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This page features a list of the 100 most common words in English, alongside their phonetic Tamil translations.

Tamil is a language of India, spoken mainly in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.  The Tamil language has more than 7 million native speakers worldwide.

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Common Words in Tamil and English 


a                  oru

about            paṟṟi

after             piṟaku

all                 aṉaittu

also              mēlum

an                 oru

and               maṟṟum

any               enta

as                 pōṉṟa

at                 maṇikku

back             mīṇṭum

be                irukkum

because        ēṉeṉil

but               āṉāl

by                mūlam

can               muṭiyum

come            vantu

could            muṭinta

day               nāḷ

do                ceyya

even             kūṭa

first              mutal

for                aintu

from             iruntu 

get               kiṭaikkum 

give              koṭukka 

go                 ceṉṟu 

good              nalla 

have              illai 

he                 avar 

her                avaḷ 

him               avarai 

his                avaratu 

how              eppaṭi 

I                   nāṉ 

if                  eṉṟāl 

in                 uḷḷa 

into              oru 

it                 atu 

its                ataṉ 

just              veṟum 

know            teriyum 

like               pōṉṟa 

look              pārkka 

make            ceyya 

me               eṉṉai 

most            mikavum 

my               eṉ 

new              putiya 

no                enta 

not               illai

now              ippōtu 

of                 eṉṟa 

on                mītu 

one              oru 

only             maṭṭum 

or                allatu 

other           maṟṟa 

our              eṅkaḷ 

out              veḷiyē

over             mītu 

person         napar 

say              colla 

see              pārkkavum 

she              avar 

so                eṉavē 

some            cila 

take             eṭuttu 

than             viṭa 

that              eṉṟu 

the               Ti 

their             taṅkaḷ 

them            avarkaḷ 

then             piṉṉar 

there            aṅku 

these            inta 

they             avarka

ḷthink            eṉṟu 

this               inta 

time              nēram 

to                 vēṇṭum 

two               iraṇṭu 

up                 varai 

us                 nāṅkaḷ

use                payaṉpāṭu

want              vēṇṭum 

way               vaḻi 

we                 nāṅkaḷ 

well                naṉku 

what               eṉṉa 

when              pōtu 

which              itu 

who                yār 

will                 cāppiṭuvēṉ 

with                uṭaṉ 

work               vēlai 

would              eṉṟu 

year                āṇṭu 

you                 nīṅkaḷ 

your                uṅkaḷ

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Common Phrases from English to Tamil

ENGLISH                            TAMIL

what time is it?                     Itu eṉṉa kālam?

where are we going?             Nām eṅkē pōkiṟōm?

when is... ?                          Pōtu... ?

where is... ?                         Eṅkē... ?

who is... ?                            Yār... ?

what is your name?               Uṅkaḷ peyar eṉṉa?

where are you from?             Nīṅkaḷ eṅkē iruntu?

where can I get food?            Aṅku eṉakku cāppāṭu kiṭaikkumā?

where can I sleep?                Eṅkē nāṉ tūṅkalāmā?

Can you direct me to... ?       Nīṅkaḷ eṉṉai iyakka muṭiyum... ?

I am learning the language.   Nāṉ moḻi kaṟṟal.

What does ____ mean?        ____, eṉṉa arttam?

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