Languages

Kannada

Fact corner

  • Language: Kannada
  • Alternate names: Kanarese, Canarese, Banglori, Madrassi, ಕನ್ನಡ, Kannaḍa
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:kan
  • Language family: Dravidian, Southern, Tamil-Kannada, Kannada
  • Number of speakers: 35,346,000
  • Script: Kannada script

Introduction

Kannada is one of the major Dravidian languages of India, spoken predominantly in the southern state of Karnataka. Kannada, whose native speakers are called Kannadigas (ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು Kannadigaru), number roughly 35 million, making it the 27th most spoken language in the world. It is one of the official languages of India and the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka.

The verb

Sample verb: kēḷu ಕೇಳು

Present Past Future
Sg.1 kēḷdhēnu ಕೇಳಧೇನು kēḷdenu ಕೇಳದೆನು kēḷuvenu ಕೇಳುವೆನು

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