More Kannada Words

My mother-in-law has decided to help me learn Kannada.  The current plan is to learn 2 words a day.  Yesterday I learned 1 (onedu), 2 (erdu), along with the word for fruit (hannu), and banana (balahannu). 

“Hannu” is the general word for fruit.  In Kannada, most words for fruit end in “hannu” so it is like saying “peach fruit”, “banana fruit”, etc. 

Both mother and father-in-law agree that more English is starting to creep into Kannada creating “Kanglish”.  People will say “apple” instead of something in Kannada.  My guess is that is because apples are exotic to Karnataka.  Also, apples don’t seem to be popular.  Satya dislikes apples-he says they are too bitter. 

The in-laws also say that the English word “milk” is used often too.  This one I can’t figure out.  Milk and dairy seem to be key parts of the Lingayat Karnataka diet.  Why do people use “milk” instead of the Kannada word?


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ashwini
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 18:10:19

    Was happy to see your effort in learning kannada, all the best. I am karnataka lingayat too, we still use haalu for milk when we use it in a sentence.


  2. minnesotameetskarnataka
    Aug 09, 2008 @ 23:09:34

    Hi Ashwini,
    Thanks for the encouragement!
    Discovered another tricky word…haalu for milk sounds to my American ears much like the word for “waste”.


  3. Ashwini
    Aug 14, 2008 @ 02:28:48

    Actually, Haalu is two words on how you pronounce it. you can ask your husband to pronounce it for you.
    one meaning is milk, and the other is wasted.


  4. minnesotameetskarnataka
    Aug 14, 2008 @ 13:30:11

    Exactly! The only difference is how the “lu” at the end is pronouced.


  5. Zane
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 19:35:21

    If you keep your tongue pointing up toward the roof of the mouth when saying HaaLu you won’t make an oops. But sometimes Haahuu Augeday!


  6. Zane
    May 05, 2010 @ 18:22:26

    I am slowly forgetting what Kannada I learned. I lived in Bangaluru for 5 years and studied for at least 4 of those years with a tutor. I can read and write but speaking and grammar..ugh. My wife and I speak it to each other when we don’t want anyone to know what we are saying, sometimes we mix in a little Thai!!!


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