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The Tamil language

Our linguistic journey takes us to South and Southeast Asia. In IndiaLanguages ​​of India, Sri LankaSri Lankan Tamils, MalaysiaLanguages ​​of Malaysiaand SingaporeLanguages ​​of Singaporeare home to the largest proportion of Tamil native speakers. The language Tamil, also known as Tamil, is linguistically assigned to the Dravidian language familyMap: Distribution of the Dravidian languages. The British orientalist Robert Caldwell coined the term for this family of languages ​​around the middle of the 19th century. Based on the term Dravida from the Sanskrit varieties of ancient Indian: Sanskrit, which at that time mostly referred to the Tamil people or the peoples of southern India. However, the Tamil language is less influenced by Old Indian than the other Dravidian literary languages. Of all the Indian languages, Tamil has the longest independent literary history of over 2000 years. However, the written language of today's Tamil differs in large parts from the colloquial language used. Around 84 million people speak Tamil. Most of the speakers live in the southern Indian state of Tamil NaduTravel video: Tamil Nadu. Tamil is the official language here and in Indian Puducherry as well as in Sri Lanka and Singapore.

How does it sound now, the Tamil language? Here is a native audio sample from voice actor Vazuki, a voice from stimmenkartei.de - vote the votesTamil native speaker Vazuki.

Spread of the Tamil language
Around 90 percent of the population in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu - around 65 million, speak Tamil as their mother tongue; they make up the largest proportion of speakers worldwideMap: Tamil Nadu. About 1.1 million speakers use Tamil in the Puducherry Union Territory of IndiaLanguages ​​in Puducherry, which until 1962 belonged to French India and includes the four former French colonies of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Smaller linguistic minorities can be found in the Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra.

Tamil native speakers are also at home in the island nation of Sri LankaVideo: Sri Lanka. About 3.8 million Tamil speakers live here and are divided into three speaker groups. On the one hand the so-called Sri Lankan Tamils, they form the largest ethnic minority of the island state, which is predominantly populated by Buddhist Sinhalese. On the other hand, the language of the Indian Tamils spoken. They came to Sri Lanka as plantation workers in the 19th and 20th centuries, during colonial times. The third Tamil speaker group is made up of Sunni Muslims, they are known in Sri Lanka as Moors or also called Sri Lankan Moors. The term Moors originates from the Portuguese colonial rulers, who at the time referred to all Muslims in the controlled areas as Moors (mouros).

Tamil-speaking populations from former colonial times are now resident in Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, the Philippines, South Africa, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. There is also a large community of Pakistani Tamils ​​in Pakistan. The Tamil Diaspora also uses its mother tongue in Canada, the United States, Australia, Middle Eastern countries and some European countries Tamil Diaspora. Due to the political conditions in Sri Lanka at the beginning of the 1980s, many people also came to Switzerland. Today more than 40,000 Tamils ​​live there.

Dialects of the Tamil language
Basically, the colloquial and written language of Tamil differ greatly from one another. Central Tamil, the prestigious written language of Tamil, is used in the media and on formal occasionsCentral Tamil dialect. The everyday language spoken is Kotun Tamil. The Tamil language is divided into numerous dialects, which for the most part vary in phonology and different sound shifts compared to old Tamil. In terms of vocabulary, the varieties of Tamil do not differ significantly, with a few exceptions. However, the Tamil used in Sri Lanka, for example, contains words and grammatical forms that are not common in India.

The main varieties besides the written language of central Tamil are: Arwi, Bangalore Tamil, Batticaloa Tamil, Brahmin Tamil, Hebbar Tamil, Iyengar Tamil, Jaffna Tamil, Kongu Tamil, Kumari Tamil, Lingua Malabar Tamul, Madras Bashai, Madurai Tamil, Negombo Tamil, Sankethi dialect, Sri Lanka Tamil dialect as well as the linguistic variety Tirunelveli Tamil.

Tamil - one of the oldest languages ​​in the world
Linguistically, the Tamil is based on ancient inscriptions back to the third century BC. OccupiedPhoto: Tamil inscription on palm leaf. Tamil is one of the oldest languages ​​still in continuous use in the world. The more than two thousand year history of the Tamil language is divided into the sections Old Tamil (approx. 300 BC to 700 AD), Middle Tamil (700 to 1600) and modern Tamil, which has existed since the 17th century is used. It has not been linguistically clarified whether the Dravidian languages ​​in India are descended from indigenous peoples or whether the origins of Dravidian languages ​​once arrived on the Indian continent from outside. In the history of Tamil languages, loanwords from the Central Indian Prakrit languages ​​and Sanskrit can be found in some cases. Tamil has had the official status of a classical language since 2004.

Spelling of the Tamil language
Like the other Indian scripts, the spelling of the Tamil language, the Tamil script, has its origin in the third century BC. BC documented Brahmi writingOrigin of the Brahmi script. Tamil is predominantly written in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and also in Sri Lanka. Photo: Bible page in Tamil script. The spelling of Tamil is an Abugida, which describes a certain type of letter writing in which the arrangement of the letters is not grouped according to the spoken order, but rather in syllables. Functional principle Tamil script.

Tamil: language - song - culture
Sujiv Vigneswaran grew up in Germany, his parents come from Sri Lanka, Tamil is the family's mother tongue, for Sujiv the second language, alongside German. In the following video, Sujiv Vigneswaran immerses us in the peculiarities of his culture and traditional Tamil singing, he also discusses the linguistic challenges in Tamil compared to the German language Video: Music and Language - Tamil.

A quick introduction to the Tamil language mediates the following article. 300 important words for everyday use as well as simple terms for first conversations Video: Tamil for beginners.

Body language and humor as an aid in learning the language
Scientists have researched the effects of humor and laughter in numerous studies. Practical implementation can significantly increase the joy of learning a language. Ergo: what we do with joy is easy for us. Even when learning the Tamil language.

The American anthropologist Ray Birdwhistell coined the term kinesics in the 1950s. A relatively young branch of communication science. Kinesics is based on the knowledge that unconscious movements of the body are of fundamental importance for human communication: Kinesics.

Learn easier with humor. The effects of laughter are scientifically known as gelotology. It explores the physical and psychological aspects of laughter. The German management trainer Vera Felicitas Birkenbihl conveyed a brain-friendly introduction in countless seminars during her lifetime. Anyone who was lucky enough to experience them live in one of their lectures can confirm how easily and comprehensibly complex issues can be conveyed through humorous learning. Learning languages ​​easier with Vera F. Birkenbihl, a wonderful, useful seminar: Seminar with Vera F. Birkenbihl.

Our TAMIL native speakers, our native speakers, who we with appropriate voice and speech samples in ourVOICE CARDpresent, certainly did in their childhood the Tamil language learned just as easily and with joy, with the help of the unconscious tools of body language and humor. But only their professional voice training makes our voices a guaranteeto present the acoustic business card of your company just as perfectly as the services or products of your company.



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