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Basic Phrases of the Kannada Language

Kannada is the official language of the state of Karnataka in South India. The language falls under the category of Dravidian languages. Very simple and easy to learn, Kannada has been embraced by a lot of people who are not natives of the state. With a rich literary, musical and cultural heritage, Kannada is a much respected language in India.


I --- Naanu
He --- Avanu
She --- Avalu
You --- Neenu
It --- Adu
This --- Idu
That --- Adu


Hello --- Namaskara
How are you? --- Chennagithiya?
I am fine --- Chenagiddini
We’ll meet again --- Sigona / Sigona


Father --- Appa/Thandhe
Mother --- Amma/Thayi
Husband --- Ganda
Wife --- Henthi / Hendathi
Elder Sister --- Akka
Younger Sister --- Thangi
Elder Brother --- Anna
Younger Brother --- Thamma
Friend (Male) --- Gelaya
Friend (Female) --- Gelathi

General Words

Come --- Baa
Go --- Hogu
Came --- Banthu
Take --- Tagoli
Fast --- Bega
Slow --- Mellane
Water --- Neeru
Home --- Mane
Yesterday --- Nenne
Today --- Ivathu
Tomorrow --- Naale
Sleep --- Nidre
Breakfast --- Tindi
Lunch --- Oota
Eat --- Thinni
Drink --- Kudi
Enough --- Saku


1 --- Ondu
2 --- Eradu
3 --- Mooru
4 --- Naalaku
5 --- Aidhu
6 --- Aaru
7 --- Yelu
8 --- Entu
9 --- Ombathu
10 --- Hathu

Common Phrases

What is your name? --- Ninna hesarenu?/ Ninna hesaru yenu?
What happened? --- Yenaithu?
Did you have your lunch? --- Oota Aayitha?
Come home --- Mane ge banni
Please sit --- Kooth kolli
I want --- Nanage Beku
I don’t want --- Nanage Beda

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