Malayalam language resources – Language Links Database

Malayalam – also known as Kairali (കൈരളി, Kairaḷi ?), is a language spoken in India, predominantly in the state of Kerala. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India and was designated a Classical Language in India in 2013. Malayalam has the official language status in the state of Kerala and in the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry. It belongs to the Dravidian family of languages, and is spoken by approximately 33 million people according to the 2011 census. Malayalam is also spoken in the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka; with more popularity in the Nilgiris, Kanyakumari and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu, and the Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu districts of Karnataka. 

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Native speakers: 38 million (2007)

Official language in: Indian states: Kerala (State), Lakshadweep (Territory), Puducherry

Malayalam Grammar and Pronunciation

  • - lessons, grammar and a lot of others resources. This website also contains some premium learning materials.
  • Learn101 - All the lessons contain audio and are all offered for free. We will learn the alphabet together. We will also review some simple grammar rules, practice common phrases, and we will have fun memorizing many important vocabulary lists.
  • MyLanguages - Courses about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender (feminine, masculine…), negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, excercises.
  • - Language Lessons
  • - This site is designed to teach you and help you learn Malayalam for free through vocabularyphrasesgrammar and flashcards (vocabulary trainer)
  • Omniglot - Malayalam Alphabet
  • - Online Transliterator
  • LanguageReef - 15 language lessons
  • - Malayalam lessons
  • - Grammar of Spoken Malayalam
  • - Malayalam for kids. Here is a collection of documents that may help young kids (and adults too) to learn and understand the language. Most of the documents are material prepared for the Malayalam class being conducted at Portland (Oregon, USA) for little kids.
  • - Alphabets, vocabulary and grammar worksheets
  • Wikipedia - Basic Grammar and Phonology

Digitized Grammar Books

  • Malayalam: a Grammatical Sketch and a Text by Haowen Jiang, 75 pages (pdf)
  • Google Books Malayalam Self-taught by the Natural Method with Phonetic Pronunciation (Thimm’s System) by Don M. de Z. Wickremasinghe, T. N. Menon (B.A.) (2004)(mirror here)
  • A Course in Colloquial Malayalam by Moag, Rachel; Moag, Rodney (1967), 507 pages (pdf). This text is designed to teach colloquial Malayalam of the kind that will be understood throughout Kerala to the Peace Corps volunteers going to India’s Kerala State. The text is aural-oral in approach and is made up of two main parts.  
  • Malayalam: A University Course and Reference Grammar by Moag, Rodney F. (1980), 639 pages (pdf)(pending restoration)(mirror here)
  • Google Books Malayalam by R Asher (2013). The first detailed description of Malayalam, providing an in-depth analysis of the linguistic richness of this language, spoken by over 35 million people on the Malabar coast of southern India.
  • Google Books Malayalam selections: with translations, grammatical analyses and vocabulary by Alexander John Arbuthnot (1851)
  • Google Books A Progressive Grammar of the Malayalam Languageby L. J. Frohnmeyer (1989)
  • Google Books Learn Malayalam in Thirty Days Through English by Krishna Gopal Vikal,A. Mathew,T. Aneesan (2007)

Malayalam Vocabulary

Vocabulary-related (and digitized) E-books

  • Google Books Malayalam and English Vocabulary by Kalladi Thyen Ramunni (2001)

Malayalam Reading Materials

Malayalam Dictionaries

Digitized Dictionaries

  • A Malayalam and English Dictionary [ed. by E. Diez]. by Hermann Gundert (1872)(mirror here)
  • Google Books School-dictionary, English and Malayalam (1870)
  • Google Books English Malayalam Picture Dictionary
  • Google Books Prospectus. A Malayalam and English Dictionary by Rev. H. Gundert, D. Ph (1871)
  • Google Books English-Malayalam Dictionary by Tobias Zacharias (1999)
  • Google Books A Malayalam and English dictionary by Hermann Gundert
  • Google Books A Malayalam and English Dictionary, Volume 1-5 by Hermann Gundert

Malayalam Listening and Video Resources


  • Forvo - Over 400 words pronounced by native speakers




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