Kannada or Telugu?

#1 Feb 16th, 2009, 00:48
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Hi all,

So I'm considering a volunteer position at a school 100km outside of Bangalore, near Madanapalli. I've been speaking with some of the administrators about languages I could try to "prime" myself with before I arrive.

I was told that the children mainly speak Kannada and Telugu. Which one, in your opinion, is better for a foreigner to learn? I'm leaning towards Telugu, as it's more related to Sanskrit (Buddhist student) and seems to be slightly more widely-spoken. But I'm curious about your opinions.

Then there's the Urdu/Hindi option as well. . . too many options!
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Whatever the majority choice is in that area should be your guide in these circumstances..
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Hindi will take you further throughout the rest of India.

I know a few people who speak either Kannada or Telugu and they can roughly understand the other, as some of the words are the same, etc.

How long will you be volunteering? I ask wondering if it's worth learning a language fairly specific to one place if you won't be spending a lot of time there. And besides, you'll pick things up as you go when you're there.

Have fun.
#4 Feb 16th, 2009, 19:33
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Hi,
madanapalle is in andra pradesh bordering karnataka. The official language is telugu but kannada is also spoken their as it is bordering karnataka. I advice you to learn telugu if you have to or want to learn the language.
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I would recommend you learn Kannada

You could end up a mini celebrity like
this japanese expat..

Toyota Bangalore - Japanese guy "Hiroshi Chiba" singing "Haadu Santoshakke" kannada song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVd9WVr3_Ys
"The hands that work are better than the hands that pray - Zarathustra
#6 Mar 2nd, 2009, 12:27
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Once in Madanapalli, I would suggest learning Telugu first. Once conversant, kannada would not be difficult to learn.

Hindi could be spoken as a common language throughout India ( particularly in big cities / metros ), but in towns like madanapalli / other towns, knowing local language would help.

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I would lean toward Telugu since you are technically in Andhra but if you think you will spend more time in Bangalore/Karnataka side you could go with Kannada. The two languages do have some similarities.

If it is short term at that location, but you may do more work throughout India, I would go with Hindi(but include basic Telugu).
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Telugu is the choice

You will learn more homely in Madanapalli with Telugu than Kannada.
So go for Telugu.
WT
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Kannada is really difficult, but learnable. And most people I came across in Bangalore surrounds speak Kannada.
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Telugu....Andhra women are prettier.

Come to think of it, the Kannada women are quite delectable too.
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#6-8 have sound valuable advice and special note #10..
#12 Jul 7th, 2009, 17:48
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what finally

what did you learn?
telugu or kannada.
I bet telugu.
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When in Karnataka, learn Kannada
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What did you learn Telugu or Kannada?

Most of the people in bangalore they speak telugu.
but in madanapalle they speak telugu more

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