Odia (ଓଡ଼ିଆ Ōṛiā), formerly spelled Oriya, is an Indian language, belonging to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. It is mainly spoken in the Indian states of Odisha and in parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. Odia is one of the many official languages in India; it is the official language of Odisha and the second official language of Jharkhand. Odia is the predominant language of Odisha, where Odia speakers comprise around 83.33% of the population according to census surveys.

Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple


The examples of Odia words, phrases, clauses and sentences used in this book are generally presented simultaneously in three written forms: one using the Odia script, a transliterated version using Roman letters, and an English translation.

The Odia-to-Roman transliteration scheme is the one followed in the English Wikipedia and can be seen here.

History of the Language

Writing System


Basic Grammar

Dates & Numbers


Going Out

Other Phrases