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Learn Malayalam

Get the right language on your travels in India and neighbouring Nepal and Pakistan: due to the high number of spoken languages, the 'official' language may not be the best one to learn for every area. The Indic languages belong to different language families and many use unique alphabets, but uTalk will help you out with its alphabet section and how to find the right words and phrases.

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Fun facts about Malayalam

The script is very rounded because it used to be written on palm leaves, which would tear if straight lines were used.

Malayalam has quite a large number of household words of Portuguese origin: for example, 'chāvi' means 'key' from 'chave', 'janāla' means 'window' from 'janela', 'alamāra' means 'cupboard' from 'armário'.

The idiom ആന വായില്‍ അമ്പഴങ്ങാ means 'a small fruit in an elephant's mouth', or too small an amount to satisfy a great need.

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