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Commonly Used Tulu Phrases

 
English : Hello, How are you?
Kannada : namaskaara, hEgideera?
Tulu : namaskaara, encha ullar?
 
 
English : Had your lunch?
Kannada : oota aayta?
Tulu : vaNas aanDa?
 
 
English : Where are you working?
Kannada : neevu elli kelasa maadtideera? (plural / with respect)
                 neenu elli kelasa maadtideeya? (singular)
Tulu : eer olu bEle maltondullar? (plural / with respect)
         ee olu bEle maltondulla? (singular)
 
 
English : What are you doing?
Kannada : neevu enu maadtaa ideera? (plural / with respect)
                 neenu enu maadtaa ideeya? (singular)
Tulu : eer daada maltondullar? (plural / with respect)
         ee daada maltondulla? (singular)
 
 
English : All are welcome.
Kannada : nimagellarigu swaagata.
Tulu : maatergla swaagata.
 
 
English : Come
Kannada : banni
Tulu : bale
 
 
English : We will go to Mangalore.
Kannada : naavu mangaloorige hogoNa.
Tulu : nama Kudlag poyi. [Mangalore is called Kudla in Tulu]
 

Sentence Formation In Tulu Language

 
Sentence formation in Tulu :
Pronouns:
English: I, You, He, She, We, They, This, That
Tulu : yaan, ee, aaye, aal, nama, akl, undu, avu
Kannada : naanu, neenu, avanu, avaLu, naavu, avaru, idu, aduApart from the pronouns listed above, one important and common pronoun to use in any Indian languge is the plural form of 'you', to address the person you are talking to.
In Tulu, you use eer.
In Kannada, you can use neevu or taavu.Verbs:
Some of the common verbs used in day-to-day life
English: go, come, sit, laugh, stop, call, tell, do, write, read
Tulu: pola, bala, kullu, telipu, unt, leppu, pan, manpu, barela, odla
Kannada: hogu, baa, koothko, nagu, nillu, kare, heLu, maaDu, bare, odu
Some more verbs
English: give, take, eat, drink, run, get up, dance, watch/look, wait, talk
Tulu: koru, detonu, tin, par, balipu, lakk, nalipu, toola, kaapu, paater
Kannada: kodu, tegeduko, tinnu, kuDi, oDu, ELu, kuNi, noDu, kaayi, maatanaaDu
Listed above are the singular forms these verbs. It is important to use the plural form of these verbs as otherwise it might be perceived as disrespect while talking to elders or the people you meet for the first time. So, here are the list of plural forms of the above verbs in their respective order. Also, it should be noted that these verb forms are the ones used, when you directly talk to the person and not in 3rd person narration.
Tulu: pole, bale, kullule, telipule, untle, leppule, panle, manpule, barele, odle
Kannada: hogi, banni, koothkoLLi, nagi, nilli, kareyiri, heLi, maaDi, bareyiri, odi
Tulu: korule, detonule, tinle, parle, balipule, lakkle, nalipule, toole, kaapule, paaterle
Kannada: kodi, tegedukoLLi, tinni, kuDiyiri, oDi, ELi, kuNiyiri, noDi, kaayiri, maatanaaDi
By now, you would have realized that in Tulu for the verbs, if you add 'le' at the end you would get the plural form of the same(atleast it is true for the verbs listed here). In Kannada, though the suffix may be different for the words ending in different letters, 'i' at the end is common.
Objects:
English: lunch/dinner, water, tea, home, work, place
Tulu: vaNas, neer, chaaya, ill, bEle, oor
Kannada: ooTa, neeru, chahaa, mane, kelasa, ooru
Simple Sentence Formation : As it is always better to start off with plural form of verbs while learning any Indian language, I have used the same below. For singular forms refer the list above.
English : You take this route.
Tulu : eer ee route detonle.
Kannada : neevu ee route thegedukoLLi.
(though 'this' is 'undu' in Tulu, in this context for 'this route', 'ee route' is more appropriate. Same in the case of Kannada. Also, usually in Indian languages verbs come last unlike in English, where it comes in the middle of the sentence)
English : You run in the marathon.
Tulu : eer marathan d balipule.
Kannada : neevu marathonnalli ODi.
English : You sit in this chair.
Tulu : eer ee chair d kullule.
Kannada : neevu ee chairnalli koothkoLLi.
I hope you will be able to form more sentence following the examples above. If you require more verbs/sentences/objects please leave a comment in this post. In the next post, more complex sentences to follow
 

Common Conversation With Friend 

 
English : Hello, how are you?
Kannada : namaskaara, hegideeya?
Tulu : namaskaara, enchulla?
English : I am fine.
Kannada : naanu chennagideeni.
Tulu : yaan usaarulle.
English : Are all well at home?
Kannada : manEli ella chennagidaara?
Tulu : illad maatha usaarullera?
English : Everyone is fine.
Kannada : ellru chennagidaare.
Tulu : maaterla usaaruller.
English : How is your work going on?
Kannada : ninna kelsa hege nadeetha ide?
Tulu : ninna bele encha nadattondunDu?
English : What did you have for tiffin today?
Kannada : ivattu tiffin ge enittu?
Tulu : ini tiffin g dada ittnD?
English : Anything else?
Kannada : mattenu vishya?
Tulu : buka daada vishaya?
English : How was the coffee?
Kannada : coffee hegittu?
Tulu : coffee encha ittnD?
English : Coffee was good.
Kannada : coffee chenngittu.
Tulu : coffee eDDe ittnd.
English : Where did you go on weekend?
Kannada : weekend ell hogidde?
Tulu : weekend oDe poditta?
English : This time I had gone to Bangalore.
Kannada : ee sali bengaloorige hogidde.
Tulu : ee sarti bangalore poditte.
English : How was your weekend?
Kannada : Weekend hegittu?
Tulu : weekend encha ittnD?
English : It was superb.
Kannada : tumba chennagittu.
Tulu : mast eDDe ittnD.
English : When did you come?
Kannada : yavaag bande?
Tulu : yepa battini?
English : I came yesterday.
Kannada : naanu ninne bande.
Tulu : yaan kODe battini.
English : Can you wait for me?
Kannada : nange kaayteeya?
Tulu : yenk kaapuvana?
English : Ok, I will wait.
Kannada : Ok, naanu kaayteeni.
Tulu : Ok, yaan kaapuve.
English : Can we meet today?
Kannada : ivattu naavu sigoNava?
Tulu : ini nama tikgana?
English : We will meet today at 4'o clock.
Kannada : naavu ivattu 4 gantege meet aagoNa.
Tulu : nama ini 4 ganteg meet aaka.
English : Can you come there?
Kannada : ninage alli barlikkagatta?
Tulu : nikk aDe barre aapunDa?
English : Yes, I can come there.
Kannada : sari, nange allige barakkagutte.
Tulu : sari, enk aDe baroli.
English : Is it so?
Kannada : idu heego?
Tulu : undu inchana?
English : Yes, man.
Kannada : howdu maaraya.
Tulu : and marre.
English : Did't you know?
Kannada : ninge gottirlillva?
Tulu : nikk gottijjaanDa?
English : Glad to meet you.
Kannada : ninnannu noDi tumba khushiyaaytu.
Tulu : ninan tood mast kusiyaanD.
English : This watch is beautiful.
Kannada : ee watchu tumba chennagide.
Tulu : ee watch bhaari sookunDu.
English : What to do now?
Kannada : eega yenu maaDodu?
Tulu : itte daada malpuni?
English : Can we talk now?
Kannada : naaveega maataaDoNava?
Tulu : nama itte paatergana?
English : Ok, see you next time.
Kannada : Ok, matte sigONa.
Tulu : Ok, bukka tikga.
English : Come, let's have tea.
Kannada : banni, chahaa kuDiyONa.
Tulu : balE, chaa parka.
The above phrase 'balE, chaa parka' is commonly used in friendly conversations, when you invite someone for tea. In fact, there is Tulu drama named 'balE, chaa parka', which made the phrase famous in Tulu speaking community.
English : Come, sit.
Kannada : banni, kootkoLLi.
Tulu : balE, kulle.
English : Can you bring a cup of water?
Kannada : nanage ondu loTa neeru tarteeya?
Tulu : yenk onji loTa neer kanapana?
English : I will also come with you.
Kannada : naanu kooDa ninna jote bartheeni.
Tulu : yaan laa ninnottugu barpe.
English : Whom should I ask?
Kannada : naanu yaaranna kELbEku?
Tulu : yaan yEren kEnoDu?
English : Which is your favourite color?
Kannada : ninge ishTavaada baNNa yaavudu?
Tulu : nikk ishTavaayina baNNa vovu?
English : Whats the time now?
Kannada : samaya esTaaytu?
Tulu : gante etaanD?
English : You should definitely come to our house during the festival.
Kannada : neevu habbakke namma manege khanDita barbEku.
Tulu : eer parbogu enklena illaDe nighaanT baroDu.
English : I have to wake up early in the morning tomorrow.
Kannada : nange naaLe beLigge bega yELbEku.
Tulu : yenk elle polyakaanDe lakkoDu.
English : I have some other work today.
Kannada : nanage ivattu bEre kelasa ide.
Tulu : enk ini bEte bEle unDu.
English : Ramesha, your phone is ringing.
Kannada : Ramesha, ninna phone ring aagta ide.
Tulu : Ramesha, ninna phone ring aavondunDu.
English : Where are you man? I am waiting for you near Town hall.
Kannada : elliddi maaraya? naanu Town hall hatra kaayta ideeni.
Tulu : olulla maaraya? yaan Town hall da kaital kaatondulle.
English : Ice-cream at Ideal's is too good.
Kannada : Ideal's nalli ice-cream tumba chennagirutte.
Tulu : Ideal's D ice-cream bhaari laayk uppunDuya.
English : Today's treat is mine.
Kannada : ivattina treat nandu.
Tulu : inita treat enna lekkada.
English : Shall we go to '3 Idiots' today?
Kannada : ivattu '3 Idiots' noDoke hOgONva?
Tulu : ini '3 idiots' tooyere pOya?
English : I liked it very much.
Kannada : nangantu bahaLa ishTa aaytu.
Tulu : enk maatra bhaari isTa aanD.
English : Read 'Five point Someone'. It is really nice.
Kannada : 'Five point Someone' Odu. tumbaa chennagide.
Tulu : 'Five point someone' Od. bhaari laaykunDu.
English : No problem, I will meet you in the evening.
Kannada : thondre illa, naanu ninna sanje meet maaDteeni.
Tulu : malle ijji, yaan ninan bayyag meet aape.
English : Mangalore is a beautiful city.
Kannada : MangaLuru sundara nagara.
Tulu : kuDla porluda pEnTe.
English : Thank you all.
Kannada : nimagella dhanyavaadagaLu.
Tulu : nikleg maaterglaa solmelu.

Conversing in Restaurant and Vendors in market

Numbers :
English : One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten
Kannada : ondu, eraDu, mooru, naalku, aidu, aaru, ELu, enTu, ombattu, hattu
Tulu : onji, raDD, mooji, naal, ain, aaji, EL, enma, ormba, patt
In a restaurant :
English : What and all are there?
Kannada : enella ide?
Tulu : daada maatha undu?
English : Will that take some time?
Kannada : adakke tumbaa hottu aagutta?
Tulu : avek jinja portu aapunDaa?
English : Give me one masala dosa.
Kannada : nanage ondu masale dose koDi.
Tulu : enk onji masale dose korle.
English : Bring it fast.
Kannada : idannu bega tanni.
Tulu : nEn bEka kanale.
English : I dont want that.
Kannada : nanage adu bEDa.
Tulu : enk avu boDchi.
English : I dont want that much.
Kannada : nanage asTondu bEDa.
Tulu : enka aat boDchi.
English : Give that one.
Kannada : adannu koDi.
Tulu : aven korle.
English : Give some water.
Kannada : neeru koDi.
Tulu : neer korle.
English : You have given a good service!
Kannada : oLLe service koTTri!
Tulu : eDDe service koriyar!
Conversing with a Vendor :
English : How much does this cost?
Kannada : Idakkestu?
Tulu : nEk Et?
English : The price is too high.
Kannada : rate tumbaa jaasti aaytu.
Tulu : rate mast jaasti aand.
English : Please lower the cost.
Kannada : rate swalpa kammi maadi.
Tulu : rate onchooru kammi malpule.
English : Show me the new designs.
Kannada : nanage hosa designs tOrisi.
Tulu : enk posa designs tOjaale.
English : I will pay by cash.
Kannada : naanu cash pay maadteeni.
Tulu : yaan cash pay malpuve.
English : Please pack all the goods, I will come soon.
Kannada : ella saamaanu pack maaDidi, naaneega bartEne.
Tulu : maata saamaan pack malt deele, yaan itte barpe.
English : When will the ordered goods arrive?
Kannada : order maaDida goods yaavaga barutte?
Tulu : order maltina goods Epa barpundu?
English : Yes, its been sometime now, since I had come here.
Kannada : howdu, naanillige bandu swalpa hottaytu.
Tulu : and, yaan iDe battd chooru portaanD.
English : Whats the time now?
Kannada : eega estu hottaayitu?
Tulu : itte Et portaand?
English : We will come again at 1 'o clock.
Kannada : naavu 1 gantege matte bartEve.
Tulu : enkla 1 ganteg pira barpa.
English : Good work!
Kannada : oLLe kelasa!
Tulu : eDDe bEle!
English : Thanks.
Kannada : dhanyavaada.
Tulu : solmelu.
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