- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449976441
- ISBN-13: 978-1449976446
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,906,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pali - Buddha's Language: A complete teach yourself course for beginners in 10 simple lessons Paperback – December 15, 2009
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A BIG PLUS is an associated website [...] with sound files of the sections of Pali text in the lessons. The form of this course has similarities to Rune Johansson's excellent classic 'Pali Buddhist Texts'- but that book will cost you $50 to $60 and not have sound files. Another strength is the encouragement to memorise the short blocks of Pali text; which start with verses. This is a good way to go to help get Pali under your skin, and goes a little way to make up for the disadvantage of Pali being a largely textual language, which makes the 'immersion' in spoken language often used in learning languages a little difficult!
Even if you only do a few lessons it will break the spell of the unfamiliar and lead to you being able to pronounce Pali a little better and not glazing over when you see a Pali word.
Every human skill from gardening to music to driving a car has some specialised 'technical' language, it's unavoidable. Even with the best translations in the world there is still a place for knowing a little Pali if you are engaged in the human adventure of learning to Wake Up as recommended by the Buddha. This book can help open a whole new world of understanding Buddha Vacana - the Word of The Buddha.
John from Australia
This book is fine for a supplemental reference. A Pali Primer is also very well written and introduces the grammar at a controlled pace, it does not jump right into the Suttas but teaches the basic grammar breakdown through simple sentences.