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Resources for Learning Tamil Language (Books,
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Tamil is one of the few living classical languages and has an unbroken literary tradition of over two millennia. The written language has changed little during this period, with the result that classical literature is as much a part of everyday Tamil as modern literature. Tamil school-children, for example, are still taught the alphabet using the Štticķdi, an alphabet rhyme attributed to the poet Auvaiyar who lived during the thirteenth century CE. A wide variety of educational materials for learning the language (book, manuals, audio casettes, audio CDs, multimedia-based CD-ROMs) are available.

The following is a short collection of Resources for Learning Tamil Language.


Books/Teaching Texts

  • Hart, Kausalya.
    Tamil for Beginners, Parts 1 and 2 (1991.)
    Center for South Asia Studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.
    ISBN: 0944613179, 0944613187

  • Jegtheesh, N.
    Learn Tamil in 30 Days
    Madras, India: Balaji Publications, 1995. Pp. 160.

  • Daniel, S.G.
    First Steps in Tamil
    Kinderhook, New York: International Book Distributors, 1990. Pp. 112.

  • G. Sankaranarayanan
    A programmed course in Tamil
    Central Inst. of Indian Languages, Mysore, 1994, 401 p.

  • Sowbhagyalakshmi Vaidyanathan,
    Tamil newspaper reader. (tamil ceytittal vacakam)
    Kensington, Maryland, 1990, 432 p.

  • Sundaram, N. Deiva., A. Gopal
    Tamil, an auto instructional course
    International Institute of Tamil Studies, Madras,1984, 1st [ed.], xiv, 223 p.

  • S. Rajaram
    A intensive course in Tamil: dialogues, drills, exercises, vocabulary, grammar and word index
    Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, 1979, 842 p.

  • Nataraca Pillai, Na.
    Classified recall vocabulary in Tamil
    Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, 1990.

  • Nataraca Pillai, Na. (N. Nadaraja Pillai)
    A guide for advanced learners of Tamil
    Central Institute of Indian Languages, Manasa Gangotri,. Mysore 570 006, 1986, 236 p.
    South Asia Books, Dec. 1991, ISBN: 9992080795

  • Pattanayak, Debi Prasanna, (D. P. Pattanayak, 1931 -) M. S. Thirumalai, K. Rangan.
    Advanced Tamil reader
    Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, 1974

  • Asher, R. E. and R. Radhakrishnan
    A Tamil prose reader; selections from contemporary Tamil prose with notes and glossary
    Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1971.

  • Asher, R. E.
    Tamil (A descriptive grammar of Tamil.)
    Beckenham, Kent, UK: Croom Helm, 1985. Pp. xiv, 265.

  • Pope, G. U. (George Uglow), 1820-1908.
    A handbook of the Tamil language, 1983, reprint of 1904 revised 7th ed.) Asian Educational Services, C-2/15, S.D.A., New Delhi 110 016.
    ISBN: 0836416783

  • Pope, G. U.
    A Tamil Prose Reader. (1982, reprint of 1906 revised 7th ed.)
    Asian Educational Services, C-2/15, S.D.A., New Delhi 110 016

  • Rajaram, S.
    Tamil phonetic reader
    Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, 1972, 82 p

  • Schiffman, Harold F.
    A Reader for advanced spoken Tamil
    Dept. of Asian Languages and Literatures, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195.

  • Shanmugam Pillai, M
    Spoken Tamil
    Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, 1968

  • Shanmugam Pillai, M
    Tamil Reader for Beginners
    Muthu Pathipakam, Madurai, 1975

  • Vacek, Jaroslav ( S.V.Subramanian, ed)
    A Tamil reader, introducing sangam literature
    International Inst. for Tamil Studies, Chennai, 1989.

  • Kerslake, P., and C. R. N. Aiyar.
    Tamil Course for European Schools, 5 pamphlet vols. (1972-77, 12th ed.)
    Christian Literature Society, P.O. Box 501, Park Town, Chennai 600 003

  • Kothandaraman, Ponnuswamy.
    A Course in Modern Standard Tamil: Laboratory Manual, Texts and Exercises. (1975.)
    International Institute of Tamil Studies, Chennai 600 020.

  • Kumaraswami Raja, N., and K. Doraswamy.
    Conversational Tamil
    Annamalai Univ, Annamalai Nagar, Tamilnadu. (Dept. of Linguistics Publication #9, )

  • Pattanayak, D. P., and M. S. Thirumalai
    An Introduction to Tamil Script, Reading, and Writing. (1980.)
    Central Institute of Indian Languages, Manasa Gangotri, Mysore 570 006.

  • Lawrence, S. Jean; Renganathan, D.
    Hand Book Tamil: An Auto Instructional Course
    Madras, India: International Institute of Tamil Studies, 1988. Pp. xx, 503



Books with audio cassetts

  • Hart, Kausalya.
    Advanced Tamil via Audio-Video Media, Parts I and II.
    Center for South Asia Studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.

  • Annamalai, E.
    The `Jim and Raja' Conversations (& cassettes).
    Tamil Language Study Association, 2127 Maple Ave., Evanston, IL 60201, 1980

  • Daivasundaram, N., and A. Gopal.
    Tamil: An Auto-Instructional Course (& cassettes).
    Also: accompanying "Handbook" by S. Jean Lawrence and D. Ranganathan.
    International Institute of Tamil Studies, T.T.T.I., Taramani, Chennai 600 113., 1984-1988

  • Paramasivam, K., and J. Lindholm.
    A Basic Tamil Reader and Grammar, 3 vols. (& cassettes) (1980.)
    Tamil Language Study Association, 2127 Maple Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

  • Rajaram, S.
    An Intensive Course in Tamil (& cassettes). (1979, #2 of CIIL series.)
    Central Institute of Indian Languages, Manasa Gangotri, Mysore 570 006.

  • Vaidyanathan, S., and J. Murphy.
    Tamil Newspaper Reader (& 2 cassettes). (1990.)
    Dunwoody Press, P.O. Box 400, Kensington, MD 2895. USA



Educational Multimedia-based CD-ROMs

  • TAMILBOOK-2000 (All New Multimedia Tamil Tutor Software in CD-ROM)
    platform/OS: for Windows 95/98/NT (in CD-ROM)
    Author: Dr. Periannan Kuppusamy
    Distribution: Commercial, Cost US$ 39.95
    Producer/Distributor: SOFTECH CREATIONS,
    2910 Brightwater Lane, Abingdon, MD 21009, USA
    Phone: 1-410-515-3611 :: Fax:1-410-569-7277
    Email:kuppu@kalvi.com URL: www.kalvi.com
      PROGRAM FEATURES
      - Tamil alphabets - learn, draw, pronounce & use all 247 + grantham characters
      - A 2000 word Tamil vocabulary, with pronunciation, picture, video, sound & translation
      - Learn Tamil via English, French or Malay medium
      - 300+ high quality color pictures, animations, cartoons, and sounds
      - 25+ minutes of video (movie clips & Visual Teacher) with interactive ‚track-along™ caption
      - 14 popular full-length Tamil songs with 'track- along™ interactive text
      - 4 short stories/articles with slide-show, and‚track-along™ interactive text
      - Exercises, scoring, evaluation and report card
      - Phoenetic demonstration of word construction
      - Lookup WordPad - browse through 1700+ words instantly using Tamil/English/Malay/French.
      - Either use it as a self-study tool, or in a class room.

  • TAMIZK KALVI : KALVI MULTIMEDIA COURSEWARE FOR TAMIL (on a CD-ROM) user friendly, interactive computer programs which teach formal Tamil step by step, in a fun video game format. The following programs are currently available: akaram, consonants, alpha-bets, numbers, drops, triplets, and squares.
    Author: Dr. Periannan Kuppusamy
    Distribution: Commercial, Cost US$ 19.95
    Producer/Distributor: SOFTECH CREATIONS
    2910 Brightwater Lane, Abingdon, MD 21009, USA
    Phone: 1-410-515-3611 :: Fax:1-410-569-7277

  • Tamil native environment word games to learn and practice Tamil (in CD-ROM) - kOTisvaran, aRivOTu viLaiyATu, koZukku, vallArai, citaRal, kapAli & tic tac toe
    platform/OS: Windows 95/98 Distribution: commercial Producer /distributor: CHENNAI KAVIGAL
    2 Reddy Colony, Ramalingapuram, Chennai – 600012 Phone No.044-6449139
    Email : info@channaikavigal.com URL: www.chennaikavigal.com

Internet/Websites for learning Tamil



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