Indeed my friends, I know learning a word list isn't learning a language.
I speak many languages, including Chinese, Hebrew, Polish, German and so on.
I am planning to move to Thailand in 3-5 years from today, so I guess it's more like to learn Sanskrit OR Pali, I like how Sanskrit is written and sounds - so many words with a funny pronunciation, and I really want to read ancient books in it, such as Mahabharta, Upanishads etc.
By the way, I started learning Sanskrit only a few days ago, I can read Devanagari fast, since I learned to read the alphabet 3 years ago because it was different and unique, so now I am just learning words, I know some around ~100, and a little grammar (like a few rules in Sandhi, and some verbs conjunctions, nothing big), it's not like I am 2nd year at the University so I wanted to ask before I deeply continue to learn Sanskrit, perhaps it is just a waste of time and it'll be better to master Pali, and if I'll have time, I will learn Pali, even basic, so?
But on the contrary, it would be such a great idea to learn Pali, since I am about to join a monkshood, although they will speak Thai there, and since it's Theravada Thai Forest Tradition, no chanting, we meditate only with listening to our own breathe, while not controlling it, simply listening, with its own speed and rate.
Learn them both at the same time? Right now I am kind busy, and I don't want to add another 5th language to my learning schedule, although it's a good and important one in my case, what do you think?
Thanks, with Metta