Now that I am learning Kannada from scratch, I started searching for effective ways of doing so – here are some of the things I have found useful so far.
Kannada Baruthe – Useful starter website – collection of daily usage words and phrases, along with audio – great for beginners. The content is broken into several categories such as Starters, Greetings, Enquiry, Directions, Relationships, Numbers and more, so that it is easy to learn and get used to the context.
A couple of useful Mobile apps – these are great because you can use them when travelling, when you are generally doing nothing else.
Kannada Kali – A basic app, decent enough to get you started with some basic conversations. There is a cool feature to practice writing basic alphabets, although it would have been nice if they had given the english phonetics of the alphabets in the same place – that’s in a different category altogether (so you’re expected to know the alphabet when you actually practice writing them)
Learn Kannada – this one’s good because it allows you to search through it’s content so it’s easy to find something – extremely handy, especially for quick reference. However it does crash a lot, I think my poor Samsung Galaxy pop can’t handle this search all that well
Of course, nothing beats google translate when it comes to ad-hoc translations on either sides.