1. Tamil has less alphabets than other Indian languages
2. My brain works in most stupid ways. And stupidity is easy to remember!
You see, stupidity is also an asset sometimes!
1. Learning vowels
2. Learning consonants
3. Learning consonant forms when vowels combine with consonants
In Devanagari analogy:
1. Learning अ आ
2. Learning क ख
3. Learning क का कि की
We start with vowels
அ a - Fun
ஆ aa - Father
இ i - Bit
ஈ ee - Sheet
உ u - Put
ஊ oo - Boot
எ e - Ben
ஏ ae - Mate
ஐ ai - Minor
ஒ o - Roti
ஓ O - Goat
ஔ - ou - Mouth
Now let us crack one by one.
Tip: Go slow. learn only one at a time.
Vertical line denotes number 1.
அ is for a. And a means One in English.
Hence, moment you see the straight line, you know it is 'a'.
Exact shape of rope does not matter because no other letter is similar. Moment you see ஆ, you see அ 'a' plus a rope = 'aa'.
Hence இ = i or इ like in hit.
Hence, ஈ = ii = double the length of i.
Two has 'u' in end.
Hence உ = 'u'.
Notice the trunk of elephant and two straight legs (side view)
So in pain, instead of 'u', the fellow shouted 'u''u'. ऊ or oo.
Hence ஊ = oo or ऊ!
Simple. And congrats. 50% vowels done!!
Notice the vertical line. One vertical line. One means Ek in most Indian.
Hence, எ = 'e' as in Ek (one)
So, ஏ = எ + எ = 'e' + 'e' = ए ए without break.
hence ஐ = pronunciation of Eye = ai. Like in Bhaiya, Maiya.
Maiya watches carefully over baby as if she has 4 eyes instead of 2.
Hence ஐ = ai of Maiya (ऐ)
Hence ஒ = O (ओ)
ஓ = ஒ + ஒ without break. Like in moan.
Hence, ஔ = ஒ + u = ou like in loud.
That's all. You master all vowels in a day!
This is only symbol with dots. Hence easy to remember. Instead of 2 dots in Devanagari, you use 3 in Tamil. You have three because तमिल has three alphabets!
Now we need to learn consonants.
After that consonant + vowel combos. And we are done!
Probably you can do faster than me!
Will post on consonants tomorrow.