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Is Tamil a Difficult Language to Learn? Here’s What You Need To Know

All You Need To Know Before Learning Tamil

Is Tamil difficult to learn? Well, the answer is quite complicated. Learning Tamil is very subjective to the person who is learning. Tamil can be a hard language to learn or it might be easier than expected.

Here are some essential factors beginners need to know.


Tamil has a very simplified and structured grammar compared to many other languages of the world. Tamil for beginners can be very easy with these simple grammar formulas. Learning Tamil will not be hard considering these grammar rules.

The Gender Rule

The use of gender in Tamil is also very defined. Learning the basics of gender rules gives you a grip to learn Tamil.  For example, in Tamil, verb structures remain gender-neutral for the first and second person. Only for the third person, verb structures change according to the gender used.


In the Tamil language, the pronunciations of certain letters are difficult for beginners. There are different variations of the same letter and they might be confusing. For example, the pronunciation of “zh” might be difficult for beginners. 

Don’t Draw Comparisons With English

Native English Speakers might find the grammatical features of Tamil to be confusing. It is because of the difference in sentence structure and grammar between English and Tamil. Tamil for beginners, especially native English speakers can be easy only if they learn it as a new language instead of trying to seek examples, comparison with English.

The Difference in Written and Spoken Forms

The written and spoken forms of Tamil are very different from each other. Although this is a common trait of major Indian languages, it makes it difficult for beginners to learn Tamil. The written form when spoken might sound very old-fashioned and pretentious.


These are the major points you need to know before learning Tamil. What do you feel? Share with us in the comments below.

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