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Most effective methods for learning the Sanskrit language by yourself

Hello! So do you want to learn Sanskrit. Dive deeper into Bharatiya culture and Dharma or just learn a new language. Want to read one of the world-famous spiritual enlightening books - Bhagavad Gita or maybe Yoga Sutras or something else?

But I am busy.Can I learn Samskritam very QUICKLY and EASILY?

Yes, you can!!

How long will it take? 6 months to become familiar. 1-2 years to read comfortably and follow conversations.

How can I Do It? There are multiple approaches to it. I am going to share 6 different methods that are available to anyone across the world.

-Your schedule is tough. You learn differently. Does NOT matter…

Learn Samskritam When You Want It, Where You Want It!

You will find the right approach that will work for you.

All you need is a “hunger to learn” and as much as a possible dedication to the process.

This is going to be far, far, easier than you expect

There is a famous quote about sanskrit

नैव क्लिष्टान च कठिना (neither tough nor difficult)

Ok ! Show me HOW ?

I will share 6 options to get started. Works across time, energy or money challenges.

!!But you have always remembered that satsanga(association of more qualified persons experts) is very important. Even if you will start learn by yourself you should try gradually to find someone who will guide you and help you who already has gained good knowledge. Although Sanskrit is not difficult, it really needs some sacrifice and only then it will give you many priceless fruits.

Here are those 6 methods

1.Structured Course (long-way study courses)

2. Learning by Speaking( speaking courses where most important is listen and try to repeat)

3. Learning through Shlokas

4. Comics and stories book(there is many books with fascinating stories)

5. Additional materials: apps, web dictionaries, web manuals(there is a lot of webpages that can be really helpful)

6. Conversations in different social media chats

1: Structured Course

If you prefer a structured program to know and become comfortable with Samskritam, a guided “course-like” program may be the right approach for you! This approach is actually the most popular and also has the maximum chance of success, because it has been made in such a way that you will progress step by step, from one grammatical topic to another.You will also find exercises for homework, which can show you what you have learned till this moment. You can see your progress.

Samskrita Bharati runs the most popular structured program in the world and is an excellent option. It is available in 30+ countries and accessible from anywhere in the world.

You CANNOT go wrong here!

So let`s look what we have

This is the most precious gem!In my personal opinion, this is the most important and resultative course which has 4-levels, it provides a powerful foundation for both spoken Sanskrit and classical traditional grammar in general. After finishing it - you can go anywhere, even read Kavya, and try to read Shastric Sanskrit.

This course is the basis of everything (along with video tutorials). For a really good and firm foundation, you have to learn at least the first two levels (Vakyavyavahara,Vyavahara Pradipa – in total 3 books). And for your comfort I recommend you purchased them, the price is not so high. But to start, you can use the pdf which I uploaded. In the folder you also can find some other books that are for more advanced levels(If you have finished the previous 3 then you can easily study them).


And you know what is really cool?

That it has been recorded with an explanation in English. In PlaylistPart 1 (प्रथमादीक्षा) – LearnSanskritbyProfNarasingit has almost all the lessons in the entire course of spoken Sanskrit books. It really helps you accelerate, and get stability, and after you can go through the course even without video.These video lectures will be helpful if you decide to take the course on your own. All explanations Sanskrit and English).


!!VYOMA LABS those people are making some the best materials and courses!!!


They also have a great website where you can find so many courses about every possible subject for different levels.

10 Lesson course “Getting Started with Sanskrit for Free” https://sanskritfromhome.in/course/sanskrit-beginners-course

They have also special topics like vibhakti / Kridanta etc. that are outstanding! Kudos.

PANINI GRAMMAR – Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi course

If you already have good and strong fundamental knowledge, then you definitely should try to listen to the course on Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi from Vyoma, it explained by one of the great teacher Saumya Bhagini. Believe me I know what I m saying, I ve gone gone through her lessons, and didn`t meet anything like this. Every lesson is so informative with elaborate explanations about the topic. These lessons on Laghu Siddhanta are the best of the best. You should try it and you will see how amazing Sanskrit vyakarana is.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmozlYyYE-EQyN06EzYJlnRRjE_qSJ-wc – youtube link

But I recommend you to enroll to that course after you ve been visiting their site https://www.sanskritfromhome.org/

Chitrapur Math!

This organization has an amazing textbook course where everything has been explained in really simple way, also recommend you to check it!

https://chitrapurmath.net/site/activities-girvanaprathistha-lessons is their page

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1It78mOLWMfri4m9YdOjmdO5bRaGEmPPJ?usp=share_link - here is separate lessons and full book

Arshavinash Foundation

It is so amazingly precise textbook. With an elaborate explanation of the traditional approach to Sanskrit grammar in English. I must say it could be difficult to start from this textbook, but to receive a better understanding of what is traditional grammar you must go through this textbook.

(Video) Watch This Before You Start Learning Sanskrit!


And for those brave souls who are not scare to take effort and study Panini there is a guide for entering in the world of a Panini through Laghu Siddhanta kaumudi).


https://worldsanskrit.net/wiki/Main_Page - Good way to start Panini Grammar

There is also very popular course from Sanskrita Bharati

Check out the Samskrita Bharati website



Samskrita Bharati has 4 course levels, with optional exams and certifications. Each course takes 6 months to complete and comes with (a) Text Book with lesson plan (b) YouTube videos for each lesson (c) Optional live Webinars for answering doubts.

The levels are (a) PraveshaH (b) ParichayaH (c) Shiksha and (d) Kovida. In 2 years you can complete the entire course. By the end of year 1 you will be able to read, write and understand spoken Samskritam. By year 2 you will be speaking….

Some of you may be starting to read Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita. All of you hopefully will be tweeting in Samskritam.

Samskrita Bharati Distance Learning Program is very effective for those who learn best within a structured program.

The exams are optional if you want to check progress. The lessons are well designed and interesting. This program is an excellent and smooth way to get started. The fees are also quite nominal


There are nearly 400 videos that cover all the 4 courses.

Click links for the BEGINNER’S course (PraveshaH) and SUBSCRIBE to the YouTube channel.

ENGLISH medium: https://youtu.be/cVN6u2Qe-Ws

Many others are doing great work in introducing Samskritam to beginners.


Kids learn a language by speaking – so can you!

✅‼️That is really the most important and useful video course for self-learning of spoken Sanskrit from Sanskrit Sansthan.

Ithas 120+ videos that teach you by an easy “action method” and help you move from speaking simply to complex Samskritam sentences.

-You can download all lessons by this link -


You can also watch online but only 40 from 120 - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgp0aDWIOdvJ5ZgxFwQRJxddDWTexoBtt

⚠️There is pdf materials for the first 22 lessons of that course Sanskrit First 22 lessons were transcribed out of 120.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1neWqWRZ0v3L3ZifzKy44B1RBD_T0H39t/view?usp=share_link – With English explanation

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1II61Ex5GZWeP8-6M_trEfmR2iKU2pIRl/view?usp=share_link- just Sanskrit transribtion

Speaking method has many advantages – a natural learning style that is NOT via learning grammar first. You glide in smoothly and start understanding its rhythms and nuances. This is very effective and many people swear by this– you may soon be one of them!

▶️ I also recommend some other video courses for conversational Sanskrit with explanations in English

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbRMhDVUMngfYG2GVf2bQnIgsI0Y923g3(Conversation course in English)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8hlzSD3smGgf8BA3XcWMUlgB1tsoYyD-(Spoken Sanskrit basic, in English and sanskrit).


+I also highly recommend the following channel, there are lessons of different levels starting from the simplest things. Lessons are short in simple Sanskrit. They are very good in that you, when analyzing grammatical topics, accept listening to their discussions in Sanskrit, and often there are words accompanied by an English translation.



Listening to Samskrit lectures is the best way to build your vocabulary

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3E0809BFF44BF8E3(my personal playlist which contains video lectures in Sanskrit on very various topics, this is really a unique selection that I have been collecting for 7 years now).You will find there a lot of unique materials for different levels.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_a1TI5CC9RFBsReUwg-U_nZi0rI8J0ne- There is 500 lectures about Vedic traditional branch of knowledge everything in Sanskrit, not for beginners.


3: Learn through Shlokas

If your primary motive is to learn the scriptures/Dharma, then this may be right for you. Bonus-you learn Samskritam also while diving deep into Bhagavad Gita or the Ramayana!

Check if this is the right way for you….

-Learning via Bhagavad Gita: Series of Structured YouTube Videos : https://youtu.be/V0nP2tI1s2A

-Learning via Ramayana: Self Learning with English translation https://valmiki.iitk.ac.in

The Gita series is explicitly designed to do both - teach Gita and Samskritam.

(Video) The First Sanskrit Lesson- Mastery of Sound


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHAJ9bhNvnofyDjoJ76NJDr85L4ugxaHe(34 lessons on Ramayana with detailed and selective analysis, very interesting. But I recommend watching it to those who already have a good base, at least after 120 conversational lessons).

Champu Ramayanam 43 lessons with very deep grammatical analysis in sanskrit only https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmozlYyYE-ESXMNWR6R8Vs4w634k-FAac

Explanation of many famous Sanskrit prayers https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTWf5ZhGT362fJpEnNHNAmIAM_qRwJJv0

Yadava abhyadaya poem of Vedanta Desikas https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTWf5ZhGT3612e8MB6zwIkGAdsWu2tquH

Raghu vamsam 1st sarga https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTWf5ZhGT36322JDv8Qn7XvEX8fe9ZPEy

And many many other interesting lectures you also can find here https://www.youtube.com/@TrivikramDAS-samskrtapremi/playlists?view=52&sort=dd&shelf_id=0

While many people may have nightmares learning a language from school text books, this can still be an effective and free method if you are up to it!


I have saved the best for the last! If you read comics during maths class, this is for you. Read Chandamama comics and learn Samskritam.

Now you really have NO EXCUSE to NOT Start learning Samskritam :-)


Some of the really nice storybooks in simple Sanskrit. I recommend you print them and try daily read at least a few sentences and try to translate them.


There is also audio-recorded stories. You can find a lot of audio stories here

https://archive.org/details/sugandhaH https://archive.org/details/kathaa70

As you can see, no matter where you are located, whatever your style of learning, there is a method that works for you.

The most popular ones are the structured courses. Learning by Speaking and Learning via Shlokas are also very popular and effective

Samskrita Bharati is by far the most widespread organization while thereare many others that provide excellent options based on learning styles.

Learn Samskritam reading through simple stories





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Check it out!

Pick one that works for you!

Another good Resource to learn


In 6 months you will be reading and writing Samskritam fluently.

Next year this time, you will be speaking Samskritam and tweeting

5. Addition materials: Apps, web dictionaries, web manuals etc.

Applications for mobile


(For advanced students)


(General reference for noun forms. It's easy to understand everything in almost English)


(General reference)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mamillasoft.vipra_sanskrit (simulator for memorizing noun forms)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mamillasoft.vipra_sanskrit_quiz(another noun trainer)


(The best dictionary, though paid)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mamillasoft.krdanta_sikshika (kridant memorization trainer)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.labs.aeiun.sanskritDhatu360(very handy app for finding verb forms and roots in English)

(Video) One of the best books to learn Sanskrit through English

There aremany eLearning apps for Samskritam. Many are either stand-alone apps or 1-1 tutoring services. Others can be combined with app andtutoring. The pricing varies by the level of service and hourly rate oftutors

LanguageCurry App by Language Curry is a very good start, and it is free.


Example: App on Baasha platform by Samskrita Bharati Kerala on Google Play or iTunes



Example: Flash Card App


Both of the above Apps have design features similar to the popular Duolingo. While I am not a big fan of the memorizing approach, this may work well for others - at least in practicing the grammar!

Example: App as well as an eLearning program PLUS private TUTORS who will work with you.

Check out if these are better for you https://openpathshala.comor https://apnacourse.com/course/sanskrit-for-beginners

Online\offline dictionaries


(the most inaccurate dictionary, but the easiest to use can be used even by beginners. the only plus is easy to search, and there is a lot of modern vocabulary)



(Although a classic, it's still not the best option and not the easiest for beginners)



!!(One of the best options! Several dictionaries (covers) are available at once. Not so difficult to use)


https://kosha.sanskrit.today/(Very good interesting option!)


https://www.sanskritdictionary.com/(Very curious dictionary, gives out a lot of everything)


(Off-line SanDic Dictionary)


Online reference books for finding grammatical forms


(the simplest option, everything is in Latin script, only the most basic forms)



!!(One of the coolest tools for finding noun forms. The most complete set of forms. But for those who read Devanagari well).



*(very cool tool. One of my favorites, but everything is in Devanagari. There is a choice of nouns, verbs, kridant and taddhita,NiC,Yan,San almost everything)


http://tdil-dc.in/san/skt_gen/generators.html(very similar in design to the previous one, but a different interface. All in Devanagari)



* (A very powerful tool for finding various nominal and verb forms. Not for beginners at all).

THIS IS the number one tool FOR EVERY SERIOUS SANSKRIT STUDENT! https://ashtadhyayi.com/*

(Classic dhatu-patha with convenient search and output of verb forms. And now a lot of things are constantly added there. Not for beginners at all)


(Video) Best Book For Learning SANSKRIT

(I didn't use much. But it seems to work for sure. everything is in Latin)


(also in Latin, rarely used, but maybe it will suit someone)



(Nice and understandble grammar manual)

https://sellessons.wordpress.com/prelim1/lesson-1/ Not bad


(Amara-kosha and Dhatu-rupawali) Not for beginners, but still an important tool.

http://gretil.sub.uni-goettingen.de/gretil/1_sanskr/6_sastra/2_lex/amark1hu.htm in latin letters

https://sa.wikisource.org/wiki/%E0%A4%86%E0%A4%96%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%AF%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%A4%E0%A4%9A%E0%A4%A8%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%A6%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%B0%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%95%E0%A4%BE (Akhyata Chandrika special dictionarie of verb synonymous)

Manual aboutSanskrit grammar

Samskrta Sahakarin - this one is also so good you definitely must haveit. It only has 70 pages!!


Nice clear and short manual from NCERT (9-10 class)


Flesh cards to learn words


(Many word cards for beginners which help you to memorize basic words divided by different topics)

💹To expand vocabulary. Folders where there are pictures with words on different topics, I highly recommend - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gfZBdiCIkduxUnhCQM_zFI7cn5Raf0H-?usp=sharing

But before you will start to learn Sanskrit grammar you need to understand Devanagari script

Devanagari script

https://ubcsanskrit.ca/lesson1/devan%C4%81gar%C4%AB.html (Sound)

https://ubcsanskrit.ca/lesson2/writingtutor.html (character writing)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQXGlrG1OGk (how to write by hand)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rht4QDaFcE4&t=2475s(theory and pronunciation fragment)

Online tools for writing in different encodings




Tools for identification of chandas



http://prakrit.info/meter/index.html#meters – manual about Sanskrit poetry with examples


6. Social media resources

Ok so usually we spend a lot of time in vain while sitting in social media, BUT you can also use them forSanskrit study, I mean here conversation with other Sanskrit students like you and of course it also means learning from scholars real live language by taking the discussion in chats or groups, or at least silently observe their communication in Sanskrit, until youfind the bravery to try writing something yourself.

So I definitely recommend you this Wahtsupp chat I ve been taking part for the last 3-4 years. There are a great learned people there, they are very polite and try help to anyone who has any questions who is really eager to learn something new everyday. https://chat.whatsapp.com/EDrUhWrunbZFhRz1ImcNyV

-The guys do a really nice job for Sanskrit propagation in this telegram chat. Almost every day they have a mutual conversation where even completely new people try to say something in Sanskrit.


Another similar chat is https://t.me/samskrt_samvadah

And last it is my personal group where I try to share something interesting that motivates me. And you are free to ask anything about Sanskrit here. https://t.me/spokensanskrit_ru

So what are you waiting for?

It is easy and simple. Get moving and #StartupSamskritam !

वदतु संस्कृतम्।जयतु संस्कृतम्

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