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About Kannada

Kannada is the official language of the Indian state of Karnataka. Kannada speakers also live in other parts of India, including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Kannada is a relative of Tamil and has very similar grammar to it, but also has Sanskrit influences on grammar and vocabulary. Its various dialects also borrow from the languages that neighbour them. While the written language is fairly standardised, there are up to 20 spoken dialects.

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South Dravidian


Fun facts — Kannada

  • A Kannada saying is 'the ox is pulled to the shore, the buffalo is pulled to the water', which means 'to be uncoordinated and unplanned'.
  • The Kannada script has an astonishing 49 letters!
  • Kannada is closely related to Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu.

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