Tamil: Learning the Language

As we learn more Tamil, the official language of Tamil Nadu and one of a hundred-twenty-two “major” languages recognized in India, I’ll add to the list here. For starters:

  • vanakkam: greetings
  • kalai vanakkam: good morning
  • malai vanakkam: good evening
  • iravu vanakkam: good night
  • nandri: thanks
  • am: yes
  • illai: no
  • dayavu seidu: please
  • idu: this
  • anda: that
  • inge: here
  • ange: there
  • miga: very
  • mikka nandri: thanks very much
  • nalladhu: good
  • kettadu: bad
  • Idu suvaiyanadu: this is delicious
  • arumai: awesome
  • hai: hi
  • halo: hello
  • varugiren: bye
  • mannikkavum: excuse me
  • ennai mannikkavum: I’m sorry
  • nan: I
  • nan nalam: I’m fine
  • yeppadi irukkirirgal: how are you doing?
  • ni: you (informal)
  • ondru: one
  • irandu: two
  • mundru: three
  • anbu: love
  • help!: udavi