Spoken Tamil Lessons
‘Hello’ is the word that we often use when we meet a person. Just the same way, the word used to greet a person in Tamil is
Usually a joining of hands is accompanied with the word Vanakkam, just like a hand shake with a Hello.
- In English, our greeting depends on the time we meet a person, i.e., Good morning, good afternoon and so on, but a simple Vanakkam is all you need to say, be it any time of the day or night.
- You can say Vanakkam even when you take leave of the person.
- The word Vanakkam can be followed by the name of the person you have met. Example : Vanakkam Sir / Vanakkam Raaj.
If you are greeting a relative, you can use their name of the relationship too. Eg. Vanakkam Uncle / Vanakkam Mama( for uncle in Tamil).
So even before we move on to learning about introducing ourselves, let’s see about the relationships in Tamil.
Relationship in Tamil
Magan – Son
Amma – Mom
Magal – Daughter
Appa – Dad
Appa ( Ap/pa) – Father
Amma (Am/ma) – Mother
Magan (Ma/gan) – Son ( MA as in Mug / GAN as in gun)
Magal (Ma/gal) – Daughter ( MA as in Mug / GAL as in seagull.
Annan (An-nan) – Elder Brother Thambi (Tham-bi) – Younger Brother
Akka (Ak-ka) – Elder Sister Thangai (Thang-ai) – Younger sister
Chithappa’s wife – Chithi
How Do I Say
Here are some sentences which might come in handy, when you don’t know how to talk in Tamil.
- Mozhi (Language)
- Vaarthai (Word)
- Enakku Tamil theriyaadhu. (I don’t know Tamil.)
- Enakku ___________theriyum. (I know _______.)
- Naan Tamil kathittu irruken. (I am learning Tamil.)
- Naan Tamil padikiren. (I am studying/ learning/ reading Tamil.)
- Enakku konjam Tamil pesa theriyum.(I know to talk some Tamil.)
- Naan idha sariya solrenna?. (Am I saying this right?)
- Adhai Tamil-la eppadi solveenga?. (How do you say this in Tamil?)
- Idhukku enna artham? (What does it mean?)
- Neenga adha marubadi/ thirumba sollunga (Please say it again.)
- Ungalukku purinjidha? (Did you understand?)
- Aamaa. Enakku purinjidhu. (Yes, I understood.)
- Illa. Enakku puriyala. (No. I don’t understand.)
Questioning in Tamil:
Numbers in Tamil:
Learn to write your name:
In Tamil, the word ‘aachu’ means ‘happened’. Now try to fix the right question words in the right sentences:
( Yen / Enna / Edhukku / Eppo / Eppadi / Enge )
- ______________ aachu? ( What happened?)
- ______________aachu? ( Where did it happen?)
- ______________ aachu? (How did it happen?)
- ______________ aachu ? (Why did it happen?)
- ______________ aachu? ( For what did it happen?)
Try to say these numbers in Tamil:
- 28, _____
- 45, _____
- 77, _____
- 98, _____
- 79, _____
- 29, _____
- _____, 75
- _____, 13
- _____, 21
- _____, 49
- _____, 83
- _____, 100
- Amma’s Dad is my ___________.
- Amma’s Mom is my ___________.
- Amma’s Brother is my ____________.
- Amma’s elder sister is my __________ .
- Amma’s younger sister is my _________.
- Appa’s Dad is my ___________.
- Appa’s Mom is my ___________.
- Appa’s sister is my ____________.
- Appa’s elder brother is my __________ .
- Appa’s younger brother is my _________.
For those who wish to learn Tamil exclusively for oral communication, we have introduced the Spoken Tamil section. While our Reading & Writing section teaches Tamil in a more chronological order, the Spoken Tamil section is more like a guide for practical use in everyday life. We follow a 3-step logical pattern here:
- Introduction of Words – which helps to build your vocabulary
- Phrases – to make you familiar with spoken Tamil
- Conversations – practical way to learn how people talk in Tamil.
Audio and/ or video files are provided for support.
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