Basic Tamil- Part 1

Are you visiting Tamil Nadu? or are you interested in learning Tamil?
Well i can help you with what i can....
I have decided to come up with series of posts, these posts will consist basic Tamil words and their simple English words which we use everyday.If you are interested to learn a new language, you may find it helpful, Not at all interested in learning Tamil, am sorry this post is meant only for people who are traveling to TN and for people who are interested in learning Tamil:)
So let's learn...

Part-1



1)Greetings

2)Good morning

3)Good evening

4)How are you?

5)I am fine


6)Thank you

7)Can you help me?

8)Brother, Where is this place?

9)How much?

10)I don’t need it.

11)How long is that temple?



12)When?

13)Where?

14)Who?

15)What?

16)You

17)Me

18)We

19)Where’s the bus stop?

20)Is this a bus for Chennai?

21)50

22)100

23)1000
1)Vanakkam

2)Kaalai vanakkam

3)Maalai vanakkam

4)Epudi irukeenga ?(formal)

5)Naan nalla irukken(singular)


6)Nandri

7) Oru Udhavi seiyya mudiyuma ?

8)Anna, Intha idam enga irukku?

9)Evalo?

10)illa enakku vendaam.

11)Antha koil ingarinthu evalo dhooram?


12)Eppo?

13)Enga?

14)Yaaru?

15)Enna?

16)Neenga(with respect)

17)Naan

18)Naanga

19)Bus stop enga irukku?

20)Intha bus Chennai poguma?

21)imbhathu(I’m-Bhathu)

22)Nooru

23)Ayiram(ah-iram)

92 comments:

  1. nice... I did stay in chennai for nearly 2 years but by the ned had managed to learn Enga - where and Nooro - hundred.. because every auto man would ask me Enga and every destination costed me Nooro !!!

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  2. Real helpful post to so many of your readers from other parts of India Deepak. Good show !! :))

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  3. Good one. Basics are important..I live in chennai but not tamil.. my first words were podum and venda.. Because I was served 2 people's food by my sister's hostel warden. Her way of showing love was serving large amounts of rice :D

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  4. @Kajalhaha HOT wheels :D :D
    thanks for the comment

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  5. Deepak,This post clearly evident for the love of Tamilians towards their language..:-)..We came to Chennai 7 months back and I'm struggling to manage...This very very useful post for me...:-)..Thanks a ton..:-)

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  6. Anna,that was very helpful. I also like to learn Tamil.
    Nandri.

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  7. @A Homemaker's Utopiaah glad for that and i can help with some more posts :)

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  8. great post Anna :) :D my elder Anna stays in Chennai

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  9. WOW...this is really awesome what you're doing...but are these the bookish Tamil words or the regular-usage words? coz there's a lot of difference...if these are the words used in the normal everyday usage, then I'm glad to be a student...have always wanted to learn Tamil. Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  10. Hey, nice to start off...really it be very helpful to attend your class :) Nandri..

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  11. Good work and will be helpful for many.. maybe you try and add the recorded pronunciation of these words too which will help people know how it is actually supposed to be said.

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  12. தமிழ் கொஞ்சம் தெரியும்...நீங்க Tutorials ஒரு பெரிய உதவி டான்!! ரொம்ப நன்றி!!! See, I've already learned much :-)))

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  13. Kaalai Vanakkam Dee :D :D. I typed it without seeing :D. I learned one word :D Yay me :D

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  14. You Are always rocking with new threads bro. Best of luck for this one too. By the way the post is helpful to study tamil

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  15. @radsGood question rads:)
    i have added things only based on conversations.
    not on book thing:)thank you rads

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  16. @AsifSure:) will try to add those and thanks for the suggestion !

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  17. good idea Deepak! the only word i knew till now was vanakkam..will add these to my vocab.. btw what does thambi and kutty mean.. have heard these a lot too?

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  18. @justanotherwakeupcallThambi means YOUNGER brother,,
    Kutti means small or a pet name :)
    thank you :)

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  19. Hey, unakku mattum eppadi idhellam thonudhu? That'll be helpful for non-Tamils very much. Good job da :)

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  20. Deepak- Must say -I have a colleague from whom i did learn a lot of Tamil recently.naanga ippo konjom tamil pesave:-)

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  21. I lowued this post:) Thanks for brushing up my Tamil :)

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  22. I've already mastered lesson 1.

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  23. Nice this was. I was never interested in Tamil, but what harm does some extra knowledge do to you :)

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  24. LOL! Free Tamil tutorials eh?!! :D Keep it up Deepak!! :) Romba nalla vellai paakuringa!! :) (You are doing a great job! The english translation was just in case you didn't understand my tamil! :) I'm Tamilian too ;)

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  25. That's a great job Karthik. Well done!
    Reminds me of my early German lessons...

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  26. When I first saw, I thought you are going to do it the Mouna Raagam style :P

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  27. I've always wanted to learn Tamil. Waiting for the next few posts!

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  28. Aah, Nandri Deepak!

    This is gonna be very useful for me to interact with my Tamil friends :)

    bet I'm gonna archive Tam 1 & 2 (and more) for future use :)

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  29. will look forward to the series

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  30. You've been awarded - http://jojofeelings.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/3-reasons-to-celebrate/

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  31. This was very informative and just what i was looking for.My boyfriend is a Tamil Brahmin and I am a North Indian.And he sucks at the language.I wanted to learn the basics atleast and he was no help.Thanks a ton.Please keep the learn Tamil series going!

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  32. @UpasanaInteresting info :) i ll help as much i can :D

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  33. trying to reach out tamil in north india va...good friend tamil and tamilan always rocking....

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  34. hey Dee..

    that's a very nice initiative you took to make tamil learning easy !

    i was in chennai for 6 years and i believe the real learning comes when you are among them to be one of them...

    i wasn't surprise as i knew most of the tamil words you mentioned here....

    regards
    rahul

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  35. Would have to skip your tutorials. :P
    Already trying my hand at Malayalam since the last few months and picking up Tamil together would result in horrible destruction of two languages. ;)

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  36. @rahul aggarwalVERY TRUE BRO :) practical knowledge is much needed to learn a language

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  37. Naan chennai pora munnadi neenge inda post yeledirinda nareya use aayirindadu :)

    Translation : if you had wrote this post before i went to chennai, it would have been useful for me :)

    Hope i didn't kill tamil :)

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  38. honestly i needed this. Am here for the last 5 years and dunno any tamil. Nice way to learn. Although you need to brush up the english translations. Coz there is no way people say "how long is that temple?". That's incorrect english.

    But i want to learn tamil. so I'll manage. I guess u wanted to say tall or far. dunno if the tamil word for long, tall and far is the same

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  39. @Freelancerpeople will ask "How long is that place from here?"
    got it ?

    I think you have to take it up light, am doing it for free of cost :D
    brush up ur tamil and also be open minded :)
    thanks for your comment

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  40. Very good effort which will help non-tamilians to learn Tamil

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  41. How about this: An easier way to interact in TN (atleast in Chennai):

    7)Can you help me - Oru help panreengla?

    21)50 - ambadhu
    23)1000 - doesnt matter, use thousand..

    I noticed...

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  42. Hey Deepak I think the post would have been much more helpful with added audio clips 'how to utter these words'... isn't so?

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  43. Ha ha. Good Initiative there. People who have come to Chennai or are planning to come to Chennai would definitely find it helpful. Nice work :-)

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  44. Interesting Indeed,waiting for more.

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  45. this is so nice! i was showing off to my tamilian colleagues today after reading this, but they started asking tons of question in tamil and my mind nearly cracked.. got lots more to learn from this blog of yours Killer! keep going :P

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  46. Sharing it :) I will do a telugu thingy :D

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  47. Nice post Deepak :) iam not tamilian and had to stay in chennai for 2.5 yrs.. with my experience of learning tamil, i can say- words that you mentioned are really useful for a beginner perspective.I learnt tamil by observing others speak, i never heard of word 'Maalai vanakkam', may be its more formal

    Ramya
    www.fantastic-feathers.blogspot.in

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  48. Ungalin indha sevaiyai paaraatrugindrom...

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  49. :)
    Your next one should be on counting 1 - 10! That was the first thing I had asked my Tamilian friends to teach me when I was a kid. Also, of course, "My name is.."
    And later, one post of all the slang and gaalis! That will be useful to use on the Chennai autowalas!

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Thanks a Ton for your words :) Keep visiting :)