Learn Survival Tamil
Wikitravel users have collectively created a free Tamil phrasebook with the goal of making it possible for travelers to "get by" while traveling in areas where Tamil is spoken.
Wikitravel phrasebooks are available in many languages and each one varies in depth and detail. Most of the phrasebooks include a pronunciation guide, a general phrase list, information about dates and numbers, a color list, transportation-related phrases, vocabulary for shopping and phrases for eating and drinking. Some are even more in depth, and all are free!
Tamil (தமிழ் tamiḻ) is a classical language and one of the major languages of the Dravidian language family. Spoken predominantly by Tamils in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore, it has smaller communities of speakers in many other countries including Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Mauritius and Myanmar.
As of 1996, Tamil was the eighteenth most spoken language, with over 74 million speakers around the world.
Tamil is a Dravidian language with official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and in the Indian union territory of Puducherry. Tamil also has official status in Sri Lanka and Singapore. It is one of the twenty-two scheduled languages of India and the first Indian language to be declared as a classical language by the government of India in 2004.
The Tamil script (தமிழ் அரிச்சுவடி tamiḻ ariccuvaṭi "Tamil alphabet") is a script that is used to write the Tamil language as well as other minority languages such as Badaga, Irulas, and Paniya. Tamil script uses an abugida (alphasyllabary) and is a Southern Brāhmī script, sister to the Malayalam, Sinhala and Tulu scripts.