One Word for One World
One Word for One World

Precise Sanskrit translations by the translation agency Fasttranslator

Sanskrit is an umbrella term denoting various old Indian languages. The oldest written form of Sanskrit is in the Vedas, the holy book of Hinduism. These texts were created over one thousand years before Christ. Sanskrit is the language of the Brahmin, the highest caste group in the Indian caste system. Sanskrit is mostly written using Devanagari script, the common Indian alphabetic script. It is possible that there are other writings in different scripts. Classical Sanskrit contains forty-eight different phonemes while the older Vedic Sanskrit has forty-nine. Some Indian people still speak Sanskrit as their mother tongue to this day. In India, church services, wedding ceremonies, and funerals are still held in Sanskrit. This language holds the key to the culture and society of the South Asian region. Knowledge of this language is essential to understanding the religious and cultural heritage of South Asia. For this reason, we employ exclusively native speaking translators raised with this language and culture. They are capable of translating your documents from every language reliably and with pinpoint accuracy. We can even handle any of the various subject areas without a problem. Contact us and see what we can do. Our experienced project managers are happy to advise you by phone and by email.

Sanskrit in modern India

The importance of Sanskrit to religious Indian people can be compared to that of Latin to the European theologians or Hebrew to Jewish rabbis. India's most important religious, scientific, and philosophical texts are written in Sanskrit. Although Sanskrit is hardly spoken in modern India, six thousand of the country’s people named it as their native language in a survey conducted at the end of the twentieth century. At this point in time, nearly two hundred thousand Indian people still spoke Sanskrit as a second language. There are efforts being made in India to keep the language alive. There are Sanskrit language newspapers and radio stations. In many schools, Sanskrit is at least taught as a third language after Hindi and English.

The history of Sanskrit

Sanskrit is the oldest variant of the Indo-Aryan languages. All modern languages spoken on the Indian subcontinent developed from this language. These modern spin offs include Romani, Hindi-Urdu, Kashmiri, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, and Nepalese. In contrast to the colloquial Prakrit, Sanskrit has always been considered a purer and holier language. At first, many Sanskrit texts were passed down orally, centuries passing before it even partially began to be written down. The first Sanskrit grammar was recorded at some point in the fifth century BC by Panini. Our project managers are happy to serve as your contact partner in your professional translation into or from the Sanskrit language. Contact us now by email or phone.

The relationship of Sanskrit to other languages

Sanskrit is related to all languages of the Indo-European language family. Relationships also exist with Latin and Greek. For example, the Latin word for God, "deus", corresponds to the Sanskrit word for God,"deva". The noticeable similarity between Sanskrit, Latin, and Greek was first discovered during the colonization of India after incoming Europeans began to translate classical Indian literature. Sanskrit derived loanwords can also be found in the English language. Examples of this are: Avatar, guru, jungle, karma, mantra, and yoga. If you would like to learn more about this old Indian script, we are happy to be of service to you. All you have to do is contact us.

Professional translators prefer our translation service. Fasttranslator is a corporate member of the leading global translation society ProZ, where 42 translators have given us a score of 5,0 out 5.