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Interesting Facts About the Tamil Language

Interesting Facts About the Tamil Language

History

  • One of the oldest classical languages in the world is the Tamil language. Studies show that an ancient but deformed form of Tamil called Tamazight is spoken by one of the tribes in Cameroon in Africa.
  • In Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, historians have found Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions. However, they have not succeeded in providing an exact date of its origin. It is believed that the language has been spoken since 500 BC.
  • During the pre-colonial era Tamil was one of the main languages used for trade.
  • The ancient principality of Kamarinadu existed between India and Ethiopia. Ancient Tamils conquered Kamarinadu, which connected India and Ethiopia, and spread the language to Africa.
  • It is one of the most difficult and oldest languages in the country (more than 50,000 years old). This Dravidian language is one of the major South Indian languages, and is spoken by over 60 million people in Singapore, India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The original Indians spoke Sanskrit in North, Tamil in South, and Austro-Asiatic in the east.
  • It is believed that the Mayans of the Maya Civilization of South America were actually Tamils and spoke a dialect of Tamil. Studies also show that the language of the Jews, Hebrew, derived from Tamil. This is because of the Tamil exodus to Africa via the middle-east.

Facts and numbers

  • Tamil has obtained the classical status. In fact, it’s one of the first languages to attain this status.
  • Today, Tamil is spoken not only in Tamil Nadu, but also in northern Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa and Fiji. 1% of the world’s population are Tamil speaking people, and it is the 15th most spoken language in the world.
  • Tamil has been bestowed with official language status in quite a few countries, and it is one of most widely spoken languages in the world.

Origin

Tamils are of Dravidian origin. The four major Dravidian (South Indian) languages are Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. Among the Dravidian language family Tamil is considered as the foremost language. The Dravidians form the majority of the population of south India, and there are around 220 million native speakers of Dravidian languages in the world.

Diglossia – spoken and written

Tamil uses two dialects or languages, and when a language community uses two dialects it is known as diglossia. They are known as H or ‘high’ type and the L or ‘low’ type in linguistic parlance. The H or ‘high’ type is found in literature. It is also used in religious ceremonies and education as it is more formal, traditional and esteemed. The ‘low’ type is used in everyday parlance. The ‘high’ type is found in ancient Tamil texts, which are a storehouse of knowledge. They have been translated into many languages and are appreciated by people across the globe.…

The Key To A Winning Casting Call

The Key To A Winning Casting Call

The most effective tool in your arsenal for a wining casting call could be a video. Video are so easy and very cost effective.

A video camera is all that you really need. Think of all the current superstars who were discovered when they simply uploaded a video to video sharing sites.

If you are any type of performer or involved in the performing arts, be sure to produce a video of your self performing. Singing, dancing, rapping, whatever is your trade. Unfortunately many performers are misled into spending large amounts of money in producingappropriate videos. There are a number of studios that will offer to produce your demos, showing you in mock commercials. For the most part, these are not necessary.

The only videos that are worth anything, both to you and the casting director, are those that show you in an actual performance.

If you are a beginner, you may not have short segments of films that are already distributed, but you can be credited for participation in college films and television productions. Try to first get cast in performances in and around your community, be sure that these performances are videotaped.

Universities and colleges offer cinema or telecommunications courses. The work produced by these departments is often of excellent professional quality. Be sure that you can obtain a copy of any or all of your performances.

It is extremely important that you practice your craft in as many public productions as possible. You need to showcase your talents, and you never know who will be looking at your profile. Your video should be longer than three minutes, it should show some good closeup of your face. The casting director will observe signs of your emotion vitality and energy in your performance. If you are an actor, it is best to include some scenes including your interaction with other characters.

Casting calls are published online and in trade magazines, when searching for casting calls, before that you include a video of your performance.

The key to getting discovered is providing maximum exposure. Casting managers are everywhere and are constantly searching for new talent and with the internet being available everywhere and at any time, it is a free and easy method to display your talents to a worldwide audience. The major players in the entertainment industry are always on the constant lookout for new talent and aspiring performers are invited to submit applications to casting calls. The applications will in most cases require that you submit a video. The video will unduly increase your chances of discovery. …

Homeschool Transcripts – Do CLEP Tests Count for College Credit?

Homeschool Transcripts – Do CLEP Tests Count for College Credit?

Some colleges take CLEP, some colleges do not; the same is true for AP, Advanced Placement. But there are two benefits of taking tests for college credit, regardless of which method you choose.

One benefit is that it is a college course that they will get credit for. That credit may be accepted or it may not. The other benefit is that it can show the college that my child really does know chemistry, for example.

Some colleges may give you the college credit and others will not, but the only way that you can find out is to ask them personally or go to that college's website and search under credit by examinations. Usually colleges will have a policy and it will mention dual enrollment by AP, CLEP and others as well.

When making a transcript you are able to list classes by subject or by year. When I listed the classes by subject, I did not say which ones were the early high school credits but when I listed it by year I did.

So, it would say ninth grade these classes, tenth grade these classes. Anything before 9th grade I said "Early High School Credits". I gave them high school credit for each of those things that I knew was high school level. Any class that they took an passed a CLEP test, I gave them an honors credit, because CLEP reflects a college level of learning.

At the University of Washington, they do not provide college credit for CLEP, but I provided CLEP exams for both of my boys anyway and that is one of the reasons why we got scholarships at the University of Washington. I had all of these tests in all of these different areas so that they knew that what I wrote on the transcript was really true. So, even though they did not get college credit for their CLEP, it still paid off.

Whatever your chosen college takes CLEP or not, the test can offer huge benefits for you student.