Overview for A Rapid Sanskrit Method
A test of Sanskrit grammar whose popularity with teachers and students alike has been on an increase since its first printing. The essentials of Sanskrit Grammar have been carefully organised in thirty selected lessons. Interest in lessons is added by quotations of vocabularies from original Sanskrit, and the student is encouraged to read and memorize them. The lessons are followed by appendices which are of no less interest. An important feature of the book is inclusion of English-Sanskrit and Sanskrit-English glossaries. As the author points out in the preface of the book, Sanskrit is Sanskritbhasa or "the refined language" evolved from the tongue in which the Vedas were written sometime in the latter half of second millennium B.C. The great Grammarian Panini standardised Sanskrit about 5th century B.C. Today, Sanskrit is important for students in linguistics and especially for Indo-Europeans. The ultimate aim of the course of study outlined above is to make the student nearly as fluent in reading Sanskrit as he is in reading his own language. The stress in the book has been that students of all fields gain fluency in this language which at least is a complete language in comparison to other languages. Suffice it to say that the student will find his entire awareness broadened by the ability to conceive things in a different cultural context which the study of Sanskrit imparts.
George L. Hart (Author)
George L. Hart is a professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the translator and editor of Poets of the Tamil Anthologies: Ancient Poems of Love and War and author, with Hank Heifetz, of The Forest Book of the Ramayana of Kampan.