There will be no Sanskrita class in the temple for the next two weeks due to Holidays. A little bit of break is good to think about what we have learned so far in the last 3 months.
Even though we started late in the year, the progress has been very good and we have covered a good bit of the very basics. The words are there in the mind, but it just does not rush to the tongue when required. This is a common obstacle when learning any language and constant practice will help overcome this. Just like Patanjali says "abhyAsa vairAgyabhyAm tan nirodhah" for chitta-modification s, here we need the abhyAsA and vairAgya for the very chitta-modification (ie learning the language).
The goal of this class is not to learn a lot of Sanskritam, but to be fluent in what little we know.
That said, here are a few steps that I have found personally helping to achieve this:
1. Do not think in terms of big
2. Think very small sentences. Translate every small thing you do every day into small sentences. Repeat it to yourself.
aham utthishtAmi |
---I got up.
aham bhojanam karomi |
--- I am eating food or I will be eating food.
aham coffee pibAmi, kAryAlayam gacchAmi |
--- I am /will be drinking cofee. I will be going to office.
kArayAnam chAlayAmi |
idAnim samayah ka: |
----what is the time now?
tat kim ? kimartham ?
---- what is that? what do you mean?
Barnes and Noble kutra asti ?
--- Where is (location) Barnes and Noble?
Christmas samaye kim kretavyam ?
---what is your plan for Christmas?
kutra kim nyuna mulyam asti |
---where I can get cheap(economic) stuff?
Walmart gacchAmi va ? athavaa Target gacchAmi ?
----Are you going to Walmart? then Target?>
etc .. simple sentences but repeat it several times. Before you know, your mind would have internalized it.
3. Record your sentences in ipod/mp3 player etc and listen to it. Repeat until you can say the same sentence fluently.
I will be sending some homeworks that you can work over the next two weeks.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
nava varsha subhASayaa: |
jayatu sanskritam |