Yuko Fukuroi came to the Institute to learn Tamil, to be of use to collect data for her doctoral programme and was my student in Tamil for the last two years with breaks now and then when she would go out to collect data for her thesis. I am really amazed at the speed with which she picked up Tamil in speaking, reading and writing. She is a committed and hard working young scholar not only in learning but also in teaching. My text-book to teach Tamil to foreign students, my mode of drilling and extracting work, have helped her a lot to evolve her method of teaching and I should say, her text-book is an improved version of my teaching materials for Tamil, which I have been using all these years.
The second part of the text is expected to be printed in the next one year which will be followed by Part III of the book and a multi-lingual dictionary, Japanese-Tamil-English, to be of use for those who undergo these language courses.
The preliminary textbook on Japanese through Tamil was completed in 1994. As soon as I began to use that book in my Japanese classes, I found that learning Japanese through Tamil helped students, who knew Tamil, to understand Japanese easily. What is more, that book could remove the student's prejudice that Japanese language is strange and difficult. But at the same time, I faced problems mainly on the differences between Japanese and Tamil. Each language has a structure different from that of others, and at the present stage we cannot say for certain that Tamil and Japanese belong to the same language family. Owing to various problems that I faced in the class-room, my textbook has undergone revisions.
I am indebted to Dr. Shu Hikosaka and Dr. G. John Samuel, Directors of the Institute of Asian Studies, for their encouragement and support in publishing this textbook, Learn Japanese-Part I successfully. I am happy in bringing out this text-book in print through the Institute of Asian Studies, a research centre with Indo-Japanese collaboration promoting academic research on the cultural facets of Asian countries.
I thank Dr. M. Shanmugam Pillai who has always given me valuable suggestions and advice for the successful completion of this text-book.
Dr. C. Rajeswari, who is a prominent scholar in Tamil with a deep knowledge of Japanese language and its structure, translated the preliminary textbook into Tamil. Ms. J. Kalpana Joy Selvakumari, Dr. N. Chandra Segaran, Dr. R. Jayaraman, Dr. V. Ganesan were kind enough to go through the proofs along with me. Ms. Jija Shelley and Mr. K. Selladurai operated the computer in Tamil, English and Japanese for printing. I am grateful for their great help in bringing out this textbook.
I hope this Learn Japanese - Part I would be of immense help for Tamil students to learn Japanese and also to understand the Japanese culture.
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