Sunday, October 26, 2008

kannada and slang

I was quite amazed to note the difference between the Kannada spoken in Bengaluru and Mysuru. 140 kilometres and a three hour journey can create some variation. I've picked some slang (some is an understatement), much to my mother's chagrin.

She wants me to use those words that i've grown up with. But, the atmosphere is Mysuru makes me use the local words. Me, i've started with slang, like we've known each other for a long time. By slang, i mean the better part of it. To some extent. I make it a point not to use it front of the people at home. You see, i don't want nasty words coming my way.

My friends at Mysuru swear that i learnt Kannada there. (they are exaggerating). At the same time, all my thought processes occur in English. Same as before. It's obviously acceptable to string distinct words into a sentence in English than to bumble something in Kannada. We, people at Bengaluru are accused of neglecting Kannada. That's nothing new, isn't it?

4 comments:

Arun said...

Its fairly polished in Mysore town. But I love the singsong speech from Gundlupet/HDKote area. It used to sound comical to me until I got used to hearing it often :)

The 'Ekaangi' said...

I dont exactly know how different Mysuru Kannada is different frm that of Bengaluru. There's just a fine line of difference probably...
But the way of talking in Mangalore and the North... now that's amazing! And i know not of one person who does not like the North Karnataka style of Kannada... Bhaala chalo maathaadlikkhatthara avru!

Srik said...

Whether Mysooru or Bengalooru, one thing is for certain. You learn slang only when you are away from home.

What I mean is if your home was Mysore, and you lived with friends in Bangalore, you would've written the same about Bengalooru Kannada and slang :P It is quiet relative, in such terms!

praneshachar said...

yelladaru iru yenthadaru iru endendigu ni kannadavagiru
kannadeve sathy kannadave nithy
u talk of bengalooru mysooru
go to north karnataka it is gandu kannda go to hyderbad karnataka it is urdu kannada go to mangalooru it is tulu kannada go to kodagu it is kodava kannada ......................
kannada kannada yenni ade namage
kadaga