Tulu Nouns

Tulu Nouns

Nouns are everywhere in our writing in any languages. But what are all the types of nouns you come across, and how do you use them?. A noun is a word that names something, such as a person, place, thing, or idea. In a sentence, nouns can play the role of subject, direct object, indirect object, subject complement, object complement, appositive, or modifier.

If you’re trying to learn Tulu Nouns you will find some useful resources including a course about Nouns and Words to help you with your Tulu grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don’t forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Kannada. Enjoy the rest of the lesson.

Tulu Nouns

Learning the Tulu Nouns is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Tulu language. But first we need to know what the role of Nouns is in the structure of the grammar in Tulu or Kannada or even in English. Throughout this lesson, we will delve into the details of Tulu nouns, including their gender and the rules for forming plurals. We will also explore any regional variations in the usage or understanding of nouns, and discuss interesting cultural facts related to this topic. By the end of this lesson, you will have a solid understanding of Tulu nouns and be able to use them confidently in your conversations. Tulu nouns are words used to name a person, animal, places, things, or abstract ideas. Nouns are usually the most important part of vocabulary. Here are some examples:

English Nouns : Tulu Nouns
Mother : Appae
Father : Amme
Elder Brother : Palaye
Elder Sister : Pali
House : Illa
Village : Ooru
Sea : Kadal
River : Sudae
Tree : Mara
Light : Bolpu
Time : Porthu
School : Salae
As you can see from the examples above, Tulu nouns have their own unique forms and pronunciations. It is important to familiarize yourself with these forms to use nouns correctly in sentences.

In both Kannada and Tulu, the nouns are categorized into three genders. The gender of a noun is not always determined by the biological gender of the object it represents. Instead, it is based on certain grammatical and phonetic rules. Let’s take a closer look at each gender and how it affects the formation of plurals.
1. Masculine Nouns
2. Feminine Nouns
3. Neuter and
4. Numbers namely 4.1. Singular and 4.2. Plural

1. Masculine Nouns in Tulu

All the male names and nouns of relationship are Masculine Nouns. For Example:
English Nouns : Tulu Nouns
Rama : Raame
Krishna : Krisne
Father : Amme or Ammer
Son : Mage
Elder Brother : Palaye
Younger Brother : Meggae
Boy : Aan
Man : Aanjovu
Hill : Gudde

2. Feminine Nouns in Tulu

All the female names and nouns of relationship. For Example:
English Nouns : Tulu Nouns
Seetha : Seetha
Radha : Radha
Mother : Appe
Daughter : Daughter
Elder Sister : Pali or Paldi
Younger Sister : Megdi or Thangadi
Girl : Ponnu
Woman : Ponnjovu
River : Sudae or Tudae

3. Neuter Nouns in Tulu

All the other Nouns like name of the animals, birds trees, fruits, places, things etc. For Example:
English Nouns : Tulu Nouns
Child : Baale
Water : Neer
Tree : Mara
Fire : Soo or Thoo
People : Jana ( Janakulu is Plural)
House : Illa
Ooru : Village
Dog : Nayi (Nayilu is is Plural)
Tiger : Pili
Cow : Petta
Bird : Pakki (Pakkilu is Plural)
Flower : Poo
Animal : Prani ( Pranilu is Plural)
Buffalos : Erme
Bull : Eru
Horse : Kudure

4. Plural Nouns in Tulu

To make it plural, we have to add one of the suffixes lu, kulu, ulu, allu, er etc. For Example:

lu, ulu and kulu : Are used here for making plural nouns. For Example:
English Nouns : Tulu Nouns
Boys : Aanulu
Girls : Ponnulu
Bulls : Erukulu
Cows : Pettalu
Houses : Illulu
Villages : Urulu
Dogs : Naayilu
Birds : Pakkilu
People : Janakulu
Tree : Marakulu
Animals : Praanilu
Chidren : Baalelu or Jokulu

1. er : is used for giving respect to someone. Eg: dEver – god, ammer – Father, apper – mother, rAjer – king, rAmer – Rama etc. This type of words can be pluralized again by adding ‘lu’ suffix. Eg: dEverlu – gods, rAjerlu – kings etc. Apart from this, ‘er’ also used to make plural adjectives. Eg: Tuluver – Tuluvas, buddhivanter – wisemen, kalver – thieves etc.

2. allu (originally aDlu, but in present Tulu it is pronounced as allu) – used to make the nouns of relationship to plural. Eg: appaellu – mothers, ammallu – fathers, palayallu – elder brothers, megyallu – younger brothers, paliyallu – elder sisters, megdiyallu – younger sisters, magallu sons, magalallu – daughters etc.

List of Nouns in Tulu and Kannada

Below is a list of some of the Nouns and Words in Tulu/Kannada placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Tulu and Kannada vocabular too.

English NounsKannada NounsTulu Nouns
thumbhebberalukomba berel
my earnanna kannuyenna kann
green carhasiru kaarupachhe kaar
three carsmooru kaarumooj kaar
outside the carkaarina horagekaarda pidayi

Congratulations on completing the Lesson on Tulu Nouns! In this lesson, we explored the basics of Tulu nouns, including their gender and the rules for forming plurals. We also discussed cultural insights related to the usage of nouns in Tulu and practiced our knowledge through exercises.

By understanding Kannada nouns, you have taken an important step towards becoming proficient in the language. Nouns are the building blocks of sentences and play a crucial role in effective communication. Keep practicing and reviewing the concepts learned in this lesson, and soon you will be able to use nouns with confidence in your conversations.

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