Want To Learn Telugu?
Spoken primarily in the Indian regions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Telugu is the language of the Telugu people. Like many areas of India, these regions, which have long been home to the Telugu people, have cultural histories dating back thousands of years. They have built unique architecture, created amazing art and eat tasty, yet spicy cuisine. If you want to get involved with this culture, you should definitely learn Telugu.
As the third most spoken language in India, Telugu is boasts more than 82 million speakers, more if you consider second language speakers. It is a Dravidian language together with Tamil, which are predominantly spoken in the Southern areas regions of India. The Telugu language is written in the Telugu alphabet, which consists of 60 symbols. There are several dialects of the language, with some being more influenced by other languages such as Urdu.
The Telugu language stands out from others in the family due to its use of inflection. For examples, nouns can be inflected based on number, gender and case. The grammatical gender of a word is generally based on the meaning of the word, where male related words take on the masculine gender, female related words take on the feminine, and all else falls into the neuter gender. There are eight grammatical cases which are identified through the use of suffixes. Telugu has a rather free word order, but an SOV structure is quite common.
While Telugu may not be the first or second most spoken language in India, it still has a large number of speakers. Especially if you are visiting regions where it is an official language, it will come in very useful speaking with the locals and exploring this beautiful are of the country. If you are interested, try to learn Telugu before your visit to India.