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Re[2]: [Pali] Skilful ways to learn Pali

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  • ������� ��������� (Dimitry Ivakhnenko)
    Hi Yong Peng, OYP Personally, I feel a good way of learning a new language is OYP through practising and interacting with a group. A group likes OYP ours
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 3, 2001
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      Hi Yong Peng,

      OYP> Personally, I feel a good way of learning a new language is
      OYP> through practising and interacting with a group. A group likes
      OYP> ours may suffice for the learning of Pali since its restricted
      OYP> usage is reading and writing only. For other languages, I would
      OYP> suggest a group that can meet up and practise speaking and
      OYP> listening skills.

      Probably in the future we may start communicating in Pali, using basic
      dictionary and grammar, and English transliterations for more rare
      words.

      OYP> I understand that most of the Pali nouns are masc-a, so knowing
      OYP> the declensions of the group by heart is important. Furthermore,
      OYP> declensions of other groups are based on the "masc-a" group. As
      OYP> for the rest, I think we can memorise or familiarise them slowly
      OYP> as we practise. In this case, a self-prepared table will be
      OYP> useful for quick reference.

      Hopefully we will implement this approach while studying Pali Primer.

      I understand the value of self-prepared tables, however sometimes more
      comprehensive ones are needed. Particularly I am looking for the
      tables of irregular verb and noun forms, and comprehensive tables of
      declension and conjugation. I have heard that tables in Warder
      textbook and 'Pali Workbook' by Lynn Martineau
      http://www.vrpa.com/workbook.htm are very helpful.

      I'll be most obliged if you will place such tables on 'Pali Companion'
      website.

      Or have I missed something and such tables are already available on
      some website?

      Metta,
      Dimitry
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