Frame 11

Main Feature: 3. Learning Moduals,Module 11


ai (ai): The two elements namely, a and i and their combination form ai. In ai, a is a front vowel and i is a front closed vowel. This in its production resembles y as in the English word my. This sound occurs in a word initial, medial, and final positions. This vowel represented by the letter ai and used as it is in the word initial position and elsewhere the secondary symbol is used with other consonants. This may be considered as a long vowel.

Copy the letter three times.


Read the following words.


The secondary symbol for ai is ai2nd. Note that the secondary symbol is first written and then the primary consonant is written.

The secondary symbol for ai was not the same as the one in use in the modern Tamil for few consonants.


Read the following words.


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