Telugu vs. Tamil: Popular South Indian Languages

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Difference between Telugu and Tamil

Tamil and Telugu are Dravidian languages spoken by people the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, respectively. In 2004, the Indian government declared Tamil to be a classical language. It is interesting to note that Tamil is the official language of Singapore and Sri Lanka. It is also spoken in Malaysia and Mauritius. Telugu takes the honor as the fifteenth most spoken languages throughout the world. Telugu is influenced from Sanskrit and Urdu. Both Tamil and Telugu are among the twenty two scheduled languages in India.

Telugu
Tamil

History

The emergence of the Tamil language dates back to third century BC. The history of the Tamil language is divided into three parts. These are the Old Tamil, Middle Tamil and Modern Tamil. Old Tamil was spoken from 300 BC to around 700 AD. Middle Tamil lasted till 1600. From 1600 to present day the form of Tamil spoken comes under Modern Tamil. Tamil descends from proto-Dravidian which was spoken around the lower Godavari basin. In the past Telugu was called Telungu, Tenugu and Tenungu. Telugu has descended from Prakrit. It was spoken by the general population in the times of Satavahana Dynasty. Inscriptions in Telugu were found in the Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh – famous for the many things amongst which is the Amaravati stupa which the Dalai Lama blessed with a Kalachakra ceremony in 2006 due to its history as the King of Shambhala’s site for learning the Buddhist vajrayana teachings.

Geographic Distribution

Besides Tamil Nadu, Tamil is spoken in some parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. It is also spoken by majority of people in northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Descendents of colonial-era migrants in South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Singapore and Malaysia speak Tamil, but of course these are the minorities. Telugu is spoken by most of the people in Yanam district of Puducherry. It is also spoken in some parts of Jharkhand and Kharagpur in West Bengal. After Hindi and Bengali, Telugu is the third most popular language in India. More than eight hundred thousand people in U.S. speak Telugu.

Vocabulary

Some of the words used in Tamil are copied from languages of Tamil’s trading partners such as Munda, Malay, Chinese and Greek. Modern Tamil has some words imported from Urdu, Marathi, Persian and Arabic. The impact is also the other way round. Many languages use words that have Tamil origin. Some popular examples are mango from mangai, cheroot from curuttu and so on. Telugu, on the other hand, uses a large number of Sanskrit words. Usage of Telugu depends on the region in which it is spoken. In the regions near Hyderabad, the language is influenced by Urdu as Muslims conquered and ruled this region for centuries. It sometimes also depends on social status. Most middle class groups use Telugu mixed with English.

Similarities and Differences

Tamil

  • In 2004 Indian government declared Tamil to be a classical language.
  • History of Tamil language is divided into three parts: Old Tamil, Middle Tamil and Modern Tamil.
  • It is spoken in some parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra.
  • Modern Tamil has some words imported from Urdu, Marathi, Persian and Arabic.

Telugu

  • Telugu is fifteenth most spoken language in the world.
  • Inscriptions in Telugu were found in Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh.
  • It uses a large number of Sanskrit words.
  • It is also spoken in some parts of Jharkhand and Kharagpur in West Bengal.

which language is most popular?
  • Telugu
  • Tamil
 
 

Discuss It: comments 142

May be modern tamil did borrow some words from other languages. however, i doubt that the original one was ever influenced by others.

When you remove all the loan words from Tamil it can survive. Whereas no other indian languages survive.

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  • Sai Kiran Sharma wrote on April 2012

Prove your absurd claim please. Your claim that remove loan words applies to Hindi. Telugu, Bengali, Marathi , Gujarati all can survive on their own. Come out of well!

What is the word "language" called in Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu, Sanskrit, Bengali etc.,?

Hindi= "Baasha" , Telugu= "Baasha", Marathi= "Baasha", Kannada="Baasha", Malayalam= "Baashai", Bengali= "Baasha"

What is its equivalent word in Tamil? Is it Basha itelf?

No the equivalent word for "Language" in Tamil is "Mozhi",

Is this one the only one or many to follow?

If anyone wish I shall prove it with even one million words.

What is "Country" called in Hindi, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Tulu, Malayalam, Bengali, Urdu, Marathi etc.,?

Hindi= "Desh" or "Rashtr", Sanskrit= "Desam", Telugu="Desam", Kannada= "Desam", Malayalam= "Desam" , Bengali= "Desh", Urdu= "Desh", Marathi= "Desh" or "Rashtr"

What its equivalent in Tamil? Is it Desam or Rashtr?

No. Tamil has its own word "Naadu"

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  • Epari Amaresh wrote on July 2015

naadu does also mean the same as in Tamil, in Telugu

Palnadu(Guntur), Renadu(Nellore)

ever heard of TeluguNaduStudentsFederation, the students wing of Telugu Desam Party

I foresee the name of Andhra to change to TeluguNadu in future, hope TDP will propose name change in near foreseeable future

we always had been longing for name change for our state that would be authentically Telugu.

[Lagadapati Rajagopal Naidu, former Vijayawada MP , the pepper spray MP

- (on ticket of, let this Cong party's name be obliterated for ever),

quitted politics after TelenganaBill was passed in the parliament, had proposed it a few years ago]

tamil is rich and ancient and it is the first indian language to be declared as a classical language

I don't accept tamil borrowed words from those languages...

Some people may use that...

But equivalent words in tamil is there for those words borrowed from those language...

If possible Can you examplify the borrowed words...

Tamil is the worst language all over the world and tamilians number one racists

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  • ScrewuPradeep wrote on February 2011

are u **** me? In which way r tamils racist? And how do u say that it is the worst language? Keep ur opinions to urself ****face, or at least state ur making an opinion without any reasoning what-so-ever.

I agree. They are both related to eachother. They way you the numbers is the same in both languages. They are racists and non-racists people in every community. No one can say racist unless if they walk around their skin and understand their point of view. Telugu and Tamil are both good Dravidian languages. For examples, Tollywood and Kollywood are connected to eachother. For instance; Portuguese and Spanish are related to eachother. The same thing goes to Telugu and Tamil, both Dravidian languages are tightly connected to one another. Thank you for reading this.

One simple example to spray black to your face Pradeep, is " meeru peru yemi" here meeru is chuttuchol in tamil and peru is derived from Peyar, so you have only one thing with you is "yemi". Yemi yemi yemi??? who told that tamils are racist? it is only you telugus robbed our ancient tamil territories of Vengadanadu, Karkaanadu, Venginaadu, Thondainaadu and Aruva Vadathalainaadu (all are in Nellore, Chittor and South Ananthapur districts), for the reason that you have occupied those area in large numbers making tamils minorities there.

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  • Epari Amaresh wrote on July 2015

Telugu is a South-Central-DravidanLanguage it is supposed to have split-off from Proto-Dravidan first, and earliest.

Tamil is a Southern-DravidanLanguage others being Kannada, more recent language evolution being Malayalam

(Tamil derived from so called TamilKannada-Prototpe)

Later splits occurred in the Southern-Dravidan branch

which can be expressed as

TamilKannada-Prototype Branch of SouthernDravidan

- splits into Tamil and Kannada

- upto this point by TamilKannadaPrototype I meant TamilMalayalamPrototype

TamilMalayalamPrototype

- Malayalam finally splits off from TamilMalayalamPrototype

'peru' is not borrowed or derived from Tamil, it already

exists owing to derivation from Proto-Dravidan, if you do not agree check it from some other SouthCentralDravidan language like Savara, Gadaba, Gond, or Chenchu

Telugu is single most spoken SouthCentralDravidan language

EasternChalukyas based their capital at Vengi, which is in Guntur district

They entered into matrimonial alliance with Pallavas of Kanchi

Don not use historical references of places in context of Vengi without going through history, this is indicative of your half knowledge.

hello as_whole pradeep..u r definitely mad...

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  • Asokan wrote on April 2012

My monther tongue is Telugu and native from Tamil Nadu.

But I am proud of to be Tamilan.

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  • Amaresh wrote on July 2015

and for being a Telugu?

Pradeep are u mad

I'm from Tamilnadu and I admit Telugu is one awesome language!

It is the 15th most spoken language in the world! wow!

Though it has many sanskrit words, it is very easy to understand :)

Kudos to Telugu!

@Balaji - I second you..Telugu rocks!

Tamil is worst lauguege

narayan.. u r no. of stupid in the world.. have no other words to say abt u and pradeep..

Tamizh is the best language in the world and am proud to say that iam a tamizhan...there is no equal dynasty to our cholas in south and central India..

Correct!! better langauages and dynasties are there in India. That is the reason Govt of India asked Karunanidhi son to write correct spell Alagiri in Gazzt of India instead of Azhagiri (like Azharuddin)

Telugu,Malayalam and Karnataka. please return back all the borrow words and culture from Tamilian. Tamil is official language in Singapore. Tell me where your official langua appart than india. Think care fully before condam others Mother tongue. All Language in the world are gifted by GOD.

Thank you

tamil is not an indian language at all.....so get out from india all tamilians...............

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  • Jash121 wrote on February 2012

What filth do you speak ? Racist pigs like you ruin India's success every single day. You must be jailed for your obnoxious comments.

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  • m.govin wrote on February 2012

ha ha well they did that thousands of years ago and that is why you can find Tamil in many languages because they loaned many words to the new language and that is why you can see Tamils around the world over unlike etc etc

Malaysian Tamilian

தமிழன்தமிழன்

if not an indian language then let all other non tamils leave our territories that include present tamilnadu, kerala, south karnataka and south andhra. you indians live peacefully in your area.

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  • Pranav wrote on July 2016

who r u f**** idiot to say this...Tamil is the best language that I have ever heard and tamil has far history background than telugu, kannada,malayalam...

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  • m.govin wrote on February 2012

ha ha who is being racist here Thiru.Pradeeep? you are

I guess if all the Tamil words from malayalam/telugu and kannada are taken out , they would have to probably learn sign language to communicate..no offence meant but its the truth..Its just like the french/dutch/german and many other european languages who loaned from english mostly.

Raja raja cholan

well said m.govin. I challenge pradeep to remove all tamil loan words/ tamil root words from his language, his language perish. Then he should speak blah.. blah..blah.... The same in the case of Kannada and Malayalam. And malayalam is just a dialect of Tamil ( Kodunthamizh). before commenting one should know the historical background of their language and literature. Out of all excavated inscriptions found in india 65% are Tamil while prakrit 15% pali 10% and others 10%.

Tamils form a major race not only in India, but also in Tamizh Eezham (North and North West and Eastern parts of Srilanka- 25% of country's population), Malaysia (32,00,000- Hindu+Moslem Tamils), Singapore where they form nearly 7% of the population and it is one of the official languages there. Mauritius (1,25,000 or 10% of the total population), Reunion (225000 or 40% of total population), South Africa (10,00,000 or 3% of total population of the country), Thailand (68,000 Indian Tamils+ 5,00,000 Tamil Klings of Nakhon Ratchasimha and Pattaya), Many more thousands in Medan, Laos, Ho Chi Minh City, Guyana(60,000), Guadeloupe (60,000), Trinidad and Tobago (12% of total indian population with mostly Biharis and Urdu speaking muslims) and emigrant refugees in Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, France, French Overseas Territories such as Martinique etc., Norway, Finland, Sweden (several lakhs here),England, US and finally a big number in Canada.

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  • Sai Kiran Sharma wrote on April 2012

Telugu has no heritage from Tamil, except for the border areas of AP and Tamil Nadu. So your point of returning Words and Culture back to Tamils doesnt hold good. Please apply some logic.

i think most of tamilians are athists.thats why they wont respect others and their languages

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  • ashok wrote on November 2015

that words are not belongs Tamil.all four languages derived from proto Dravidian

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  • Pranav wrote on July 2016

The word "Dravida" itself a Tamil word.It's derived from TAMIL-TIRAMILA-TIRAMIDA-DRAVIDA...said by parithimar kalaingar...So,Tamil is the mother of all dravidian languages

tamil is the most beautiful and sweet language its very old when compared to other dravidian language.u know tamil is one among the three languages which have an equivalent word for tsunami in tamil it is called as azhi perali.telugu is also one of the best language in india but tamil is out of comparision as it is the mother language of dravidian language

Check ur History knowledge...Telugu & Kannada born from Kadambha and chalukya scripts. Thats the problem with TN they claim tamil is mother to Sanskrit

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  • Mahesh wrote on December 2011

Satti you First check it k you just check it in wikipeadia or else and then you talk about it ..

Proto dravidian is more less equivalent to old tamil ..Thats y tamil can be rightly called as Mother of dravidian languages.pls enlighten urself

well said.

what the ****!!!

telugu is more old than tamil...tamilians cheat their language is old than Telugu..

Obvious! Tamil is older than telugu

telugu is more old than tamil? poor sayid what is your mark is history or linguistics? read my replies. refer whatever literature and find the place of tamil there. if you remove all tamil loan words/ root words from ur telugu then you should speak blah.. blah.. and blaaaah... that's what you have with you.

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  • Shan wrote on April 2013

Dont make comedy.You can search anywhere in internet,if you prove telugu is older than tamil, i will shave my head throughout my life

I live in Andhra pradesh. I've learnt every subject in school in Telegu Language. I Started Studying Tamil 2 years after my graduation and I should tell you that language struck me so much.I know I should talk in favour of my mother tongue telegu but i just can't stop feeling that tamil is the sweetest langage in India or may be in the world.No offence to telegu.

Dude first write correct spelling of "Telugu" before you pretend.

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  • Amaresh wrote on May 2011

Oh yes i'm sorry! its telugu.I wrote it in a hurry.

It says that ur not real telugu guy. Ur jus showing up as telugu to praise tamil

It has been a long time since i have written in telegu or telugu.sorry i have written in wrongly.your right it's telugu not telegu.I was sick when i submitted this i didn't concentrate when i was writing.

Your language is also very sweet Amaresh.You are a very broad minded person and it is not a surprise.The reason is that we all belong to same mother language family.I am very proud of you.

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  • Oru thamilan wrote on June 2011

Tamil and Telugu are blood relatives. ie mother and daughter.

Dont give ur opinion as all others.

Telugu and tamil re two different languages,yes there are similarities because both are derived from dravidian root

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  • Sandeep wrote on December 2011

Sorry Oru tamizhan, You are true to the fact of blood relatives, but the relation is not of mother-daughter, but Elder sister and younger sister.

The reason telugu is younger sister is coz of no literary evidences earlier to tamizh....but antiquity of all the dravidian languages is inconclusive.

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  • Epari Amaresh wrote on July 2015

Telugu and Tamil derive from Proto-Dravidan,

TELUGU:

Telugu belongs to SouthCentral-Dravidan

It was the first language that split-off from ProtoDravidan, much much earlier from Tamil,Kannada

Other languages of SouthCentralDravidan group are Chenchu,Savara,Gadaba,Gondi etc,

Telugu is largest linguistic unit among all the SouthCenralDravidan languages

TAMIL-ON THE CONTRARY:

Tamil belongs to Southern-Dravidan group of Dravidan languages.

Tamil, and Kannada split from TamilKannadaProtype of Southern-Dravidan language group; latest was being Malayalam which split from TamilMalayalam prototype, personally I feel that Malayalam is a dialect of Tamil

The other three official languages(except Telugu, EXPLAINED ABOVE)belong to Southern-Dravidan group of Proto-Dravidan language namely - Tamil,Malayalam,and Kannada

Telugu language is praised by many scholars and great people from many other regions. even tamil poets praised telugu as "sundara telungu".

sri krishnadevaraya,

britishers,dutch,italains

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  • loverboyaaryan wrote on June 2011

i dont understand both language.so english is the best language tat whole world understands.

there is not point to compare the ultimate graceful classical living and living forever language called TAMIL with derived language telugu or telungu.. that is just a in DRAVIDIAN FAMILY (WORLD PROOF).. Actually there is not DRAVIDIAN ALSO. TAMIL FAMILY is correct one. That will prove in near future.. Vaalga Tamil Valarka athan pukal...vaalga, valarka athan kilai moliyaam thelugum,malayalamum, kannadamum kooda.,

Hello vijay! Telugu may not be older than tamil or derived from it...

first u've 2 know that a daughter may be more tallented than mother...i.e., telugu may be more talented than tamil!!

Tamil is great.Even those who have Telugu as their mother tongue accepted that Tamil is a greater language than Telugu.

Can u differentiate P and B letters in Tamil

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  • Sandeep wrote on December 2011

Yes. There is no differenciation between Ka Ga, Pa Ba, Ta Da, tha dha and many more. Thats why the samskrit words comes more tamilianized..

Ex: Anniyan (from Anya), Viruccham (from Vrksham), Maheshwara(Mageswaran) etc.

and their method of adding -an to the names to give it a tamizh look.

yeah...! take for example "panai" tamil word form "palm" here the letter "P" came before "N" called mellinam in tamil, so it should be pronounced as "panai", (the maathirai measure is more than its original says tholkappiyan, who wrote his ilakkanam (grammar) in tamil around 7th century B.C,) and not "banai". similarly the sanskrit word "bayangaram" can be pronounced as it is, since the letter comes after "P" is "Y or ya" is purely an idayinam, so the maathirai measure is lesser than its original. So "P" becomes "B". Go thru tamil grammar and its word formations. we don't need special letters for "Ga" "Da", "Dha", "Ba", "Ja" etc., That's why tamil is more classical than anyother indian languages.

You are wrong. Take for example "karuppu" "கருப்பு" here the word comes after "K" is "idayinam" so it is from "nannool" or "tholkappiyam" or any other grammatical works it should be pronounced as "K" itself.

Also take for example another tamil word "thangai" " தங்கை" sister in english, here the last letter is tamil "K" but prounounced as thangai and not thankai, since the mellinam "gna" comes before vallinam "ka" makes it sounds like "ga" which is meymayakkam rule (Here the maathirai level doubles), similarly when you write "kaakam" in tamil (crow in english) it is prnounced as "kaaham", here "ka" pronounced as "ha" for the reason vallinam preceeds mellinam and the maathirai level halved. "pani" "ice" in english is pronounced as "pa" itelsf while "thirumpi" is "turn" pronounced as "thirumbi", here the same rule applied hence "pi" is pronounced as "bi". Read Tamil Grammar first then comment.

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  • om wrote on January 2012

same letter to denote pa represents ba in tamil.Eg pambu here pa script represents pa and ba sound.Another eg kangu ka represents both ka and ga similiarly for sa and cha,tha and dha,ta and da. Unlike Other languages in india which are influenced by Sanskrit,Tamil can stand alone. Since there are lesser sounds/letters in language,Tamil must be first /second oldest language in India.

Can you read Panju (cotton), Mangai(young girl), Kaakam (crow), Aatchi (rule), Vetkam (Shy), Thadam (Trace). you may found Ja, Ga, Ha, Cha Kha, Da are there! where did they came from? It is all the enrichment of Tamil. Go and study Tholkappiyam which born as early as 7th century B.C.

yeah...! take for example "panai" tamil word form "palm" here the letter "P" came before "N" called mellinam in tamil, so it should be pronounced as "panai", (the maathirai measure is more than its original says tholkappiyan, who wrote his ilakkanam (grammar) in tamil around 7th century B.C,) and not "banai". similarly the sanskrit word "bayangaram" can be pronounced as it is, since the letter comes after "P" is "Y or ya" is purely an idayinam, so the maathirai measure is lesser than its original. So "P" becomes "B". Go thru tamil grammar and its word formations. we don't need special letters for "Ga" "Da", "Dha", "Ba", "Ja" etc., That's why tamil is more classical than anyother indian languages.

"pani" "ice" in english is pronounced as "pa" itelsf while "thirumpi" is "turn" pronounced as "thirumbi", here the same rule applied hence "pi" is pronounced as "bi". Read Tamil Grammar first then comment.

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  • Sandeep wrote on December 2011

Till u prove Tamil Branch.......Just admit the dravidian branch.....

Even the linguists couldnt prove Telugu as a derived language of Tamil. so until you get solid proof dont talk.

Read tolkappiyam(which is Tamils grammer book) talks aboutalien languages talked north of their country(tamil nadu)..if telugu and kannada were derived languages, he wouldnt have stated them to be alien language. so better be careful.

In tholkappiam there is no reference to Telugu and Kannada,Vadachol s the word u r mentioning.This means the words from northern part.Actually sanskrit is the vada mozhi--northern language. Also old tamil is the proto dravidian. I agree old tamil existed in pure form but modern tamil got lot of loan words from other languages But still Tamil is Tamil. Simple Language construction and grammer is similiar to Old Tamil/proto dravidian. Lot of simple words are more or less a different form of Tamil.

The name telugu or telungu itself derivied from original name "tulu-tamil". That should tell you what is your origin.

think u r most stupid...while commenting first u've 2 know what is true!

telugu is not derived from tulu-tamil n its derived from trilinga desam...which is the land of trilingas i.e., telugus!!

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  • Sandeep wrote on December 2011

Telugu or telungu doesnt come from Tulu tamil boss...B4 u make comments get the facts right.

Telugu comes from trilinga desam..not from tulu tamil as you claim.

According to the Russian linguist M.S. Andronov, Proto-Dravidian gave rise to 21 Dravidian Languages. They can be broadly classified into three groups: Northern group, Central group, and Southern group of Dravidian languages. The Northern group consists of three languages. The central group consists ten langauages. Out of these ten, only telugu became a literary language and the rest of the nine languages remained tribal languages. The southern group consists of languages which includes Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Tulu and others. Telugu split from Proto-Dravidian between 1500-1000 BC. So, Telugu became a distinct language by the time any literary activity began to appear in the Tamil land. Kannada split from Proto-Dravidian around 0 BC. Note that the current similarity in scripts between Kannada and Telugu has a lot more with Chalukyas rule of Andhra than the similarity between the languages. Admittedly, Kannada is Telugu's closest cousin. In India the history of scripts has been almost independent of the history of languages. Proto-Dravidian gave rise to totally 21 Dravidian languages. They are Northern Group Brahui Malto Kudukh Central Group Gondi Konda Kui Manda Parji Gadaba Kolami Pengo Naiki Kuvi Telugu Southern Group Tulu Kannada Kodagu Toda Kota Malayalam Tamil

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  • Ramesh wrote on February 2012

Theory disproved.

According to the Russian linguist M.S. Andronov, Proto-Dravidian gave rise to 21 Dravidian Languages. They can be broadly classified into three groups: Northern group, Central group, and Southern group of Dravidian languages. The Northern group consists of three languages. The central group consists ten langauages. Out of these ten, only telugu became a literary language and the rest of the nine languages remained tribal languages. The southern group consists of languages which includes Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Tulu and others. Telugu split from Proto-Dravidian between 1500-1000 BC. So, Telugu became a distinct language by the time any literary activity began to appear in the Tamil land. Kannada split from Proto-Dravidian around 0 BC. Note that the current similarity in scripts between Kannada and Telugu has a lot more with Chalukyas rule of Andhra than the similarity between the languages. Admittedly, Kannada is Telugu's closest cousin. In India the history of scripts has been almost independent of the history of languages. Proto-Dravidian gave rise to totally 21 Dravidian languages. They are Northern Group : Brahui Malto Kudukh Central Group : Gondi Konda Kui Manda Parji Gadaba Kolami Pengo Naiki Kuvi Telugu Southern Group : Tulu Kannada Kodagu Toda Kota Malayalam Tamil

All who commented on this post are fools really(including me).Is this the way to share some one's knowledge in the form of irrelavent comments on sensitive issues like this.Every language has it's own importance and richness, but just remember both are Indian languages and Our's is Indian language.Ofcourse I'm blessed with telugu, and I am proud of it.I can just say one thing, People who has a right to comment on this debate, must know both languages perfectly, if there is an imbalance, just let us shut our mouths. But please respect others and other cultures, particularly their languages.Thank you.

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  • Indian wrote on September 2011

Folks ! every language is great & is a convienence one shd learn all to benefit themselves.

We are indians after all.

Well said...If everyone feels like this ..there will not be any problems

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  • Maruff HM wrote on September 2011

Tamil & Sanskrit are ancient & classical languages in India.

Telugu is the modern classical language which has the richness & sweetness of both.

Since Telugu had the high influence of Indo-European language(Sanskrit), it is comparatively easier to learn for the most people of the world. If you would like to compare European languages, then Tamil to Greek as Telugu to Latin.

Telugu had marginally more population and more migrants in American & European Countries, whereas Tamil got more recognition as it is official language in Singapore & Sri Lanka as well.

Even in Cinema Tamil & Telugu are second rank competitors struggling for international recognition(leaving the first rank to Hindi)

Whatever the way we compare these two languages one is marginally higher than the other.

Even though the two language differ, the culture and pronunciation are much closer to each other (though Malayalam is more closer language by vocabulary).

Both Tamil & Telugu rocks....

Well said friend...

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  • tamizhan wrote on February 2012

Look at the alphabets of telugu ,they are just modifications of Tamizh alphabets .Tamizh alphabets are original , really ancient and forms the basis for other dravidian languages .

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  • Epari Amaresh wrote on July 2015

You remarks are ridiculous,

Telugu-Kannada common script derive from KADAMBA BRANCH of BRAHMI SCRIPT

during reign of Chalukyas

Tamil script derives from GRANDHA BRANCH of BRAHMI SCRIPT

See Indian Archaeology

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  • Sandeep wrote on December 2011

Thanks t include Samskrit, but no other language is so ancient than that, so no inclusions required.

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  • Epari Amaresh wrote on July 2015

Sanskrit itself differs from it's nearest Indo-European neighbour the IRANIAN BRANCH so much that Sanskrit and Iranian are NOT mutually intelligible among themselves due to the DRAVIDAN Elements contained within SANSKRIT, that proves PROTO-DRAVIDAN existed, that influenced it

TAMIL, TELUGU-KANNADA had developed seperate writing systems, much earlier than the dead Sanskrit

The current script the dead Sanskrit was developed only in TENTHCENTURY AD( ANNO DOMINI ) under GUPTA EMPIRE, till then it was just transmittec orally

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  • knockout wrote on September 2011

tamils have no answer to why thyagaraja and shayma sharma composed in telugu even though they were scholars in tamil language....i pity the language

You do not need a Tamilian to answer your question.

Thyagaraja and Shayama Sharma are Telugus and not Tamilians. They were scholars in Telugu and were writing in Telugu.

They knew little Tamil also. Since Tamil language is more popular than Telugu, these 2 writers were called Tamil Scholars.

This is a classic example of the fact that to get recognition, you need to be identified as a Tamil

If at all you want to pity a language, pity your own language Telugu. Because in Hyderabad, the capital of so called Andhra pradesh, the most widely spoken language is Urdu (31% of the population) and the most widely used language is Hindi. Telugu is in a miserable 3rd position.

Who said..nonsense...U don't proper letters to differentiate P and B ur talking about other languages...Hyderabad is secular city. I pity Tamil language...Telugu is most spoken after Hindi and Bengali in India..That itself shows its status. I won't comment ussually on ther languages if only people like u disturbs i'll do

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  • Steffan wrote on January 2012

You will find Tamil language more spoken than Telugu if you consider the L2 speakers and those who keep it as their mother tongue in Singapore ,Malaysia , Srilanka and in many countries as Tamil people are spreaded throughout the world.

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  • Shan wrote on April 2013

You just look into telugu . it also may have no differentiation for some pronunciations. Across world if you take, tamil is the most speaking language than telugu

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  • PowerThunder wrote on July 2015

Loss of Hyderabad is a BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR ANDHRA, GOOD RIDDANCE!!!

Erstwhile capital of Andhra, now in Telengana, Hyderabad was seat of f**king Nizams, who used Urdu(50%),Kannada(>12.5%),Marathi(25%). Nizam was kicked out, and Telugu replaced the Official language status after Andhra was created with Telugu-speaking-regions-of-Telengana, no status for Urdu.

Urdu-Hindi form around 40% percent, local Muslims include Bi-Lingual Urdus who speak both Telugu as well Urdu, SITUATION IS QUITE PRECARIOUS, since congress (let the name be oblliterated together with Hindi and Urdu ) re-reconized the f**g crappy language for Hydrabad.

It is correct to say that >60% of populace speak Telugu over there, there is also a significnt Kannada minority too in that city

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  • PowerThunder wrote on July 2015

THANKS FOR YOUR PITY ON US!

Loss of Hyderabad is a BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR ANDHRA, GOOD RIDDANCE!!!

Erstwhile capital of Andhra, now in Telengana, Hyderabad was seat of f**king Nizams, who used Urdu(12.5%),Marathi(25%). Nizam was kicked out, and Telugu replaced the Official language status after Andhra was created with Telugu-speaking-regions-of-Telengana, no status for Urdu.

Urdu-Hindi form around 40% percent, local Muslims include Bi-Lingual Urdus who speak both Telugu as well Urdu, SITUATION IS QUITE PRECARIOUS, since congress (let the name be oblliterated together with Hindi and Urdu ) re-reconized the f**g crappy language for Hydrabad.

It is correct to say that >60% of populace speak Telugu over there, there is also a significnt Kannada minority too in that city

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  • reality wrote on October 2011

Karnatic music is from land of Karnatakashya ... As karnatic music was more famous in karnataka and andhra.. and when nayaka's from andhra ruled tanjavore during vijaynagar dynsty they took the music to tamil nadu and that is how they started writing in telugu..

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  • Dinesh (tamil sangam) wrote on October 2011

I love tamil en tamiluku ithayam kanitha vazhthukal

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  • sathish wrote on November 2011

both lauguages is best to speak & learn

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  • Maravan wrote on November 2011

Tamil is the oldest language in the World.Unfortunately the Telugus in Tamil Nadu have spoilt everything here.They are dominating Politics,Industries etc in Tamilnadu.TN is completely dominated by Telegus.Many Telegus in TN pretend to be Tamilians but in their heart they are very a Telugu.Tamils beware of these Kolti's.These Telegus own more land in TN than even the Tamils.

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  • Sandeep wrote on December 2011

Shut your comments to yourself. Just such poison spiiting venomous people disturb the balance of indian culture. If so is the case, do you think Tamilians are the reason for putting up such a big slum in mumbai(coz Tamilians are more concentrated in Dharavi -Slum of asia).

Do you then dont think tamilians who own the entire of KGF ( Karnataka's Gold field) are the land eaters.???

So mind your words.

Tamil pronounciation is too different Ex: Sukanya (Good girl)they pronounce as Suganya Mahesh (king)Magesh Padma (lotus) Badma Is this there in old tamil script or in modern they started doing this. I think its better to pronounce them in their original way

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  • Maravan wrote on November 2011

Thirupati Temple is built by a Tamil Kings but now it is in the hands of Telegus.The stone carvings in the Temple walls are in Tamil language only.Thirupati belongs to Tamils and Tamilnadu.Telegus have fooled us.Down with "Kolti's"

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  • Sandeep wrote on December 2011

Mr Mavaran, Read History well. Britishers took Chennai from Chandragiri King (a Teluguite), hence while partitioning Andhra from Madras presidency, it was told that if they needed seperate state, then they had to give up Chennai. So you were gifted with your capital from Telugus. Mind it..

and Tirupathi. Do you know that Tiruvengadam(tirupathi) worked as a demarkation b/w Tamil nadu and Andhra, since Cholas annexed this, it had Tamil inscriptions and nothing more.

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