To Sanskrit Speakers
does anyone speak (write and read) Sanskrit? If yes, how does it feel compared to English or other languages you speak?
I am asking because I think about learning Sanskrit to improve my thinking.
Example: To me, German is very sensitive compared to English. In German, tiny differences in wording make a huge difference in meaning and tone. English is much more simple.
A (translated) quote that is very telling:
French is a noble park, Italian a big, bright and colourful wood. But German is more like a primeval forest, as thick and mysterious, as lacking big trails and yet full of hidden paths. You can’t get lost in a park, and not that easily and dangerously in the Italian wood’s brightness; but in German can disappear in the thicket within four, five minutes. Because the paths are so difficult to follow, most try to march as straight as possible through it. Actually, this is against it’s against the nature of this language. Sure, it has a principal direction, but yet invites by hundred trails and hidden paths left and right to depart from it, and soon back to it.
- I butchered the quote through translation because it makes heavy use of the peculiarities of the German language.
- That is the reason why translations from German into English are very difficult.
- That is the reason why I plan to provide my own translation of the core texts of Luhmann in some distant future.
Live long and prosper
I am a Zettler
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