- Who? You, We & They
- Pudhu Vaarthaigal
- Conversation – To the movie
Who? You, We & They
This lesson is going to be about addressing another person.
Nee / Neenga
Nee yaar? (Who are you?)
Naan oru palli maanavan. (I am a school student.)
Neenga yaaru? Neenga aasiriyara? (Who are you? Are you a teacher?)
Illai, naan oru kalloori maanavi. (No.I am a college student.)
Naan oru thabaalkaarar. (I am a postman.)
Nee yaar? (Who are you?)
Naan oru sirumi/ ponnu. En peru Rupa. (I am a little girl. My name is Rupa.)
Neenga / Neenga
Neenga yaar? (Who are you?)
En peru Mr. John. Naan oru nirvaagi. (I am a Manager.)
Neenga yaaru? Unga peru enna? (Who are you? What is your name?)
Naan oru maruththuvar. En peru Daisy. (I am a doctor. My name is Daisy)
Ms. Daisy, neenga enge velai seireenga? (Ms. Daisy, where are you working?
Naan ABM Maruthuva-manai-la/ hospital-la velai seiren. (I am working in the
Neenga enge velai seireenga, Mr. John? (Where are you working, Mr. John?)
Naan MRM company-la velai seiren. (I am working in the MRM company.)
‘Nee’ is YOU without respect, that is being informal. So it is used when we talk to friends and to people
who are younger to us.
But when we talk to elders or when we want to be formal, we have to use NEENGA in the place of NEE.
Neenga / Naanga
Let us see NAANGA. NAANGA means the pronoun, We. NAAN , the I pronoun- singular becomes the plural ‘We’, when we use NAANGA.
Also The pronoun ‘YOU’ in NEE becomes a plural when we say NEENGA.
Naan unga aasiriyar, Rupa. Neenga yaaru? (I am your teacher, Ms Rupa. Who are you?)
Naanga unga maanavargal. (We are your students.)
En peru Roger. Ival peru Reetu. (My name is Roger. Her name is Reetu.)
Naanga unga vaguppu-le padikirom.(We study in your class.)
Neenga nabargalaa? (Are you friends?)
Aamaam. Naanga rendu perum nanbargal. (Yes. We both are friends.)
Naanga sirumigal/ ponnunga.(We are girls.)
Naanga palli maidhanathla hula hoop vilayaadurom. (We are playing hula hoop in the school playground.)
Neenga ellarum yaaru? (Who are you all?)
Naanga palli-la irukkom. (We are in school.)
Naanga palli-la oru paadam padikirom. (We are learning a lesson in school.);
Naanga pillainga/ kuzhandhainga.(We are children.)
Naanga ippo thotthath-la irukkom. (Now, we are in the garden.)
Naanga thottath-la pattaampoochi pidikirom. (We are catching butterflies in the garden.)
Neenga ellarum yaaru? Neenga enge irukeenga? (Who are you all? Where are you?)
The NAANGA and NEENGA is used to address a group of boys or, girls, or a mixed crowd.
In Tamil, we have another pronoun for We, when we include the listener into the group. It is NAAM, or NAAMA.
NAANGA means the plural We, in which the listener is not a part. But when we say NAAMA, it means the listener also is part for the plural.
1. Naanga beachkku porom.( We are going to the beach.) Here in this statement, the listener is not a part of the group who are going to the beach
2. Naama beachkku porom.( We are going to the beach.) But here in this statement, the listener is also a part of the group who are going to the beach.
Hey! Naanga beach-kku porom. (Hey! We are going to the beach.)
Nee-yum va. Naama pogalaam. (You too come. Let us go.)
Naama beach-la santhoshamaa vilayaadulaam. (We shall play happily in the beach.)
Naama beach-la needhalaam. (We shall swim in the beach.)
Naan unga aasiriyar, Rosie. (I’m your teacher, Rosie.)
Naama ippo tamil vaguppu-la irukkom.(We are in the tamil class now.)
Naama ippo kadhai padikalaam. (We shall read a story now.)
Naanga inge merry go round vilayaadurom. (We are playing the merry go round here.)
Neenga ellorum inge vaanga. (All of you, come here.)
Naama merry go round vilayaadalaam.. (We shall play the merry go round)
Neenga ellorum vaanga. (All of you, come here.)
Naama inge kadhai padikalaam. (We shall read a story here.)
|Maanavan – Male student||Nirvaagi – Manager|
|Maanavi – Female student||Maruththuvar – Doctor|
|Maanavargal – Students in general||Maruthuva manai – Hospital|
|Palli – School||Pillaigal/ Kuzhandhaigal- children|
|Kalloori – College||Nanbargal – Friends|
|Aasiriyar – Teacher||Vaguppu – Class/ Classroom|
|Thabaalkaarar – Mail man||Pattaampoochi – Butterfly|
|Sirumi/ Sirumigal – Little girl/s||Pidi+ – Hold (base verb)|
|Siruvar/ Siruvargal – Little boy/s||Po + – Go (base verb)|
|Vilayaadu+ – Play(base verb)||Neendhu+ – Swim(base verb)|
Just as in any other language, Tamil too has gender in certain nouns.
|Aann (Male/ Man)||Penn (Female/ Woman)|
|Siruvan (Boy)||Sirumi (Girl)|
|Aasiriyar (Teacher)||Aasiriyai / Penn Aasiriyar *|
|Paalkaaran (Milk-man)||Paalkaari (Milk-maid)|
|Naatiyakaaran (Dancer)||Naatiyakaari/ Nadanakaari|
|Vaithyar..||Vaithyar (Penn vaithyar)… *|
|The gender in professional occupation such as engineer, doctor, manager etc is quite different. But very easy indeed. One has to add the word ‘Penn’ as a prefix to the occupation.
For Example., Penn-aasiriyar, Penn-Vaithyar, Penn-Poriyaalar, Penn Nirvaagi (for Manager).
Do you know who they are?
Just as in any other language, Tamil too has a long list of occupations. But nowadays only a few is used in the spoken tamil.
Try to frame sentences in Tamil:
2. Maruththuva manai:
3. Kalloori manavi:
7. Naama: :
8. Kaavalar: :
9. Vaguppu :
|Who is he?||Who is She? She is a…. ( say the feminine gender of the profession.)|
|He is a Doctor||Avangaoru|
|He is a Gardener||Avaloru|
|He is a Police|
|He is a Grocer|
|He is a Tailor/ Dress maker|
|He is a Fire fighter|
|He is a Fisherman|
|He is a Maid servant|
|He is a Poriyaalar|
|He is a Manager|
|He is a Chef|
|He is a Garbage collector|
|He is a Postman|
|He is a Artist|
|He is a Carpenter|
|He is a Business man|
|He is a Soldier|
Translate the given passage
This is my family. We are a happy family. We live in Chicago. This is our house. We are in the kitchen.
This is my dad. His name is James. He is an engineer. He works in an office in Chicago. He loves his job.
My mom’s name is Maggie. She is a doctor. She works in the government hospital. She loves her job. She also loves to cook. She is now in the kitchen cooking dinner.
My brother loves to help mom. His name is John. He is studying in my school. He is in the fourth grade. He loves Science and Maths very much.
Padam Paarthu Badhil Sollu
|Ivanga yaar?||Ivanga enna seiraanga?|
|Unga thaatha paati patri sollu||Raaj enge poraan?|
|Padam pathi sollu||Use Naanga and Naam|