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Basic words and sentences for learning Kannada language

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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
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 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 helabekithu?
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 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
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.

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About Kannada language: Kannada or Kanarese is a language spoken in India predominantly in the state of Karnataka. Kannada, whose native speakers are called Kannadigas and number roughly 40 million, is one of the 40 most spoken languages in the world. It is one of the scheduled languages of India and the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka. (Reference: Wikipedia)