Population: Of the approximately 20 million population of Sri Lanka in 2005, 280,000 had access to the Internet.
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Language Code: ta
Geographical Location: Tamil is one of the official languages of India, Singapore and Sri Lanka. In 1996, it was the eighteenth most spoken language, with over 74 million speakers worldwide.
Literacy Rate: 90.4%
Dialects: Tamil dialects vary according to both region and community. Several castes have their own dialects which most members of that caste traditionally used regardless of where they come from, although these differences are now becoming less common. There are twenty-two current dialects of Tamil, including Adi Dravida, Aiyar, Aiyangar, Arava, Burgandi, Kasuva, Kongar, Korava, Korchi, Madrasi, Parikala, Pattapu Bhasha, Sri Lanka Tamil, Malaya Tamil, Burma Tamil, South Africa Tamil, Tigalu, Harijan, Sankethi, Hebbar, Tirunelveli and Madurai. Other known dialects are Kongu and Kumari. Although not a dialect, the Tamil spoken in Chennai (capital of Tamil Nadu) infuses English words and is called Madras Bashai.
Currency: The currency of Sri Lanka is the rupee (SKR), divided into 100 cents.
Language Tips: Tamil is a language in which the words are formed by joining smaller words together. Tamil nouns (and pronouns) are classified into two classes, the rational and the irrational, which include a total of five classes. People are classified as "rational,” and all other nouns as irrational. Tamil doesn’t distinguish between adjectives and adverbs and has no articles (a, the). Definiteness and indefiniteness are indicated by grammatical devices or context. The Tamil alphabet has 12 vowels and 18 consonants. These combine to form 216 compound characters. There is also one special character giving a total of 247 characters. Tamil has its own script.
On a typical business card: Although the business language is English in Sri Lanka, business cards are essential. It’s advisable to have your card translated into Tamil on the reverse. Include any academic qualifications and professional titles, which should be prominent and stated clearly. Logos are also very popular.
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