Is learning Telugu script need any extra effort if I already know reading Kannada script? since both languages are quite similar for reading.

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    For this question, do you just want to learn to read the Telugu script or also learn the Telugu language?
    – Tsundoku
    Aug 7, 2018 at 16:46
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    I am interested in learning Telugu Script.
    – karthik
    Aug 8, 2018 at 3:48

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Yes, learning Telugu script is a little bit of effort, but they are really similar. I would think you can learn it in less than a day.

Here is the basic Kannada script, which is sounds like you already know: enter image description here

And here is the basic Telugu script, which you want to learn: enter image description here

They are both Dravidian languages, and the similarities are everywhere in these scripts. The main differences appear to be: u, r gha, na, ta, śa. But even those letters have some similarities. Overall, it seems more like a matter of "getting used to" the Telugu script, as opposed to learning it from scratch, if you are already well versed in the Kannada script.

  • Good point about "getting used to" a slightly different script. I was able to do this when learning the Greek and Cyrillic alphabets through their strong similarity to the Roman alphabet, but I had to explicitly learn the Hebrew script through study and drilling. Yes, I know they are all related (from Proto-Semitic), but it's different enough in its modern form that I couldn't just pick up the gist as I went. Roman, Greek, and Cyrillic all come through Phoenecian, which was a sister script of Hebrew.
    – Robert Columbia
    Aug 16, 2018 at 16:45

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