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In Bangalore, where every government file is documented in Kannada and where every BMTC bus displays its board in Kannada, knowing the local tongue is no doubt an advantage. That’s what a website has started teaching free courses in Kannada through English.
And its objective is not to make you a Kannada poet but to make you speak in Kannada with confidence, so that you can easily deal with auto drivers and policemen who decline to speak in any other language other than Kannada.
Some students of a Bangalore college have launched this website offering to teach Kannada in just over 100 days.
“If you speak in Kannada, you can negotiate the fine with the police officer. Otherwise, you may end up paying what the officer insists,” says Sharath Sandu, who has been learning Kannada from this website for the past two weeks.
You don’t need to be fluent in Kannada to deal with policemen, but you must pretend to be fluent and a local guy.
The intention of the website is not to make you a Kannada laureate, but to make you know what you need to know when in Bangalore: the ability to converse in Kannada with confidence.
It is a free website and it teaches you Kannada through English. All you have to do is visit www.kannadainfomedia.com and click on a link called “Spoken Kannada.”
“We realize that when living and working in a society, it becomes of prime importance to learn the language to a certain level. We hope to help you achieve that level of command over the language with a minimal effort from you,” says the website.
To help you achieve this, the website starts teaching you with the words like “namaskara”. Then it moves on to teaching usual sentences like “Oota Aayta? (have you had your meal?).
Thus, the website goes on teaching you step by step. On 100th step, you will have gained confidence to speak in Kannada the way Kannadigas speak.
Launched by the Kannada Department of St. Joseph’s College, the website also offers chances to strengthen your Kannada further by taking part in its discussion on famous Kannada personalities and popular tourist destinations in Karnataka.