Thursday, September 15, 2005
San Nakji is learning Kannada. It is my plan to learn a language from every region of the world and so from the Sub-Continent, I am keen on Bengali, Kannada, Sinhala and Hindi. The book I have about Kannada is pretty badly printed. Amazon apologised for it, not their fault I guess.
Kannada is a language I am sure many have not heard of. However it is spoken by 35 million people in India, making it in the top 40 of world languages. Considering there are 6000 languages in this world, that's not too bad! The main centre for Kannada is Bangalore, which is the IT capital of India. That's about all I know so far.... Not enough I know!
So I am learning the writing at the moment and above are the 5 short vowels. I wrote them using Microsoft Paint, which is why they look so terrible! From left to right they are, a, i, u, r and e. Whoops, I just realised I forgot o... damn! Anyway, for my Kannada speaking readers out there, can you explain why r is a vowel please?
San Nakji for President!