Telugu is used by Telugu speakers in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as well as in the states of Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Kerala and many other parts of the world. The Telugu alphabet has 16 vowels, 3 vowel modifiers, and 41 consonants.
Let's start with vowels.
- Telugu is a Dravidian language and has its influence in Sanskrit.
- Telugu is written from left toward the right which is the same as English.
- Telugu has its own numerals system which is used to write numbers.
- Each letter in the Telugu alphabet has its own independent and distinct sound. This means Telugu words are pronounced exactly as they are written.
- Telugu is the only language in the East that has every word ending with a vowel sound. For this reason, Telugu is also hailed as the `Italian of the East`.
- Telugu is one of the oldest living languages and it has existed since 400 BC.
- Telugu is voted as the 2nd best script in the world after Korean by International Alphabet Association in 2012.
- Previously, Telugu language is also known as Tenungu or Telungu or Tenungu.
- Telugu is the 15th most spoken language in the world.
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||Telugu alphabet, Telugu Braille
||Indian State of Andra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Karnataka, Tamil nadu, Kerela, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Andaman and Nicobar Island.
||Official language in Indian State of Andra Pradesh and Telangana
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