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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.
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