25 words you should know in Kannada

Kannada is one of the most beautiful Indian languages and the language has given many significant and precious scriptures to Indian literature. Kannada, like any other language of the world, has multiple regional dialects, with differences in accents and words influenced by neighbouring states. But the Bangalorean style of Kannada is the most known and spoken among the lot.

If you are someone who is interested in learning Kannada, or if you are someone who has lived in Bangalore, or any other part of Karnataka for that matter, here are the 25 most important and commonly used words that you should know.

P.S:  â, ê, î, ô with the arrow on top are the long sounds unlike a, e, i, o.  Letters in the uppercase – T & D have the sounds as in the English word ‘DOT’

KannadaEnglish Translation
gottuknow
gottilladon't know
hauduyes
allano
idehave
illadon't have/not
bêkuwant
bêDadon’t want
elliwhere
yâruwho
yâkewhy
yâvâgawhen
yâvuduwhich
hêgehow
eshTuhow much/ how many
chennâgidenice
chennâgillanot nice
chennâgidirâ?/ hêgidira?Are you well?/ Common for how are you?
nânuI
nîvuyou (respectful/ plural)
avaruthey or he/she (respectful)
manehouse
mêleabove/ up
keLagebelow/ down
oLageinside
horageoutside
mundefront/ forward
hindebehind/ backward
hôgigo
bannicome
koDigive
mâDi
do (consider this word a multipurpose word, a saviour. If you know kannada a little but not a lot, add mâDi to any English verb and it becomes ‘Kannada-like’)
inda (added after the noun)from (Eg.: Bangalore is from India)
ge (added after the noun)to (Eg.: manege is to the house)
alli(added after the noun)at/ in (Eg.: office alli is in the office)

Learning these aspects well will help you manage during tricky situations. Write to us if you want to know more words in Kannada or if you want to join Kannada classes at our institute.

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