Wildcard 1: mADi
mADi is the respectful imperative "do" (kIjiyE). Words of any language, when combined with mADi, become Kannada. Scenarios:
- You are on a bus and wish to get down at a signal; but the door is closed. How do you ask, in Kannada, to open the door? Ans: "Door open mADi."
- You are a Hindustani-speaking owner of an FM channel. What Kannada slogan do you devise that urges your audience to enjoy themselves with your channel? Ans: "Mast majaa mADi."
- You are in an autorickshaw and notice your boss a little distance in front of you. How do you harness your indepth knowledge of Kannada in order to avoid him? Ans: Say to the driver, "U-turn mADi!"
Wildcard 2: hOgi
hOgi is the respectful imperative "go" (jAyiyE). This is the magic word without which you should not hire an autorickshaw.
- "Right hOgi."
- "Left hOgi."
- "Straight hOgi."
Wildcard 3: koDi
koDi (the vowel is a short O) is the respectful imperative "give" (dIjiyE). Useful for shopping.
- "Dairy milk chocolate koDi."
- "[Your favourite movie] DVD koDi."
- "Nair, singal cup tea koDi."
"eraDu kilo apple koDi."If you know the numbers, you can even eliminate koDi sometimes.
"Shivaji Nagar - mUru ticket." (Three tickets to Shivaji Nagar.)
In Kannada, all questions that elicit a boolean response end in the vowel -A. This fact can be exploited as in the following cases:
- To ask "Is a day-pass allowed on this bus?" -- Bus pass allow-a?
- To ask "Does this bus go to Majestic?" -- Majestic-a?
- To ask if lunch/dinner is available at a hotel -- Meals ready-a?
The A-suffix is also used in framing multiple-choice questions, as below:
- To ask if someone is coming by bus or auto -- "Bus-a, auto-a?"
- To find out the mode of payment -- "Cheque-a, cash-a?"