Monday, October 12, 2009

Kannada Lessons : DP : A sample conversation with the auto driver

A sample conversation with the auto driver to help you in your daily life:

Majestic ge hOga bEku. barutteeraa?(ಮಜೆಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಗೆ ಹೋಗಬೇಕು. ಬರುತ್ತೀರಾ?)
I want to go to majestic. Will you come?

nooru roopayi aagutte (ನೂರು ರೂಪಾಯಿ ಆಗುತ್ತೆ)
It will be 100 rupees

illa meter ashTe kodutteeni (ಇಲ್ಲ. ಮೀಟರ್ ಅಷ್ಟೆ ಕೊಡುತ್ತೀನಿ.)
I will pay as per the meter

aayitu kuLitukoLLi (ಆಯಿತು ಕುಳಿತುಕೊಳ್ಳಿ)
Ok. Please sit down

Double road alli right tagoLi (ಡಬ್ಬಲ್ ರೋಡ್ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ರೈಟ್ ತಗೊಳಿ) (right tagoLLi : balagaDe hOgi)
Take a right at Double road

munde left tagoLi (ಮುಂದೆ ಲೆಫ್ಟ್ ತಗೊಳಿ) (left hOgi : eDagaDe hOgi)
Take a left ahead.

enu meter ishTu aagide alla? (ಏನು ಮೀಟರ್ ಇಷ್ಟು ಆಗಿದೆಯಲ್ಲ?)
What the meter is showing so much!

naanu dina baruttEne (ನಾನು ದಿನ ಬರುತ್ತೇನೆ.)
I come daily.

40 roopaayi ashThe aaguvudu.(40 ರೂಪಾಯಿ ಅಷ್ಟೆ ಆಗುವುದು.)
I pay only 40

naanu ashTe koDuttene (ನಾನು ಅಷ್ಟೆ ಕೊಡುತ್ತೇನೆ)
I shall pay the same

aayitu 45 koDi (ಆಯಿತು 45 ಕೊಡಿ)
Ok, give me 45

tagoLi (ತಗೊಳಿ)


  1. 100% fiction...

    Quite a few auto drivers do not show courtesy, and the rest are outnumbered by these rude people.

    Never wud an auto guy agree to a rate suggested by you... and never would he agree if you talk abt the meter..

    (Comments are assuming you tried to portray a conversation between a customer and a driver)!

  2. "Quite a few" portrays totally different impression about auto drivers. I have most of the time met auto drivers who go by meter. Some that dont, often talk about the 'extra charges' initially itself. There are a handful that do demand and fight, I do not deny. In this case, Fiction is true - Here we are trying to teach basic sentences in Kannada and not teachihng people to fight :) :)

    P.S - I have rarely had quarrels with auto drivers when I talk non-stop in Kannada. I prefer to take another auto and move away to those absolutely not-giving-up ones.