Kannada Vocabulary

The Kannada vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: ಒಂದು  [Ondu] Audio Two: ಎರಡು  [Eraḍu] Audio
Three: ಮೂರು  [Mūru] Audio Four: ನಾಲ್ಕು  [Nālku] Audio
Five: ಐದು  [Aidu] Audio Six: ಆರು  [Āru] Audio
Seven: ಏಳು  [Ēḷu] Audio Eight: ಎಂಟು  [Eṇṭu] Audio
Nine: ಒಂಬತ್ತು  [Ombattu] Audio Ten: ಹತ್ತು  [Hattu] Audio
First: ಮೊದಲನೆಯದು   [Modalaneyadu] Audio Second: ಎರಡನೆಯದು  [Eraḍaneyadu] Audio

Time Expressions

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: ಸೋಮವಾರ  [Sōmavāra] Audio Tuesday: ಮಂಗಳವಾರ  [Maṅgaḷavāra] Audio
Wednesday: ಬುದವಾರ  [Budavāra] Audio Thursday: ಗುರುವಾರ   [Guruvāra] Audio
Friday: ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ  [Śukravāra] Audio Saturday: ಶನಿವಾರ  [Śanivāra] Audio
Sunday: ಭಾನುವಾರ  [Bhānuvāra] Audio Now: ಈಗ  [Īga] Audio
Yesterday: ನಿನ್ನೆ    [Ninne] Audio Today: ಇಲ್ಲಿ  [Illi] Audio
Tonight: ಈ ರಾತ್ರಿ  [Ī rātri] Audio Tomorrow: ನಾಳೆ  [Nāḷe] Audio

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: ಹಣ್ಣುಗಳು  [Haṇṇugaḷu] Audio Apples: ಸೇಬು  [Sēbu] Audio
Bananas: ಬಾಳೆಹಣ್ಣು   [Bāḷehaṇṇu] Audio Tomatoes: ಟೊಮೇಟೊ   [Ṭomēṭo] Audio
Potatoes: ಆಲುಗಡ್ಡೆ  [Ālugaḍḍe] Audio Onions: ಈರುಳ್ಳಿ  [Īruḷḷi] Audio

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: ಕೆಂಪು  [Kempu] Audio Green: ಹಸಿರು  [Hasiru] Audio
Blue: ನೀಲಿ  [Nīli] Audio White: ಬಿಳಿ  [Biḷi] Audio
Black: ಕಪ್ಪು  [Kappu] Audio Grey: ತಿಳಿ  [Tiḷi] Audio

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: ನಾಷ್ಟ  [Nāṣṭa] Audio Lunch: ಊಟ  [Ūṭa] Audio
Dinner: ರಾತ್ರಿ ಊಟ  [Rātri ūṭa] Audio Milk: ಹಾಲು  [Hālu] Audio
Coffee: ಕಾಫಿ  [Kāphi] Audio Bread: ಬ್ರೆಡ್ಡು  [Breḍḍu] Audio

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: ಬಿಸಿಲು ಕವಿದ   [Bisilu kavida] Audio Windy: ಗಾಳಿ   [Gāḷi] Audio
Rainy: ಮಳೆ ಕವಿದ   [Maḷe kavida] Audio Snowy: ಹಿಮ ಕವಿದ   [Hima kavida] Audio
Cold: ತಣ್ಣಗೆ/ ತಂಡಿ  [Taṇṇage/ taṇḍi] Audio Hot: ಬಿಸಿ   [Bisi] Audio

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: ಹುಡುಗ   [Huḍuga] Audio Girl: ಹುಡುಗಿ   [Huḍugi] Audio
Son: ಮಗ  [Maga] Audio Daughter: ಮಗಳು  [Magaḷu] Audio
Brother: ಅಣ್ಣ/ ತಮ್ಮ   [Aṇṇa/ tam'ma] Audio Sister: ಅಕ್ಕ/ ತಂಗಿ  [Akka/ taṅgi] Audio
Man: ಗಂಡಸು  [Gaṇḍasu] Audio Woman: ಹೆಂಗಸು   [Heṅgasu] Audio
Father: ಅಪ್ಪ   [Appa] Audio Mother: ಅಮ್ಮ   [Am'ma] Audio
Grandfather: ತಾತ   [Tāta] Audio Grandmother: ಅಜ್ಜಿ   [Ajji] Audio

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: ಮನೆ   [Mane] Audio Toilet: ಶೌಚಾಲಯ   [Śaucālaya] Audio
Room: ಕೋಣೆ  [Kōṇe] Audio Bedroom: ಕೋಣೆ  [Kōṇe] Audio
Kitchen: ಅಡಿಗೆ ಮನೆ   [Aḍige mane] Audio Table: ಮೇಜು   [Mēju] Audio

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: ಬೆಕ್ಕು  [Bekku] Audio Dog: ನಾಯಿ  [Nāyi] Audio
Mouse: ಇಲಿ  [Ili] Audio Bird: ಪಕ್ಷಿ/ ಹಕ್ಕಿ   [Pakṣi/ hakki] Audio
Cow: ಹಸು   [Hasu] Audio Horse: ಕುದುರೆ  [Kudure] Audio

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: ಕಾಲ್ಚೀಲ  [Kālcīla] Audio Shoes: ಬೂಟುಗಳು  [Būṭugaḷu] Audio
Trousers: ಪ್ಯಾಂಟುಗಳು  [Pyāṇṭugaḷu] Audio Shirt: ಅಂಗಿ  [Aṅgi] Audio
Sweater: ಸ್ವೆಟರ್  [Sveṭar] Audio Coat: ಕೋಟು  [Kōṭu] Audio

Most popular languages in the world:

English: ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಶ್   [Iṅgliś] Audio French: ಫ್ರೆಂಚ್   [Phren̄c] Audio
German: ಜರ್ಮನ್   [Jarman] Audio Spanish: ಸ್ಪಾನಿಶ್   [Spāniś] Audio
Italian: ಇಟಾಲಿಯನ್   [Iṭāliyan] Audio Portuguese: ಪೋರ್ಚುಗೀಸ್  [Pōrcugīs] Audio
Greek: ಗ್ರೀಕ್   [Grīk] Audio Russian: ರಷ್ಯನ್   [Raṣyan] Audio
Arabic: ಅರ್ಯಬಿಕ್   [Aryabik] Audio Hindi: ಹಿಂದಿ   [Hindi] Audio
Chinese: ಚೈನೀಸ್  [Cainīs] Audio Japanese: ಜಪಾನೀಸ್   [Japānīs] Audio


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Travel Vocabulary

Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: ಬಾಡಿಗೆ ಮೋಟಾರು ಕಾರು  [Bāḍige mōṭāru kāru] Audio Bus: ಬಸ್ಸು  [Bas'su] Audio
Hotel: ಹೋಟೆಲ್  [Hōṭel] Audio Reservation: ಕಾದಿರಿಸುವಿಕೆ  [Kādirisuvike] Audio
Airport: ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ  [Vimāna nildāṇa] Audio Passport: ಪರಿಚಯ ಪತ್ರ  [Paricaya patra] Audio

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿ  [Vidyārthi] Audio Teacher: ಗುರುಗಳು   [Gurugaḷu] Audio
Pen: ಲೇಖನಿ  [Lēkhani] Audio Books: ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳು  [Pustakagaḷu] Audio
Page: ಪುಟ  [Puṭa] Audio Dictionary: ಪದಕೋಶ  [Padakōśa] Audio

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: ಕೈ  [Kai] Audio Feet: ಪಾದ  [Pāda] Audio
Hair: ಕೂದಲು  [Kūdalu] Audio Eye: ಕಣ್ಣು  [Kaṇṇu] Audio
Mouth: ಬಾಯಿ   [Bāyi] Audio Nose: ಮೂಗು  [Mūgu] Audio

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: ಆಂಬುಲೆನ್ಸ್  [Āmbulens] Audio Doctor: ವೈದ್ಯ   [Vaidya] Audio
Hospital: ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆ  [Āspatre] Audio Pharmacy: ಔಷದಾಲಯ   [Auṣadālaya] Audio
Police: ಪೊಲೀಸ್  [Polīs] Audio Stomach Ache: ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ಶೂಲೆ  [Hoṭṭe śūle] Audio

As you can see, this Kannada vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.