Sanskrit for Beginners

A simple and comprehensive guide

Our complete guide to Sanskrit grammar uses clear and simple language that anyone can understand. We focus on core concepts and principles, not on dull busywork.

You can download this guide as a PDF here.

Last updated on 19 November 2021. Join our mailing list for updates.

Before you begin

You can learn Sanskrit without studying grammar. Our introduction will show you how. If you have questions about this approach or about our guide, write to us and we will reply as soon as we can.

Part I: Fundamentals

Our introduction explains our guide's philosophy and design. Then, our core lessons teach the essential parts of Sanskrit grammar.

Introduction

  1. For beginners
  2. For experts

Intermission

Now is a good time to use our acquisition resources and focus on interesting content. Remember: we acquire Sanskrit through content, not through rules!

Part II: Major topics

Each topic below is like its own small book. You can read these topics in any order. Earlier topics tend to focus on details, and later topics tend to focus on meaning.

For further study

If you want to learn more about Sanskrit's rules, we recommend our vyākaraṇa-praveśaḥ series, which is a gentle introduction to traditional Sanskrit grammar. You can also read our site resources page for texts, dictionaries, grammar references, and other helpful resources.

If you feel stuck, write to us and we'll see if we can help.