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Sanskrit for daily use!

Is it possible to use Sanskrit for daily use? What words words and phrases would one even use? Read below to find out.

Sanskrit and decolonisation

What are the lesser-known advantages of learning and speaking Sanskrit?

bird fleeing cage, symbolic of decolonisation of mind
bird fleeing cage, symbolic of decolonisation of the mind

Sanskrit, by default, decolonizes the mind. It's necessary for the people of a nation to learn and preserve its language that has given expression to the vision of its life. Sanskrit, indeed, is the very Atman - आत्मन् of भारत bhArata - India.

Let us begin by learning the Sanskrit words for some English words.

image of person finding light and the way out of a maze shaped brain
Decolonising the mind

Decolonisation अनुपनिवेशनम्, निर्धूतोपनिवेशनम्, निर्मुक्तोपनिवेशनम्. विगतोपनिवेशनम्

anupaniveśanam, nirdhūtopaniveśanam, nirmuktopaniveśanam. vigatopaniveśanam

Colonization उपनिवेशनम् upaniveśanam

Did you understand written in Sanskrit

Moving on, let's discover simple Sanskrit phrases to be used in our daily life.

  • अवगतम्? avagatam - Did you understand?
  • सम्मतम्? sammatam - Agreed?
  • एवं वा/किम्? evaṃ vā/kim? -  Is it so?
  • तत् तथा नास्ति। tat tathā nāsti. -  It's not like that!
  • सः सर्वथा अयोग्यः। saḥ sarvathā ayogyaḥ. -  He is good for nothing.
  • कः त्वाम् एतद् अकथयत्? kaḥ tvām etad akathayat? - Who told you this?
  • अस्तु, पश्याम। astu, paśyāma. -  Ok, let's see!
  • वृथा अपव्ययः। vṛthā apavyayaḥ. - Just waste of money.
  • Can daily life be spent without wishing our loved ones?

Greetings in Sanskrit

  • सुदिनं पुनः पुनः आवर्तताम्। sudinaṃ punaḥ punaḥ āvartatām. - Many Happy Returns of the Day
  • हार्दिकाभिनन्दनम्।   hārdikābhinandanam - Heartiest Congratulation
  • सुखद-निर्विघ्न-यात्रायै आन्तरिक-शुभेच्छाः।   sukhada-nirvighna-yātrāyai āntarika-śubhecchāḥ - Best wishes for a safe and pleasant journey
  • मदीया गभीरसमवेदना।  madīyā gabhīrasamavedanā. -  My deepest condolence
  • शुभमस्तु। śubhamastu. -  May all be good

Sanskrit Exercise

Do you have some basic knowledge of Sanskrit?  Why don't you attempt this small passage with the help of the clues given below?

अधुना अहम् वदामि । सः अधुना पाठं पठति । सा अधुना यानं चालयति। त्वम् अधुना किं करोषि ? अहम् अधुना खेलामि । मम पिता अधुना पूजयति। तस्य अनुजः अधुना निद्राति । किं तव माता अधुना गायति? न मम माता अधुना लिखति। मम अग्रजः अधुना स्नाति । त्वम् अधुना कुत्र गच्छसि ?

adhunā aham vadāmi . saḥ adhunā pāṭhaṃ paṭhati . sā adhunā yānaṃ cālayati. tvam adhunā kiṃ karoṣi ? aham adhunā khelāmi . mama pitā adhunā pūjayati. tasya anujaḥ adhunā nidrāti . kiṃ tava mātā adhunā gāyati? na mama mātā adhunā likhati. mama agrajaḥ adhunā snāti . tvam adhunā kutra gacchasi ?

Clues: अधुना - now वदामि - am speaking पाठं पठति - reading lessons यानं चालयति - driving vehicle किं करोषि - what are you doing? खेलामि - am playing पूजयति- is worshiping निद्राति - is sleeping गायति - singing लिखति - is writing स्नाति - is taking bath गच्छसि - you are going

adhunā - now vadāmi - am speaking pāṭhaṃ paṭhati - reading lessons yānaṃ cālayati - driving vehicle kiṃ karoṣi - what are you doing? khelāmi - am playing pūjayati- is worshiping nidrāti - is sleeping gāyati - singing likhati - is writing snāti - is taking bath gacchasi - you are going


Today Sanskrit has broken away from the shackles and reemerged as a relevant and thriving language. Even if it is not being taught in many schools and universities, people are finding ways to study it themselves. Google said, that the highest number of requests that they received for translations was for Sanskrit. Language Curry, the only app in the world teaching Indian languages has the maximum number of downloads for Sanskrit. The students are from across the globe. Sanskrit can be learned in contemporary form too! Have you checked out this fun article we did a few days ago?
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