Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course
Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course

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2.1 The sound of Tamil

As mentioned in Section 2, the 12 vowels and 18 consonants in Tamil combine to form 216 compound characters. Listen to the two audios below for some examples and to hear how the sounds are pronounced.

Download this audio clip.Audio player: க,கா,கி,கீ,கு,கூ,கெ,கே,கை,கொ,கோ,கௌ
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க,கா,கி,கீ,கு,கூ,கெ,கே,கை,கொ,கோ,கௌ
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Download this audio clip.Audio player: ச,சா,சி,சீ,சு,சூ,செ,சே,சை,சொ,சோ,சௌ
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ச,சா,சி,சீ,சு,சூ,செ,சே,சை,சொ,சோ,சௌ
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Now listen to the pronunciation of some of the new words you have been introduced to so far in this course.

New vocabulary

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Tamil | தமிழ்
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Tamil Nadu | தமிழ் நாடு
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Saylay | சேலை
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Vertti | வேட்டி
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Pavaadai | பாவாடை
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