Trusted teacher: Welcome to Tamil for Beginners. Tamil is a south Indian classical language spoken by approximately 80 million people worldwide and is one of the official languages in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia. Tamils form a huge diaspora in almost all the countries in the world, prominently in UK, US and Canada. Tamil is the offshoot of the Dravidian language family, quite distinct from Indo-European roots. It has separate fonts and some experts believe it grew in the south alongside Sanskrit in the north. Learn this wonderful language that is at least 3000 years old with a rich classic literature.