Our native tongue or language has its origins in antiquity and through the long careening path of history it has gone through evolutionary phases assimilating words from various principalities that ruled over Goa. Its normally classified as Indo European or Indo Aryan language but has its finest phonetics expression in songs, hymns and music with two district variants based on regions or religion and the accents differ accordingly providing rich diversity in the phonetics expressions .
Yes, there were serious conflicts in the 80" during the agitation to make Konkani the official language of the state due to the opposition from Marathi proponent. But within the Konkani language itself there were intense Division with reference to accents and the scripts . Christians normally prefer the Roman script while our Hindu brethren prefer the Devanagari script for expression.
But over time the language conflicts have mellowed down and now there is great appreciation of diversity in expression, scripts. The language still sound goods in its varied forms to its adherents.
It honors God in its lyrics, in phrases and its proverbs, depicts the extraordinary faith of the people in their Creator intertwined in their fate.
Please be advised most of the song, hymns featured on our website and the Konkani language is of Goan Christian timbre and has evolved from the milieu of differing accents and scripts to a smoother, gentler and softer cadences . The Catholic church through the millennium has been its primary source and has nurtured the language in it syntax, structure and accent and the songs and music that your hear.
If you are visiting Goa for short period there is no need to have dollops of local language phrases and sentences. You may also encounter Non Goans from other States in India who may not have any grasp of local language .
Although, Native Goans will respond enthusiastically on hearing their language, but by nature they are multi Lingual and English language has percolated in the Church and in the inner sanctum of family, but it does not mean their love for their language is any lesser. English language is more for utility reasons and carries them far and wide across the world and provides them the ease of assimilation in any culture and especially in the Anglosphere.
-- thank you ( Dev Borem Khorem ) My God do you good.
Some of the common phrases:
We have also incorporated below Konkani lessons vid for your convenience .
English >>>>>> Konkani
What is your name? : > Tujhe Nahve Kittem?
My name is ______ . > Mhuje Nahve _______
Hello (Good day to you) : > Deu tuka Boro dis diun
How are you? :> Kosho asa?, (Feminine) Koshem asa?
I Am Fine :> Hanv Boro Asa,( feminine) hanv borem asa
Nice to meet you. > Tumka Mellun hanv Koshi jallo
Yes. >> Vhoi
No.>> Nah more