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The Colloquial Series
Series Adviser: Gary King The following languages are available in the Colloquial series: Afrikaans Albanian Amharic Arabic (Levantine) Arabic of Egypt Arabic of the Gulf and Saudi Arabia Basque Bulgarian * Cambodian * Cantonese * Chinese Croatian and Serbian Czech Danish Dutch Estonian Finnish French German Greek Gujarati Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Malay Mongolian Norwegian Panjabi Persian Polish Portuguese Portuguese of Brazil Romanian Russian Scottish Gaelic Slovak Slovene Somali Spanish Spanish of Latin America Swedish Tamil Thai Turkish Ukrainian Urdu Vietnamese Welsh

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iii 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 R.E. Asher and E. 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 LE 36 UT D 37 38 39 or r 40 & F r n cis G a 41 42 London and New York

Colloquial

Tamil

The Complete Course for Beginners
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First published 2002 by Routledge 11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EE Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge 29 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001 Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group

This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2005. “To purchase your own copy of this or any of Taylor & Francis or Routledge’s collection of thousands of eBooks please go to www.eBookstore.tandf.co.uk.” © 2002 R. E. Asher and E. Annamalai

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All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data TO FOLLOW

ISBN 0-203-99424-8 Master e-book ISBN

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0–415–18788–5 0–415–18789–3 0–415–27677–2 0–415–18790–7

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v 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Introduction 11 12 13 1 en peeru Murugan My name is Murugan 14 15 16 2 naan viiTTukku pooreen I’m going home 17 18 3 enna vee=um? 19 What would you like? 20 21 4 haloo, naan Smith peesureen 22 Hello, this is Smith 23 24 5 mannikka=um, taamadamaa 25 varradukku 26 I am sorry that I am late. 27 (Lit: Excuse me for coming late) 28 29 6 Mahaabalipuram poovamaa? Shall we go to Mahabalipuram? 30 31 32 7 niinga enge pooriinga? Where are you going? 33 34 8 niinga eppa Indiyaavukku vandiinga? 35 When did you come to India? 36 37 9 niinga pooTTurukkira ∂ras 38 The clothes you are wearing 39 40 10 neettu oru kalyaa=attukku pooyirundeen Yesterday I went to a wedding 41 42

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11 nii enne paakka varakkuu∂aadaa
Shouldn’t you come to see me?

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2 2 12 ende uuru YaaΩppaa=am
I’m from Jaffna

13 inda e∂attukku ep∂i pooradu?
How do I get to this place?...
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