International Sanskrit Examination Resource

Beginners' books, audio and videos


The systematic practice afforded by all of these books helps a student, from the beginning, to become familiar with paradigms and vocabulary in a story context. This makes study fairly easy and simultaneously develops language and translation skills. overview of video course

Sanskrit is Fun, Books 1, 2 & 3, by Warwick and Elena Jessup:

These are introductory books containing work on the Sanskrit alphabet and simple word recognition.  Alphabet playing cards are also available from ISER on request.  For help with pronunciation go to our 'Learning the Alphabet' page.

Audio to go with Sanskrit is Fun, book 1: up to page 21  pages 23 - 45  pages 46 to end   These each last approx 20 minutes and are designed to be listened to with the book open and pencil ready!

Audio to go with Sanskrit is Fun, book 2:  Part 1  Part 2

Audio to go with Sanskrit is Fun, book 3:  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4


The Stories of Krishna, Part 1 and Part 2, by Warwick and Elena Jessup:

These books start to build on the knowledge gained previously. Nouns, verbs, adjectives etc are introduced and a beginning is made on the system of cases and the understanding of simple sentences. Simple stories in Sanskrit are based upon the traditional childhood stories of Krishna. Playful exercises are also included to allow for practice and testing of knowledge.  The content is presented very clearly, with beautiful illustrations.


Following a basic grounding, the following will be helpful:

The Story of Rama, Part 1 and Part 2, by Warwick and Elena Jessup:

The full case system of paradigms is dealt with and appropriate grammar is introduced in a gradual manner. A more sophisticated level of story-telling, based on the Ramayana, is now enjoyed, together with helpful exercises. The study of these two books provides a helpful lead up to the Mahabharata Series of books and the IGCSE examination.  These books are unique in their clarity and beauty of presentation. For students working on their own, answer books are available on request from ISER.



*All of these books are now published by Motilal and may be purchased through Amazon.*


Last update: 9.7.19