Some fundamental Telugu phrases are more valuable than others.
Why not concentrate on mastering these words first? We chose to write this post for you specifically for that reason.
The essential Telugu phrases covered in this post will help you communicate better if you’re just beginning to learn Telugu or are already fluent.
If you’re soon traveling to a Telugu-speaking place, these will be especially useful to you.
Basic Telugu Words and Sentences That You Must Know
The following are the basic Telugu words and sentences that you must know:
- Hāy nēnu…….
Hi! I am [your name].
This is a basic greeting when you meet someone new to introduce yourself.
2. Mīru elā unnāru
How are you?
When you run into friends, family, or anyone you want to start a discussion with, you usually do it this way.
3. Nēnu bāgunnānu nuvvu?
I’m good, you?
You can use this phrase to tell them that you are fine and ask about them in return.
4. Mim’mulani kalasinanduku santōṣaṁ
Nice to meet you.
This phrase can be used to tell someone how nice you feel about meeting someone.
5. Nannu kṣamin̄caṇḍi
If you are looking to apologize, you can say ‘I’m sorry’.
6. Mī phōn nambar ēmiṭi
What is your phone number?
If you want to have someone’s phone number, you can use the above phrase.
7. Nuvvu ekkaḍa nun̄ci vaccāvu?
Where are you from?
You can use this phrase to know where a person is.
8. Mīru ēmi cēstāru?
What do you do?
You can use this phrase to find out someone’s profession.
9. Nāku arthaṁ kālēdu
I do not understand.
You can use this phrase if you do not understand something.
10. Mīru ēmanukuṇṭunnāru?
What do you think?
If you want to know someone’s opinion, you can use this phrase.
11. Mīru kon̄ceṁ nem’madigā māṭlāḍagalarā?
Could you speak a little slower?
If you want someone to speak slowly, you can use this phrase.
12. Mīru dānini punarāvr̥taṁ cēyagalarā?
Could you repeat that?
If you didn’t understand something that someone said, and you want him or her to repeat something. You can use the above phrase.
13. Tvaralō kaluddāṁ
See you soon
To tell someone you’ll meet or see someone soon, you can use the above phrase.
14. Nēnu ekkaḍa kanugonagalanu……
Where can I find …….?
For instance, if you are looking for a place, a hotel, a restaurant, or anything else, you can use this phrase.
For example: Where can I find a medical store/ tea shop/ general store?
15. Nī pēru ēmiṭi?
What’s your name?
You can use this phrase to know someone’s name.
16. Mīru nāku sahāyaṁ cēyagalarā?
If you need/ want to help someone, you can use this phrase.
17. Dīni dhara enta?
How much does this/that cost?
To know the cost of something, use this phrase.
18. Nāku telugu rādu
I don’t know Telugu.
If you want to tell someone you are not good at Telugu, use this phrase. This will be helpful if you have just started learning Telugu and are still not comfortable communicating fluently.
19. Nāku ākaligā undi
I am hungry.
If you are hungry and you want to tell someone, use this phrase.
20. Nāku dāhaṁ vēstōndi
Use this phrase to tell someone you are thirsty.
21. Nēnu ōḍipōyānu
22. Ippuḍu samayaṁ enta
What time is it?
Basic Telugu words that you should know:
- He — Atanu
- She — AameFather — Naanna
- Mother — Amma
- Husband — Mogadu
- I — Nenu
- You — Nuvvu, meeru (with respect)
- Your — Needi
- Wife — Pellamu
- Sister — Sodari, sahodari
- Younger sister — Chella, chelli
- Brother — Sodarudu
- Younger brother — Tammudu
- Elder brother — Anna
- Daughter — Kuuturu, putrika
- Elder sister — Akkayya,akka
- Friend — Snehithudu
- It — Adi
- 1 to 10 counting – Oka/okati, Rendu, Muudu, Naalugu, Aidu, Aaru, Edu, Enimidi, Tommidi and Padi
We hope these foundational words and phrases will improve your ability to speak Telugu confidently.
The first few times won’t be simple, so practice is the only and best option.
And always remember to prioritize the most important terms first rather than attempting to memorize all the phrases we shared with you today.