In a poll we recently conducted on LinkedIn, we found out that the toughest thing people find about moving to a new city is finding their way around. After that, it’s adjusting to cultural differences and language barriers.
Well, when it comes to finding your way around, just #TummocIt! Cultural differences are something you can learn from and you’ll get accustomed to in no time. As for the language barrier, we’ve put together a quick Telugu for Beginners guide below!
Here are some basic Telugu words and phrases that will make your life easier:
Hello – Namaskārām
How are you? – Neevu ela unnaavu?, Meeru ela unnaru? (with respect)
I’m fine – Nenu kshemamgaa unnaanu
I – Nenu
Me – Naaku
You – Nuvvu, meeru (with respect)
Yes – Avunu
No – Ledhu
Come – Ra, Rundi (with respect)
Go – Vellu, vellandi (with respect)
Here – Ikkada
There – Akkada
Far – Dhooramu
Near – Dhaggara
Today – Ee roju
Tomorrow – Repu
Yesterday – Ninna
Thank you – Dandalu (slang), Krithagnathalu (formal)
Home – Illu
This – Idhi
That – Adhi
What? – Emi?/Enti?
When? – Eppudu?
Where? – Ekkada?
How? – Ela?
Why? – Endhuku?
How much? – Entha?
What is the time? – Time entha?
I don’t speak Telugu – Naku Telugu radhu
I don’t understand Telugu – Nagu Telugu artham kaadhu
Telugu Phrases for Commuters
Where does this train/bus go? – Ee bus/train ekkadiki veltundi?
What time does this train/bus leave/go? – Ee bus/train ae samayaniki veltundi? Or Ee train eppudu bayaluderuthundhi?
Does this bus/metro stop at <location>? Ee bus <location> lo agutunda?
Where is the ticket counter? – Ticket counter ekkada undhi?
Where is platform no. / bus no. <>? – Platform/bus no. <> ekkada undhi?
What are you waiting for? Start practising your Telugu now. The more you practise, the better. Additionally, start watching Telugu films and videos too. It’ll help you pick up the language quicker.
And don’t worry about getting around. Focus on the language, we’ll look after your commute. https://bit.ly/3l3z9U1