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Basic Phrases of the Tamil Language

Considered to be one of the most popular literary languages, Tamil is spoken in Tamil Nadu, a South Indian state. Tamil is a very rich language and every Tamilian (native of Tamil Nadu) is proud of the language. Even if you travel to other non-Tamil speaking South Indian states, you can manage communicating in Tamil as most people are acquainted with spoken Tamil. Simple and easy to pick up, knowing this language is not just helpful, but also an enriching experience.


I --- Naan
He --- Avan, Avar (with respect)
She --- Aval
You --- Nee, Neenga (with respect)
They --- Avunga
It --- Adu
This --- Idu
That --- Adu


Hello --- Vanakkam
How are you? --- Soukhyama?/ Eppadi irukkeengaa?
I am fine --- Nalla irukken


Father --- Appa
Mother --- Amma
Husband --- Purushan
Wife --- Pondati
Elder Sister --- Akka
Younger Sister --- Thangai
Elder Brother --- Anna
Younger Brother --- Thambi


Come --- Vaanga
Go --- Ponga
Came --- Vanthaanga
Take ---  Ambulans
Slow --- Molla
Water --- Thanni
Home --- Veedu
Yesterday --- Netru, Netthu
Today --- Indru, Innaikku
Tomorrow --- Nalai, Nalaikku
Day --- Pagal
Night --- Rathri
Morning --- Kaalai
In the morning --- Kaalela
Evening --- Sayndram, Saaynkaalam
Sleep --- Thookkam
Food --- Saappadu
To Drink --- Kudikka
Enough --- Pothum
Shop --- Kadai


1 --- Onnu
2 --- Randu
3 --- Moondru
4 --- Naala
5 --- Anchu
6 --- Aaaru
7 --- Ezhu
8 --- Ettu
9 --- Ombathu
10 --- Pathu

Common Phrases

What is your name? --- Unga peru Enna
What happened? --- Ennachu?
Did you have your lunch? --- Saapttengala?
Come home --- Veettukku Vaanga
Please sit --- Ukkarunga
Thank You --- Nandri

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