Have you ever felt the need to ask for directions while traveling? I know I have! There’s nothing more frustrating than being lost in an unfamiliar place, especially when you’re on a tight schedule or trying to get somewhere important.
Don’t be fooled. You can be the most experienced boy scout ever. Inevitably, you’ll find yourself looking for a location, a restaurant, or any other place of interest. It is most probably the first time you’re visiting a set place, and you don’t know how to get there! It is only normal, and let me tell you, it can happen to the best of us (I’m guilty as charged)!
I consider myself a very organized and oriented fellow while traveling. I always know where everything is and normally I’m the “Map guy” in every group I travel with.
However, during my last trip to the beautiful Kerala in India, I was completely disoriented. I was trying to get to a sunset spot that I had heard so much about, but I had no idea how to get there. I was alone, without a map or a GPS, and I was starting to feel a little panicky. That was until I stumbled upon a local who was able to give me directions to my destination in Malayalam.
But here’s the thing: I was only able to understand the directions because I knew how to give directions myself. And that’s what this article is all about: helping you give and understand directions in Malayalam, the official language of Kerala.
You see, even if you’re not the one giving directions, knowing how to do it will help you understand others if you ask for directions yourself. And trust me, that can be a lifesaver when you’re lost in a foreign place.
So, without further ado, let’s start with the 10 essential phrases for giving directions in Malayalam! Whether you’ve lost or helping someone else find their way, these phrases will come in handy. And who knows, they might even help you get to that sunset spot in time as they did for me!
Before tackling these phrases, why don’t you visit our blog and explore a few other interesting topics about Malayalam? There you have almost everything, from fun things to do in Kerala during the summer to travel phrases that you might find useful on your next trip. For now, let’s make our way through the world of giving directions in Malayalam.
Essential Phrases For Giving Directions In Malayalam
Are you lost? – നിങ്ങൾ നഷ്ടപ്പെട്ടോ? (niṅṅaḷ naṣṭappeṭṭēā?)
This is the question you should ask if you see someone pausing just to look at a map with a confused look on their face. If you’re the one showing the confused face, you’ll be happy you know how നിങ്ങൾ നഷ്ടപ്പെട്ടോ? Sounds like you know when someone is offering to help you get to your destination.
Can I help you? – നിങ്ങൾ നഷ്ടപ്പെട്ടോ? (enikk niṅṅaḷe sahāyikkānākumēā?)
Another question used to reach out to people who may have trouble finding their destination.
Go straight. – നേരെ മുന്നോട്ടുപോകുക (nēre munnēāṭṭupēākuka)
When giving directions and someone is on the right track but just hasn’t walked far enough, use നേരെ മുന്നോട്ടുപോകുക to tell them just to continue walking straight, and they will find what they are looking for!
Turn left/right. -ഇടത്തേക്ക് / വലത്തേക്ക് തിരിയുക (iṭattēkk / valattēkk tiriyuka)
As simple as that: if you want to tell someone to turn left say ഇടത്തോട്ട് തിരിയുക (iṭattēāṭṭ tiriyuka). On the other hand, if your location is in the opposite direction just say വലത്തോട്ട് തിരിയുക (valattēāṭṭ tiriyuka).
Where do you want to go? – നിങ്ങൾക്ക് എവിടെ പോകണം? (niṅṅaḷkk eviṭe pēākaṇaṁ?)
There are many ways you can approach someone to ask if they need help; this is another option. Sometimes this phrase can be taken as a way to scam someone as locals try to entice you to go somewhere they gain a commission from, but if you approach someone with this phrase and a lovely smile I bet they will not do you wrong!
I’ll take you there. – ഞാൻ നിങ്ങളെ അവിടെ കൊണ്ടുപോകും (ñān niṅṅaḷe aviṭe keāṇṭupēākuṁ)
If you’re in the mood for a walk, say that you’ll take them personally to their location. Who knows, you might make some small talk and get to know some new people!
Follow these people – ഈ ആളുകളെ പിന്തുടരുക. (ī āḷukaḷe pintuṭaruka.)
This is one of the easy ones, and you don’t need to have a big talk with someone asking for directions: if you see someone going in the same direction as they need to be, just tell them to follow them!
Turn back. – പുറം തിരിഞ്ഞ്. (puṟaṁ tiriññ)
Sometimes you may need to retrace your steps to find your way. This phrase is used to tell someone to go back the way they came. Knowing this phrase will ensure that you won’t get stuck in a loop.
It’s over there. – അവിടെ കഴിഞ്ഞു. (aviṭe kaḻiññu.)
Sometimes you’re just in front of something, but you just cannot see it. On this occasion, this sentence shines: just point to it and say അവിടെ കഴിഞ്ഞു.
Do you know where (location) is? – (സ്ഥാനം) എവിടെയാണെന്ന് നിങ്ങൾക്കറിയാമോ? ((sthānaṁ) eviṭeyāṇenn niṅṅaḷkkaṟiyāmēā?)
This is not something you’d use to give directions, but what if somebody asks you this? You should know how it sounds so you can answer properly.
Useful Malayalam Directions Phrases And Words
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There you have it, with this Malayalam phrasebook, you’re ready to tackle the streets of Kerala, navigate through this beautiful area with ease, and make your travels much more enjoyable and stress-free.
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