Want To Learn Kannada?
Kannada is one of the many languages of India. Spoken prominently in the Southwest region of the country by the people of Karnataka, it is closely tied to the way of life there. It has its own script and own words, despite being another of the Dravidian family of languages. So, is it worth learning Kannada?
While mostly spoken in the Karnataka region of India, it is also spoken by minorities in a number of neighboring states, totalling around 41 million native speakers - more so if counting second and third language speakers. It is a Dravidian language, together with a number of others in the south of India which uses its own Kannada script.
Kannada is a highly inflected language, meaning words are transformed based on certain grammatical elements. For example, there are 3 grammatical genders, 2 numbers and 8 cases to contend with. In terms of pronunciation, every sound has its own corresponding letter. The general word order of the language is SOV.
To many, Kannada may just be another drop in the ocean that is Indian languages, but what it represents is much bigger. The tens of millions of speakers attests to its prominence and wide spread use, again deeply intwined with the culture of the region. By learning Kannada, you will be opening this world up to explore and enjoy.