You're probably here because you're wondering why there's no Tamil on Rosetta Stone? Well, the answer is multi-faceted, but it basically comes down to this. There are only 70 million Tamil speakers. Although that sounds like a lot, and in fact, it is 18th on the list of the world's most spoken languages, ask yourself, in the job marketplace, how valuable it is to speak Tamil compared to Mandarin.
So that begs the question, why would you want to learn Tamil? Well, read on to find out why.
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Tamil is classed as a Dravidian language and is spoken in South Asia by 70 million people, specifically the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and, more famously, the country of Sri Lanka. It is also spoken as a minority in several other Indian states. Rather interestingly, Tamil is one of the world's oldest classical languages, and the literature goes back to 300BC. Tamil areas are still highly literate to this day. At the turn of the century, the last time it was counted, there were almost 2000 Tamil newspapers!
Of course, on top of reasons to specifically learn Tamil, there are also general reasons to learn any language. Probably the most widely cited is the increased neuroplasticity levels that come with taxing your brain. Language learning literally makes your brain younger.
Instead of speaking about scientifically-backed hypotheses about why it's good to learn a language, I will speak from personal experience. Language learning seems to have a positive effect on my mental health. There's something about the structure of a language that really helps. When you learn to plan your day, i.e. 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes before bed, it adds a great cadence to your life. There is also the dopamine hit you get from doing something productive.
However, the single most important reason is the reaction that it engenders in other people. If you have a friend, colleague, or partner of Tamil origin, it is a tremendous honor if you decide to learn their language.
The most obvious alternative to Rosetta Stone is Youtube. For me, the best thing about Youtube is that you feel part of a community. This goes back to an earlier point I was making mental health. Studying with other people is vital; you don't like you're in a bubble. The options are a little limited for Tamil, but I'd recommend Bhanumathy K Seed Succeed, a lady who teaches Tamil, among other things.
Undoubtedly your best option to learn Tamil online is Ling. Ling is built along similar lines to Duolingo and Babbel but covers lesser-known languages. You can build from a base in your native language(not just English). Learn 60 languages from 60 different base languages.
You can go from zero to a near-native speaker in Tamil with our app. Our language programs give you practice in spoken Tamil, conversational Tamil, the Tamil alphabet (Tamil script), written Tamil, and Tamil grammar.
Although we don't have a dedicated Tamil blog, we do have other blogs that cover language tips as well as app reviews. Why not check out our latest posts like the Learn Spanish through music and Preply vs. Duolingo? Happy learning!