தமிழ்த் தேனீ Spelling Bee

Improve your vocab and compete Nationally
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Age 5 to 16
Master 4000+ Tamil words
Compete at various levels

4000ற்கும் மேற்பட்ட சொல் களஞ்சியம்
சொல் வளம் மேம்பட பன்னிலை போட்டிகள்
Word list
Rules Levels
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IMPROVE VOCAB | WIN NATIONAL TITLE

What is Tamil Theni?

Encouraging second generation Tamil learners in North America to improve their Tamil vocabulary, by providing curated Words, helping to form clubs for practicing and using a national competition format for recognition.

FeTNA • பேரவை

FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Associations of North America) provides the National Platform for the competitions and recognizes winners at the various stages of the competitions with Trophies, Medals, Certificates and Financial awards.

Word List

The goal is to identify and share 4000 words from common usage, introduce origin of words and explore richness of words from Sangam literature.

Schools, Clubs, Tamil Sangams

Tamil schools, Tamil Sangams and individuals in North America can form groups/clubs to practice and prepare for the competitions.

Competition Formats

Formats are designed to motivate understanding and using the words. Different formats are available by age, and by language skill level.

Online Quiz

Schools and Clubs can leverage scheduled online Quiz for practice and to select teams for the National competition.

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Reg Open

Early Oct
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Words Published

End Dec
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Quiz

Mid Dec
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Reg Close

End Jan
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Regionals

Mid Feb
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Finals

Jul 4
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Language Experts

Get guidance from language experts and practice with friends and other contestants.

JAMES VASANTHAN

Tamil Music Composer

Learn from his experience in hosting 100s of children's educational competitions in National TVs in many countries.
KAVINGAR MAGUDESWARAN

Expert on Origin of Words

Our guide to help focus on the right words and being our reference for understanding the origin of Tamil words.
PROF KURINJI VENDHAN

Motivator and Trainer

Bringing the teaching techniques to children in North America for whom Tamil is mostly a second language.
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Competition Formats

School Teams

Tamil schools can send  a team of 2 contestant for all competition levels as long as the students meet the age limit.

Club Teams

Clubs formed by Tamil Sangams and individuals can send a team of 2 members for Level 3, 4 and 5 only.

SCHOOLS ONLY
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THENI-1 அரும்பு
Up to 8yr age
Tell the word in Tamil
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THENI-2 மலர்கள்
Up to 12yr age
Translate sentence to Tamil
SCHOOLS & CLUBS
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THENI-3 கனிகள்
Up to 8yr age
Tell a Story from Pictures
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THENI-4 விதைகள்
Up to 16yr age
Translate and Write in Tamil
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THENI-5 செடிகள்
Up to 16yr age
Find Word using Clues
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QUIZLive Online Quizzes

Quizzes for various levels will be conducted periodically to assist Schools in selecting their teams.

A free Quiz App is available to participate in scheduled online Live Quizzes. It is a great way to become familiar with typical questions and to practice for the competition.

Clubs can also use the Quiz App for their internal competitions.

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LIVE QUIZ
Subscribe to newsletter to be notified for upcoming live online Quizes.
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TIME
Quizzes are usually conducted on weekend and are typically for 15min with 20 questions.
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RECOGNITION$10,000+ in total Prizes

FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Associations of North America) provides the National Platform for the competitions and recognizes winners at the various stages of the competitions with Trophies, Medals, Certificates and Financial awards.
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Participants

ECertificates for all competing in this National competitions.

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Regional

ECertificates for Regional Winners and Runners.

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Zonal

Medals for Zonal Winners and Certificates for Winners and Runners.

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Nationals

Certificate for all Finalist. Winner and Runners get Trophy and Cash Prize.

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TESTIMONIALSபுது புது சொற்கள்!!

Learned lot of new Tamil words
It was easy to learn and practice lot of new Tamil words. Pictures helped me to understand words.

PRAGGYA THIYAGARAJAH, CT

I made new friends. My team partner and I spent lot of time practicing together and now we are very good friends!

ATHISHRAJ AMIRTHARAJ, FL

As the 2021 National Title Winner for Level 3, I'm extremely proud of how much this competition enhanced my fluency in reading and writing formal, literary and grammatically-accurate Tamil. Most importantly, Tamil Theni helped me connect back to my native culture, serving as a bridge between my American and Indian identities.

PRITHIKA POOMARAN, CA

Fee

Tamil Theni is managed by Volunteers. FeTNA sponsors the Prizes.

However, there are other expenses to manage the mobile app, data hosting, cloud services for machine learning etc.

Nominal fees and Sponsors help us take this leaning to our young learners.

ONE TIME
Registration Fee
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  • Fee per Team (2 members in a team)
  • Doesn't include FeTNA registration fee if selected to compete in the Finals
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ANNUAL
School Membership
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  • Sample Questions
  • Online Quiz to select teams
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ANNUAL
Club Membership
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  • Sample Questions
  • Competition App and tech support
  • Online Quiz access
  • Webpage for Club members
  • Support to promote club, train members
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Tamil Theni
Fully volunteer run organization
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Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America
Nation Competition Host & Prize Sponsor
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Avvai Tamil Center, Frisco TX
Executive Sponsor

CONTACT DETAILS

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