Numbers

Tamil Lesson 6 (Numbers and School)

Duration: 30 mins

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The 6th lesson teaches counting in cardinal and ordinal numbers in Tamil. I also included a vocabulary list about school and finally common daily 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.

Numbers

Knowing how to count in Tamil is essential and should be one of first things to learn. By simply knowing numbers from 1 to 9 you could express large numbers in a simplified way. Cardinal numbers are for counting such as "1, 2, 3 ...". Ordinal numbers represent order or rank such as "1st, 2nd, 3rd ...".

Below is a list of the first 20 cardinal and ordinal numbers that 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.

Numbers in Tamil

Numbers Tamil Audio
Oneஒன்று
ondru
Firstமுதலாவது
mudhalāvadhu
Twoஇரண்டு
iraNdu
Secondநொடி
nodi
Threeமூன்று
moondru
Thirdமூன்றாவது
moondrāvadhu
Fourநான்கு
nānku
Fourthநான்காவது
nānkāvadhu
Fiveஐந்து
aindhu
Fifthஐந்தாவது
aindhāvadhu
Sixஆறு
ARu
Sixthஆறாவது
āRāvadhu
Sevenஏழு
Ezhu
Seventhஏழாவது
Ezhāvadhu
Eightஎட்டு
ettu
Eighthஎட்டாவது
ettāvadhu
Nineஒன்பது
onbadhu
Ninthஒன்பதாவது
onbadhāvadhu
Tenபத்து
paththu
Tenthபத்தாவது
paththāvadhu
Elevenபதினொன்று
padhinondru
Eleventhபதினொன்றாவது
padhinondrāvadhu
Twelveபன்னிரெண்டு
pannireNdu
Twelfthபன்னிரெண்டாவது
pannireNdāvAdhu
Thirteenபதின்மூன்று
padhinmoondru
Thirteenthபதின்மூன்றாவது
padhinmoondrāvadhu
Fourteenபதினான்கு
padhinānku
Fourteenthபதினான்காவது
padhinAngAvadhu
Fifteenபதினைந்து
padhinaindhu
Fifteenthபதினைந்தாவது
padhinaindhAvadhu
Sixteenபதினாறு
padhināRu
Sixteenthபதினாறாவது
padhiRAvadhu
Seventeenபதினேழு
padhinEzhu
Seventeenthபதினேழாவது
padhinEzhAvadhu
Eighteenபதினெட்டு
padhinettu
Eighteenthபதினெட்டாவது
padhinettAvadhu
Nineteenபத்தொன்பது
paththonbadhu
Nineteenthபத்தொன்பதாவது
paththonbhadhAvadhu
Twentyஇருபது
irubadhu
Twentiethஇருபதாவது
irubhadhAvadhu
Thirty three (31)முப்பத்தி மூன்று
muppaththi moondru
One hundred (100)நூறு
nooru
Three hundred and sixty (360)முன்னூற்று அறுபது
munnootRu aRubadhu
One thousand (1000)ஆயிரம்
Ayiram
Two thousand and fourteen (2014)இரண்டாயிரத்து பதினான்கு
iraNdAyiraththu padhinAngu
One millionஒரு மில்லியன்
oru milliyan
Onceஒரு முறை
oru muRai
Twiceஇருமுறை
irumuRai

Now we will try to implement some of the numbers above into full Tamil sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Tamil Numbers in a Sentence

Numbers Tamil Audio
I'm 30 years oldஎனக்கு முப்பது வயது
enakku muppadhu vayadhu
I have 2 sisters and 1 brotherஎனக்கு 2 அக்கா மற்றும் 1 அண்ணன் இருக்கிறார்கள்
enakku 2 akkA matRum oru aNNan irukkiRArkaL
English is my first languageஎன்னுடைய முதல் மொழி ஆங்கிலம்
ennudaiya mudhal mozhi Ankilam
Her second language is Spanishஅவளுடைய இரண்டாவது மொழி ஸ்பானிஷ்
avaLudaiya iraNdAvadhu mozhi spaanish

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about School

Below is a list of 26 words related to school and classrooms. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able communicate to a teacher/students many objects in your class.

School Words in Tamil

School Tamil Audio
Answerவிடை/பதில்
vidai/badhil
Bookபுத்தகம்
puththakam
Booksபுத்தகங்கள்
puththakangaL
Chairநாற்காலி
nāRkāli
Deskசாய்வு மேசை
sāivu mEsai
Dictionaryஅகராதி
akarādhi
Laptopமொழிகள்
mozhigaL
Libraryநூலகம்
noolakam
Notebook (paper notebook)குறிப்பேடு (காகித குறிப்பேடு)
kuRippEdu (kAgidha kuRippEdu)
Pageபக்கம்
pakkam
Paperகாகிதம்
kākidham
Penபேனா
pEnā
Pencilஎழுதுகோல்
ezhudhukOl
Questionகேள்வி/வினா
kELvi/vinaa
Schoolபள்ளிக்கூடம்
paLLikkUdam
Studentமாணவன்
mANavan
Teacherஆசிரியர்
Asiriyar
Universityபல்கலைக் கழகம்
palgalaik kazhagam

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Daily Conversation in Tamil

Finally, a couple bonus sentences that you might find useful. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Tamil Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Tamil

English Tamil Audio
I have a questionஎன்னிடம் ஒரு கேள்வி உள்ளது
ennidam oru kELvi uLLadhu
To listenகவனிப்பதற்கு
kavanippadhaRku
To readபடிப்பதற்கு
padippadhaRku
To speakபேசுவதற்கு
pEsuvadhaRkku
To thinkநினைப்பதற்கு
ninaippadhaRku
To understandபுரிந்து கொள்வதற்கு
purindhu koLvadhaRku
To writeஎழுதுவதற்கு
ezhudhuvadhaRku
What's the name of that book?அந்த புத்தகத்தின் பெயர் என்ன?
andha puththakaththin peyar enna?
What do you do for a living?நீங்கள் பிழைப்பிற்கு என்ன செய்கிறீர்கள்? அல்லது நீங்கள் என்ன வேலை செய்கிறீர்கள்?
nIngal vasippadhaRku enna seyya vENdum?
I'm a (teacher / artist / engineer)நான் ஒரு (ஆசிரியர்/ கலைஞர்/ பொறியாளர்)
nAn oru (Asiriyar/ kalaingar/ poRiyALar)
Oh! That's good!ஓ! அது நல்லது!
O! adhu nalladhu!
Can I practice with you?நான் உங்களுடன் பயிற்சி செய்யலாமா
nAn ungaludan payiRchi seyyalAmA

Fun Facts

Language Quote: Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year.

Congratulations! You finished your 6th lesson in Tamil about numbers, and school terms. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Tamil Lesson 7. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Tamil homepage.

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