JLPT-N5 (Japanese). Lesson 1: Introduction about Japanese language. Learn Japanese through Tamil.

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The many similarities between Japanese and Tamil expressions:

According to Prof. Susumu Ohno, many Japanese words have been derived from the Dravidian language Tamil. According to him besides sharing a lot of similarities in grammar, words such as “tanoshii” (adjective meaning fun) and “hanasu” (verb meaning talk) have similar sounding words in Tamil. The similar sounding words in Tamil that Prof. Ohno had in mind was probably “khushi” and “pesu” respectively. They rhyme alright!

Not sure how much of the above theory is correct. But, there are some undeniably interesting similarities in the way Tamil and Japanese are spoken. For starters the sentence structure is the same. Like Japanese, Tamil too follows the Subject-Object-Verb pattern.

Here are a few things that are expressed in the same way in both these languages:

The expression, “kono kusuri wa kikimasu ka” means “is this medicine effective?”. But when spoken this sentence can be taken to mean “will this medicine listen” – “kikimasu” means “listen” although while writing, the kanji 効 (meaning effective) is used and not the kanji 聞(meaning listen). In Tamil too, we say “Indha marundhu kekuma” which literally means “will this medicine listen”.
When you want to say “try this chocolate” in Japanese, you’d say “kono chocoreto wo tabete mite” which literally means “Eat and see”. In Tamil too, we say “Saptu paar” which means “Eat and see”.
When you leave home, you’d tell the folks at home “poitu varen” in Tamil which when translated would mean “I’ll go (now) and come(back)”. In Japanese you have “Itte kimasu”.
When you are stepping out for a bit, say to buy something, you’d say “vaangitu varen” in Tamil which in English would be “I will buy and come(return)”. The Japanese say “Katte kimasu” which means the same thing.
When you do something (say teach something) for someone, you say “solli kudupen” in Tamil which means “teach and give” and in Japanese you say “Oshiete agemasu” where “agemasu” means give.
When you keep something ready or when you do something for a future use, like for e.g. buying a ticket for a trip, you’d say “Katte okimasu” in Japanese which literally means ” buy and keep” in English. In Tamil too, we have same expression “vaangi vekkaren”.

Word Order

Tamil and Japanese have similar word order. Both Tamil and Japanese follow SOV (Subject-Object-Verb) order. English follows SVO (Subject-Verb-Object) order.

Example 1

Consider the sentence: I gave the cat food.

In Tamil this would be: Poonai-irkku unavupporul-ai kodutthen.

Corresponding English words in Tamil word-order: [cat {indirect object marker} food {direct object marker} gave]

In Japanese this would be: Neko ni tabemono wo yarimashita.

Corresponding English words in Japanese word-order: [cat {indirect object marker} food {direct object marker} gave]

Note that while English differs significantly in word order, Tamil and Japanese are in direct correspondence!

46 Replies to “JLPT-N5 (Japanese). Lesson 1: Introduction about Japanese language. Learn Japanese through Tamil.”

  1. Vadivudai amman R

    Anna my aim to travel through japan and I want to some job also( software Engineer)… So I want to learn all Japanese language and about Japan… Kindly I request to teach all….

  2. Aldhamish Radiya

    Because alya manasa was my role model she talks japanese very well so that's why i want to learn japanese language and i mad with her so


    Anna first u proper tamila sollikudunga
    Then we can learn other foreign language.i am so shy to ask this question as a tamilan

  4. காலத்தின் கண்கள்

    மிக்க நன்றி நண்பா. உங்கள் சேவை தொடரட்டும் よろしくお願いします


    தங்களின் வீடியோக்கள் அருமை. நானும் பல மொழி கற்பதில் ஆர்வம் உள்ளவன். தாங்கள் ஆன்லைன் வகுப்புகள் எடுக்கிறீர்களா ? தகவல் தெரிவிக்கவும்

  6. Milky Guru

    நான் N5 ஆங்கிலம்மூலமாக கற்றிக்கொண்டிருக்கிறேன்..

  7. Milky Guru

    சீக்கிரம் ஜப்பானிய வகுப்புகளை தொடங்குங்கள் அண்ணா…

  8. Peter Prakash

    Bro, வணக்கம், நீங்க சொன்னது அனைத்தும் உண்மை. அருமையான பதிவு. தமிழும் ஜப்பானிய மொழியும் நேருக்கு நேர் அதே வாக்கிய முறைதான். நம்மல அழிச்சிட்டானுங்க bro. ஆங்கில மோகத்தை ஏற்படுத்தி, இன்று இந்தி(ய) நாட்டில் மாட்டிக் கொண்டு , நம்ம என்ன செய்யனும் செய்யக்கூடாதுன்னு மத்திய அரசு தமிழ்நாட்டை அடக்கி ஆள பிளான் பண்ணுது.
    உண்மையிலேயே ஜப்பானிய மொழி படிப்பதில மகிழ்ச்சி அடைகிறேன். நன்றி

  9. siva many

    Anna.. enaku English antha alavu theriyathu.. Tamil moolama japanese kathukanum na epadi kathukarthu enna seiyanum sollunga Anna….

  10. Mrithyun jaya K.P

    Bro,Im from salem,i want to learn japanese ,actually im reading in 9th,and can't learn easily so pls upload more videos.

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