Konkani is an Indo Aryan language derived from the mother of all Indian languages, Sanskrit and the Prakrit language. Therefore, the natural and original script of Konkani is Nagari also known as Devnagari. Written Konkani is in existence for more than 1000 years as is evident from the AD 981 inscriptions on the granite slab at the foot of the monolithic statue of Bahubali in Shravan Belagola in Karnataka.
Indo Aryan language
History of Konkani language
Konkani is the State language of Goa where it originated and enjoys recognition in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India therefore is written in the currency notes of Republic of India. Konkani is the Mother tongue of nearly 40 different communities belonging to Hindus, Christians and Muslims. Konkani is the medium of instruction in some schools in Goa and the first or second language in the school curriculums.
Learn Konkani with us
With English being hailed as the lingua franca of this era, the new generation is slowly losing its touch with the Konkani language and yet we are aware that this new generation is always eager to learn and keep their Mother language Konkani and take a ahead literature alive for generations to come. In an attempt to bridge this gap, we have created this platform to promote the speaking and writing of the Konkani language in its natural form.
How to use this website to learn Konkani
For the sake of convenience and ease, the words are also displayed in Roman/Latin script as most Konkani people study in English language which uses the Roman script. This will make reading Konkani words easy though not thoroughly accurate. The meanings of the words are given in the English language. This will convey the interpretation of the word to the learner.
Nagari or Devnagari script
Many Indian Languages use the Nagari or Devnagari script. In the languages adopting this script, every word is written the way it is pronounced. The languages use a phonetic script unlike European languages using Roman script (For example the letter C is pronounced one way as an alphabet, some other way in the word Century and in yet another way in the word Cat). While in the languages using the Nagari script it is pronounced the way it is written. This makes learning of Indian languages easy. Thus it is a perfect script. That is why our ancestors did not create a separate script for Konkani.