Brahmin Tamil/Lesson5

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Braahmik uses English words freely, especially when discussing science subjects or when referring to modern equipment of western origin.

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Eng apaa varshaa varsham en birthday ki nerreia story books vaangi tharuvaa. Adh ei ellaam en shelf le ozhung a arrange pahnni vech iruken.

Indha varsham books u ku badhil a video games vaangi thandhaa. Adh ei computer oodu disc drive le vechutu naan nerreia naazhi vehlaiaaduveen.

On kite computer iruk a ? CD ei tharatum a ? nie vehlaiaadi pakare a ?

Veendaam daa, eng apaa thituvaa. Pariekshei varadhu, padikahnum.

English Translation:

My father buys me a lot of story books for my birthday every year. I have arranged them all neatly in my shelf.

This year he bought video games instead of books. I play for a long time keeping it on the disc drive of the computer.

Do you have a computer ? Shall I give you the CD ? Would you like to try and play with it too ?

No, man, my father will scold me. The exam is coming near. I have to sudy.

Notes:

Varshaa varsham 'every year'.

Similar expressions are :

Maasaa maasam 'every month' and vaaraa vaaram 'every week'/

Vaangi tharuvaa 'he (generally) buys for me'.

Indha varsham 'this year'. vehlaiaadi pakare a ?

Vehleiaadi paaru 'try to play'. The verb paaru 'to see' is used with other verbs with the meaning 'try to ...

The interrogative particle a after a present rtense form may mean 'are you ....ing' or 'would you like to ....' .

Veendaam daa 'I don't want, man'. Young equals (male) while talking to each other use the 'tag address' daa after a verb, in the same way as the word 'chum' could be used in English. This is done more frequently in Braahmik

Padikahnum '(I) have to read'. The suffix /-hnum (Thanju) or -hnam (Paalu) attached to the infinitive of a verb means /have to, must'.

Vocabulary:

Thanju / Paalu English
varshaa varsham every year
en birthday ki for my birthday
nerreia / nerrechum a lot of
vaangi thaaa (thar, thandh, tharuv) to buy and give, buy for me
ozhung a neatly
arrange pahnni veich iru to have arranged and kept .
ku badhil a instead of
nerreia naazhi, romba neeram for a long time
oodu (postposition) of
vehlaiaadu (-dar, -din, -duv) to play
tharatum a ? shall I give ?
vehlaiaadi paaru (paakar, paathu, paapu) try to play
veendaam it is not needed, I don't want, don't
daa (a tagged on address among young equals)
thitu (thitar, thitin, thituv) to scold
pariekshei examination
vaa (var, vandhu, varuv) to come
padikahnum (I, you, we) have to study.