Want To Learn Tamil?
Tamil is one of the longest lasting classical language worldwide, and it has thousands of years of literature to back that up. Whether you are exploring the Southern regions of India or enjoying the beaches of Sri Lanka, knowing a little bit of Tamil will go a long way. The language is an incredibly fascinating look back into the history of the region and the world as a whole. Is that enough to make you want to learn Tamil?
It is an official language in three different countries: India, Sri Lanka, and Singapore. There are also significant Tamil-speaking communities in several other countries worldwide. They all make up a large portion of the 75 million that speak Tamil as a first language. It is written in the Tamil script, consisting of 18 consonants, 12 vowels and one special character.
In Tamil, nouns are split into two groups: rational and irrational. Rational nouns are considered ‘high class’ and includes nouns relating to deities and humans. Most other nouns fit into the irrational group, which is considered lower class. Verbs are inflected using suffixes, often multiple stacked together to form the different cases. Sentence structure is generally SOV, though OSV is possible. It is also common for the subject to be dropped when obvious contextually.
There are so many great reasons for learning Tamil. Want to learn one of the longest lasting languages in the world? Planning a visit to Sri Lanka, the Tamil Nadu region in India, or Singapore? Or are you just a language learning enthusiast looking for your next challenge? All of these are valid reasons for learning the Tamil language.