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மனிதர்கள்

 

 
I
நான்
nāṉ
I and you
நானும் நீயும்
nāṉum nīyum
both of us
நாம் இருவரும்
nām iruvarum
 
 
 
 
he
அவன்
avaṉ
he and she
அவனும் அவளும்
avaṉum avaḷum
they both
அவர்கள் இருவரும்
avarkaḷ iruvarum
 
 
 
 
the man
மனிதன்
maṉitaṉ
the woman
பெண்
peṇ
the child
குழந்தை
kuḻantai
 
 
 
 
a family
ஓரு குடும்பம்
ōru kuṭumpam
my family
என் குடும்பம்
eṉ kuṭumpam
My family is here.
என் குடும்பம் இங்கு இருக்கிறது.
eṉ kuṭumpam iṅku irukkiṟatu.
 
 
 
 
I am here.
நான் இங்கு இருக்கிறேன்.
Nāṉ iṅku irukkiṟēṉ.
You are here.
நீ இங்கு இருக்கிறாய்.
Nī iṅku irukkiṟāy.
He is here and she is here.
அவன் இங்கு இருக்கிறான் மற்றும் அவள் இங்கு இருக்கிறாள்.
Avaṉ iṅku irukkiṟāṉ maṟṟum avaḷ iṅku irukkiṟāḷ.
 
 
 
 
We are here.
நாங்கள் இங்கு இருக்கிறோம்.
Nāṅkaḷ iṅku irukkiṟōm.
You are here.
நீங்கள் இங்கு இருக்கிறீர்கள்.
Nīṅkaḷ iṅku irukkiṟīrkaḷ.
They are all here.
அவர்கள் எல்லோரும் இங்கு இருக்கிறார்கள்.
Avarkaḷ ellōrum iṅku irukkiṟārkaḷ.
 
 
 
 


Using languages to fight Alzheimer's

Those who want to stay mentally fit should learn languages. Language skills can protect against dementia. Numerous scientific studies have proven this. The age of the learner doesn't play a role at all. What's important is that the brain is regularly exercised. Learning vocabulary activates different areas of the brain. These areas control important cognitive processes. Therefore, people who are multilingual are more attentive. They can also concentrate better. However, multilingualism has additional advantages. Multilingual people can make better decisions. That is, they come to a decision faster. This is because their brain has learned to choose. It always knows at least two terms for one thing. Each of these terms is a feasible option. Therefore, multilingual people are constantly making decisions. Their brains have practice in choosing between many things. And this training doesn't just benefit the speech centre of the brain. Many areas of the brain profit from multilingualism. Language skills also mean better cognitive control. Of course, language skills will not prevent dementia. However, in multilingual people the disease progresses slower. And their brains seem better able to counterbalance the effects. In language learners symptoms of dementia appear in a weaker form. Confusion and forgetfulness are less serious. Therefore, old and young profit equally from language acquisition. And: With each language it gets easier to learn a new one. So, we should all be reaching for the dictionary instead of medicine!

Guess the language!

*****ian is counted among the Indo-Germanic languages. However, it is not closely related to any other language in the group. No one knows exactly how *****ian came into being. Today it is mainly spoken in *****ia and in Kosovo. It is the native language of around 6 million people. *****ian is divided into two large dialect groups. The Shkumbin River is the dividing line between the northern and southern dialects. In some areas there is a noticeable difference between the two.

The written form of *****ian wasn't developed until the 20th century. The language is written with Latin letters. The grammar is somewhat similar to Greek and Romanian. It is also possible to find parallels to South Slavic languages. All of these similarities must have arisen from contact with those languages. If you are interested in languages, you should definitely learn *****ian! It is a unique language!

 


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