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Indian Languages Primer
English to Tamil / Telugu / Kannada

Here's a list of common words, phrases and sentences in major Indian languages - Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada - translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and Cantonese. Knowing these can prove very useful for people visiting India.

English Tamil Telugu Kannada
Yes Aamam Sare Howdu
No Illai Vadu Illa
Thank You Nandri Dhaniyavadaalu Dhanyavada
Thank you very much Romba Nandri Chala dhaniyavadaalu Bahala Dhanyavada
You're welcome Nandri Meku Swagatham Suswagata
Please Dayviseiyudhu Daya chesi Dayavittu
Excuse me Mannichu vidungal Nannu kshaminchandi Kshamisi
Hello Vanakam Namaste Namaskara
Goodbye Naan poi varugirane Velli vastaanu Hogi Baruve
So long Poitu Varen Chaala kaalamu Hogi Baruthini
Good morning Kaalai vanakkam Shubhodayam Shubha dina
Good afternoon Maalai Vanakkam Namaskaramulu Namaskara
Good evening Maalai Vanakkam Namaskaramulu Namaskara
Good night Eeniyaa eeravu Shubha ratri Shubha Ratri
I do not understand Yenakku puriyavillai Naaku artham kaaledu Nanage artha vagalilla
How do you say this in [English]? Englishil idhay yeppidy solluvengal? Yedi englishlo yela chaptaru Idannu Englishinalli Hege Heluvudu?
Do you speak ... Neengal ...
pesuve-ngala?
Meru...matadutara? Nimage ....mathaladalu barute?
English Angilam Anglamu English
French French French French
German German German German
Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish
Chinese Chinese Chinese Chinese
I Naan Nenu Naanu
We Naangal Memu Naavu
You (singular) Nee Nuvvu Neenu
You (formal) Nee Nuwu Neenu
You (plural) Neengal Meeru Neevu
They Avargal Vaallu Avaru
What is your name? Ungal peyar enna Mee peru emitti? Nimma Hesaru Yenu?
Nice to meet you. Ungalai sandhithadhil magilchi Meemalni kalisi chala santosham aiyindi Nimmanu Bhetiyagiddu Santosha
How are you? Sowkyama? Yelavunaru Neevu Hege Iddira?
Good Nalladhu Manchi Volleyadu
Bad Kettadhu Chedu Kettadu
So so Paravaillai Parvaledu Paravagilla
Wife Manavi Bharya Hendati
Husband Purushan Bharta Ganda
Daughter Pen kolandai Kuturu Magalu
Son Aan kolandai Koduku Maga
Mother Thaye Amma Thayi
Father Thagappan Nanna Thande
Friend Nanban Snahitudu Geleya

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