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English to Kannada & Kannada to English Dictionary

Kannada Dictionary is a bilingual dictionary that translates words from English to Kannada or Kannada to English. It is a part of Language Networking, a social and educational initiative by KHANDBAHALE.COM, and is free and open to all for non-commercial use. It is recognised as an accurate and authentic language resource by scholars and experts and can also be downloaded as software and apps for multiple devices for online and offline use.

About the Kannada Language

Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ, [ˈkʌnːəɖa]) or Canarese, is a Dravidian language spoken in India predominantly in the state of Karnataka. Kannada, whose native speakers are called Kannadigas (Kannadigaru) and number roughly 38 million, is one of the 40 most spoken languages in the world. It is one of the scheduled languages of India and the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka. It is also spoken in neighbouring states such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra, as well as by a significant number of people in the United Arab Emirates, United States, and other countries where Kannadigas have migrated. Kannada has a rich literary tradition dating back over a thousand years, with famous poets and writers such as Pampa, Ranna, and Kuvempu. The Kavirajamarga, written in the 9th century, is considered to be the earliest extant literary work in Kannada. The language also has a rich tradition in Folk literature, Yakshagana, and other performing arts. In terms of grammar, Kannada is an inflected language, meaning that the grammatical function of a word is indicated by its inflection, rather than by word order. It has a complex system of case markers and verb conjugations, as well as a rich system of particles that indicate various grammatical functions. Kannada script is called Kannada Lipi and it is one of the oldest scripts in the world, it is also considered as one of the most beautiful scripts among Indian scripts. In recent years, there has been a push to promote the use of Kannada in education and government, as well as to increase the visibility of Kannada culture in the media. Many Kannada language movements were formed in order to protect and promote the language. Kannada is an important language in South India, with a rich literary and cultural tradition. Its continued use and promotion are important for preserving the cultural heritage of the region, and for ensuring the linguistic rights of the Kannada-speaking people.

ದ್ರಾವಿಡ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳ ಹಳೆಯದರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದಾದ ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆ/ನುಡಿಯನ್ನು ಅದರ ವಿವಿಧ ರೂಪಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಮಾರು ೪೫ ದಶಲಕ್ಷ ಜನರು ಆಡುನುಡಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಳಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಇದು ಭಾರತದ ೨೨ ಅಧಿಕೃತ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು, ಹಾಗೂ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಅಧಿಕೃತ/ಸರಕಾರೀ ಭಾಷೆ.

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Spoken In : Karnataka, Kasaragod, Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. significant communities in USA, Australia, Singapore, UK, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates.

Native Speakers: 35 million (1997 census), 9 million as a second language.

Language family: Dravidian > Southern > Tamil–Kannada > Kannada–Badaga > Kannada

Writing system: Kannada script.

Official language in: Karnataka, India

Regulated by: Various academies and the Government of Karnataka (India)

Language codes: kn (ISO 639-1), kan (ISO 639-2, ISO 639-3)

The Kannada language is written using the Kannada script, which evolved from the 5th century Kadamba script. Kannada is attested epigraphically from about one and a half millennia, and literary Old Kannada flourished in the 6th century Ganga dynasty and during 9th century Rashtrakuta Dynasty. With an unbroken literary history of over a thousand years, the excellence of Kannada literature continues into the present day. Works of Kannada literature have received eight Jnanpith awards and fifty-six Sahitya Akademi awards. Based on the recommendations of the Committee of Linguistic Experts, appointed by the Ministry of Culture, the Government of India officially recognised Kannada as a classical language. In July 2011, a centre for the study of classical Kannada was established under the aegis of Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) at Mysore to facilitate research related to the language.

    Kannada Language References

  • "A Grammar of Kannada" by Harold F. Schiffman - This comprehensive grammar book provides a detailed analysis of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of Kannada. It is an essential resource for students and scholars of Kannada language and linguistics.
  • "Kannada: An Essential Grammar" by Rajendra Aklekar - This book is a concise and user-friendly guide to the grammar of Kannada. It covers all the key grammatical structures of the language and is perfect for those who are looking for a quick and easy reference.
  • "Kannada Literature: A History" by M.M. Kalburgi - This book provides a detailed overview of the history of Kannada literature, from its ancient roots to the present day. It covers the works of major poets and writers, as well as the cultural and historical context in which they were produced.
  • "Kannada for Beginners" by Prabha Kannan - This book is a great resource for those who are new to Kannada language. It covers everything from basic grammar and vocabulary to reading and writing, and includes exercises and practice materials to help learners improve their skills.
  • "Kannada-English Dictionary" by M. Chidanandamurthy - This comprehensive dictionary is a useful resource for anyone learning Kannada, with over 50,000 entries covering both Kannada-English and English-Kannada translations. It includes detailed explanations of grammar and usage, making it an essential tool for language learners.
  • "Kannada-English Bilingual Children's Books: My First Kannada Words" by Tim Timmerman - This is a great resource for children who are learning Kannada as a second language. It is a collection of bilingual children's books that help teach the basics of Kannada vocabulary and grammar in a fun and interactive way.
  • "Kannada Language in the Digital Age" by Rajendra Aklekar - This book looks at the ways in which technology is impacting the use and promotion of the Kannada language. It covers topics such as social media, machine translation, and text-to-speech, and provides insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the Kannada language in the digital age.
  • Government: National Portal of India : india.gov.in
  • Government of Karnataka : www.karnataka.gov.inwww.karnataka.gov.in
  • Wikipedia : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannada_language
  • The Karnataka official language act, 1963 – Karnataka Gazette (Extraordinary) Part IV-2A. Government of Karnataka. 1963. pp. 33.
  • "The Karnataka Official Language Act" (PDF). Official website of Department of Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation. Government of Karnataka. Retrieved 29 June 2007.
  • "Declaration of Telugu and Kannada as classical languages". Press Information Bureau. Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  • "Classical Kannada, Antiquity of Kannada". Centre for classical Kannada. Central Institute for Indian Languages. Retrieved 20011-08-28.
  • Kulli, Jayavant S (1991). History of grammatical theories in Kannada. Internationial School of Dravidian Linguistics
  • Central Kannada Directorate regulates the use of Devanagari script and Kannada spelling in India. Source: Central Kannada Directorate: Introduction.
  • Encyclopaedia of Indian literature vol. 2, Sahitya Akademi (1988), p1717, p 1474
  • Literature in all Dravidian languages owes a great deal to Sanskrit, the magic wand whose touch raised each of the languages from a level of patois to that of a literary idiom". (Sastri 1955, p309).
  • A Grammar of the Kannada Language. F. Kittel (1993), p. 3
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