Kannada is spoken by Kannadiga in the India state of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, Goa and many other parts of the world. The Kannada alphabets, also known as Aksharamala, is composed of 14 vowels and 34 consonants.

Let's start with vowels.

Kannada Vowels

In Kannada, vowels are also called Swaragalu (ಸ್ವರಗಳು). Kannada has 5 short and 5 long independent vowels along with few other special one - making it all together 14 independent vowels. Independent vowel is used at the beginning of the syllable. The another type of vowel is dependent vowel. There are 15 dependent vowels, and it is used when the vowel follows a consonant.

Independent Vowels:

[a]
[aa]
[i]
[ii]
[u]
[uu]
[r]
[l]
[e]
[ee]
[ai]
[o]
[oo]
[au]

Dependent Vowels:

[aa]
◌ಿ
[i]
[ii]
[u]
[uu]
[r]
[rr]
◌ೆ
[e]
[ee]
[ai]
[o]
[oo]
◌ೌ
[au]
◌ೢ
[l]
◌ೣ
[ll]

Kannada Consonants

In Kannada, they are called `Vyanjanagalu (ವ್ಯಂಜನಗಳು)`. There are 34 consonants in Kannada script. The consonants are classified into structured and unstructured Group. Structured consonants has 25 letters and is also known as Vargeeya Vyanjanagalu (ವರ್ಗೀಯ ವ್ಯಂಜನಗಳು). On the other hand, unstructured consonants has 9 letters and are also known as Avargeeya Vyanjanagalu (ಅವರ್ಗೀಯ ವ್ಯಂಜನಗಳು).

[ka]
[kha]
[ga]
[gha]
[nga]
[ca]
[cha]
[ja]
[jha]
[nya]
[tta]
[ttha]
[dda]
[ddha]
[nna]
[ta]
[tha]
[da]
[dha]
[na]
[pa]
[pha]
[ba]
[bha]
[ma]
[ya]
[ra]
[rra]
[la]
[lla]
[va]
[sha]
[ssa]
[sa]
[ha]

Kannada Numerals

Kannada numerals are the symbols used to write numbers in the Kannada script. They are also used to write decimal numbers, instead of the latin numbers.

[zero]
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]
[6]
[7]
[8]
[9]
.

Features

  • Kannada is a Dravidian language and has its influence in Sanskrit.
  • Kannada is written from left toward the right which is the same as English.
  • Kannada has its own numerals system which is used to write numbers.

Interesting Facts about Kannada Language

  • Kannada is third oldest language of India, after Sanskrit and Tamil. The literary inscriptions of Kannada have been found in 450 BC and therefore it is older than Hindi and English.
  • Kannada is the most logical and scientific language of the world.
  • The grammar of Kannada language is very complex and quite different from the grammar of other Indo-European languages. For example, every single noun in Kannada has a gender. Of which there are feminine, masculine, and neutral

Kannada at a glance

Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ, ˈkɑːnədə, ˈkæn-), is an official language in the state of Karnataka and it is also spoken in Indian states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala and Goa. There are 43 million speakers of Kannada and additional 15 million (1.5 Crore) as second language in the rest of the world. Below is the quick summary:

Pronunciation: [/ˈkɑːnədəˈ/]
Native Name: Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ)
Number of Speakers: 43 million
Language family: Dravidian
Ethnicity: Kannadiga
Writing System: Kannada Script
Spoken in: Indian states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala and Goa.
Status: Official language in Indian state of Karnataka
Two digit language code (ISO 639-1): kn

A Complete Kannada Alphabet Chart

Below is a list of complete Kannada Alphabets Chart.

Independent Vowels:

[a]
[aa]
[i]
[ii]
[u]
[uu]
[r]
[l]
[e]
[ee]
[ai]
[o]
[oo]
[au]

Dependent Vowels:

[aa]
◌ಿ
[i]
[ii]
[u]
[uu]
[r]
[rr]
◌ೆ
[e]
[ee]
[ai]
[o]
[oo]
◌ೌ
[au]
◌ೢ
[l]
◌ೣ
[ll]

Consonants:

[ka]
[kha]
[ga]
[gha]
[nga]
[ca]
[cha]
[ja]
[jha]
[nya]
[tta]
[ttha]
[dda]
[ddha]
[nna]
[ta]
[tha]
[da]
[dha]
[na]
[pa]
[pha]
[ba]
[bha]
[ma]
[ya]
[ra]
[rra]
[la]
[lla]
[va]
[sha]
[ssa]
[sa]
[ha]

Additional consonants:

[fa]
[llla]

Digit:

[zero]
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]
[6]
[7]
[8]
[9]
.

Special Characters:

.
◌ಁ
◌್
◌಼

Additional vowels for Sanskrit:

[rr]
[ll]

Sign used in Sanskrit:


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