“The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar...."
-Sir William Jones
The word Sanskrit is a combination of two words: ‘Sanskar’, which mean moral values and ‘Krit’, which means inculcating. Sanskrit is considered to be one of the oldest systematic languages in human history. It is an old Indo-Aryan language with a recorded history of more than 3500 years. It was very long until people started to compose works in Sanskrit in their regional scripts. Which means that Sanskrit did not have a definite script, like Roman (for English) or Devanagari (for Hindi). It is only recently that Devanagari has been the standard script for writing in Sanskrit. Even though manuscription started very late, Sanskrit has 30 million manuscripts with around 7 million manuscripts preserved in India itself, more than the magnitude of works of Greek and Latin combined!
Sanskrit had acquired many forms depending on the geographical and social circumstances. Vedas were the first scriptures to be composed in Sanskrit, in a form of Sanskrit known as Vedic Sanskrit. Whereas the rules of one of the finest grammars ever produced were composed by the great Indian scholar Panini in the form known as Classical Sanskrit.
Mother Of All Languages
Sanskrit, being one of the most systematic ancient languages, has greatly influenced most of the other languages used at present. This includes western languages like German, French and English. However, due to proximity to the Indian subcontinent, most Asian languages have been highly influenced by Sanskrit. Some examples of interesting similarities are given below:
English words derived from Sanskrit
Persian words derived from Sanskrit
Thai words derived from Sanskrit
Interesting Facts About Sanskrit
- Grammar structure of Sanskrit is very similar to other Indo European languages like Greek and Latin.
- The Sanskrit nominal system—including nouns, pronouns, and adjectives—has three genders (masculine, feminine, and neuter), three numbers (singular, dual, and plural), and seven syntactic cases.
- Sanskrit was used to compose treaties of various philosophical schools and works on logic, mathematics, medicines and astronomy.
- Sanskrit has more literature on science than religious ones.
- Along with Hindu, Sanskrit was also used to write Buddhist and Jaina texts.
- With the spread of Buddhism, these Sanskrit texts were brought by foreigners to their places for studying them.
- Many travellers who visited India were so impressed by the language that they decided to be fluent in it. A few examples are Fa Hein from China and Al Beruni from Iran.
- Many European scholars had been mesmerised by the literary beauty of Sanskrit. Many of them started scholarships for Europeans for studying Sanskrit.
- Sanskrit has a monumental vocabulary. A simple word like water has around 200 words!
- This is because Sanskrit is a context specific language; rather than depending on the subject, each word is used according to the context.
- Sanskrit has a very transparent system of creating words. A million words can be created by adding suffixes or prefixes to the base syllable, or by combining two or more words together. Contrary to claims, it is easy to learn!
- Sanskrit is a versatile language. It’s methodical structure and grandiose vocabulary allow one to frame a sentence using the minimum words possible.
- India harbors many publishing houses that issue newspapers and magazines in Sanskrit.
Why Learn Sanskrit
- According to the United Nations Organisation, around 97% of the modern languages are influenced by Sanskrit. So, learning Sanskrit can aid in understanding the structure of other modern languages.
- Learning Sanskrit can improve your memory and concentration power. It helps develop analytical capabilities and thus helps in understanding mathematics and science.
- Acclaimed researches have declared Sanskrit to be fruitful in speech therapy. Pronunciation of its various vowel sounds has the capability of giving benefits equivalent to Yoga asanas of Kapalbhati and Anulom Vilom.
- Owing to its many perks, many schools in England and Ireland have made it a compulsory subject. James Junior School in London has made Sanskrit compulsory for high school students. Students of this school are among the toppers in various fields and worldwide exams year after year.
- Sanskrit mantras when combined with vibration produced, have a unique effect on mind and psyche. It can inculcate higher moral values in an individual.
- NASA has described Sanskrit as one of the most suitable languages for computers. It is being considered very potent for making algorithms.
- Day by day, people are beginning to appreciate the effectualness of the Sanskrit language. It won’t be incorrect to say that Sanskrit will be the language of the future!
Why Langma School of Languages?
- If you are someone who is looking forward to taking his/her Sanskrit language skills to the next level then Langma School Language is the best place to learn Sanskrit language. Langma provides the best Sanskrit speaking classes in New Delhi as it can be predicted from the fact that a huge number of students from various parts of the world enrol for our classes.
- Training in Sanskrit is not restricted to mugging up vocabulary or grammatical rules, it also includes understanding the roots of the language to get a comprehensive insight into it.
- Langma School of Languages ensures that you get a wholesome experience of not just learning Sanskrit, but understanding it.
- Our highly experienced, qualified teachers will make lesson plans according to the needs and talents of a particular individual because we believe that one size does not fit for all!
- Langma School of Languages is the best Sanskrit language institute with over 15 years of excellent track record. We provide native and experienced Sanskrit language teachers . Also included in our course are plays, audio-visuals and workshops which can further enhance the accuracy and usage of the language.
- Our Sanskrit language program can be customized according to the requirement of the candidate subject to his/her availability. If a student requires completing a course sooner than the above durations, we can create a crash course and focus more on the field-wise aspects of each individual.
- Our institute is a complete language learning platform for passionate Sanskrit learners. Unlike other Sanskrit learning resources, our institute is a Sanskrit language hub where budding flowers bloom in a versatile environment.
- Our mission is to provide a complete guide to the students and make them efficient future entrepreneurs. Apart from integrated Sanskrit language courses, we inculcate Vedic culture in deeper roots to get exceptional results.