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[MDES W1401] Elementary Sanskrit I

December 27, 2010

Vasudeva, Som
[MDES W1401] Elementary Sanskrit I

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You would think Sanskrit is difficult... and it is. It requires a lot of memorization and at first sight, it seems insurmountable. But Vasudeva makes it all very manageable. He goes quickly through the material but understands that it will all take a while for you to digest... so he is lenient and his quizzes are relatively easy - just to make sure that you are keeping up with the vocabulary. He usually goes over everything you need to know in class so make sure you attend class. And as the other reviewer below ... I totally agree that you acquire a different perspective from Vasudeva. You learn not only about the language but also the history of Sanskrit, about the philosophies underlying the language and India, about various traditions. If you put in the effort, you will certainly enjoy a very enriching semester.

As a side note... if you are taking Hindi and want to learn more in depth.. then definitely take Sanskrit.

Workload:

Paragraphs to translate which you go over in class. Weekly/bi-weekly quizzes on vocabulary. Workload is certainly manageable. Worry more about actively learning from Vasudeva Ji and all that he has to offer rather than worrying about the grade... you will do just fine.

December 22, 2010

Vasudeva, Som
[MDES W1401] Elementary Sanskrit I

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Greatest class ever. Somdev is great at life, and he knows EVERYTHING relating to Indian philosophy, history, Sanskrit, and Sanskrit grammar. He teaches the grammar well, but he also diverges off into topics which are related to Sanskrit, or Indian philosophy written in Sanskrit, or the history of India during time which Sanskrit was being written. This doesn't seem too good, but it gives the course a lot of perspective which I think that many language courses lack--instead of saying "just learn this because and then you'll understand later," he explains why this is relevant, even today, while he teaches the grammar.
However, be warned: Somdev is somewhat ethereal, although I think that he does this on purpose as a metaphor for the intangibility, etherealness, and abstraction of life. He's often late to class (sometimes 10 minutes late), and is sometimes hard to locate, although he's more than willing to meet with you whenever. It also helps that no one takes Sanskrit, and that no one will probably read this review, unless you're a boss and you're going to take sanskrit, in which case, kudos to you, because Sanskrit is fing awesome. Fuck Latin and Greek.
He's fantastic. And is really good at life too. Take his class
TAKE SANSKRIT, DAMMIT

Workload:

Very managable--most of it is just self-inflicted: it's up to you to memorize the paradigms, vocab, and grammar of Sanskrit; quizzes once a week, and a final (no midterm this time!)

November 30, 2004

Tubb, Gary
[MDES W1401] Elementary Sanskrit I

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True, Sanskrit's extremely difficult. In fact, I'm increasingly convinced that every Sanskrit writer was a sort of proto-James Joyce, what with the language's abundant punnery and obscurantist prose. Nevertheless, Guru Tubb is as good as it gets. He's obviously devoted to the language and to his students, and he's a genuinely interesting human being without any evident aversion to digression. But really, Sanskrit is harder than Greek. Think twice before you take it.

Workload:

Typical of a language class. Homework, midterm, final, a quiz or several along the way.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1401: Elementary Sanskrit I Guy Leavitt 2012 Fall MTWR / 9:00- 9:50 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1401: Elementary Sanskrit I Som Vasudeva 2010 Fall MWF / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1401: Elementary Sanskrit I Som Vasudeva 2009 Fall MWF / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1401: Elementary Sanskrit I Som Vasudeva 2008 Fall MWR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1