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Detailed comparison of Malayalam and Tamil World Languages. Side by side look at similarities and differences for things like writing system, script(s) used, total number of speakers, noun declensions, no. of countries spoken in and more. Combined they ac
There are 10 differences and 7 similarities between Malayalam, Tamil
Language Family and Writing System
Writing System   Malayalam vs   Tamil  
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Script(s) Used   (malay Am) vs   (tamil )  
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Family   Dravidian vs   Dravidian  
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Mar 5, 2012 
jordan  wrote about Family:
It says here that both Malayalam and Tamil are from Dravidian family but why they has different script?


Subgroup   Southern vs   Southern  
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3 Letter Code   Mal vs   Tam  
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Number of Speakers
Number of Native speakers (millions)   
34 million
vs   63.1 million
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Native Speakers as % of World   
0.7 %
vs   1.4 %
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Total Number of Speakers (millions)   
35 million
vs   68 million
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Total Speakers as % of World   
1 %
vs   0.9 %
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Language Systems
Noun declensions   Eight Cases vs   Many Cases  
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Sequence   Sov vs   Sov  
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Tonal   No vs   No  
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Agglutinative language   Yes vs   Yes  
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Geographic Distribution
Official language in   



Sri Lanka




Sri Lanka

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Mar 5, 2012 
jordan  wrote about Official language in:
Malayalam and Tamil are both an official language of India.


Official Language of United Nations   No vs   No  
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Countries Spoken In   Malaysia, Singapore, India vs   Sri Lanka, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa  
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Mar 5, 2012 
jordan  wrote about Countries Spoken In:
Yes Kristine, it speaks also in Singapore and South Africa.


Mar 5, 2012 
kristine  wrote about Countries Spoken In:
I thought that Malayalam only speaks in Malaysia. Well, it also speaks in many country.


Mar 5, 2012 
samantha  wrote about Countries Spoken In:
Oh, I see! This is the reason why there are only 35 millions speakers of Malayalam compare to Tamil which has a total of 68 millions.


No. of Countries Spoken In   
vs   6
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Mar 6, 2012 
jordan  wrote about Geographic Distribution:
When I was in high school I've learned from my history class that Hindi is the official language of India. But in this table I've just learned that India has 2 additional official language Malayalam and Tamil. This is great!


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