Welcome! Now available through chapter 4!
I would like to dedicate this site to William Carey, first missionary to India, whose faith in the power of the true Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ was secure enough for him to translate the Ramayana for his Bengali neighbors. The picture is a decoration on the fence surrounding the campus of Serampore College in Serampore, India.
The purpose of this course is, at a minimum, to give you, the student, a sufficient introduction to Sanskrit to be able to verify the English translations of various Indian scriptures. As your knowledge of the language increases, this skill will grow to the level of being able to read, viz. provide a direct translation, of various passages. Our basic guide we will be E. D. Perry's, A Sanskrit Primer, a classic, but still popular, text going back to the nineteenth century. Much of my job will be to to help you make sense of Perry's instructions.
The basic tools you will need are 1) the textbook by Perry, 2) the computer font "Sanskrit 99" 3) access to a good dictionary, and 4) (at least recommended) Whitney's Sanskrit Grammar. For more on those items, click here.
The Basic Plan: The basic procedure will be very simple. You will work through each chapter with the aid of my notes and send me the translations that go with each chapter. I will provide ways of clarifying the often seemingly complex rules and possibly suggest some further learning helps as you go along. I will also be available for consultation, most easily by e-mail.
Go on to the next page for more preliminary details.
Please free to e-mail me with any questions.
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Last modified on February 20, 2017