Learn Tulu

Tulu Lesson #1

1. Good Morning
Good Morning.

2. Wish you all good morning and good luck. Please sit down.
Nikleg pooraa good morning. Edde aavad. DhayadhIdh kullule.

3. Have you done your homework? 
Nikl manekelasa malthdhaaraa?

4. Respected Sir, yes, we have done. 
Poojya guruklE, andh, enkl malthdha.

5. Respected Sir, I have not done.
Poojya guruklE, yaan malthiji.

6. Why didn’t you do it?
Ee dhaayeg malthijaa?

7. Sir, I was not well.
GuruklE, enk husaar iththiji.

8. What was the trouble?
Dhaane aadhiththand?

9. Sir, Yesterday I had headache.
GuruklE, kOde enk tharebEne iththnd.

10. All right. Are you well today? Show it tomorrow.
Aavad, ini ee husaarulla athaa? Elle thOjaala.

11. Yes, I will show it tomorrow.
Aavu. Yaan elle thOjaabe.

 Tulu Lesson #2.

1. Dear students, we will revise yesterday’s lesson.
PrIthidha vidhyaarThilE, enkl kOdedha paaTadha revision malpuga.

2. Respected Sir, let us do it.
Poojya guruklE, aavu malpuga.

3. Rame, how many Pandavas were there? 
Ramaa, paandaver yeth jana ithther?

4. Sir, you told that Pandavas were five in number.
GuruklE, paandaver ain jana pandadh eer pandar.

5. Very Good, Ramesh, who was the wife of Pandavas?
Edde, Ramesha, paandaverna budadhi Er?

6. Sir, you told that Draupadi was the wife of Pandavas.
GuruklE, paandaverna budadhi dhraupadi pandadh eer pandar.

7. Gauri, how many Kauravas were there?
Gauri, kauraver Eth jana ithther?

8. Sir, you told that there were one hundred and one kauravas.
GuruklE, kauraver nootha onji jana ithther pandadh eer pandar.

9. Very Good, Shankar, who was the real hero of the “Mahabharatha” epic?
Edde, Shankara, Mahabhaarathadha nijavaadha naayake Er?

10. Sir, you told that it is only Shri Krishna, who was the hero.
GuruklE, Shri Krishne nijavaadha naayake pandadh eer pandar.

11. Students, I will start today’s lesson.
VidhyaarThilE, yaan iniththa paaTa shuru malpuve.

Numbers :

English : One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten

Tulu : onji, raDD, mooji, naal, ain, aaji, EL, enma, ormba, patth

Tulu Lesson # 3


English: I, You, He, She, We, They, This, That

Tulu : yaan, ee, aaye, aal, nama, akl, undu, avu

A common pronoun to use in any Indian languge is the plural form of ‘you’, to address the person you are talking to.

In Tulu, you use eer.


English: go, come, sit, laugh, stop, call, tell, do, write, read

Tulu: pola, bala, kullu, telipu, unt, leppu, pan, manpu, barela, odla

English: give, take, eat, drink, run, get up, dance, watch/look, wait, talk

Tulu: koru, detonu, tin, par, balipu, lakk, nalipu, toola, kaapu, paater


English: lunch/dinner, water, tea, home, work, place

Tulu: vaNas, neer, chaaya, ill, bEle, oor

Tulu Lesson # 4:  

 1.  Hello, How are you?

namaskaara, encha ullar?

 2. Had your lunch?

vaNas aanDa? 

3. Where are you working?

eer olu bEle maltondullar?

 4.All are welcome.

maatergla swaagata.



 6.We will go to Mangalore.

nama Kudlag poyi. [Mangalore is called Kudla in Tulu]

 7. How were the rains this year?

ee sarthi barsa encha ittnd?

 8. When did you come?

eer Epa battini?

 9. I am fine.

yaan usaar ulle.

 10. Will this bus go to Udupi?

ee bus Udupi g popunda?

 11. Where is this address located?

ee address olu barpundu?

 12.  Ok, see you next time.

aavu, buka tikga.

 13.  I will come.

yaan barpe.

 In a restaurant :

 1. What and all are there?

daada maatha undu?

 2. Will that take some time?

avek jinja portu aapunDaa?

 3.  Give me one masala dosa.

enk onji masale dose korle.

 4. Bring it fast.

nEn bEka kanale.

 5. I dont want that.

enk avu boDchi.

 6.  I dont want that much.

enka aat boDchi.

 7. Give that one.

aven korle.

 8.  Give some water.

neer korle.

 9. You have given a good service!

eDDe service koriyar!

Sentence formation in Tulu :


English: I, You, He, She, We, They, This, That

Tulu : yaan, ee, aaye, aal, nama, akl, undu, avu

Kannada : naanu, neenu, avanu, avaLu, naavu, avaru, idu, adu


Apart from the pronouns listed above, one important and common pronoun to use in any Indian languge is the plural form of ‘you’, to address the person you are talking to.

In Tulu, you use eer.

In Kannada, you can use neevu or taavu.



Some of the common verbs used in day-to-day life

English: go, come, sit, laugh, stop, call, tell, do, write, read

Tulu: pola, bala, kullu, telipu, unt, leppu, pan, manpu, barela, odla

Kannada: hogu, baa, koothko, nagu, nillu, kare, heLu, maaDu, bare, odu


Some more verbs

English: give, take, eat, drink, run, get up, dance, watch/look, wait, talk

Tulu: koru, detonu, tin, par, balipu, lakk, nalipu, toola, kaapu, paater

Kannada: kodu, tegeduko, tinnu, kuDi, oDu, ELu, kuNi, noDu, kaayi, maatanaaDu


Listed above are the singular forms these verbs. It is important to use the plural form of these verbs as otherwise it might be perceived as disrespect while talking to elders or the people you meet for the first time. So, here are the list of plural forms of the above verbs in their respective order. Also, it should be noted that these verb forms are the ones used, when you directly talk to the person and not in 3rd person narration.


Tulu: pole, bale, kullule, telipule, untle, leppule, panle, manpule, barele, odle

Kannada: hogi, banni, koothkoLLi, nagi, nilli, kareyiri, heLi, maaDi, bareyiri, odi


Tulu: korule, detonule, tinle, parle, balipule, lakkle, nalipule, toole, kaapule, paaterle

Kannada: kodi, tegedukoLLi, tinni, kuDiyiri, oDi, ELi, kuNiyiri, noDi, kaayiri, maatanaaDi


By now, you would have realized that in Tulu for the verbs, if you add ‘le’ at the end you would get the plural form of the same(atleast it is true for the verbs listed here). In Kannada, though the suffix may be different for the words ending in different letters, ‘i’ at the end is common.



English: lunch/dinner, water, tea, home, work, place

Tulu: vaNas, neer, chaaya, ill, bEle, oor

Kannada: ooTa, neeru, chahaa, mane, kelasa, ooru


Simple Sentence Formation : As it is always better to start off with plural form of verbs while learning any Indian language, I have used the same below. For singular forms refer the list above.


English : You take this route.

Tulu : eer ee route detonle.

Kannada : neevu ee route thegedukoLLi.

(though ‘this’ is ‘undu‘ in Tulu, in this context for ‘this route’, ‘ee route’ is more appropriate. Same in the case of Kannada. Also, usually in Indian languages verbs come last unlike in English, where it comes in the middle of the sentence)


English : You run in the marathon.

Tulu : eer marathan d balipule.

Kannada : neevu marathonnalli ODi.


English : You sit in this chair.

Tulu : eer ee chair d kullule.

Kannada : neevu ee chairnalli koothkoLLi.


I hope you will be able to form more sentence following the examples above. If you require more verbs/sentences/objects please leave a comment in this post. In the next post, more complex sentences to follow.


English : Hello, How are you?

Kannada : namaskaara, hEgideera?

Tulu : namaskaara, encha ullar?


English : Had your lunch?

Kannada : oota aayta?

Tulu : vaNas aanDa?


English : Where are you working?

Kannada : neevu elli kelasa maadtideera? (plural / with respect)

neenu elli kelasa maadtideeya? (singular)

Tulu : eer olu bEle maltondullar? (plural / with respect)

ee olu bEle maltondulla? (singular)


English : What are you doing?

Kannada : neevu enu maadtaa ideera? (plural / with respect)

neenu enu maadtaa ideeya? (singular)

Tulu : eer daada maltondullar? (plural / with respect)

ee daada maltondulla? (singular)


English : All are welcome.

Kannada : nimagellarigu swaagata.

Tulu : maatergla swaagata.


English : Come

Kannada : banni

Tulu : bale


English : We will go to Mangalore.

Kannada : naavu mangaloorige hogoNa.

Tulu : nama Kudlag poyi. [Mangalore is called Kudla in Tulu]


English : How were the rains this year?

Kannada : ee sala male hegittu?

Tulu : ee sarthi barsa encha ittnd?


English : When did you come?

Kannada : neevu yaavaga bandri?

Tulu : eer Epa battini?


English : I am fine.

Kannada : naanu chennagideeni.

Tulu : yaan usaar ulle.


English : Will this bus go to Udupi?

Kannada : ee bussu Udupi ge hogottadeye?

Tulu : ee bus Udupi g popunda?


English : Where is this address located?

Kannada : ee address elli barutte?

Tulu : ee address olu barpundu?


English : Ok, see you next time.

Kannada : sari, matte sigona.

Tulu : aavu, buka tikga.


English : I will come.

Kannada : naanu barteeni.

Tulu : yaan barpe.


More often we tend use or prefix ‘please’ in our day to day conversations. Translations for the word ‘please’ in Kannada and Tulu are given below.

English : Please

Kannada: dayavittu

Tulu : daya maltad


More Tulu phrases next time.


Update : As per suggestion from Sandeep, I have now included equivalent Kannada phrases too. Well, it will also serve the purpose of teaching Kannada. So, it will be appropriate now, to call this series of posts, English Kannada Tulu speaking guide!


Update : 11 Feb 2012 – Adding some more Tulu phrases here.

English : It was a lot of help!

Kannada : tumba upakaara aaytu!

Tulu : mast upakaar aanD!


English : What happened?

Kannada : yenu aaytu?

Tulu : daane aanD?


English : How it happened?

Kannada : Hege aaytu?

Tulu : encha aanD?


English : I am happy to see you.

Kannada : (sigular) ninnannu noDi tumbaa khushi aaytu.

(plural) nimmannu noDi tumbaa khushi aaytu.

Tulu : (singular) ninan tood bhaari kusi aanD

(plural) yiren tood bhaari kusi aanD


English : Then, what is special?

Kannada : matte, enu vishesha?

Tulu : buka, daada vishesha?


English : You should tell

Kannada : (singular) neenu heLbeku

(plural) neevu heLbeku.

Tulu : (sigular) ee panodu

(plural) eer panodu


English : Nothing else.

Kannada : yenu illa.

Tulu : daala ijji


Numbers :

English : One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten

Kannada : ondu, eraDu, mooru, naalku, aidu, aaru, ELu, enTu, ombattu, hattu

Tulu : onji, raDD, mooji, naal, ain, aaji, EL, enma, ormba, patt


In a restaurant :

English : What and all are there?

Kannada : enella ide?

Tulu : daada maatha undu?


English : Will that take some time?

Kannada : adakke tumbaa hottu aagutta?

Tulu : avek jinja portu aapunDaa?


English : Give me one masala dosa.

Kannada : nanage ondu masale dose koDi.

Tulu : enk onji masale dose korle.


English : Bring it fast.

Kannada : idannu bega tanni.

Tulu : nEn bEka kanale.


English : I dont want that.

Kannada : nanage adu bEDa.

Tulu : enk avu boDchi.


English : I dont want that much.

Kannada : nanage asTondu bEDa.

Tulu : enka aat boDchi.


English : Give that one.

Kannada : adannu koDi.

Tulu : aven korle.


English : Give some water.

Kannada : neeru koDi.

Tulu : neer korle.


English : You have given a good service!

Kannada : oLLe service koTTri!

Tulu : eDDe service koriyar!


Conversing with a Vendor :

English : How much does this cost?

Kannada : Idakkestu?

Tulu : nEk Et?


English : The price is too high.

Kannada : rate tumbaa jaasti aaytu.

Tulu : rate mast jaasti aand.


English : Please lower the cost.

Kannada : rate swalpa kammi maadi.

Tulu : rate onchooru kammi malpule.


English : Show me the new designs.

Kannada : nanage hosa designs tOrisi.

Tulu : enk posa designs tOjaale.


English : I will pay by cash.

Kannada : naanu cash pay maadteeni.

Tulu : yaan cash pay malpuve.


English : Please pack all the goods, I will come soon.

Kannada : ella saamaanu pack maaDidi, naaneega bartEne.

Tulu : maata saamaan pack malt deele, yaan itte barpe.


English : When will the ordered goods arrive?

Kannada : order maaDida goods yaavaga barutte?

Tulu : order maltina goods Epa barpundu?


English : Yes, its been sometime now, since I had come here.

Kannada : howdu, naanillige bandu swalpa hottaytu.

Tulu : and, yaan iDe battd chooru portaanD.


English : Whats the time now?

Kannada : eega estu hottaayitu?

Tulu : itte Et portaand?


English : We will come again at 1 ‘o clock.

Kannada : naavu 1 gantege matte bartEve.

Tulu : enkla 1 ganteg pira barpa.


English : Good work!

Kannada : oLLe kelasa!

Tulu : eDDe bEle!


English : Thanks.

Kannada : dhanyavaada.

Tulu : solmelu.


English : Hello, how are you?

Kannada : namaskaara, hegideeya?

Tulu : namaskaara, enchulla?


English : I am fine.

Kannada : naanu chennagideeni.

Tulu : yaan usaarulle.


English : Are all well at home?

Kannada : manEli ella chennagidaara?

Tulu : illad maatha usaarullera?


English : Everyone is fine.

Kannada : ellru chennagidaare.

Tulu : maaterla usaaruller.


English : How is your work going on?

Kannada : ninna kelsa hege nadeetha ide?

Tulu : ninna bele encha nadattondunDu?


English : What did you have for tiffin today?

Kannada : ivattu tiffin ge enittu?

Tulu : ini tiffin g dada ittnD?


English : Anything else?

Kannada : mattenu vishya?

Tulu : buka daada vishaya?


English : How was the coffee?

Kannada : coffee hegittu?

Tulu : coffee encha ittnD?


English : Coffee was good.

Kannada : coffee chenngittu.

Tulu : coffee eDDe ittnd.


English : Where did you go on weekend?

Kannada : weekend ell hogidde?

Tulu : weekend oDe poditta?


English : This time I had gone to Bangalore.

Kannada : ee sali bengaloorige hogidde.

Tulu : ee sarti bangalore poditte.


English : How was your weekend?

Kannada : Weekend hegittu?

Tulu : weekend encha ittnD?


English : It was superb.

Kannada : tumba chennagittu.

Tulu : mast eDDe ittnD.


English : When did you come?

Kannada : yavaag bande?

Tulu : yepa battini?


English : I came yesterday.

Kannada : naanu ninne bande.

Tulu : yaan kODe battini.


English : Can you wait for me?

Kannada : nange kaayteeya?

Tulu : yenk kaapuvana?


English : Ok, I will wait.

Kannada : Ok, naanu kaayteeni.

Tulu : Ok, yaan kaapuve.


English : Can we meet today?

Kannada : ivattu naavu sigoNava?

Tulu : ini nama tikgana?


English : We will meet today at 4’o clock.

Kannada : naavu ivattu 4 gantege meet aagoNa.

Tulu : nama ini 4 ganteg meet aaka.


English : Can you come there?

Kannada : ninage alli barlikkagatta?

Tulu : nikk aDe barre aapunDa?


English : Yes, I can come there.

Kannada : sari, nange allige barakkagutte.

Tulu : sari, enk aDe baroli.


English : Is it so?

Kannada : idu heego?

Tulu : undu inchana?


English : Yes, man.

Kannada : howdu maaraya.

Tulu : and marre.


English : Did’t you know?

Kannada : ninge gottirlillva?

Tulu : nikk gottijjaanDa?


English : Glad to meet you.

Kannada : ninnannu noDi tumba khushiyaaytu.

Tulu : ninan tood mast kusiyaanD.


English : This watch is beautiful.

Kannada : ee watchu tumba chennagide.

Tulu : ee watch bhaari sookunDu.


English : What to do now?

Kannada : eega yenu maaDodu?

Tulu : itte daada malpuni?


English : Can we talk now?

Kannada : naaveega maataaDoNava?

Tulu : nama itte paatergana?


English : Ok, see you next time.

Kannada : Ok, matte sigONa.

Tulu : Ok, bukka tikga.


English : Come, let’s have tea.

Kannada : banni, chahaa kuDiyONa.

Tulu : balE, chaa parka.


The above phrase ‘balE, chaa parka’ is commonly used in friendly conversations, when you invite someone for tea. In fact, there is Tulu drama named ‘balE, chaa parka’, which made the phrase famous in Tulu speaking community.


English : Come, sit.

Kannada : banni, kootkoLLi.

Tulu : balE, kulle.


English : Can you bring a cup of water?

Kannada : nanage ondu loTa neeru tarteeya?

Tulu : yenk onji loTa neer kanapana?


English : I will also come with you.

Kannada : naanu kooDa ninna jote bartheeni.

Tulu : yaan laa ninnottugu barpe.


English : Whom should I ask?

Kannada : naanu yaaranna kELbEku?

Tulu : yaan yEren kEnoDu?


English : Which is your favourite color?

Kannada : ninge ishTavaada baNNa yaavudu?

Tulu : nikk ishTavaayina baNNa vovu?


English : Whats the time now?

Kannada : samaya esTaaytu?

Tulu : gante etaanD?


English : You should definitely come to our house during the festival.

Kannada : neevu habbakke namma manege khanDita barbEku.

Tulu : eer parbogu enklena illaDe nighaanT baroDu.


English : I have to wake up early in the morning tomorrow.

Kannada : nange naaLe beLigge bega yELbEku.

Tulu : yenk elle polyakaanDe lakkoDu.


English : I have some other work today.

Kannada : nanage ivattu bEre kelasa ide.

Tulu : enk ini bEte bEle unDu.


English : Ramesha, your phone is ringing.

Kannada : Ramesha, ninna phone ring aagta ide.

Tulu : Ramesha, ninna phone ring aavondunDu.


English : Where are you man? I am waiting for you near Town hall.

Kannada : elliddi maaraya? naanu Town hall hatra kaayta ideeni.

Tulu : olulla maaraya? yaan Town hall da kaital kaatondulle.


English : Ice-cream at Ideal’s is too good.

Kannada : Ideal’s nalli ice-cream tumba chennagirutte.

Tulu : Ideal’s D ice-cream bhaari laayk uppunDuya.


English : Today’s treat is mine.

Kannada : ivattina treat nandu.

Tulu : inita treat enna lekkada.


English : Shall we go to ‘3 Idiots’ today?

Kannada : ivattu ‘3 Idiots’ noDoke hOgONva?

Tulu : ini ‘3 idiots’ tooyere pOya?


English : I liked it very much.

Kannada : nangantu bahaLa ishTa aaytu.

Tulu : enk maatra bhaari isTa aanD.


English : Read ‘Five point Someone’. It is really nice.

Kannada : ‘Five point Someone’ Odu. tumbaa chennagide.

Tulu : ‘Five point someone’ Od. bhaari laaykunDu.


English : No problem, I will meet you in the evening.

Kannada : thondre illa, naanu ninna sanje meet maaDteeni.

Tulu : malle ijji, yaan ninan bayyag meet aape.


English : Mangalore is a beautiful city.

Kannada : MangaLuru sundara nagara.

Tulu : kuDla porluda pEnTe.


English : Thank you all.

Kannada : nimagella dhanyavaadagaLu.

Tulu : nikleg maaterglaa solmelu.


  1. solmelu ! Looking forward for further lessons .

  2. solmelu….this was a lot of hlp…cnt wait 4 d further prts…eerna tulu lessons mast edde und….

    • Thanks Atrin,
      I will add the further Tulu lessons this Sunday. Thanks for your response. What about Kannada. Are you taking lessons in Kanadda too.

    • Dear Atrin,
      Do you need more tulu lessons. If yes pl inform. We will work on it better and get some more content. We need to understand your requirement and need only then we will invest time and money into the lessons part.

  3. Dear sir, Please add some more tulu lessons as much as possible. I have been following Tulu. I am from Coorg. I want to learn and speak nice tulu. Please add on every week if possible.

  4. sunil kumar hebble

    kannada is more good , kannada and tulu are closely related.

  5. Dane de suiddi Ijji……PLease share the meaning of this sentence.

  6. Its really helpful! If its updated like this all the time, it will really a great thing for leaners like us!

  7. Dear sir ho can i learn very easily tulu language its very difficult to learn i need some advice from u . to talk very quickly tulu language in few days

    • Dear Abhishek,

      You need to start conversing with someone you find knows Tulu and if you start talking only then you will learn. I started the same with my Tulu friends and hotel waiters and panwallas whenever I get an opportunity to talk.

  8. I want to learn tulu language. ….Plz hlp me wid the classes in Mumbai who gives training to speak im tulu,

    • Dear Pooja,

      Presently we don’t have the data base of anyone teaching Tulu in Mumbai. We can build that with your help pl.

      Thanks and regards

  9. hi good work well appreciated APPLAUSE
    now a question is there any app which can be downloaded on a android phone ?

  10. Could you please form a table with 1st person and second person and how the verb changes with it . This could help us in sentence formation

  11. Thumbs up for your effort…but please keep d originality of tulu otherwise it may misguide d people who don’t know it…For example in tulu there is no good morning ,good afternoon, good evening…In tulu whenever v meet people v greet as NAMASKARA SWAMY. Or NAMASKARA..that too with due respect ..And whenever v approach a stranger..v use to address them as O SWAMY…which means “hello or excuse me sir”..and v address teacher as” GURUKULU” n normally v address anyone as Sir in english ,in tulu v address anyone as SWAMY ..In tulu swamy means not only religious leader or a teacher it is d word to address anybody with respect

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