Google search in Tamil

When I wrote my Tamil song lyrics quizzes, I had two problems:

  1. I can’t write in Tamil (not on paper, nor on a computer)
  2. I can’t spell right in Tamil (ந vs ன, ர vs ற)

I overcame the first using a Tamil transliterator. I write in English, and you see it in Tamil.

The problem of ந vs ன was simple. ந occurs as the first letter of a word, and just before த. Nowhere else. (Is this always true?)

But ர vs ற can’t be solved except through experience, and I’m short of that. So, rather than bother my family with every quiz, I used the wisdom of crowds. I googled both spellings of the word. The correct spelling has more Google hits than the incorrect one.

I did this so often, I made a Google gadget out of it.

Just type the word in English, click ‘Search’, and my gadget will search in tamil. It’s amazing how much stuff there is in Tamil on the Web, from song lyrics to texts (thirukkuraL, for example).

You can add this gadget to:

  • your desktop (in the Search Gadgets box, type “http://www.s-anand.net/a/tamilsearchgadget.xml”)
  • your website or blog (click here for the code)
  • Google Reader. Add to Google

Here’s the transliteration table:

Tamil English
a
A or aa
i
I or ee
u
U or oo
e
E
ai
o
O
au
k or g
n
ch or s
j
n
t or d
N
th or dh
n
p or b
m
y
r
l
v
zh
L
R
sh
S
h
  1. Madhu says:

    You should be at google:) and google is now considering buying youtube – remember when i posted a comment once, you said why will they buy:)

  2. S Anand says:

    Yeah, I remember the comment. Good call! Guess YOU’re the one who should be at Google :-)

  3. oskar lewis says:

    I’ ve put some links on my blog that can help you translating… http://www.oskarlewis.com/weblog/archives/1317

  4. Vasant says:

    Hi, guess something’s wrong with your RSS feeds.. they don’t seem to reflect your latest posts

  5. S Anand says:

    Vasant, I subscribe to my own RSS feeds. They seem fine. Are you subscribing to http://feeds.feedburner.com/sanand? Which RSS reader are you using? And what’s the latest post you see?

  6. Vasant says:

    I was subscribing to http://www.geocities.com/root_node/sanand.xml. Works fine with the other URL. Will change – Thanks

  7. Madhu says:

    Not able to download the gadget though. not available in google gadgets as well. would you have a link? Hope google scans ur page and reports that youtube was my idea and look at my email and automatically send me an offer;)

  8. S Anand says:

    That’s funny, the links in the post work for me… This link should add it to your Google home page. Don’t think you can “download” it, though. You can at best add it to Google Desktop.

  9. Madhu says:

    Ok. Am able to download it as a gadget though. It says add to webpage.

  10. Madhu says:

    This is an interesting website – http://www.blinkx.com, unlike youtube and google video you can search for a variety of video sources here. Might be bought out by one of the GYM companies soon!

  11. Kesavan.M says:

    Thanks.., No more words

  12. Sudar says:

    It is fine that you did this gadget. I liked it very much. Any such project it pipeline. Can you give this transliteration table in table form?

  13. Sanjai Gandhi says:

    its a genius thing…amazing…

  14. Sathuragiri vEL says:

    You can have a look at http://www.tise.velirs.com. We use a simialar approach but has made it more simpler.

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  16. ரவிசங்கர் says:

    நல்ல Gadget. ஆனா, பலம்-பழம், கள – கல் போன்ற வேறுபாடுகளை அறிய இந்த கூகுள் அணுகுமுறை உதவாது :) தமிழ் அகரமுதலிகள் தான் உதவும். பார்க்க – http://blog.ravidreams.net/?p=152

  17. thuvan says:

    we can’t convert from Tamil word to English word

  18. tamil priyan says:

    Check out http://kandupidi.com/editor . It supports both google tranliteration as well as english phonetic typing as well which many people prefer. There is a gadget for this as well.

  19. John Francis says:

    finding very hard to browse in tamil and i wish to have DEMO SCREEN TO download the steps to use them immeaditely