Learn Kannada


Learn Kannada – PART A.

Many of my community friends living in Mumbai have not had the opportunity to read and write Kannada. They speak in Malayalam or in Tulu and always had a flavour of speaaking Kannada. They always wanted to learn how to converse with a common man on Mangalore / Bangalore roads. Hence to make it simple and easy, I am going to write a series of words and sentences that can help you  in learning kannada.  Feel free to share your thoughts or any suggestions to make this unique concept better :

LESSON # 1

KANNADA WORD ENGLISH WORD SIMPLE 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).
Nimma Yours Nimma ooru ABC. (Your home town is ABC)
Yaaru Who Teacher yaaru? (Who is the teacher?)
Yaavaga When Class yaavaga? (When is the class?)
Yelli Where Ramu yelli? (Where is Ramu?)
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 ABC. (My place is ABC)
Hesaru Name Nanna hesaru XYZ. (My name is XYZ)
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 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?)

LESSON # 2

KANNADA WORD ENGLISH WORD SIMPLE SENTENCE
Idu This / It Idu pustaka. (this is book)Idunanna pennu.(it is my pen)
Adu That Adu nanna mane (that is my house)
Yaake Why Neenu yaake allige hode? (why did you go there?)
Yenu What Idu yenu? (What is this?)
Houdu Yes Houdu, adu nanage beku. (Yes, I need it)
Alla Not Nanna hesaru ABC alla. (My name is not ABC)
Beku Want Nanage pencil beku. (I want pencil)
Beda Do not want Nanage idli beda. (I do not want Idli)
Hogu / Hogi Go / wrp Neenu hogu / Neevu hogi. (You go)
Hoda / Hodaru (he) Went / wrp Avanu hoda / Avaru hodaru. (He went)
HodaLu / Hodaru (she) Went AvaLu hodaLu/ Avaru hodaru. (She went)
Banda / Bandaru (he) Came Avanu banda / Avaru bandaru. (He came)
BandaLu / Bandaru (she) Came Avalu bandalu / Avaru bandaru. (She came)
Alli There Alli pustaka ide. (Book is there)
Illi Here Illi nodu (See here)
Baa / Banni Come Bega baa. (Come fast)
Thago / Thagolli Take Pen thago (Take the pen)
KeLu / keLi Listen / wrp Nanna maathu kelu (Listen to me)
HeLu / HeLi Tell Nanage kathe helu (Tell me a story)
OLage Inside Olage yenu ide? (What is inside?)
Horage Outside Horage maLe ide. (It is raining outside)
Nilli Stop Alli nilli. (Stop there)
Eega Now Eega neenu baa. (Come now)
Aaga Then Aaga maLe bantu. (It rained then)

LESSON # 3

English-Kannada

I Nanu
He Avanu
She Avalu
You Neenu
It Adu
This Idu
That Adu
A vandhu
Mother Thaayi/amma
Father Appa/thandhe.
Come(You come) Baa
Came Baandha(male) /Bandhalu(female)
Will come Baaruthare
Open Bhichu
Opened Bhichidhe
Will open Bhichabeku
Sit Kuthko/ Kulithuko
Walk Nadee
Eat Thinnu
Drink Kudee
Win Gellu
Go Hogu/Horadu
Run Odu
I go Nanu hoguthene
He goes Avanu hoguthane
He eats an apple Avanu sebu(apple) thinuthane
He is eating an apple Avanu sebu thinnuthidhane
He ate an apple Avanu sebu thindhanu
I saw the film last week Nanu hodha wara picture/ chalanachitra nodidhanu
She came by bus yesterday Avalu ninne businalli bandhalu
They went to the mosque Avaru masidhi/darga ge hodharu
He slept the whole night Avanu eedi raatri malaghidhanu
He wrote well in the examination Avanu pariksheyalli chennaghi madidhanu/
  Avanu pariksheyalli chennaghi baredhanu
He has eaten Avanu thindhidhane
He will eat Avanu thinnuthane
He will go Avanu hoguthane
He will come Avanu baruthane
What is your name? Ninna hesarenu?/ Ninna hesaru yenu?
What Yenu?
Your Ninna
Name Hesaru
What did you do? Neenu yenu maduthiya?
What should I do? Nanu yenu madabeku?
What can I do? Nanu yenu madabhahudhu?/ nanu yenu madaballe
What are the questions? Yenu prashnegalu?
What were the questions? Yenu prashnegaliddhavu?
What is the last question? Koneya prashne yenu?
What is written in the letter? Pattradhalli/Kaagadhadalli yenu baredhidhe?
What you had been told? Ninege yenu hellalaghithu?
What will be the answer? Uttara yenirabhahudhu?
Why did you come? Neenu yaake bandhe?
Why did you sleep? Neenu yaake malaghidhe?
Why did you tell him to go? Neenu avanige yakee hoghalikke hellidhe?
Why did he bring the bag? Avanu yaake cheela thandhanu?
Why did she pay the money? Avalu yakee dhuddu kottalu?
Why did they sit there? Avaru alli yakee kootharu?
Why do you drive the car? Neenu gaadi yakee biduthiya?/
  Neenu yakee gaadi chalayisuthiya?
Why are they late for the meeting? Avaru meetingige yaake thadavadharu?
How did you come? Neenu hege bandhe?
How did you sleep? Neenu hege malaghidhe?
How did you drive? Neenu hege gaadi chalayisidhe?.
How did you write? Neenu hege baredhe?
How many apples are there in my hand? Nanna kaiyalli yestu sebu idde?
How many did you take? Neenu yestu  thagedhukonde?
How much did he pay you? Avanu ninage yestu hana kottanu?
How much distance to go? Yestu doora hoghabheku?
How was the journey yesterday? Ninneya prayana heghithu?
Which way did you come? Neenu yaava daariyalli bandhe?
Which is your favourite colour? Ninna istavadha banna yavudhu?/
  ninege yava banna ista?
In which room did you sleep? Neenu yava koneyalli malaghidhe?
Which story did you tell? Neenu yava khathe helidhe?
Which is the sweetest fruit? Yallakintha saviyatha hannu yavudhu?
Which is the best newspaper in Hindi? Hindiya yava patrike sarvashresta?
Which Indian state has the largest population? Bharatha deshada yava rajyadalli jasti janasankye?
Where did you come from? Neenu yellindha bandhe?/ ninna ooru yavadhu?
Where did you sleep? Neenu yelli malaghidhe?
Where is the manager’s cabin? Managerina kone yavudhu?
Where should I go? Nanu yellige hogabeku?
Whom should I contact? Nanu yaranna samparkisabeku?
Is it a book? Idu pustakava?/ idu pustaka naa?
It is a book Ide pustaka/ ide pustaka
Is it the answer? Idu uttarana?
It is the answer Ide uttara
Will you come with me? Neenu nanna joteghe baaruthiya?
I shall come with you. Naanu ninna jotege barythene
Will you give me your pen? Ninna pennu/ kalam nanage koduthiya?
Yes, of course. Avashyavaghi koduthene
Do you love me? Neenu nannannu preethisuthiya?
Yes, I love you. Hovadhu naanu ninna preethisuthene
Can you give me your pen? Nanege ninna penana kodabhahudha?/
  Ninna kalam nanaghe koduthiya?
Can you lift the box? Neenu dabbiyanna yethe balliya?/
  Ninindha dabbi yathellu sadhyava?
Can you write the exam? Ninindha parikshe bariyalu sadyana?
Did you have your lunch? Oota madhidheya?/ oota aayitha?
How are you? Hegiddhiya?/ Neenu heghiddhiya?
I am fine Nanu chenagiddene.

LESSON # 4

GREETINGS

HELLO  

  NAMASKARA

THANK YOU VERY MUCH  

  THUMBA DHANYAVADAGALU

GOODBYE  

  HOGI BARUTHEENE

HOW ARE YOU ?  

  NEEVU HEGIDHEERA?

FINE THANK YOU  

  CHENNAGIDHENE DHANYAVADAGALU

WELCOME  

  SUSVAGATHA

I LOVE BANGALORE  

  NAANU BENGALOORANNU PREETHISUTHENE

BANGALORE IS BEAUTIFUL  

  BENGALOORU SUNDARAVAGIDHE

HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS  

  HRUDHAYAPURVAKA SHUBHASHAYAGALU

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!  

  NEEVU SUNDARAVAGIDHIRI

INTRODUCTION

MY NAME IS….  

  NANNA HESARU…

I AM A…(PROFESSION)  

  NANNA UDYOGA…

I AM FROM….(PLACE OF ORIGIN)  

  NAANU…OORINAVANU

HAPPY TO MEET YOU   

  NIMMANNU BETI MADI SANTOSHAVAYITHU

YES  

  HOWDHU

NO  

  ILLA

SORRY, I’M LATE  

  KSHAMISI THADA AAYITHU

ENQUIRY

WHAT IS YOUR NAME ?  

  NIMMA HESARU YENU?

HOW DO I GO THERE?  

  ALLIGE NAANU HEGE HOGUVUDHU?

HOW MUCH IS THIS?  

  IDHU YESHTU?

WHERE IS YOUR HOUSE?  

  NIMMA MANE ELLI IDHE?

WHERE IS THE NEAREST POLICE STATION ?  

  HATHIRADHA POLICE STATION YELLI IDHE?

WHERE CAN I GO SHOPPING ?  

  NAANU SHOPPING MADALU YELLI HOGA BEKU

CAN YOU HELP ME ?  

  NANAGE SAHAYA MADUTHEERA?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING ?  

  NEEVU YENU MADUTHIDHEERA?

WOULD YOU JOIN ME FOR LUNCH TODAY ?  

  EEVATHU NANNA JOTHE OOTA MADUVIRA?

HOW DO I GO TO THE AIRPORT ?  

  NAANU VIMANANILDHANA KE HEGE HOGUVUDHU?

WHAT ARE THE TOURISTS SPOTS AROUND ?  

  SUTHHA MUTHHALINA TOURIST SPOTUGALU    YAVUDHU?

WHERE SHALL WE MEET ?  

  NAAVU YELLI BETI AAGONA?

WAS THERE A CALL FOR ME?  

  NANAGE YARAADHARU DURAVANI KARE MADIDHARA?

WHERE CAN I MAKE A PHONE CALL?  

  DURAVANI KARE YELLI MADA BAHDHU?

DIRECTIONS

I WANT TO GO TO…  

  NAANU….HOGABEKU

I HAVE LOST MY WAY  

  NAANU DHARI THAPPIDHINI

STRAIGHT AHEAD  

  NERAVAGI MUNDHE

GO TO THE LEFT  

  EDAGADE HOGI

GO TO THE RIGHT  

  BALAGADE HOGI

OPPOSITE  

  YEDHURUGADE

GENERAL

PLEASE  

  DAYAVITTU

SORRY  

  KSHAMISI

I WILL COME BACK  

  NAANU VAPAS BARUTHENE

I WANT IT  

  IDHU NANEGE BEKU

I DON’T WANT IT  

  IDHU NANEGE BEDA

THIS IS GOOD  

  IDHU CHENNAGIDHE

LET US GO  

  HOGONA

COME TOMORROW  

  NAALE BANNI

GET ME A GLASS OF WATER  

  NANAGE ONDHU LOTA NEERU KODI

I WANT TO TRY AGAIN  

  NAANU MATTHE PRAYATHNISUVE

I’II MEET YOU AT IN THE EVENING  

  NAANU SANJE BETI MADUVE

PLEASE WAIT UNTILL I AM BACK  

  NAANU BARUVAVAREGE KAADHIRI

THE WEATHER IS PLEASANT HERE  

  ILLINA HAVAMAANA CHENNAGHIDHE

DRIVE SLOWLY  

  NIDHAANAVAGI VAHANA CHALAYISI

PACK THESE THINGS  

  EE SAAMAANUGALANNU PACK MAADI

LESSON # 5 

Numbers :

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

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

Pronouns :

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

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

Verbs:

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

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

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

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

Objects:

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

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

Sentence formation in Tulu :

Pronouns:

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.

 

Verbs:

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.

 

Objects:

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.

 

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