Query on online courses of Sanskrit

A reader asks:

I am learning Sanskrit and would appreciate any suggestions for an English-language, classroom-style “online” or “distance learning” intermediate class.
I have begun with Nikhil Gandhi (Maurer’s book) and plan to continue with an online class at the Australian National University; but am looking for a backup plan.
“Samskrtam Bharati” is not of interest nor any of the workshop-based trainings in the USA.

After a rapid consultation among members of the blog, Matthew Dasti suggested the Online course on “Introductory Sanskrit” by Antonia Ruppel (author of the recent The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit), but as far as I can tell this is more of a self-help group insofar as one reads a chapter of the book each week, gets a key for the exercises and can ask questions on a facebook group and gets answers from the other members of the group or from the instructor. Again, unless I misunderstood, there is no frontal teaching. Moreover, it is certainly for beginners only.

Personally, I usually suggest to interested people who cannot attend a university course to learn Sanskrit through skype meetings with a private instructor (they are not very expensive and I can provide you with some names if you want me to).

Do readers know of further online courses of Sanskrit?

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3 thoughts on “Query on online courses of Sanskrit

      • Yes, definitely! But that won’t be for a while – this current course started in October, and we will take about two years to go through the textbook (The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit), after which you’re ready to read Sanskrit literature. I am of course happy for those who already have some prior knowledge of Sanskrit to join during those two years when we have reached a point at which classes become useful for them. Anyone interested should contact me about details (cambridge.sanskrit@gmail.com); but as a general guideline: the book has 40 chapters; I expect to do about 20 per year; look at the table of contents (available e.g. at http://www.cambridge.org/sanskrit) and gauge at what point the course becomes useful for you.

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