Kannada language resources – Language Links Database

Kannada – or Kanarese /kænəˈriːz/, is a language spoken in India predominantly in the state of Karnataka. Kannada, whose native speakers are called Kannadigas (Kannaḍigaru) (Kannadiga-male) ಕನ್ನಡತಿ (Kannadati-female) and number roughly 40 million, is one of the 40 most spoken languages in the world. It is one of the scheduled languages of India and the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka. 

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Native speakers: 40 million (2007), 11 million as a second language

Official language in: Karnataka (India)

Kannada Grammar and Pronunciation

  • Learn101 - “All the lessons contain audio and are all offered for free. We will learn the alphabet together. We will also review some simple grammar rules, practice common phrases, and we will have fun memorizing many important vocabulary lists.”
  • MyLanguages - “Courses about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender (feminine, masculine…), negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, exercises.”
  • Wikipedia - Basic Grammar
  • Omniglot - Kannada Alphabet 
  • University of Pennsylvania - Spoken Kannada: Preliminary Lessons and Grammar
  • Ciil-learnkannada.net Learn Kannada Course by Central Institute of Indian Languages. A full course with exercises, drills, reading selections, dialogues, exams, script and administrative-specific lessons (without audio). Free registration required.
  • ILanguages - This site is designed to teach you and help you learn Kannada for free through vocabulary, phrases, grammar and flashcards (vocabulary trainer).
  • Kannada-online.info - An online course in Kannada for beginning students. Users must pay a fee to access the full course (50$), though sample lessons are available on the website. The course is divided into four parts.
  • Archive.org - Comparative charts of Asian & Brahmi descended scripts
  • Kvijesh.googlepages.com - Learn Kannada. Short introduction with useful vocabulary, phrases and an overview of the tenses. 18 pages (pdf).

Digitized Grammar Books

  • Google Books Learn Kannada in 30 Days Through English by Krishna Gopal Vikal (2008)
  • Google Books An elementary grammar of Kannada or Canarese language by Thomas Hodson (Wesleyan missionary) (1864)
  • Google Books Practical Key to the Kannada Language by F. Ziegler,H. Gundert (1984)
  • Google Books A Grammar of the Kannada Language: Comprising the Three Dialects of the Language (ancient, Medieval and Modern) by Ferdinand Kittel (1993)
  • Google Books Grammar of the Ancient Dialect of the Kannada Language by Basal Misson,Tobias Zacharias (1984)

Kannada Vocabulary

Vocabulary-related (and digitized) E-books

  • Google Books A Handbook of Kannada Proverbs, with English Equivalents by Ub Narasinga Rao (1912)
  • Google Books Kannada Vocabulary of Homonyms & Technical Words (Basal Mission) by Anon,F. Ziegler (2002)
  • Google Books Kannada Nursery Rhymes-1 by Anasuya Prakash

Kannada Reading Materials

Kannada Dictionaries

Digitized Dictionaries

  • Google Books Kannada English Dictionary by Bucher Watsa (1923)
  • Google Books Longman-CIIL English-English-Kannada Dictionary
  • Google Books A Kannada-English school-dictionary by J. Bucher

Kannada Listening and Video Resources


  • Forvo - Over 200 words pronounced by native speakers


  • YouTube - A List Of YT Video Lessons
  • YouTube - Hundreds of videos in Kannada (news, music, lessons)
  • SquidTV - A List of TV Channels
  • NewHopeTV - Music and Videos in Kannada
  • Reddit - 2 Kannada Movies With Links



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