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About Telugu

Telugu is mostly spoken in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and is one of the 22 official languages of India. It is in the same language family as Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil and, like them, is agglutinative, which means it can add multiple suffixes to a root to refine meaning. This can result in very long words! The Dravidian vocabulary which makes up most of Telugu is embellished by Sanskrit and English.

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Fun facts — Telugu

  • The Telugu idiom 'tiger at home, cat outdoors' is used to describe someone who is confident in his familiar space but becomes timid in unfamiliar places.
  • Telugu is known as ‘Italian of the East’ because its nouns so often end in vowels.
  • Traditionally, there were no spaces in Telugu writing, but nowadays English punctuation is widely used.

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