I am bilingual. With Sinhalese and English. Yes able to carry out a conversation and read, write understand. But from a long time I always wanted to learn Tamil. Lets not comment on that dragging whole of Sri Lanka, but how many friends of mine uses the language. I for a fact do not see people as per their race, culture or religion but see them as humans. And some of them continue to talk in Tamil when they meet as it is the most preferred and most comfortable language by them. I with my mouth open, looking stupid look at them trying to grab what they are talking about. Once in a while I put in phrases like “enna kadtha?” They look at me. Ask me something that I have no idea of and continue with what ever they talk.
I decided to learn Tamil. Looked for some classes. Asked a few friends. But none seems to be quite what I expect. Still looking for with fingers crossed.
But why Tamil? What will I gain? Do I have plans to apply for a government job? For the last question my answer would be, no I don’t think so. Not according to my plans, which has anything to do with government. Then why? This is the most common question people I know and don’t ask me when I state that I want to learn tamil. The answer. There is no apparent reason really. But the satisfaction that I know another language. Tamil being the second used language after Sinhalese, I might and I do have people to talk with.
Besides language is just a media to project your thoughts. And we use a language that is known to the other party so he/she visualize and get it into their heads. And if I am able to use a media that they understand, life is much easier. To me and to them.
Its not a strong argument to convince someone. But that was enough to convince me to learn Tamil.
Not only Tamil I would like to learn more languages. Lets start with something that is more feasible at the moment. There is a Korean class near my office may be its the next stop for me.