Hello everybody! I am trying to learn Tamil, but at the moment I cannot speak a word because there is nobody to teach me pronunciation. However, I do know the alphabet. In order to practice this, I was transliterating a poem about the 26/12/04 (12/26/04 for the Americans) Tsunami when I came across a word. The word is "சுனாமி", or for those of you who do not have the appropriate font, I transliterate it as "cunaami". Could anybody tell me if this word is as obvious as it looks, namely "tsunami". "Tsunami" is of course a Japanese word, which I think means "harbor wave" and presumably the Tamils use the Japanese word in the same way that we do. However, based on the fact that my entire vocabulary consists of a "staggering" 5 words, I didn't want to take any chances. Thanks for your help.