Kannada, the state language of Karnataka, is a commonly spoken language in many Southern states of India. Its origin dates back to thousands of years. Learning the language is not very difficult these days. There are a number of Apps that can be downloaded on your mobile phones and desktop to help you master the language or at least get acquainted with the basics in no time.
As a Classical Language of India, Kannada has a rich literary history that stretches from the ninth-century Kavirajamarga through to modern day. But while there are numerous classic poems that are worth reading, you’ll probably find it easiest to begin with something more modern.
Few tips to learn Kannada:
- Watching Kannada movies (preferably with subtitles), can be of great help. This is an important and entertaining way to improve your language skills.
- Do not hesitate. Speak the language at every possible opportunity.
- Never mind if you are using less Kannada and more English words. Kanglish is anyway popular in Bangalore. However, constantly try to improve your Kannada vocabulary.
- Watch Kannada news. This is not only helpful in learning the language, but will help you to know your city better.
- If you are a user of public transport, carefully listen to co-passengers’ conversations.
- Enjoy the local tang of the language by listening to Kannada FM stations.
- Do not completely rely on ‘Learn Kannada in 30 days’ type of books. Many.
There is nothing better than trying to speak in a language that helps you learn the language better. If you follow the above-mentioned steps, it is fairly possible to speak at least broken Kannada and make meaningful conversations in a month’s time. There are many avenues to learn Kannada such as Spoken Kannada classes, online classes, websites and books. But face to face learning in a group with the help of a tutor is the best way. A number of organisations are teaching spoken Kannada as well as written Kannada to non-Kannadigas in Bangalore.
Step-by-step guide to learn conversational Kannada.
- Learn a few salutations, greetings and expressions : Namaskara, Hegiddeera, Chennagideera etc.
- Learn words for queries – Who, Why, When, Where, Which, How, etc. (Yaaru, Yaake, Yaavaga, Elli, Enu, Hege etc)
- Learn the pronouns. (he, she, it / avanu, avaLu, adu)
- Learn Conjunctions which eventually help to make complex sentences.(and, but, or / mattu, aadare, athava etc.)
- List the important verbs required in everyday conversation.
- Make simple sentences indicating – Request, Advise, Order, Interrogation, Negation, Assertive, etc
- Listening to Kannadiga music also gives you some insight into the values and culture of the native people of the area.
As you can see, learning Kannada can be so much fun; so even if you don’t master the language, these Apps will surely help you uncover the basics and easily manage simple conversations with the locals.So, try out a Kannada course, book classes with a teacher, and start reading the imaginative novels of some of Karnataka’s greatest authors. It won’t be long until you’re speaking Kannada with confidence. There’s an amazing new way to learn Kannada! Want to see what everyone’s talking about!