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Learn Kannada - Part 1

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 say? It's supposed to say: "A dog likes to lick its balls", but I've been told that Google Translate isn't very accurate, so I don't know what it actually really says.

That aside, I'm in the same boat as non-Kannada speakers. I only speak a smattering few words in the language, but I see the instant response. If you speak Kannada, you're automatically a superstar. In fact, you become part of their family and, after saying more than a few words, you'll be invited to join the person you're talking to to their house for food and drink. Honestly, I've taken a few up on the offer with very happy memories and rewarded with long-lasting friendships.

Anyway, let's begin the lesson.



Kannada English Kannada word in English sentence
Naanu Me / I am Naanu software engineer. (I am a software engineer.)
Neenu You Neenu student. (You are a student.)
Namma Ours Namma desha Bharata. (Our country is Bharata/India.)
Nimma Yours Nimma ooru Boston. (Your home town is Boston.)
Yaaru Who Teacher yaaru? (Who is the teacher?)
Yaavaga When Class yaavaga? (When is the class?)
Yelli Where Tucker yelli? (Where is Tucker?)
Avaru He / She (with respect). Also they/those people Avaru teacher. (He/She is a teacher.)
Ivaru He/She. This person/these people Ivaru students. (These people are students)
Ooru Place/hometown Nanna ooru Hyderabad. (My place is Hyderabad.)
Hesaru Name Nanna hesaru Tucker. (My name is Tucker.)
Gottu Know Nanage English gottu. (I know English.)
Gottilla Don’t know Nanage C++ gottilla. (I don’t know C++.)
Ishta Like Nanage tea ishta. (I like tea.)
Baagilu Door Idu baagilu. (This is the door.)
Kitaki Window Adu kitaki. (That is the window)
Kurchi Chair Idu kurchi. (This is chair.)
Meju Table Adu meju. (This is table.)
Mane (Ma-Nay) House Idu namma mane. (This is my house.)
Baa Come Neenu illi baa. (You come here.)
Banni Come (with respect) Neevu illi banni. (You come here.)
Hege How Neenu illige hege bande? (How did you come here?)

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