Welcome to All Things Sanskrit! We offer Sanskrit instruction (individual and small-group classes as well as free online courses), translating and editing services, and teaching materials. Take a look at our blog for thoughts on a variety of Sanskrit-related topics, and at our curated list of what we think are the most useful Sanskrit resources elsewhere on the web.
Do you want to learn Sanskrit, but don’t have a teacher? Are you taking a Sanskrit class, but would like some extra tutoring on the side? Are you preparing for an exam? Do you just want to have one or two lessons to brush up on a particular topic, or would like help reading a specific text?
Study directly with A. M. Ruppel, the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit, winner of two teaching awards and accomplished pedagogue (13 years’ experience teaching adults (undergraduate and graduate students, non-academics) and four years’ experience teaching children (ages 11-18) both in classrooms and online.)
Other Services and Other Languages
We offer translation into Sanskrit (prose and śloka meter) as well as copy-editing and proofreading of (scholarly or other) texts that include Sanskrit. We offer the same for Latin and Ancient Greek.
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Grammar Posters (Beginners and Intermediate Learners)
While you are still learning a heavily inflected language such as Sanskrit, where every noun or pronoun has between 13 and 17 different forms, and every verb has well over 100 forms, you will likely find it difficult to remember all the new forms you learned just last week. Or two weeks ago. And a month ago. So rather than leaf back and forth through a grammar whenever you are translating any Sanskrit text, use these posters.
They are A3 in size (297 x 420 mm/11.7 x 16.5 in) and are printed on water-proof, tear-proof PVC. They are quite hardy, do not crinkle and look good even after you have carried them around for a while, or have repeatedly put them up above wherever you happen to be studying. You can also hole-punch and fold them and keep them with your other notes.
Click on any of the pictures to enlarge, and click here to download a detailed description of each poster as well as details on how to order them.
Devanāgarī Study Cards
There are numerous online programs available for learning the devanāgarī script (we have flash cards available here and here, and there’s a great program showing how to write each character here). But for all those who prefer actual, physical study cards, here are some that are simple, affordable and clearly designed.
Click on the picture to enlarge, and click here to view a detailed description of the cards and information on how to order them.
There are many websites concerned with Sanskrit language or literature. Listed here are some we have found particularly useful for learning Sanskrit at the beginners’ or intermediate level.
An easy (and free) way to type Sanskrit on a computer (PC or Mac) can be downloaded at Tavultesoft. Once you have the programme installed, you can easily type in देवनागरी or transliteration (for characters with a dot underneath them, type a full stop + whatever character need to give you e.g. ṭ, ṃ, ṛ or ḥ; type ` + s to give you ś, ` +n for ṅ, ~ + n for ñ; for long vowels simply type aa to give you ā, ii for ī, and so on). (Some combinations may be slightly different if you are not using a QWERTY keyboard.)
There are many fonts that allow you to type in just devanāgarī. There are fewer that seamlessly integrate devanāgarī and transliteration; among those that do, we particularly like Noto Sans and Mukta, both of which are free, and Adobe Devanagari, which is the most versatile and excellently suited for use in printing, but rather costly.
Among the various resources for learning Sanskrit, the Hindi Script Tutor perhaps is the best for learning how to write the devanāgarī script (note that the pronunciation hints for the characters are aimed at Hindi, though, which differs from that of Sanskrit in the case of the complex vowels/diphthongs ai and au). LearnSanskrit.org offers clear explanations of all aspects of Sanskrit grammar, making it an excellent reference resource.
This is our free online course that takes two years to complete and is offered anew every autumn. Here you can find links to all the electronic resources that accompany The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit.
The most comprehensive collection of Sanskrit dictionaries is provided by the University of Cologne. Probably the largest searchable collection of original Sanskrit texts can be found at GRETIL, while indology.info lists most available pages containing online Sanskrit text collections.
If you know of any websites that you have found helpful for learning Sanskrit, please do let us know!