Key to Transliteration

Recorded on 27th July, 2022

a – katti-knife

ā – kāraṇa-ancestor

e – netti-forehead

ē – bēlë-fields

i – bōḍitë-invoke/implore

ī – nīrë-water

o – kokkë-beak

ō – tōḍë-stream

u – naḍu-centre

ū – mūndë-three

æ – manæ-house

ǣ – pǣṭæ-market

ë – kāḍë-forest

ē̈ – kē̈ḷi-fame

ü – nindü-I stood

ṻ – nṻla -long

ŏ –  pḷæ -river

ō̆ -kō̆mbaræ -room

ï -birïnji -reveal

ī̈ – ī̈ṭi -lance

ai -kaiyalæ -verandah

ou -toundari -accountant

b bāḷæ -banana

c-chotë -defeat

d -indë -today

ḍ -pōi -fear

g –gōḷë -bad condition

h –hara -siva

j –jari -waterfall

k –kupya -man’s dress

l -eli -mouse

ḷ -bāë -live and prosper

m –mandë -community grounds

n –nammæ-festival

ṇ -ëṇṇæ-oil

ñ -kui-child

p –pūv -flower

r -bīra -hero

s -kasta -difficulty

ṣ –iva -siva (not used in kodava)

t –tōlë -skin

ṭ -nōë -look

v -svarga -heaven

y –yajna -worship

Bacharanianda Ranu Appanna is a retired lecturer and writer, with a deep knowledge of Kodava language and culture. She is part of the expert Advisory Committee that worked on the Karnataka Kodava Sahithya Academy’s publication. Welcome to Kodava Thakk, published in 2022. She is the author of several books in Kodava takke, and has worked in close collaboration with her husband, Bacharanianda P Appanna, on all his published works in the Kodava language.