Tamil Gender

Welcome to the fifth Tamil lesson about gender. This time we will view a list of people, feminine and masculine, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of expressions in Tamil to help you practice your daily phrases. To hear the pronunciation, just click on the sound icon.

man Audio
ஆண் [ān]
woman Audio
பெண் [pen]
husband Audio
கணவன் [kanavan]
wife Audio
மனைவி [manaivi]
boy Audio
சிறுவன் [siruvan]
girl Audio
சிறுமி [sirumi]
father Audio
தந்தை [thandhai]
mother Audio
தாய் [thāi]

Gender Grammar Rules

In general, gender is used to distinguish between male and female, sometimes referred to as masculine and feminine. For example: my son and daughter are students the noun [son] is masculine, while [daughter] is feminine. The following examples use gender in different ways and places to demonstrate their behavior.

Grammar + Rules
Tamil + Pronunciation
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
என் மகன் ஒரு மாணவன் Audio
[en makan oru mānavan]
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
அவள் மகள் ஒரு மாணவி Audio
[aval makal oru mānavi]
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
அவருக்கு ஒரு உயரமான சகோதரர் உள்ளார் Audio
[avarukku oru uyaramāna sakodharar ullār]
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
அவளுக்கு ஒரு உயரமான சகோதரி உள்ளாள் Audio
[avalukku oru uyaramāna sakodhari ullāl]
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
அவரது சகோதரர்கள் இளையவர்கள் Audio
[avaradhu sakodhararkal ilaiyavarkal]
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
அவரது சகோதரிகள் இளையவர்கள் Audio
[avaradhu sakodharikal ilaiyavarkal]

The list below will probably provide more clarification. These are family members (males and females). I think it would be wise to memorize them as part of your important vocabulary list.

son Audio
மகன் [makan]
daughter Audio
மகள் [makal]
brother Audio
சகோதரன் [sakodharan]
sister Audio
சகோதரி [sakodhari]
grandfather Audio
தாத்தா [thāththā]
grandmother Audio
பாட்டி [pātti]
child Audio
குழந்தை [kuzhandhai]
children Audio
குழந்தைகள் [kuzhandhaikal]

Expressions in Tamil

Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Tamil, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.

What do you mean?
நீ என்ன சொல்கிறாய்?
[nee enna solkirāi?] Audio
I don't understand
எனக்குப் புரியவில்லை
[enakkup puriyavillai] Audio
I don't know
எனக்குத் தெரியவில்லை
[enakkuth theriyavillai] Audio
What is that called in Tamil?
அதைத் தமிழில் எப்படிச் சொல்வது?
[adhaith thamizhil eppatich cholvadhu?] Audio
What is this?
இது என்ன?
[idhu enna?] Audio
What does that word mean in English?
அந்த வார்த்தைக்கு ஆங்கிலத்தில் என்ன அர்த்தம்?
[andha vārththaikku āngilaththil enna arththam?] Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
[mannikkavum] Audio

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the gender in Tamil. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Tamil Plural   Tamil Plural

Tamil Numbers   Tamil Numbers


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