Tamil self-tuition course

GAIL COELHO gail at utxvms.cc.utexas.edu
Fri May 30 20:03:18 UTC 1997

If you want to learn Tamil, for use in conversation with people, I would
reccommend using "An intensive course in Tamil" by S. Rajaram, published
by the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore - 570006, India. This
book teaches Spoken Tamil, unlike most books, which teach Literary Tamil.
The spelling of Tamil words is also modified to match (atleast
phonemically) the pronunciations of these words in actual speech. But if
you are learning Tamil for use in reading Tamil literature, then the more
traditional teaching courses should be better.  I don't have a list of
these books at the moment. 

Gail Coelho.

On Fri, 30 May 1997, Martin Gansten wrote:

> Having wanted to learn Tamil for quite some time, I now see that desire
> gradually turning into a necessity. Unfortunately, though, the universities
> in my vicinity do not offer any such courses. I have therefore begun to look
> around for some self-tuition packages (including audio cassettes or CDs for
> learning pronunciation) to get me started. Could the Tamil scholars on this
> list recommend any such particular package, or conversely, are there any
> that you would advise against buying? All suggestions are most welcome.
> Thanks in advance,
> Martin Gansten
> mgansten at sbbs.se

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