The language of Tamil is a Dravidian language (a family of 70 languages that are spoken primarily in Southeast Indian and Sri Lanka). It is spoken in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, and Singapore. It is the official language of these areas; it’s also the official language of Puducherry, a union of India.
It is one of the six classical languages of India and one of the India Constitution’s 22 scheduled languages. In fact, it was the first language to receive classical language status in India and is one of the oldest in the world.
To be considered a classical language, a language must meet three points of criteria. The language needs to have:
- Ancient origins distinct from modern culture
- Traditions and literature not borrowed from other cultures
- A body of ancient literature recorded over 1500-to-2000 years
The language is also spoken in the following countries around the world:
- Puducherry (Pondicherry)
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Tamil Nadu
77 million people all over the world speak Tamil. 68 million of those 77 million speakers are native speakers. 9 million people all over the world speak it as a second language.
250,000 Tamil speakers live in the U.S. Tamil speakers live all over the country in diasporas in California, Texas, and New Jersey (with the highest populations living in California, the second-highest in Texas, and the smallest number in New Jersey).
English to Tamil Translation
Translating English to Tamil? It isn’t as easy to translate Tamil from Germanic languages to Dravidian ones. The Tamil Dictionary also contains more than half a million words.
The dialects of Tamil include:
- Batticaloa Tamil
- Central Tamil
- Jaffna Tamil
- Kongu Tamil
- Kumari Tamil
- Madras Bashai
- Madurai Tamil
- Negombo Tamil
- Nellai Tamil
The Tamil sentence structure also differs from English. Unlike in English, the Tamil sentence structure follows a subject/object/verb order; yet, sometimes the language follows an object/subject/verb structure. To make things more confusing, some sentences don’t have objects, subjects, or verbs.
Trying to learn Tamil online? Need the best language translation app for travel, school, or business? We recommend using machine translation software that has a Tamil translation tool and can easily translate text to speech, such as the MyLanguage app, available on Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iOS.
Software such as Google Translate or Microsoft’s language learning app doesn’t offer the same English translation accuracy as paid apps.
English-Tamil translators and translation services can be pricey. Some charge upwards of $100 an hour. Whether you need written or voice translation, a translation app is a less-expensive alternative to hiring a translator.
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