Beginners Tamil Course Outline
As well as being the language of 75 million people, predominantly spoken throughout India and Sri Lanka, Tamil has been recorded for over 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest, continuous languages in the world. One of the best ways to access its wealth of tradition, literature, and culture is to study under the guidance of a native speaker while learning alongside other eager students from all over the world. In this Open Group Beginner Tamil Course, your virtual classmates will be of a similar proficiency to yourself. Together, you will learn the most essential words, phrases, and grammar to have in-class discussions, to role-play everyday encounters, and complete fun, engaging, interactive exercises.
You will learn greetings; how to introduce yourself and another person; to ask somebody where they are from/to say where you are from; names of countries; to ask and respond to the question “how are you?”
You will learn the alphabet; to spell your name; to conjugate the verbs aagum (to be), vaa (to come),and koopidu (to be called); to use question words: who, how, where; to state your profession
You will learn to ask somebody what they do for a living; to conjugate the verbs sei (to work), irukka (to have), and vaazha (to live); to talk about your family; how to form negative sentences
You will learn numbers (0-100); how to ask somebody’s age & how to say your age; more about how to conjugate the verbs sei (to do) and vaazh (to live); prepositions: endru (as), kku (at); masculine and feminine nouns
You will learn to speak about your family members; possessive adjectives: my, your; to form more negative sentences; how to say different languages; to conjugate the verb pesu (to speak); how to describe other people
You will learn about cities in India; common adjectives; to describe objects in your house; to ask how much something costs; the definite articles
You will learn large numbers; more masculine and feminine nouns; how to offer something to somebody; the names of everyday objects; colors and materials; the indefinite articles
You will learn how to order something online; to ask/answer questions on the telephone; how to talk about things in your office; the plural of nouns; to use nouns, prepositions, and articles in the nominative and accusative cases
You will learn to tell the time; how to talk about problems; how to shop at the market; how to book a taxi, a table at a restaurant, and a room in a hotel
You will learn to talk about your hobbies; to conjugate the verbs seiya koodiya (to be able) and poga (to go); to give and receive compliments; how to order food at a restaurant
* You do not need to buy a textbook to complete your course. Your teacher will share their materials (excerpts from textbooks, audio files, videos, etc.) with you during the classes using screenshare. Your teacher may also recommend other textbooks and grammar books to help supplement or continue your studies, but Language Trainers bears no responsibility for your decision to make such a purchase.
Our Tamil Teachers
Shannu lives in Tamil Nadu, India, but has been teaching his mother tongue, Tamil, to learners around the world with Language Trainers via online classes for over six years. He is, then, an expert at leading group courses remotely. Shannu combines his organizational skills, his love of education, and the vast collection of digital materials and resources he has collected over the years to deliver focused but flexible and engaging lessons in his virtual classrooms. Shannu is highly skilled at teaching a group syllabus to learners of a similar proficiency, but he is also experienced at one-to-one instruction. As such, he observes individuals in his lessons, noting their specific interests and struggles, and adjusting the pace and approach as required. As a native speaker with an insatiable desire for knowledge, Shannu delights in imparting his language to others. But his sense of satisfaction from teaching comes not just from seeing his students improve, but also from cultural exchanges via in-class conversations with his students. In other words, he is as excited to learn about your culture as he is about informing you of his own. This quest for understanding is reflected in Shannu’s other qualifications, hobbies, and dreams. He has a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature, and holds a deep love for poetry, writing, and movies, especially those with a historical setting. Further, Shannu is a keen explorer and he wants to travel the world while teaching, with a particular desire to visit the UK and his favorite nation, the Netherlands, which he has visited three times already!
Please note that Language Trainers has many highly qualified and experienced native language trainers who teach courses for us. Your specific teacher may be one of those profiled here on this page or may be a different, similarly qualified teacher.