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[Comments] (2) Kannada: Sumana and I are going to India soon so I'm trying to learn Kannada. I've never been very good at learning languages. Sumana tried to comfort me by saying that I'll know enough to impress people and then they'll switch to English. Except that's not why I'm trying to learn Kannada. Me: "I'm not afraid I'll be stranded in a foreign land with no way to impress people." Sumana: "Huh, I guess I kind of am."

We watched some Hanna-Barbera-esque cartoons narrated in Kannada, with Sumana translating. Sumana gets better at understanding a Kannada sentence the closer it comes to a complaint. She knows "very angry" and "become angry" and "this little whippersnapper's stopping me from doing something in my own house", but we had to look up "love". Oh, she also knows "bath" (snana).


Comments:

Posted by Rachel at Tue Feb 27 2007 16:36

I'm no good at languages either! Too bad I picked to be a historian (or maybe it is more like a cat and picked me)

Posted by Satish Talim at Wed Mar 07 2007 23:11

Probably India is one of those few countries where every village has a different dialect for the language of that region. I gave up long time back!!


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