Sanskrit is a classical language of South Asia belonging to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages. It arose in South Asia after its predecessor languages had diffused there from the northwest in the late Bronze Age. Sanskrit is the sacred language of Hinduism, the language of classical Hindu philosophy, and of historical texts of Buddhism and Jainism. It was a link language in ancient and medieval South Asia, and upon transmission of Hindu and Buddhist culture to Southeast Asia, East Asia and Central Asia in the early medieval era, it became a language of religion and high culture, and of the political elites in some of these regions. As a result, Sanskrit had a lasting impact on the languages of South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, especially in their formal and learned vocabularies.
While learning a new language, you must practice it whenever you get time. It’s not really the question of “where can you practice it”, it’s really “how can you practice it”. It is your choice of ways to learn a new language that will help you decide where you can practice it. To understand this in a better way, let’s dive deep into the blog. In this blog, we will discuss some of ways through which you can practice your Sanskrit language skills:
Options to practice your Sanskrit language skills:
1. Practice by Yourself
It is important to practice with Sanskrit speakers, but if you do not feel ready, there are still plenty of ways you can do Sanskrit conversation practice by yourself. You’ll find a theme with these tips, and they all involve being silly and talking to yourself but the good news is that you can do it in the privacy of your home. The best way to improve your speaking skills in any language is to practice speaking. You need to apply the knowledge you gain in order to improve your skills, so keep studying, but make sure you spend more time talking and using what you learn, than revising what you’ve learnt by yourself.
2. Prioritize grammar over vocabulary
Vocabulary is obviously necessary but not as necessary as you may think. The basic grammatical foundations is what gives you so much information to be presented with so few words. When studying Sanskrit, put more effort into grammar than vocabulary, and your knowledge will be more widely applicable.
3. Find a Sanskrit Partner
Being friends with a Sanskrit speaker means you’ll have opportunities to speak Sanskrit every single day. Hang around with your partner and their friends enough and you’ll be getting Sanskrit immersion without even going out through stress. You don’t necessarily have to only practice speaking with people who are native in Sanskrit. As long as they’re of a similar or higher proficiency level than you, you can still enjoy valuable Sanskrit language practice.
4. Enroll in Online classes
There are more than enough online learning tools to keep your Sanskrit language skills up to scratch without needing to pay much at all. One of the things about using online learning tools is that it’s a good idea to stick with one that you like for a little while rather than dipping in and out of different tools. Each product will have its own way of teaching you the language, and it will have built a structure around that idea of how to teach. One such great tool is Multibhashi. It offers courses in numerous foreign and regional languages. You can enroll yourself for a demo session to see how it works.
One of the toughest parts about learning a language, and also arguably the most important! There are many ways you can practice by yourself, but you can’t talk to yourself forever. We hope these tips helped and gave you the confidence you need to practice speaking Sanskrit.