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Learn Kannada - Part 1

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I've never been one to pick up other languages very well. Once upon a time I used to speak Tagalog, Cebuano (from Cebu), and even French! Not at the same time, but as time wore own and the people with whom I spoke to left my life or I left theirs, my ability to speak these languages faded away.

My mother, a Filipina who does speak Tagalog and Cebuano decided that speaking these languages would interfere in my ability to speak English properly. And since my dad could 'only' speak English (he spoke Spanish fluently, and French with working capacity), my mom stopped conversing with me in her native tongue. After moving to India from the Philippines, I had nobody to talk to and, thusly, it faded from my memory.

Living in Bangalore, I have tried to learn the language of the state with some difficulty. Kannada is a strange language, and the script looks quite amazing. Here, have a sample:

ನಾಯಿ ತನ್ನ ಚೆಂಡುಗಳನ್ನು ನೆಕ್ಕಲು ಬಯಸುತ್ತದೆ. Looks quite pretty, does it not? What's it sa…

Why sometimes the more common words or terms are better...

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Sometimes I will come across words and phrases that, in some cultures, can be taken quite... differently. In some cases it can go even as far as insulting despite the best of intentions. When you're writing, particularly when trying to establish a friendly rapport in business, understanding how words work can prevent embarrassing situations and soured relations. Some examples of this are: