with Dr. Varun Khanna
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Join Dr. Varun Khanna, and a global cohort of students, for this unique opportunity to study and receive world-class training in Spoken Sanskrit—from the comfort of your own home.
As a continuation of SKT 204, Spoken Sanskrit II will move beyond basic vocabulary acquisition and transition to a more conversational approach. In this course, students will learn to form longer, more complex sentences, with a focus on communication of complete ideas. Students will also learn new concepts like passive voice, secondary conjugations, intermediate tenses/moods, and more.
To conclude the course, students will work in groups to put together skits with complex dialogue, which will be performed for their peers. Let the fun continue!
As a pre-med undergrad student, Varun Khanna accidentally stumbled into Sanskrit when he tried to learn Ayurveda during a study abroad program in India. After learning to speak and becoming fluent in the language, he changed direction and became a full-time student of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy. He then traveled through various jungles and cities in India to learn from different Sanskrit gurus, specializing in Pāṇinian Sanskrit grammar. Varun later earned both his master’s degree in Sanskrit and his PhD in Hinduism (studying consciousness in the Upaniṣads) at the University of Cambridge. He has been teaching spoken Sanskrit, Pāṇinian Sanskrit grammar, and topics in Indian philosophy since 2008, and is now a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics teaching Sanskrit at Swarthmore College.
Varun’s research interests lie in the intersection of Sanskrit grammar, Vedānta philosophy, and social justice. His latest work centers on the perspectives that ancient Sanskrit literature offers for thinking about equality, freedom, and justice. He is also working on a new Sanskrit primer that incorporates Pāṇinian grammar in order to help students learn the exact boundaries of the rules of Sanskrit.
This course builds upon SKT 204 | Spoken Sanskrit I. To get the most out of this course, students should have at least one introductory course in Sanskrit (SKT 100a, 100b, 101, 102, 103) so that you have a basic understanding of the alphabet and the principles of the language. Don't worry too much about your knowledge of the grammar, as this course will be taking a different approach!
Not to worry! All live sessions with Dr. Khanna will be recorded and posted to the course website within 24 hours. Students will have lifetime access to them.
So while live attendance is strongly encouraged to get the most out of the course, you can still participate by watching the recordings.
You are also encouraged to participate in the online Community forum, and have the opportunity to send questions in ahead of time, especially if you cannot attend live.
No, not at all. You are welcome to only register for a single course/term, as it suits your interests and level of study.
No textbook will be required or used. This will be a very hands on, or "mouths on" class.
Unfortunately, SKT 100-level and 200-level courses are the only courses that are NOT included in the YS Membership Program. The reason behind this is we need to open/close enrollment at set dates and create unique Sanskrit cohorts to better serve the learning environment for both instructor and students.
However, both SKT 100a | The Devanāgarī Seminar and SKT 100b | Sanskrit for Yogis are available to students in the YS Membership Program.
Yes! Upon completion of each SKT course in the series, you will be eligible for an official Yogic Studies certificate of completion.