Monday 30 April 2012

z for zagam/jagam

z for zagam
jagam is world
There is no za/ja  in Tamil. So either words in z is written as sa(ச) or with ja/za (letter not in original Tamil) is used. 





y for yaanai

y for yaanai
yaanai means elephant.

னை =nai
The vowel sign for ai is written before the consonant as in the case of nai, where ன is written after the vowel sign.
so pai is பை(means bag), kai is கை(means hand), பறவை (paravai means bird).

x for xtra

x for xtra 
எக்ஸ்ட்ரா is extra.
x is non-existent in Tamil. So any English words with x are as எக்ஸ்=eks.
So the word extra is written as எக்ஸ்ட்ரா. 

Thursday 26 April 2012

w for vaazhai

w for vaazhai
V and w are the same in Tamil represented by வ. 
vaazhai means banana - normally vaazhai maram means banana tree.
vaazhai pazham means - banana fruit(that we eat)

வாழை பழம் 
பழம் means fruit
So to say 
I like banana.
எனக்கு வாழை பழம் பிடிக்கும். enakku vaazhai pazham pidikkum.
எனக்கு - I
like is pidikkum (பிடிக்கும்)

எனக்கு ________ பிடிக்கும்.
So say you like something/someone replace the __________ with the word
So to say I like you.
எனக்கு உன்னை பிடிக்கும். enakku unnai pidikkum.
unnai(means you)
எனக்கு ஆப்பிள் பிடிக்கும். (enakku aappil pidikkum) - I like apple.
The sentence formation is subject object and verb. (sov) unlike in English where it is svo(subject verb object). The verb is written at the end of the sentence. There are no capital letters and there is no joined up letters.

V for valai

V for valai
valai means net
Silandhi valai is spider's net
vaLayal is bangles.
In Tamil there are three sounds for la,

la,      La,  zha
ல ள ழ
பால் - paal - milk
கல் - kal - stone
மக்கள் - makkaL - people
மகள் - magaL - daughter
To form plurals of words gaL is added.
பறவை(paravai) - பறவைகள்(paravaigal) (birds)
குரங்கு(kurangu) - குரங்குகள்(kurangugal) (monkeys)
வளையல்(vaLayal) - வளையல்கள்(vaLayalgaL) (bangles)
Tamil is written with the special zha. 
Since there is no equivalent in English to the Tamil zh, Tamizh is written Tamil in English.

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Monday 23 April 2012

T for tangkam

T for Tangkam
டங்கம் means chisel

Although there are very few words starting with ta(ta as in tata) as opposed to words starting with tha(tha as in thunder), ta commonly occurs with the non vowel counterpart like in the following words
கட்டம் - kattam means square
சட்டம் - sattam means law
பட்டம் - pattam means kite/degree(studies)
திட்டம் - thittam means plan
வட்டம் - vattam means circle
மாவட்டம் - maavattam means district