Bangalore Kannada

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Bangalore Kannada (Kannada: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕನ್ನಡ) is a vernacular dialect of the Indian language, Kannada, spoken mainly by people residing in and around Karnataka, especially South-East Karnataka (Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya, etc.).

This dialect is primarily spoken by youth and in informal discourse between locals. This slang is quickly picked up by the outsiders who live in Bangalore.

Bangalore Kannada is spoken by the native people almost everywhere: at home, in educational institutions and other places. Bangalore and Mysore Kannada are the most commonly used in other mediums such as plays and movies.

Localities/areas in which Kannada is dominant include Basavanagudi, Basaveshwaranagar, Chamrajpet, Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar, Banashankari, Sadashivanagar, Vijayanagar, Jayanagar, J P Nagar,Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Hebbala,Hosakerehalli, Kalasipalya, Konankunte, Padmanabhnagar, Hanumanthnagar, V.V.Puram, Kumarswamy layout, Kathriguppe, Kengeri, Bidadi, Chandra layout, Kamakshipalya, Kamalanagar, Mahalaxmi layout, Nandini layout, Yeshwanthpur, Peenya Industrial Area, Jalahalli, Yelahanka, Dollars colony, RMV extension, Jnanabharti campus & surroundings, Hesaraghatta, Nagarbhavi, Vidyaranyapura etc. In other newer areas, one may hear other languages along with Kannada.

Some words specific to Bangalore Kannada are:

  • bombaat, sakkath - meaning awesome/cool
  • bejaan - a lot
  • kudumi - bookworm
  • "Olu" - lies

Kannada words are quite often used by the Bangalore people. These words can be slang or catchy words, and can also be combined into Kanglish [Kannada+English].

For instance, "just maja maadi", meaning, "chill out", is a phrase popularized by one of the city's radio stations. "Enjoy maadi" and "swalpa adjust maadi" are other such popular Kanglish phrases. ("Maadi" literally means "do" or "make".)

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