How to learn Kannada – A guide to learning Kannada

Bengaluru, India’s Silicon Valley is home to citizens coming from many different states. Bengaluru has charmed all with its welcoming culture and beautiful weather. Many of us who have made Bengaluru their second home – coming from various North, East, West and North Eastern states have an inkling to learn Kannada so as to mix more with the local crowd and talk freely with them. But, we find it difficult because in most cases our mother tongue is very different from Dravidian Languages. Thus most of us find it difficult to learn Kannada.

We all have our different reasons to learn Kannada. Some of us might need it to conduct business transactions, some for getting work done in various offices, or even for negotiating price of vegetables in market!

Take my case for example, I regularly work with many local NGOs for children. But my ability to effectively communicate with them was hampered because I did not know Kannada. Therefore I decided I needed to learn Kannada. But, the next question was. Where to begin!?

Slowly, yet steadily I am learning to master Kannada. I still have a long way to go. But I have started. I want to share my journey so far with you. May be it will prove helpful to you. You can share your suggestions for learning Kannada as well.

How I started learning Kannada

My mother tongue is Hindi, and I comfortably speak for English. So I was looking for something that could help me get basic knowledge of Kannada through Hindi or English. It was then that I found a fantastic set of two books, written by Raghavendra Prasad on Spoken Kannada.

These set of two books have been a boon for me in learning Kannada. The medium of instruction is English and thus I found it convenient to understand. I will share a snapshot of the two books here.

Spoken Kannada
Spoken Kannada

Book 1 of Spoken Kannada deals with pronunciation, vowels, person and numbers, conjunctions, directions, questions words and other key vocabulary. There are plenty of exercises as well.

Book 2 of Spoken Kannada delves into framing of sentences. Organised into 41 chapters it covers person and number, basic tenses, determiners, questions, connectors, and frequent Kannada phrases. Again there are many exercises to practice.

I have been reading the two books together for over a month now and have started feeling fairly confident about speaking and understanding Kannada.

Raghavendra Prasad, the author of the books, like many of us worked for 10 years in IT industry before starting IndLangs to teach Kannada to people. I am eagerly waiting for the third book in the series. I bought the set of two books on amazon.in. You can search on Amazon – “Spoken Kannada 2 Books Set (Level 1 and Level 2)”.

I have found a couple of more ebooks on Kindle store but I am yet to explore them.

Reading needs to be complemented with practice, so I am asking my friends who speak Kannada to help me out. I hope I soon master this beautiful language.

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