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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.

Pronounciation guide
Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list
Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about
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Basics
Hello.
NamaskAra. ( )
Hello. (informal)
Namaskara . ( )
How are you?
Encha ullar? ( ?)
I am doing great
Yaan HushAr ulle. ( )

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What is your name?


Eerena pudar daytha/ena/enchina/daade?( ?)
My name is ______ .
yenna pudar . ( <name>.)
Nice to meet you.
Thikene santosha aandu . ( )
Come here.
inchi(here) bale (come)
Go there.
anchi (there) polle (go)
Please.
daya maltudu. ( )
Thank you.
solmelu (Tulu) Nanne/danya vaada (Kannada). ( )
You're welcome.
Swagaata . ( )
Yes.
andu. ( )
No.
attu. (or ijji) ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention)
.()
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
.()
I'm sorry.
thapu aandu . ( )
Goodbye
thikkuga . (also means lets meet again )
Goodbye (informal)
Barpe . (also means I will be back )
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 gottitthinaaglu yeranda ullera? ( ?)
Help!
saaya! ( !)
help me : saaya malpule ( ! )
Look out!
jaagrathe! ( !)
Early morning.
. (Pulya Kaande )
Evening.
. (Baiyyadu )
Night.
(Raathre )
Jeppunu (to sleep)
I don't understand.
enk gottu aapujji/ enku artha aapuji. ( )
Where is the toilet?
Thandaas or Sandaas Vondu ?/ Thandaas or Sandaas Volundu Ye? ( ?)
tender coconut
Bonda ( !)
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tender coconut water


Bonda da neeru
coconut
thaarai ( !)
I am not feeling well
yenk soukya ijji.
I don't want
yenk boduchi.
Give Me
yenk korule.
God
Devere
She is not feeling well (While mentioning to someone younger than You)
Aleg soukya ijji.
He is not feeling well (While mentioning to someone younger than You)
Ayag soukya ijjji.
He/she is not feeling well (While mentioning to an elderly person both male/
female)
Areg sokya ijji.
Look there (as in "look at that thing")
Thoole
Look here
Thoope
I like it very much
Yane muste laikape
He/She/It is gone
Poondu
Hurts
bene, for example, "my stomach hurts" would be yanna bungee benapundu
Very (can also mean "too much")
muste
Car
gaadi
Foot
khare
Confuse
Gondala
Living Room
Chavadi
Guest
Bin-ner
Bride
Madhmalu
Bridegroom
Madhmaye

Problems

thondareh

Numbers

1
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onji (...)
2
raddu (...)
3
mooji (...)
4
naalu (...)
5
ainu (...)
6
aaji (...)
7
yeLu (...)
8
yenma (...)
9
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 radu (...)
23
iruvatha mooji (...)
30
muppa (...)
40
nalpa (...)
50
aiva (...)
60
ajippa (...)
70
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elpa (...)
80
enpa (...)
90
sonpa (...)
100
noodu (...)
200
irnoodu (...)
300
munnoodu (...)
1000
onji sara (...)
2000
raddu sara (...)
1,000,000
pattu laksha (...)
1,000,000,000
noodu koti
1,000,000,000,000
pattu sara 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

Summawara = Monday
Manglawara = Tuesday
Buddhawara = Wednesday
Gurwara = Thursday
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Sucrawara = Friday
Shaniwara = Saturday
Aittaara = Sunday
ini va dina
inni = today
kodeh = yesterday
elleh = tomorrow
ellenge = day after tomorrow
kandeh = morning
ganteh = hours
minutes = minutes
wara = week
tingola = month
washa = year

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, dhumbu=front, pira=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 or badigeda illu

Money

duddu/kaas - money chillarey - change

Eating

Thinre- to eat, purrre -to drink, ahtil -kitchen/cook, cheepe- sweet, khaara- spicy, uppu-
salt, vanthe- little, balasle- serve, kajipu- curry, ale- butter milk, puli- sour/tamrind,
nuppu- rice, tethi- egg, kori- chicken, meen- fish, masa- meat, boothayi- sardine,
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maanji- pomfret, bangude- mackerel, thaateh- shark, koyollu- shell fish, yetti- prawns,
bareh the parndu- bannana, kukku- mango, kereng- sweet potato, parndh- fruit or
banana or ripe, neer- water, badavu- hunger, onas- meal, uppad- pickle, lote- glass,
tarkaari- vegetables, narthe- snail

Bars

gangasara(Some slangs: Bajel, Kuppi, Teertha, watis) - alchohol

vanas - meals

jeppu - sleep

perade - hen

pettha - cow

appe - mother

ammer- father

ishta - wish

dever - God

moke, mamathe - love

porlu - beauty

kule - ghost

thindi - Breakfast

baajal - cool drink

bonda - tender coconut

amal - drunkenness

Shopping

santhe (Market) paintae - something like malls but smaller

Driving

For Hire -- Baadige barpara

Authority

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