Our previous blog dealt with the pressing question: Is Tamil a difficult language to learn? We agreed on certain terms and concluded that a few areas do require a bit of practise, but don’t give up! Here are a few possible lingual challenges in learning the Tamil language:
- Though Tamil language has no 4 Ka’s, 4 Ta’s, 4Cha’s and 4Pa’s, they are pronounced differently every time in different words. Now this can pose a bit of challenge if you aren’t a native speaker or a beginner learner. The best way to overcome this is to spark conversation as much as you can with native speakers. Having said this, experiences in real-time can be really fun as you come to grips with the reality—almost 90% of Tamizhians mess up the language. Well, is there anybody who is going to bother about the finesse of language, sentence, structure, syntax, etc while speaking and reading?
- Colloquial Tamil can differ region wise and you will be taken aback by the number of subtle variations in terms of usage and pronunciation of words and accents. But that is the beauty of a language that has survived the test of times. As we mentioned at the start of this blog, you need to experience the local feel and freshness of the language to understand the intricacies and nuances of the language.
- If you take to reading any old Tamil literature books out of self-interest, you will find several words in Old Tamil that have found their way into the lingual world of Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Tulu which also proves that Tamil is most certainly a living language, though the script may vary with every South –based language. Most old Tamil words are archaic that are rarely used in everyday conservation including the likes of some Sanskrit words.
This is quite evident in many Tamil movies and songs. Movies boast a Tamil grammar of their own which gradually became the de facto standard with time.