Past Tense

Tamil Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Tamil. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Tamil Classes.


The past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the past tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Tamil, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Past Tense in Tamil

Past Tamil Audio
I saw youநான் உன்னை பார்த்தேன்
nAn unnai pArththEn
I wrote with a penபேனாவால் நான் எழுதினேன்
pEnAvAl nAn ezhudhinEn
You loved applesஆப்பிள் பழங்களை நீ விரும்பினாய்
AppiL pazhangaLai nI virumbinAy
You gave moneyபணத்தை நீ கொடுத்தாய்
paNaththai nI koduththAy
You played tennisடென்னிஸை நீ விளையாடுனாய்
tennisai nI viLaiyAdunAy
He read (past tense) a bookஅவன் ஒரு புத்தகத்தை படித்தான்
avan oru puththagaththai padiththaan
He understood meஅவன் என்னை புரிந்துக் கொண்டான்
avan ennai purindhuk koNdAn
She had a catஅவளிடம் ஒரு பூனை இருந்தது
avaLidam oru poonai irundhadhu
She knew my friendஎன்னுடைய நண்பனை அவள் தெரிந்து வைத்திருந்தாள்
ennudaiya naNbhanai avaL therindhu vaiththirundhaaL
We wanted to learnநாங்கள் கற்றுக் கொள்ள விரும்பினோம்
nAngaL katRuk koLLa virumbinOm
We thought Spanish is easyஸ்பேனிஷ் சுலபமானது என்று நாங்கள் நினைத்தோம்
spaanish sulabham enbadhai nAngaL ninaiththOm
You (plural) worked hereநீங்கள் இங்கே வேலை செய்தீர்கள்
nIngaL ingE vElai seydhIrgaL
You (plural) spoke Frenchநீங்கள் ஃப்ரென்ஞ்சை பேசினீர்கள்
nIngaL frenchai pEsinIrgaL
They drove a carஅவர்கள் ஒரு காரை ஓட்டினார்கள்
avargaL oru kArai OttinArkaL
They smiledஅவர்கள் சிரித்தார்கள்
avargaL siriththArkaL


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List of Colors in Tamil

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Tamil

Colors Tamil Audio
Dark colorஇருண்ட நிறம்
irunda niRam
Light colorவெளிர் நிறம்
veLir niRam


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Daily Conversation in Tamil

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Tamil Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Tamil

English Tamil Audio
Black is his favorite colorஅவனுக்கு விருப்பமான நிறம் கருப்பு
avanukku viruppamaana niram karuppu
I have black hairஎன்னுடைய முடி கருப்பு நிறமானது
ennutaiya muti karuppu niramaanathu
Red is not his favorite colorசிவப்பு அவனுக்கு விருப்பமான நிறம் அல்ல
sivappu niram avanuuku viruppamaanathu alla
She drives a yellow carஅவள் ஒரு மஞ்சள் நிற காரை ஓட்டிச் செல்கிறாள்
aval oru manjal nira kaarai ooti selkiral
The sky is blueவானத்தின் நிறம் நீலம்
Vaanathin niram neelam
Your cat is whiteஉங்களுடைய பூனை வெள்ளையாக உள்ளது
ungaludya poonai vellai
I enjoyed myself very muchநான் மிகவும் மகிழ்ச்சியாக இருந்தேன்
nAn migavum makizhcchiyAga irundhEn
I agree with youநான் இதை ஒப்புக் கொள்கிறேன்
nAn idhai oppuk koLkiREn
Are you sure?நிச்சயமாகவா?
Be careful!கவனமாக இரு!
kavanamAga iru!
Cheers!மகிழ்ச்சியாக இரு!
makizhcchiyAka iru!
Would you like to go for a walk?நடப்பதற்கு உங்களுக்கு விருப்பமா?
nadappadhaRku ungaLukku viruppamA?

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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Tamil about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Tamil Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Tamil homepage.

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