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Tulu phrasebook

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Tulu is a regional language spoken in coastal districts of Karnataka i.e. Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. It is the 24th most populous Indian language according to the 2001 census of India. It is often mistakenly claimed as a dialect of Kannada. In reality, it is an independently derived descendent of the proto-Dravidian language. Tulu does not have a widely used script, though efforts are on to discover or construct one. Currently, most writing in the language is in the Kannada script. A lack of a script, however, has not prevented it from developing a vibrant literature of its own, most notably poems and plays.

One remarkable feature of Tulu is the number of dialects that you will find in the small geographical area. Not only are there regional differences, there are also caste-based dialects. Different sub-castes of Brahmins speak different dialects of Tulu, all of them different from the "standard" dialect described here.

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

mithun

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

Hello. 
NamaskAra. ( )
Hello. (informal
Namaskara . ( )
How are you? 
Encha uller? ( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
HushAr ulle. ( )
What is your name? 
Eerena pudar daytha/ena/enchina/dada?( ?)
My name is ______ . 
enna pudar . ( <name>.)
Nice to meet you. 
Thikene santosha aandu . ( )
Please. 
daya maltudu. ( )
Thank you. 
. ( )
You're welcome. 
Swagaata . ( )
Yes. 
andu. ( )
No. 
attu. ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
thapu aandu . ( )
Goodbye 
thikga . ( )
Goodbye (informal
Barpe . ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
Enku TULU pAtere gotuji [ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
Eereg English pateriyera gottunda? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
English gottitthina aglu ullera? ( ?)
Help! 
saaya! ( !)
Look out! 
jaagrathe! ( !)
Good morning. 
. ( )
Good evening. 
. ( )
Good night. 
. ( )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
enk gottu aapujji. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Toilet Vondu ? ( ?)
coconut tender water 
Bonda ( !)
coconut 
thaarai ( !)

Problems

thondareh kasta

Numbers

onji (...)
raddu (...)
mooji (...)
naalu (...)
ainu (...)
aaji (...)
yeLu (...)
yenma (...)
ormba (...)
10 
pattu (...)
11 
patt-onji (...)
12 
pad-radu (...)
13 
padi-mooji (...)
14 
padi-naalu (...)
15 
padi-nainu (...)
16 
padi-naaji (...)
17 
padi-nelu (...)
18 
padi-nenamma (...)
19 
padi-noramba (...)
20 
iruva (...)
21 
iruvatha onji (...)
22 
iruvatha eradu (...)
23 
iruvatha mooji (...)
30 
muppa (...)
40 
nalpa (...)
50 
aiva (...)
60 
ajippa (...)
70 
elpa (...)
80 
enpa (...)
90 
sonpa (...)
100 
noodu (...)
200 
irnoodu (...)
300 
munnoodu (...)
1000 
onji savira (...)
2000 
raddu savira (...)
1,000,000 
pattu laksha (...)
1,000,000,000 
noodu koti
1,000,000,000,000 
pattu savira koti
number _____ (train, bus, etc.
number _____ (...)
half 
ardha (...)
1/4th 
kaal
3/4th 
mukkal
less 
kammi (...)
more 
jasthi (...)

Time

porthu

Clock time

ganthe yeth aand?

Duration

yeth portuddu inchi

Days

ini va dina

Months

tingolu

Writing time and date

Colors

red kempu blue nili green pacche white boldu black kappu yellow manjal

Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

mithu up, thirthu down, dumbu front, phira back, inchidu-from here, unchiddu-from there, kaithal -near, doora -far, padai-west, moodai-east, balatha kai- right hand, yedatha kai- left hand,

Taxi

Lodging

badai the illu

Money

dhodu money chillarey change

Eating

Thinpini- to eat, purpini -to drink, ahtil -kitchen/cook, cheepe- sweet, khara- spicy, ooppu- salt, vanthe- little, balasle- serve, kaippu- curry, alley- butter milk, puli- sour/tamrind, noopu- rice, tethi- egg, kori- chicken, meen- fish, masa- meat, boothayi-sardine, manji-pomfret, bangude-mackerel, thaateh-shark, koyollu-shell fish, yeti-prawns, bareh the parndu -bannana, kooku-mango kerengeh -sweet potato

Bars

gangasara alchohol

''''meals-vanas

sleep - jeppu

perade - hen

pettha - cow

amma- mom''''

ishta - wish

dever - God

moke, mamathe,ista- love

porlu - beauty

kule - ghost

Shopping

santhe

Driving

Authority

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