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Sanskrit is a great deal more formally constructed (pun intended) than is Pali, which is a prakrit, a Sanskrit relative. It is easier going from Sanskrit to Pali than Pali to Sanskrit. If you are good with languages, learning Sanskrit first would be the way to go, though learning Sanskrit is not necessary to learning Pali.Bhikkhu wrote:Hello everyone, namaste
I have a question, I started to learn Sanskrit, and I thought a little about it, as I am going to be a monk, I suppose I need to learn Pali, don't I?
So, I have a few questions:
1. If I know Sanskrit well, will I be able to understand Pali as well?
Monks, for the most part, learn Pali chants, but not necessarily the language itself, unless the monk is going a scholarly route.2. Do monks learn Pali at the monkshood with their Ven. Master or teacher? Or they need to learn it before? I ask because if not, I guess I'll stop learning Sanskrit and move on to Pali.
Like any language, it more than just vocabulary. Pali is a highly inflected language, which means that meaning of words are determined by the usage and context of the word. And that means a mastery of Pali grammar is an absolute must in understanding how a word is used and what is being said by the usage of the word in question, and in that a strong knowledge of Sanskrit can be a big help. For studying Pali, A.K. Warder's INTRODUCTION TO PALI is a good place to start.3. Is there any word list? Like most used Pali words? Like 10,000 words? Or "List of words, which with them you can read most Suttas" etc....I prefer to have a list than translating one one.
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