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Learn to Read Tamil


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Tamil is perhaps India's most ancient language. It is spoken by the people of Tamil Nadu and large communities in Sri Lanka , Malaysia and the West. A lot of India's rich heritage of culture is written in Tamil.

Please note reader Sathasivam, Bahee bsathasi@dor.state.wi.us , a teacher in Tamil's comments that All Tamil consonants eg the letters L , P , S in Alps etc. should have a dot on top of them . They have been ommitted by mistake in the figures below and in the other lessons .

These few lessons will help one to read Tamil script. This figure has the letter M and the vowel sound AA as in fAther .

Can you read your first word in Tamil ?

Full marks if you got is as Mama ( Maamaa) - uncle .

Can you guess the name of this person a King of ancient India?

It is Rama

Next we introduce the letter P and the vowel mark i as in this Hindi word for water.

The first letter is P and the next one is the mark AA , followed by N and then the short i .

Note the short i in Tamil comes after the letter.

This is Tamil for mother . It has the letter A (pronouced ugh) in the front.

This figure has the double RR , it is what English people call all Indian dishes

The answer is KRRi (curry!).

Revise all the letters learnt so far

Here are the answers

And the two vowel marks

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Revise this lesson a couple of times before going on to the next one.


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