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00:20 Jan 24, 2002
English to Tamil translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: welcome
How do you say welcome to someone?
Shelley
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Summary of answers provided
5VaangaUsha
5"varaVeRkiRen"Usha
5"NALVARAVU"Usha
4varaverppu, varuge, nalvaravushasta
4 -2NamaskaramJoseph Andrew
4 -2Enna vishayamSerge L


  

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Enna vishayam


Explanation:
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    Reference: http://www.elite.net/~runner/jennifers/welcome.htm
Serge L
Local time: 08:09

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disagree  rechu: Enna vishaym is what's the matter
1 hr
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disagree  Usha: "Enna Vishayam" is "What is the matter?" But at times "Enna Vishayam" is also used as a conversation opener with known or familiar people which need not convey the meaning "What is the matter".
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"NALVARAVU"


Explanation:
"NALVARAVU" is the literal translation of "Welcome". If you are planning to put a sign board as "Welcome" you can use "Nalvaravu". But "Nalvaravu" is not used in coloquial talking.

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Usha
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"varaVeRkiRen"


Explanation:
Note: "Ve"--pronounce as "way" "Ren"-pronounce as "Rane"
This can be used when you are addressing a group of people or a meeting if your intonation is formal. The same word can be used while talking to people if your intonation is informal.
Example:
Formal--"I welcome you all"--"Naan Ungalai Varaverkiren"--I--Naan;; you all/you--Ungalai;; welcome--Varaverkiren
Informal,colloquial--" I really welcome you--"Naan nijamma unnai/ungalai varaverkiren"
Really--"Nijamma"(colloquial)
you--"unnai"(to close people)
"ungalai"(with elders or with respect or to casual acquaintance)

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Usha
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Vaanga


Explanation:
"Vaanga" is the coloquial equivalent of "Welcome". But if you mean "Welcome" as in--when someone thanks you you say "welcome"--you should not use "Vaanga". Instead you should say "Paravayillai". "Vaanga" is a term used for more than one person or when you are addressing someone with respect. "Vaa" is a term with the same meaning as "Vaanga" but this is used only with people younger than you or people with whom you are very close.

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Usha
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Namaskaram


Explanation:
I have read the other 4 answers. I would use the word "Namaskaram". The reason is in Tamil culture when we meet a person we normally greet by saying "Namaskaram".

Joseph Andrew
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disagree  shasta: this is the equivalent of "aloha" or a neutral greeting upon meeting a person/persons or may be used as a formal goodbye.but does not mean welcome.
11 hrs

disagree  Usha: 'Namaskaram' itself is not a strictly tamil word. This mainly originates from Sanskrit and imported into Brahminical Tamil. In strict Tamil you can add "Vanakkam, Vaanga". Though "Vanakkam" is a neutral greeting, 'Vaanga' will enhance the greeting.
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varaverppu, varuge, nalvaravu


Explanation:
varaverpu is the noun form of welcome
varuge is to welcome someone
nalvaravu as in "I offer you a welcome to my home"

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