Is learning Kannada necessary for my 11th and 12th studies in India next year, as an ICSE curriculum student from Dubai proficient in English, French, and with some knowledge of Hindi? If so, how should I learn it?

Is learning Kannada necessary for my 11th and 12th studies in India next year, as an ICSE curriculum student from Dubai proficient in English, French, and with some knowledge of Hindi? If so, how should I learn it?

Will my knowledge in Hindi be useful in learning Kannada? And what are the suggested methods of learning it?


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  1. Are you asking whether you need to compulsorily study Kannada in Class 11 and 12 in Karnataka? Then the answer is no.
    However, if you want to sit for the Karnataka CET entrance exam after 12th, you may need to write a Kannada exam.

    Or is your question more about life outside school and whether you need to know Kannada for it? That would depend on where you’re going to be staying.

    Hindi might help you a little in learning Kannada because the two languages have some shared vocabulary (mostly words borrowed as-is from Sanskrit that both languages use in formal contexts). However, they are very different languages from completely different language families.

    [Here is a](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oLqLvlC0350yvUM2Qm82fYRarBSi8ULeprO3ALYuENw/edit) resource list for learning Kannada courtesy of the good folks at r/kannada.
    You can also try out the app Language curry to get a feel for the language.

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