Good dictionaries are a very, very important learning
tool. I have yet to encounter
a good English to Thamil dictionary. Luckily, there is an excellent
Thamil to English dictionary published by Cre-A called Kriyaavin
thaRkaalath thamizh akaraathi. The
Cre-A dictionary provides meanings in both Thamil and English. It
also includes one or two example sentences or phrases for each meaning.
It is available in major bookstores in Thamil naadu. A few
online dictionaries are listed below:
Online Tamil Lexicon - The Madras Tamil Lexicon is online. This online dictionary provides translations
from Thamil to English and from English to Thamil.
To use it, you will have to familiarize yourself with the transliteration
The following dictionaries are provided courtesy of the Tamil Virtual
(Install the font
to view the dictionary entries.)
the Tamil Virtual University
This service is provided by the
government of Thamil Nadu to benefit Thamils worldwide.
You can show your support by registering for a free
account to access many of the free services.
to register (HTML | PDF)
Learning and Teaching of Tamil - University of Pennsylvania
website maintained by Professor Vasu Renganathan
- a site maintained by Elango Cheran, a youth who is currently learning
Thamil Learning Resources - a page I
compiled in 1998 that contains information on learning Thamil for
second-generation youth and children. Some of the information
is no longer up to date.