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Sanskrit Primer

By Krishna Varma

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This app aims to not only provide a “teach yourself” type guide to basic Sanskrit but also serve as a handy pocket reference.
- Assumes no prior exposure to the language
- Audio clips that serve as a pronunciation guide for all the words and sentences
- Detailed coverage of the Devanagari script (which is also used by other languages such as Hindi, Marathi, etc)
- Grammatical concepts are illustrated using numerous examples
- Extensive listing of verb and noun inflection tables and vocabulary that can serve as a handy reference
- Complete Dhatupatha (~2000 verbal roots) has been provided as a reference.
- Over 100 simple conversational sentences included
- Additional topics planned for future releases
- Easy navigation using familiar touch interactions
- Fully functional in offline mode as well

Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages and is regarded as the language of the Gods. Sanskrit is the language used for a large corpus of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religious texts. Sanskrit literature encompasses a large and rich tradition of poetry, drama, scientific and philosophical works. While translations are available for most of these texts, it is most satisfying to obtain this knowledge directly from the primary sources.

Hinduism Today magazine rates this as a must-have app: ".....Sanskrit Primer is a boon for Sanskrit students. Containing easy reference guides to grammar and terminology, with accompanying audio pronunciation files, this app is a must-have for anyone looking for a convenient pocket reference guide....."

Check out these sample App Store Reviews:

Sanskrit Teacher *****
This is a fantastic application. I have taught Sanskrit to yoga students and others all around the U.S. and Europe and I would have loved to have this app when I was first studying. Even now, I find it to be an incredibly valuable app. It goes from simple understanding of the alphabet, through all the most important information of noun declensions, verb conjugations, prefix, suffix, indeclinables, even many basic conversational sentences. If you're not sure of the pronunciation it even has audio for that. I would HIGHLY recommend this application for ANYONE interested in Sanskrit! I was totally amazed by the amount and depth of information. Literally hundreds of pages. Even basic vocabulary pages, and much, much more. Well worth 10 times the price!

great to learn samskrtam on the go *****
i deeply appreciate the thought and effort that has gone into this application. it will take you through from the beginning to a good level of understanding the language. it's been great on train rides and when i was in between places to keep learning devabhasha or what is called the divine language. it is called this as it is a perfectly ordered and perfectly intelligently language and has not changed nor will it ever as the structure is perfect. so all kudos to this wonderful application and may there be many more applications in this light. namaste. hari aum.

Superb!!! *****
This is an excellent app for anyone wanting to get started with and get the basics down of Sanskrit. It's obvious the developer spent countless hours formulating the audio and text. Very detailed! The audio clips and the appendix are truly handy and makes it so much easier to use this as a ready reference. There is nothing like this out there. Great job!!!

Handy App *****
The material is very well researched and organized. It's an excellent introduction to the language. Great job!!!

Excellent App *****
Just love the app. I studied Sanskrit from my high school until college. Though I still understand the language and the basic mechanics of it, I had forgotten quite a bit of the nuances and this app does a wonderful job of reminding me all of that!....

Great tribute to the mother of all languages *****
This is a wonderful app.....Thanks for this one.


What's New in Version 2.0

Added the Dhatupatha which is a complete listing of all the verbal roots (~2000) available in Sanskrit. The roots are provided in alphabetical order to aid in quick lookup.

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Customer Reviews

Horrible pronounciation!

I was looking for an app that would help me with my sanskrit studies, but this one is NOT a help. The audible for this app really does sound like a 3 year old and you can't hear much difference between one vowel to the next. Granted the differences are subtle, but not so subtle that you shouldn't be able to hear it. Aside from that, the vowels aren't even being pronounced correctly. Don't waste your money on this app until the creators actually get a proper linguist to recite the Sanskrit vowels and consonants the way they should sound.

Rename it Sanskrit for Hindi* speakers.

A single chapter on the alphabet, with neither attention paid separately to each letter nor practice with recognition and pronounciation, is insufficient. Also, the audio quality is very poor.

Once I've learned to read, write and pronounce devanagari elsewhere, I expect the remaining chapters of this e-book will be helpful. For now I'm going back to the Sanskrit Lessons apps by Aimkara.

* Other languages, such as Nepali, also use the devanagari script.

Perfect aid to learning

This app gives you not only the tools to understand the essentials, but also to memorize the key tables (and there is a lot of those in Sanskrit :)... Thanks to the author for making this available to all of us!

Sanskrit Primer
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  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 58.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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