Sambojjhanga wrote:Oh, forgot to ask, how would any of you who have learned it rate Pali in comparison to difficulty in learning other languages for English speakers? How does it compare to say, French, Russian and Chinese?
I would say that it is no harder than learning French or German — there is no need to learn a new alphabet, as there is for Russian or Chinese. However, there are not many who can talk in Pali so it's not as easy as learning a living language from native speakers.
Pāli has some similarities to Latin, so if you ever learn Latin conjugations and declensions in school, you would have a head start.
I have never really learnt Pāli properly, doing no more than working through the "New Pali Course" text books that would be used in Sri Lankan schools by teenagers when learning Pāli. However, it gave me enough knowledge to get started, so I can now follow the gist when reading the Pali texts or Commentaries.