Common Kannada, Tulu and Konkani phrases

   
   
  The most popular language in Mangalore is Tulu, some authors also refer Mangalore as Tulunadu. Tulu is one of the beautiful dravidian language mainly spoke in dakshina kannada. Kannada is also equally well known  to the people here. Other popular languages are Konkani, Malayalam, English and Hindi. Given below are popular Tulu and Kannada phrases you need to get along in Mangalore. Our effort is to make this page as innovative as possible. Your valuable suggestions and comments are most welcome.
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Phrase Equiv. Tulu Phrase Equiv. Kannada Phrase Equiv. Konkani Phrase
Are you married ? Eereg madme aathunda? Nimige madhuve aagideya? Tugeli vardik jalya ve?
Beautiful girl Porlu ponnu Chandada hudugi Chandi chelli
Come in , be seated Bale, kullule Banni, kulithukolli bital yo, bais.
Did you have your food? Vanas aanda ? Oota Aayitha? javan jalle ve?
Do you have children ? Eereg jokulu unda ? Nimige makkalu iddara? Charduva Asa ve tukka ?
Do you know? Goththa? Goththe? Gotasa ve tukka?
Do you speak English ? Eareg English barpunda? Nimige English gotha? Tukka English yei ve?
Don't mention it. Thondare ijji. Paravaagilla. Audna.
He is very good. Baaree yedd jana. Bahala olleya manushya. Tho manishu chang asa.
His name is ... Aarena pudar ... Avara hesaru ... Tagele naav.
How are you ? Yencha Ullar? Hege idhira? Tu kashi asa?
How do you say this in tulu ? Undena tulutu yencha panpuna? Idhannu tuluvalli hege helodu? Ye tulu bashetu kashi ulloche?
How much does this cost? Nek yeth bele ? Idhake yestu bele? Hakka mol kitle?
I am a bachelor. Yank madme aathijji. Nanide maduve aagilla. Megeli vardik jahini
I am doing well. Yaan Sowkhya. Naanu Sowkhya. Aav husar asa.
I am married. Yank madme aathund. Nanige maduve aagide. Megeli vardhik jalya.
I don't know tulu. Yank tulu barpujji. Nanige tulu barudhilla. Maka tulu yana
I have three sons( daughters). Yank mooji aaan (ponnu) jokulu undu. Nanige mooru gandu (hennu) makkalu idhare.  
I know. Yank Goththu. Nanage Goththu.  
I know little tulu. Yank onthe tulu barpundu. Nanige swalpa tulu barthadhe.  
I know Mangalore well. Yank Mangalore gotthundu. Nanige Mangalore gotthuntu. Makka mangalore gotasa
I like Mangalore. Yank mangalore yedde aapundu. Nanige Mangalore ista aayitu. Makka mangalore avadatha
I will come back. Yaan pera barpe. Naanu vapasu baruthene. Aav opasa yetta
I will wait. Yaan kapuve. Naanu kayuthene. Aav wait karta.
Is there a Telephone nearby ? Mulpa kaithaal telephone unda? Hathiradhalli telephone unta? Anga kahin telephone asa ve?
May I use your telephone? Yaan onji phone malpolia? Naanu ondu phone madale?  
My name is ... Yanna pudar ... Nanna hesaru ... Megele naav ..
No Thanks. Bodchi solmelu. Beda dhanyavaadagalu. Thanks nak/ Audna ( means ok)
Please come here. Dayamalthu moolu bale. Dayamadi illi banni. Chikke anga yo.
Please give the bill. Daya malthdu bill korle. Dayamaadi bill kodi. Chikke Bill Di.
Please help yourself. Aaramad Balesonle. Aaramavagi Balesukolli. Swata madat karun ge.
Please wait for a moment. Onji nimisha unthule. Dayamadi ondu nimisha nilli. Chikke rabata ve.
Thank you very much. Mast Upakara. Thumba danyavaadagalu. Mast Thanks,
This is my house. Avu yenna ell. Adu nanna mane. Ye megele ghar.
Today is Sunday. Eni Ithaara. Evaththu bhaanuvaara. Aagi Sunday/ Aagi ravivar.
What do you need? Eereg daada bodu? Nimage yenu beku? Tukka kasele zahi?
What is his name? Aarena pudar daada? Avara hesarenu? Tagele naav kasale?
What is that? Avu daada? Adu Yenu? Te kasale?
What is your name ? Irna pudar enchina? Nimma hesaru yenu? Tugele naav kasale?
What time is it now ? Porthu yeth aand? Gante yeshtu aayithu? Ata gante kitle jalle?
When will he come ? Aar yepa barper ? Avaru yavaga baruthare? Tho kedana yetta?
Where is the restaurant? Vanasag hotel olpa undu? ootakke hotel yellide? Restaurant kaisa?
Which book is this? Undhu vaa booku? Idu yaava pusthaka? Ye kanche book?
Who is he? Aar Yer? Avaru Yaaru? Tho kon?

Common One liners

English Phrase Equiv. Tulu Phrase Equiv. Kannada Phrase Equiv. Konkani Phrase
Bathe Snana Snana Natta
Clothe Kuntu Batte Avagale
Come Balle Banni Yo
Cook Adige malpule Beyisu Randapa
Doctor Daakdaar Vydya doctor
Enter Bala Praveshisu Pravesha kari/ Bitari yo
Give Koru Kodu Di
Good Yedd Olleyadu Layak zalle
Hello Namaskara Namaskara Namaskaru
How Yencha Hege Kashi
How many Yethu undu Yeshtu untu Kitle
How much Yeth Yeshtu Kitle
I Yaan Naanu Aav
It Avu Adu Te
Leave Pola Horadu Sodi
Mine Yenna/Yena Nanna mege;e
Money Duddu Hana/Duddu Duddu
No Athth Alla/Illa Nakka
Place Ooru Ooru Gaav
Read Odhu Odhu Vaji
Run Balpu Odu Dhav
Shop Angadi Angadi Angadi/ Dukaan
Take Dhethonu Thegeduko Ge
Their's Aarena Avara Tangele
They Akulu Avaru Tanni
Walk Nadi Nadi Chamakuchak
We Enkulu Naavu Ami
What Yenchina Yenu Kasele
When Yepa Yavaga kedana
Where Olu Yelli Kahin
Which Oltha Yavadu Kanche
Who Yer Yaaru Kon
Why? Dayegu? Yake? Kasalek?
Write Bari Bari Barai
Yes Andh Howdu Haan
Your's Eerena Nimma Tugele.

On an average,  people in India can understand simple English. We give below some of the words which are household in South Kanara. 
Coffee, Tea, Bread, Butter, Omelet , Motor Car, Taxi, Bus, Train, Aeroplane, Rickshaw, Bicycle, Camera, Watch, Shirt, Trousers, Belt Shoes, Silk, Cotton, Newspaper, Room, Hotel, Night Club, Hospital, Cinema, Market, Post Office, Police Station, Airport, Railway Station, Road, Telephone, Telegram, Stamps, Beach.  

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