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University of Toronto launching Sanskrit studies this September

Eric Wainwright Jun 27, 2016 5:34 am
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Known as both the “language of the gods” and the “I don’t know what my tattoo actually says,” Sanskrit is the primary sacred language of Hinduism.

And this September, the University of Toronto is offering everyone the opportunity to learn a thing or two about the divine language.

In fact, under the Department for the Study of Religion, U of T will be offering Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced levels courses, all of which will be one year in length. While courses will also be offered both online and on campus.

In case you’re not up to date on your history of ancient languages, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, delivered some solid context when he said that Sanskrit “provided the theoretical foundation of ancient sciences and had a close relationship with other classical languages like Latin, Greek, French, German, etc.”

Not bad.

No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is necessary to enroll in the introductory course, with the goal of having you be able to “read Sanskrit literature with the aid of a dictionary” after just the first semester. Eventually you’ll go on to learn and develop your grammar and vocabulary and have the opportunity to become a conversationalist Sanskritist.

So what are you waiting for, go get ’em, व्याघ्रः


Eric Wainwright
Eric is the Toronto City Editor for Daily Hive and previously the Editor-in-Chief at He is highly educated. He knows words. He has the best words.

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