Hello! | வணக்கம்!
Hello! I am goosefield. I’m a new member of the English for Tamil team. My native languages are Tamil and English and I live in the United States. I’m always learning a couple of languages on Duolingo and I love it! I am responsible for adding sentences to the course and improving existing ones. As of August 2017, we are hoping to finish everything and release the course before the end of the year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments! Click here to go to the English for Tamil course page.
வணக்கம்! நான் goosefield. தமிழ் பேசுபவர்களுக்கான ஆங்கிலப் பயிற்சியில் நான் ஒரு புதிய பங்களிப்பாளர். என் தாய் மொழிகள் தமிழும் ஆங்கிலமும். நான் அமெரிக்காவில் வாழ்கிறேன். நான் டூவோலிங்கோவில் எப்பொழுதும் இரண்டு-மூன்று மொழிகள் கற்றுகொண்டிருப்பேன். நான் டூவோலிங்கோவை மிகவும் விரும்புகிறேன்! இந்தப் பயிற்சியில் வாக்கியங்கள் எழுத மற்றும் ஏற்கனவே இருந்த வாக்கியங்களைத் திருத்த எனக்குப் பொருப்புகள் கொடுக்கப்பட்டிருக்கின்றன. இப்போதைக்கு (ஆகஸ்ட் 2017), நாங்கள் இந்த வருடம முடியும் முன்னால் இந்தப் பயிற்சியை முடித்து விடுவோம் என்று நம்புகிறோம். உங்களுக்குக் கேள்விகள் இருந்தால், கீழே கேட்கத் தயங்காதீர்கள்! நீங்கள் பயிற்சியின் வலைத்தளத்திற்குப் போக விரும்பினால், இங்கே கிளிக் செய்யுங்கள்.
Well, it depends on the level of exposure to Tamil. Malayalam was originally a dialect of Tamil, so there are a few words that are similar like நான் and ഞാൻ, பசு and പശു, சந்தோஷம் and സന്തോഷം. Generally, Malayalam speakers won't understand Tamil fluently. They may be able to pick up on a few words or even understand the main idea of a sentence based on their exposure. Malayalam has much more Sanskrit influence than Tamil, so many words will be different.
Short answer: Generally not a lot, but a Malayalam speaker can easily learn Tamil because they share grammatical rules and some word roots :)
In my experience, it's easier for Malayalam speakers to understand Tamil than the other way around. They diverged about a 1000 years ago, and my Malayalam friends can understand me speaking Tamil much better than I can understand them.
Of course, there's still a lot of Tamil in Kerala (where Malayalam is from), compared to Malayalam in Tamil Nadu, which is almost nil.
We aren't checking applications that often right now because we don't need new team members right now, but we will in the future! This is why we aren't declining anyone, since we will be looking through applications when we do need more team members. Thank you for your enthusiasm about the course! Please encourage others to apply if they are qualified! நன்றி!
Hi, I know a Tamil student who would benefit from this course. I understand it is still in development but there seem to be different estimates for the finish date. Officially it says July 2018, but in the latest update it says the end of this year. I know you obviously have to balance other commitments with working on the course, but do you have a rough-ish estimate of when the course might be available? I'll tell her to keep checking back anyway.
Thanks so much for all your efforts making this resource!
Hi! We were aiming to finish by the end of the year, but that probably won't happen. There's still a lot of work to do, but I don't think we'll need until July to finish up. My best estimate is anywhere between January and July of 2018, but this is only an estimate. We'll put out updates (on the Incubator course page) as we make significant progress. Thank you for your interest!
Hi Goosefield. I had applied for contributing to this course months ago. Every time I check, the course is pending or the last time it was updated dates back to months. It doesn't seem to get updated often. Could you please add more members so the course gets active contribution? It's frustrating to see the course stagnated for years in the initial development. At least, people who are more active and interested in getting the work done quickly can be a part of it.
Hey! Thank you so much for this contribution. When do you guys estimate it done? And will there be a Tamil for English speakers? I would really love to learn... How long do you think it will take before completion of Tamil for English speakers, after the Tamil to English is done? I reckon that will go a lot quicker, since it maybe can be reversed or simply translated?
Hello there I've been trying to apply to be a Gold contributor for the English for Tamil Speakers project but the application form keeps giving an error and refuses to submit. Is there any other avenue that I could send in my application? Native English, Tamil, Malayalam speaker here and would love to contribute to this course. Looking forward to your kind reply. Cheers!