Saturday, August 4, 2012

You will start reading Malayalam after this post

When I was working in college, I got interested in reading Malayalam. Borrowed Malayalam India Today from a colleague who was also staying in the hostel. and tried reading. The strategy I used was 'Knowing the unknown thru' the known'. Looked for the photographs of the politicians and actors and tried reading the text in Malayalam below. Its is an incremental approach quite different from normal. Each letter you learn you use in learning new letters. By evening on that went back to my colleague to return the magazine and gave a demo of my newly learnt Malayalam reading skill.

Would like to share with you that pleasure of learning to read Malayalam. Given below is list of famous personalities with their names in Malayalam followed by their picture.



അബ്ദുല്‍ കലാം

സച്ചിന്‍ തെൻഡുൽക്കർ

വിശ്വനാഥൻ ആനന്ദ്

മൈക്കിള്‍ ജാക്സണ്‍

അമിതാഭ് ബച്ചന്


കമല്‍ ഹാസന്‍  



Quiz time:  To know the answer just select between the braces.
രാമായണം (Ramayanam) Hint: An Epic
സാനിയ (Saniya)Sports woman
ധര്‍മേന്ദ്ര (Dharmendra) Hindi film yesteryear hero
അമേരിക്ക(America) Democratic Country, like India
രാജസ്ഥാന്‍(Rajasthan) One of our Indian states
സ്റ്റീവ് ജോബ്സ്(Steve Jobs) He loved this fruit, not Newton
വിവേകാനന്ദ (Vivekananda) Calcutta 2 Chicago
തമിള്‍ നാട് (Thamil nadu) One of our Indian states
മന മോഹന്‍ സിംഗ് (Man mohan singh) Finance
ഒബാമാ (Obama) Yes, We Can
അലക്സാണ്ടര്‍ ഗ്രഹം ബെല്‍(Alexander Graham bell) Dial this inventor


  1. Being a Malayalee I know Malayalam pretty well. I appreciate you for taking pains to learn a new language. Yours is an interesting approach to learning a new language. Shall try it with a language I am unfamiliar with. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. You are welcome Zach George.This method will help in learning any of our Indian languages where the sound of individual letters are added to give the sound of a word.

  3. ചെടന്‍ വാസി