Telugu Resources


Resources for Learning Colloquial Telugu

If you are unfamiliar with the Telugu language, click here.

There aren't a lot of high-quality resources for learning Telugu -- especially for non-Indians. I've compiled a list of my favorite Telugu resources (I've omitted low-quality ones, such as phrasebooks). Keep in mind that regardless of which resource(s) you end up using, you should be supplementing them with real conversations/lessons with a native speaker.

An Intensive Course in Telugu

I highly recommend this resource. This is an almost 900-page textbook written for Indian adults who want to learn the Telugu language quickly. If you are OK with a textbook-style learning method, this is the book for you. It probably covers a good 3-4 semesters of material, maybe even more (by the end, you're reading a dense scientific paragraph about the planet Mars). Sadly, the book doesn't come with audio -- if you're going to use this resource, I would recommend supplementing it with some kind of audio.
Note that this book can be downloaded in several places across the internet; I recommend that you use the link above, however, because it will send you to the highest-quality, up-to-date version of the book.

Informal Description of Telugu Grammar

This is a high quality grammar-explainer: it covers some key concepts that you should know about (otherwise they might go over your head). It's not just a dry grammar book.

Spoken Telugu for Absolute Beginners

This is the only comprehensive textbook-style resource for learning Telugu: unfortunately, it is riddled with numerous mistakes, typos, and grammar errors (in English and Telugu). This is the most thorough resource for learning the conversational Telugu that I could find, though. I recommend that you click "send a free sample" on Amazon -- this will allow to preview several chapters of the book. From there, you can decide for yourself if you want to use this book.

learningtelugu.org

Learning Telugu. There used to be an entire website dedicated to learning Telugu called "learningtelugu.org." Unfortunately, it went down in late 2020. Luckily, you can find an archived version of the site here.


Disclaimer: I did not create any of these resources myself. I have no idea who created some of them. These resources are for the spoken/colloquial language: written/literary Telugu might as well be a totally different language.

Last updated on July 29, 2021