1. Study Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide and learn how all the letters are pronounced and what consonants and the long and short vowels are.
2. Read the English translation of a memorable verse and become familiar with it.
3. Study word-for-word meanings for the first line of verse.
4. Determine the meter of the first line of the verse (more below).
5. Chant the first line of the verse repeatedly until memorized, always keeping the meaning of each word in mind.
6. Proceed to the second line, then