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Top 10 Amazing Facts About Tamil Language You Should Know


Tamil culture, ethics, and living traditions are eternally linked to the Tamil language. People, however, see it as much more than a language.

Tamil is one of the the entire world's longest-surviving classical languages

The fact that Tamil is still deeply spoken, in contrast to other ancient languages like as Sanskrit and Aramaic, is as incredible as it is remarkable.

Tamil-Brahmin writings from 500 BC have been discovered on Adichanallur, an archaeological site in Tamil Nadu, suggesting that it was born before 500 BC.

It is not the world's earliest language, but it is one of the oldest living languages that is still used today.

Tamil is on UNESCO's "Memory of the World" list

The French Institute has an extensive collection of 11,000 palm-leaf and paper manuscripts in Manipravalam, Sanskrit and  Tamil regarding Shaiva Siddhanta, which is the greatest collection of manuscripts of Shaiva Siddhanta texts.


According to Traja Virtanen, UNESCO's Advisor for Communication and Information in New Delhi, it has been comprised to the "Memory of the World" registry.

Tamil is the only language that is also revered as a deity

According to Hindu belief, Lord Shiva created Tamil, also known as Tamil Thi (Mother Tamil). Murugan, the Tamil God, and the teacher Agastya introduced it to the people.

A temple for 'Tamil Thai' ('Thai' indicating mother) is located in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. This deity is regarded the deified representation of the Tamil language as a mother.

Three nations' official languages

The four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, in addition to the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, also have sizable Tamil-speaking populations.

However, despite its official status in a number of countries, few people outside of the country are acquainted with the language in depth.

Three nations have Tamil as an official language: India, Sri Lanka, and Singapore. It is also the official tongue of Tamil Nadu, an Indian state, and the Union Territory of Puducherry. It is one of the four official languages in Malaysia, along with English, Malay, and Mandarin.

In Malaysia, there are 543 government elementary schools that are entirely in Tamil.

Tamil is India's first printed and published language.

In 1578, Portuguese Christian missionaries produced Thambiran Vanakkam, a Tamil prayer book in old Tamil script, making Tamil the first Indian language to be written and published.

The University of Madras' Tamil Lexicon was one of the very initial dictionaries designed for Indian languages. According to a 2001 study, there were 1,863 Tamil newspapers published, with 353 of them being daily.

Tamil root words may be found in languages all around the world

Tamil provided not just words but also grammar to around 400 languages.

Many languages take their root words from Tamil. Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, and Korean are among the languages included.

Tamil is the language of around 4000 Egyptian town names.

The only language with its own society controlled by monarchs

In the ancient time, Tamil was the only language to have its own society called Mudhal Tamil Sangam () and was controlled by 89 rulers 4400 years ago.

Google and Tamil

Whether by chance or design, the name Google corresponds to its phonetic Tamil name KoogiL - this word may be split down into two components, koo and kiLL.

So Google in Tamil phonetical term koogiL logically implies call and search/pluck. It is one of the lesser-known yet intriguing Tamil language facts.

The majority of people pronounce Tamil inaccurately

Tamil is in fact pronounced Tamizh () rather than Tamil ().

The letter "zh" needs to be read as . It is the only alphabet in the world, and no other language has anything like it.

Even some Tamil speakers will struggle to pronounce the term correctly with the correct phonetic sound.

The term 'Tamil' has several meanings

'Tamil' connotes beauty, sweetness, and naturalness in addition to being the name of the langua