Complete Sanskrit

Complete Sanskrit Designed For Complete Beginners, And Tested For Years With Real Learners, Complete Sanskrit Offers A Bridge From The Textbook To The Real World, Enabling You To Learn The Grammar, Understand The Vocabulary And Even How To Translate The Inscriptions And Texts From This Ancient And Religiously Significant Indian Language Structured Around Authentic Material, And Introducing The Devangari Script For Those Who Wish To Take Their Understanding Further, This First Updated New Edition For Some Twenty Years Also FeaturesLearning Units Plus Glossary And Reference Section Authentic Materials Language Taught Through Key Texts Teaches The Key Skills Reading And Understanding Sanskrit Grammar And Vocabulary Covers Devangari Script A New Preface And Updated Further Resources Additional Learning Activities Self Tests And Learning Activities See And Track Your Own Progress

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[BOOKS] ✴ Complete Sanskrit  ✻ Michael Coulson –
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Complete Sanskrit
  • Michael Coulson
  • 17 August 2019
  • 9781473627987

10 thoughts on “Complete Sanskrit

  1. says:

    Not a gentle introduction by any means, but doable if you pace yourself to the content rather than the page count and take decent notes.Part of the difficulty is down to the authors assuming, as they mention in the preface, a greater degree of sophistication in students of Sanskrit than in students of living languages, which is fair and actually really nice it s good to have a language course that doesn t feel the need to explain what an adjective or a verb tense is The flip side is that they also don t or barely explain what an ablative or an aorist are, and the text can get a bit heavy on philologist jargon I can t imagine trying to work through it with zero experience with Latin and or Greek especially Greek is helpful, though I m lacking in that department myself Then again, if you don t have any experience with Latin or Greek, you probably shouldn t start with Sanskrit anyway a lot of the things that make it such an extraordinary language will go over your head and a willingness to stop and just google terms you re even slightly shaky on will go a very long way.Most of the problem is the authors fashionable and even defensible decision to use real world Sanskrit passages as soon as is humanly possible, and introduce grammar as required to deal with them There is an attempt to maintain some degree of sensible structure, but the order in which concepts are introduced is necessarily a bit haphazard after the fifth chapter as a consequence it doesn t help that they re trying to fit what s usually a multi semester university course in a little over 200 pages not counting appendices, which are mostly vocabulary and exercise answer keys.And, of course, Sanskrit is just a complicated language Surprisingly not a problem at all is devan gar , the script It s introduced, and the authors would obviously prefer you take the time to learn it and transcription exercises are provided at the end of every chapter but it s not required, and the book itself mostly stops using it in the text after the fifth chapter I didn t bother If you keep these things in mind and work conscientiously, though, the lack of hand holding filler does mean people who don t need it can make a great deal of progress very quickly I wouldn t necessarily like to have to use Complete Sanskrit for a course I d be graded on, but for self study I found it than adequate.It really is an astonishing language.

  2. says:

    I worked through the first three chapters of Complete Sanskrit before deciding to switch to The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit CIS Both books cover roughly the same beginner to intermediate level But I prefer the organization of CIS, which provides a complete overview of the whole structure of the language before diving in to particular topics That better fits my own learning style and facilitates memorization Also, CIS comes with extensive learning resources including YouTube videos, online flashcards, etc One particular annoyance with my paperback edition of Complete Sanskrit was the devanagari script is sometimes so small that it is not clearly legible since the quality of the printing is not sharp This is particularly evident with conjunct consonants Another problem I had was how Complete Sanskrit drops tables for sandhi rules changes to consonants and vowels in the learner s lap near the beginning, essentially saying, keep referring to the tables and eventually you will get it This before you even know enough vocabulary to figure out the boundaries between words CIS gives you a number of chapters of foundation before introducing sandhi and does so gradually with complete explanations of the underlying logic behind the rules.Overall, I am glad I made the switch.

  3. says:

    The tone and content of the book is set by this line in the Preface It seemed practical to assume a somewhat greater degree of sophistication in potential students of Sanskrit than in students proposing to teach themselves a language such as French In a way, that Preface sentence should prepare you for a language learning experience unlike any other unless you ve studied other classics, Ancient Greek, Old Chinese, etc Forget about conversation you never learn hello or how are you , and one of the first sentences you translate is We grieve because they are dead.Although there s a lot of information presented, the narrative isn t as cohesive as it could be and some sections are significantly lacking For example, Chapter 1 introduces the script versions of numbers, but not how to pronounce them it is given in the appendix Chapter 2 has a section called Verb Prefixes that consists of the following text, verbatim prefixes may modify, sometimes considerably and sometimes not at all, the basic meaning and nothing else, except some examples No further explanation of generalizations or what to look for Why even mention it Chapter 4 introduces four noun cases without so much as a whisper of a paradigm table You re meant to consult the appendices but at this point we aren t told how to deal with the various types of stems In Chapter 6 he makes the bizarre choice to eliminate in the text completely the use of the native n gar script, a choice I find incomprehensible, and basically harmful to the learner In no pedagogical situation is learning through the transliteration over the native script anything close to a good idea Sure, there s operations of sandhi complicating running text, but that s a challenge that s meant to be faced Not handicapped.The only testing material included are translation exercises of passages to and from Sanskrit I once thought these exercises tedious, but I was reminded of the Prefatory remark and the author probably intends for you the sophisticated learner to invent drills for yourself on paradigms and other little details in the chapter text Another important note in the Preface shouldn t be ignored it is pretty much impossible to match the translations into Sanskrit perfectly since there s always some weird subtle word order shift going on If the author didn t mention this, I d pretty much Rage Quit this book since my word order precision dropped to something like 20% starting Chapter 3 onwards Part of this is due to the author s admirable attempt to prepare the reader for all the variation and subtleties in real texts The problem with this approach is that absolutely every topic and example is hedged to meaninglessness This example from Chapter 5, introducing indefinites The addition of an indefinite particle, usually either CIT or API, turns the interrogative pronoun into an indefinite p 64 There is no further explanation on the difference between CIT or API and I wasn t able to discern any from the examples Is there an exception to the usually , is there some other particle you haven t mentioned It s as if he wrote a Spanish textbook and said sometimes we use SER and sometimes ESTAR or the word corner is translated as ESQUINA or RINC N without explaining the difference Explanations like these characterize the whole text, so you must be able to tolerate this and subsequently the mentioned imprecision in exercises, since at any point there are dozens of such variables in the air I am fully aware that natural language is most readily described by these waffling statements, but boy it makes for an infuriating learning experience.The information you need is probably here Included are comprehensive appendices useful only once you learn how to use them , a good sized bidirectional glossary, and an interesting section used with Ch 15 about classical poetry meter The answer keys are good, containing transliterated versions which HERE are helpful I m about halfway through I ve learned a lot, sure, but I can t help but wonder if there s a less arduous path.

  4. says:

    A good book if you have some previous knowledge on Sanskrit, but for a total beginner it may not be a good choice I am a total beginner and it was pretty confusing for me.

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