Learn Tamil

Learn Tamil

Planning to travel to Singapore or Sri Lanka? Keen to interact with locals? View our guide to studying Tamil including useful words and phrases perfect for travelling which will help you interact wth locals and make your experience easier.

 

 

 

Where is Tamil Spoken?

Tamil is the official language Singapore and Sri Lanka. It is also spoken in other areas of Asia including Malaysia and Tamil Nadu and Puducherry both in India. 

 

 

How Many People Speak Tamil Worldwide

An estimated 110 million people speak Tamil.

 

 

Best Places to Learn Tamil

  • Sri Lanka
  • Singapore
  • India
  • Online

 

 

Useful Tamil Words & Phrases for Travelling to Tamil Speaking Areas

 

Basics & Greetings

  • Hello - Vanakkam
  • Goodbye - Poyvituvarukiren
  • Yes - Amam
  • No - Illai
  • Thank you - Nandri

 

Conversational

  • How are you? - Celakkiyama?
  • What is your name? - Ungal peyar yenna?
  • My name is... (Jenny) - Yen peyar... (Jenny)
  • I don’t understand - Puriyadu

 

Tourism

  • Where is the (hotel)? - (Hotel) yenge?
  • Toilet  Tailet
  • Train - Rayil
  • Temple  Kovil

 

Shopping & Buying Things

  • Money - Punam
  • Buy - Vangu
  • What is this/that? - Idu/Adu yenna?
  • How much is it? - Yenna vilai?
  • Expensive - Anda vilai mikavum adikum
  • Eat - Sappidu
  • Drink - Kudi
  • Water - Tunnir
  • Rice - Sadum
  • Fruit - Puzham
  • Coffee - Kapi
  • Tea - Ti

 

Days of the Week

  • Monday  Tingal
  • Tuesday  Cevvay
  • Wednesday  Putam
  • Thursday  Viyazhan
  • Friday  Velli
  • Saturday  Ceni
  • Sunday  Nayiri

 

Numbers

  • 1 - Onru 
  • 2 - Irandu
  • 3 - Munru 
  • 4 - Nanku
  • 5 - Aindu
  • 6 - Aru
  • 7 - Yezhu
  • 8 - Yettu
  • 9 - Onpadu
  • 10 - Pattu
  • 20 - Irupadu
  • 30 - Muppadu
  • 40 - Rarpadu
  • 50 - Aimpadu
  • 60 - Arupadu
  • 70 - Alupadu
  • 80 - Yenpadu
  • 90 - Tonnuru
  • 100 - Nuru

 

Health & Emergenices

  • Help! - Utavi cey!
  • Doctor - Taktar

 

 

 

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