Start small – Learn and understand the commonly used words – What, Why, Who, How, Name, Place, Here, There, Come, Go etc.
Always carry a notebook. Whenever you come across a new word, jot it down. Add at least 10 new words to your list everyday. Ask somebody its meaning. Sometimes, the same words are used in different contexts. Make an effort to understand it.
Keep revising the words whenever you’re free.
Once you’ve gathered a good number of words, try weaving them into sentences. You’ll need at least 100 basic words before you can start off.
Do not directly translate each word from your language to Kannada. Languages don’t work that way. Understand the language structure.
But it’s okay if you mess up the sentence. Don’t hesitate to converse in Kannada. Kannadigas appreciate people who try to talk in Kannada, we’ll correct you if you mess up. 🙂
Understand the grammar. It’ll take some time to get accustomed to the new rules though.
Use your Smartphone – There’re plenty of apps that’ll be helpful. Kannada Baruthe , Learn Spoken Kannada to name a few. Also, download an English to Kannada Dictionary, and Multibhashi.
You can use Google Translate as well.
If carrying a notebook is cumbersome, use Apps like Evernote to keep a track of your words.
Watch Kannada Movies and listen to Kannada songs. I have friends who’ve learned Japanese just by watching Anime. Besides, Sandalwood has made some really brilliant movies that everybody can enjoy. Watch them and try imitating the dialogues. This will help you to a great extent.
Listen to Radio Stations. RJs talk in English as well, it’ll be easier for you to get the context.
When alone, speak out the sentences aloud. This will attune you to the sounds and pronunciations.
Most importantly, implement it. Talk to the Bus conductors, auto drivers, vendors, shopkeepers in Kannada. Again, don’t hesitate to talk. Nobody will judge. Trust me when I say nothing makes a Kannadiga more happier than watching a non-Kannadiga make an effort to talk in our language.
Ask your friends/colleagues to converse with you in Kannada and also ask them to correct you when you make a mistake.
Some Basic apps for learning Kannada
- Learn Kannada-50 Languages
- Learn Kannada Quickly
- Learn Kannada
- Kannada Baruthe
- Duo lingo
- Learn Kannada in 10 days
- Simply learn Kannada
- Learn kannada english grammar
- Kannada baruthe
- Learn kannada alphabets
- Kannada learning
- Kannada akshar gyan
- Pronunciation, Spelling and Meanings :
- English to Kannada Dictionary
- Kannada Translator Dictionary,
Just Kannada Keyboard
Kannada Pride Kannada Editor
Also, you can use google input tools online and even you can download it for windows.
Kannada is actually an easy language to learn. Some of the words are very similar to Hindi. Most of the answers here already tell about the basic and most commonly used Kannada words and phrases. It is indeed a very beautiful language with rich history and heritage. I’m sure you’ll appreciate its magnificence and glamour once you grasp the basics.
Coming to your question, I think the best online source for learning Kannada is Multibhashi, this website covers everything from greetings to basic inquiry and also teaches you how to carry out simple conversations. There are many other websites as well.