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Beginning Sanskrit – Proverbs & Stories

Course Structure 

This course is structured in the form of one Quarter (10 weeks, 1.5 hours per week). Students will take an exam at the end of the course during the 11th week. Structured innovatively using the curriculum and textbooks designed by Samskrita Bharati USA (SBusa.org), the course will be based upon material contained in the SB – USA – published book, “SUVAANEE”, augmented with other appropriate course content.

This course is structured to allow a beginner-level student to start listening, writing, and reading the DevanAgari Script through a streamlined set of exercises.

Required / Elective: Required 

Program of Study: Beginner Level Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Prerequisites: None

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu 

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Start Date: 13th, April 2021

End Date:  22nd, June 2021

Day: Tuesday

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Learn Bhagavad Geeta – Chapters I and II – And simple Samskritam

Course Content:

This course is the first course in an eight-course sequence, which constitutes the Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Bhagavad Geeta offered by Hindu University of America. It provides an alternative route to achieving Sanskrit Proficiency. It enables students to learn both the Bhagavad Geeta through the Sanskrit Language, and the Sanskrit Language through the Bhagavad Geeta. In this course, the Faculty will lead the students verse by verse, in sequence through the Bhagavad Geeta, while simultaneously unfolding both the meanings of the verses as well as the nuances of the language.

This course will introduce students to the following elements of the Sanskrit language: verbal roots (dhatu), nouns, pronouns – first, second, and third-person usage, different forms of verbs, i.e., tenses – past, present, and future, cases (vibhakti), and common sentence formation and structure used in the Bhagavad Geeta.

Learning Objectives:

In this course, students will be able to relate to words and expressions from the Bhagavad Geeta in the following areas:

  1. Use of pronouns, persons, and numbers.
  2. Recognize common Sanskrit words, prepositions, and phrases.
  3. Discover building blocks of the language through everyday conversation.
  4. Understand the use of the 2nd and 6th case-endings and words ending with a vowel.
  5. Identify and use verbal roots (dhatu) and their different forms according to the tenses

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into the Certificate Program in Sanskrit through Bhagavad Geeta (CSBG)

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Padmakumar Korattiyadath / Dr. Laxmi Sharma

Time: 08:00 pm EST to 09:30 pm EST

Day: Monday & Thursday

Start Date: 12th April 2021

End Date: 20th June 2021

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Sanskrit Grammatical Structures and Verses

Course Content

  1. The fifth declension / Ablative case for pronouns
  2. Introduction to Ayurveda
  3. The sixth declension / Genitive case, the ktavatu usage, gerunds
  4. Introduction to BhAgavatam
  5. Wise sayings and their meanings in Sanskrit
  6. The seventh declension / Locative case

Learning Objectives: In this course, students will be able to: 

  • Analyze noun and verb structures of verses and proverbs;
  • Recognize passages from popular Sanskrit texts; and
  • Paraphrase using grammatically correct Sanskrit.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies 

Program of Study:  Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN-1003 

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu 

Co- Faculty: Dr. Laxmi Sharma

Quarter Offered: Winter 2021

Start Date: January 13th, 2021

End Date: March 22nd, 2021

Day: Every Wednesday & Friday

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Sanskrit Pronunciation, Simple Words and Phrases

Course Content

  1. Study and use of the DevanAgari script, Origin of the sounds, Pronunciations
  2. Simple introductions and greetings
  3. Pronouns (sarvanAmapadAni), Persons (puruShAH), Numbers (vachanAni), and Gender (lingAH)
  4. Indeclinables (avyayAni)
  5. Simple conversations
  6. Numbers in Sanskrit, 1 through 100
  7. Common verbs
  8. Interrogative words
  9. Introduction to the simple present tense and the past tense
  10. Direct addressing (sambodhanam) – the Vocative case
  11. Expanding the vocabulary through nouns, pronouns, and verbs

Learning Objectives: In this course, students will be able to: 

  • Articulate the fundamental sounds that comprise Sanskrit pronunciation;
  • Recognize common Sanskrit words and phrases;
  • Discover building blocks of the language through everyday conversation; and
  • Identify and use basic structures like numbers, tenses, simple verbs, and other parts of speech.

Required / Elective: Required 

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP) 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Devanagari alphabets and combination letters

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu

Co – Faculty: Dr. Laxmi Sharma

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Day: TBD

Time: TBD

Quarter Offered: TBD

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