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Season 10 - Episode 18

The Verb I Am

10 min - Tutorial


Anuradha, with the help of Kira, Alana, and Nicole, look at "You Are" and "I Am" in the singular, dual, and plural in Sanskrit.
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Welcome back to this session on verbs. Namaste, Alara. Happy to have you on the show. She's bringing a great support to help us learn the different verb forms. Thus far we have seen the verb conjugated in the third person singular dual plural in the present tense.

We then looked at the formal you singular dual plural in the present tense. We then went on to the you informal singular dual plural. You have the rhythm now in the present tense. What remains is to see how I do the action. It's very funny as we saw in the pronoun section.

The I in Sanskrit is the uttama purushaha, the best person. So you can't leave the best person out. So let's see how the verb conjugates itself with the I which is in Sanskrit aham. Just to recap a little of what we have already seen. Alana, third person singular goes gachati agachati Lovely.

you formal bhavati gachati agachati you informal twam. Remember that? Twam gachasi agachasi Alright. Now twam gachasi aham gachami aham agachami Again aham gachami aham agachami Let's do it with the verb eat. So twam kadasi aham kadami Alright.

So now I invite you to stand up and we'll try and do these actions together. So aham gachami Did you get that? aham agachami I come aham kadami aham kadami aham pebami aham pebami What is the pattern that you're hearing? ah me So kad kadami peb pebami aham vadami vadami Lovely. aham likami likami I hope you're doing the action along with me and repeating because that is what will get the sounds and the action grounded in your system.

Alright. The next verb that we have is I sit aham upavishami Sit down and say it aham upavishami aham utishtami aham utishtami Lovely and aham kridami Receive it. Pass it back. aham kridami Lovely. So what we'll do next is to have a conversation where I will tell the action that I'm doing and I'll ask Alana what she's doing.

Mind you, Alana has never spoken Sanskrit before. So this is the first time that she's going to be trying to say the verbs and trying to express her actions in Sanskrit. So I invite you to dive into this experience and you too. Let's see how we go along. So aham likami I write or I am writing, it's the same thing.

aham likami Alana tvam kinkaroshi What are you doing? aham kadami aham kadami Brilliant. Lovely. Now, another one. We'll try another one.

Yeah, that's easy. Easy. All right. So aham vadami I am speaking aham vadami kinkaroshi What are you doing? aham kridami Fantastic.

aham kridami I am playing. Lovely. All right. So if you want to put that into a sentence, it would be aham tennis say that aham tennis kridami Fantastic. If you want to say I speak English and the verb is aham vadami How would you say that?

aham English vadami But right now we are doing Sanskrit. To be really true to the experience, if you say I am speaking Sanskrit aham aham Sanskritam Sanskritam vadami uttavam Excellent. All right. So that's how you can play with this thing. Play with this language, this different conjugation using I as a person.

That's for the singular. Now if we had two of us doing it, it changes. So like we saw with the you informal, it is uvam for two people. For the two of us, it is avam. A vam is common.

It is a. So avam, if we had to walk, it would be gacha vaha gacha vaha I alone am walking or going aham gachami And when the two of us have to walk, it will be avam gacha vaha Lovely. Now if the two of us are eating, it will be avam kada vaha The two of us are drinking avam peeba vaha The two of us are sitting down avam upavi sha vaha Stand up avam otishta vaha So you've got the feel of it. It's the aah vaha Add it to the verb which will let you know that it's two people, first person doing the action. Now to make the whole thing more fun, let's have a few more people join in.

Kiran, Nikal, would you like to come on? Yay, welcome on the show. Alright, so I have these beautiful ladies again to help us show how we can express it in the plural. We saw what it is with I singular. So aham patami Now if the two of us were reading, it would be avam patava And if many of us were having fun reading together, it would be vayam patama We'll take another verb.

aham vadami avam vadava And vayam vadama How's that? So vayam vadama So what I'll do is just tell you the singular of the I, first person, and you tell me the plural. aham likami vayam likama Did you get that? likama aham kadami vayam kadama aham bibami vayam bibama Lovely. aham likami vayam likama And finally aham kadami vayam Let's play something together.

Alright. aham vayam kadama Okay. hahaha Bye. So I sincerely hope you're enjoying this. Sanskrit is always taught as such a dead language.

But it can be real fun. And when you start speaking it, believe me, the neurons in your head will go bah bah bah all over the place. Your heart will be pumping faster. It's fun experience. Try it out.

Stay with these classes, and I'm sure that when you go on to more serious things like reading the text, once you have practiced sounding it and making this language your very own, when you go into reading the text, the text will suddenly come alive in a very different way. Enjoy the Sanskrit classes and stay with me. Thank you. Thank you.


Kate M
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If I didn't live so far away I would like to come and play on your show too! : ) Thank you again. This kind of practice is the perfect supplement to my other Sanskrit lessons!
Anuradha Choudry
You are more than welcome to join us sometime. ... that would be great fun!! Will hold the space for you in my heart till then next time we shoot šŸ˜ŠShubhamastuu- may well-being be yoursšŸ˜Š

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