

Charles cponcet at IPROLINK.CH
Sat Apr 18 22:21:40 UTC 1998

Margo Romberg wrote:
> I am looking for some advice as one who wishes to learn Sanskrit in the
> relative comfort of my own home.  I have the comparative advantage of a
> degree in Classics and a deep love of Classical Greek.
> My interest is caused by my study of yoga, particularly Patanjali's Yoga
> Sutras and Swatmarama's Hatha Yoga Pradipika.  (My copies of these have
> devanaagari script, Roman transliteration and translation)  I have bought
> Coulson's Teach Yourself Sanskrit, but it looks heavy going for a complete
> beginner, even one familiar with Classical Greek.  I have downloaded
> Charles Wikner's "Sanskrit Introductory" and am working through it.  I find
> it extremely helpful, particularly for getting to grips with the
> devanaagari script.  However, I can see that when I have finished working
> through Wikner, Coulson will still be rather difficult to work on
> (especially since my time at present is pretty limited).  Following
> Wikner's advice on further reading I have ordered Hart's Rapid Sanskrit
> Method and look forward to receiving it.
> Now my questions:
> 1) Are there any fairly easy texts that I can work on in conjunction with
> Hart, either in printed form or available on the Internet?
> 2) Are there any courses in Sanskrit in the UK that I could make use of as
> self-study courses?  (I live in Dundee, Scotland, by the way, some distance
> from the nearest university - Edinburgh - that has a Department teaching
> Sanskrit.)
> Any advice or suggestions from list members will be very gratefully received.
> Best wishes,
> Margo von Romberg
If you want a very traditional and at the same time pleasant type of
teaching, with cassettes for pronunciation and the sort, go to
Prof. Mohan is a superb teacher !

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