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Conversations and Texts in Sinhalese (Sinhala)

Trav eling to Sri Lanka is especially great w hen know ing the language Sinhala.

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[ mee ba s - e ka ya n ne ko haa ta da ? ]
( This bus going where? )
Where is this bus going?

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[ me hee i nda la ko lo mba ta ba s - e ka k ti ye na va da ? ]

( Here from Colombo bus is ? )
Is there a bus from here to Colombo?

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Old Sinhala Numbers

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[ oo ee ka ko c ca ra ho nda da ! ]
( Oh, this how nice. )
Oh, this is great.

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[ da ku nnu pa laa tee ko yi ha ri yee da ? ]

( Southern province which region-? )
Ich which region of the southern province.

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[ na mu t ma gee u pa n ga ma da ku nnu pa laa tee . ]

( But my birth-village southern province. )
But my birth place is in the southern province.
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ya na vaa

[ ko hee da pa di nnn ci ya ? ]
( Where-? domicile )
Where do you live?

[ ee ka ha ri la s sa nna na ma k nee . ]
( This very nice name isnt it. )
This is a nice name.

[ ma gee na ma Shi ra ni ]
( My name Shirani. )
My name is Shirani.

[ o yaa gee na ma mo ka k da ? ]
( Your name what-? )
What is your name ?

[ ma ma da n na vaa ]
( I know. )
I know.

[ ma ta ka yi . ]
( Remember-me. )
I remember.

[ e yaa lo ku ko l le k . ]
( He tall boy. )
He is a tall boy.
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[ o ya la s sa nna ke l la . ]
( You beautiful woman . )
You are a beautiful woman

[ o ya ge ko nda kae pu va da ? ]
( Your hair cutted )
Have you cutted your hair ?

[ a pi po ddi mi ni s su ne . ]
( We small people, right ? )
We are just unimportant people, right ?

[ ma ge ka ku l ri de na va ]
( My feet hurt )
My feet are hurting.

[ o ya ge ae s ra t tu pa ta yi . ]
( Your eyes red color. )
Your eyes are red.

[ ma ge ka n po ddi . ]
( My ears small. )
My ears are small.

[ ma ge ko n nda ri de na va . ]
( My back hurt )
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My back hurts.

[ o ya ge a ta de n na ]
( Your hand give. )
Give me your hand.

[ ba l laa ge ya ae tu llee . ]
( Dog house-in. )
The dog is in the house.

[ a pi ya na vaa . ]
( We go. )
We are going.

[ a pi ya mu . ]
( We go-IMP. )
Lets go.

[ o yaa na pu ru vi dhi ya tta ka taa ka ra na vaa . ]

( You bad (kind) talk make. )
You are talking badly.

[ ma ma a da ya n nee nae hae . ]

( I today go not. )
I am not going today.

[ me he e n na . ]
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( Here come. )
Come here.

[ a pi ko hee da ya n ne ? ]
( We where go ? )
Where do we go ?

[ ma tta ya n na oo naae ]
( Me go want. )
I want to go.

[ ma ma ya n na oo naae ]
( I go have-to. )
I have to go.

[ o yaa ko hee da a da gi ye ? ]
( You where today went ? )
Where have you been today ?

[ ma ta o nee . . . ]
( Me want ... )
I would like ...

[ ma tta sa l li nae hae . ]

( me money not. )
I have no money.

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[ ma ma tae paae l ka n too ru va tta ya na va li yu ma k ya va n na . ]

( I post office go, letter(a) send. )
I am going to the post office and send a letter.

[ ma ma pa n sa l ya na va . ]
( I temple go. )
I am going to the temple.

[ ma ma o yaa tta aa da re yi ]
( I you love. )
I love you.

[ o yaa ko c ca ra
kaa la ya k me he i n na va da . ]
How long you are here ?

[ he lo Ro la n dd . I s tu ti ma ma ho di n i n na va . ]
( Hello Roland. Thank-you I good am. )
Hello Roland. I am fine.

[ he l lo shi raa ni . ko ho ma da sae pa sa ni pa . ]

( Hallo Shirani. Wie(?) gut gesundheitlich. )
Hello Shirani. How are you ?

[ ko lla mba na ga ra ye vaa ta ya a pi ri si du yi ]

( Colombo city air dirty )
The air in Colombo is dirty.
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[ ko o yaa ]
( Where you ? )
Where are you ?

[ o yaa ba s e ke ko la mba tta ya na va da ? ]

( You bus(DAT) Colombo go(?) )
Are you going to Colombo with the bus ?

[ o yaa ko la mba tta ba s e ke da ya n ne ? ]

( You Colombo bus(DAT)(?) going )
Are you going to Colombo with the BUS ?

[ o yaa ba s e ke ko la mba tta da ya n ne ? ]

( You bus(DAT) Colombo(?) going )
Are you going to COLOMBO with the bus ?

[ ma tta ee ka e paa ! ]
( Me this not )
I don't want this !

[ Do ra va ha n na e paa ! ]
( Door close not )
Don't close the door.

[ I k ma n ka ra n na ! ]
( Fast do )
Do it fast !
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[ A pi i k ma n tta ka na vaa . ]
( We fast eat )
We are eating fast.

[ Kaa ma ree mee see u dda . ]

( Room-in table on )
In the room on the table.

[ O ya pa t ta ree ya tta ba la n na ! ]
( You newspaper under look )
Look under the newspaper !

[ koo ma gee po ta ? ]
( Where my book )
Where is my book ?
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Sinhala (also know n as Sinhalese (older spelling: Singhalese) in English, also know n locally as Helabasa, is the mother tongue of the Sinhalese people, w ho make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka,
numbering about 15 million. Sinhala is also spoken, as a second language by other ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, totalling about 3 million. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages.
Sinhala is one of the official and national languages of Sri Lanka, along w ith Tamil. Sinhala, along w ith Pali, played a major role in the development of Theravada Buddhist literature. Sinhala has its ow n w riting
system, the Sinhala alphabet, w hich is a member of the Brahmic family of scripts, and a descendant of the ancient Indian Brahmi script. The oldest Sinhala inscriptions found are from the 6th century BCE, on
pottery; the oldest existing literary w orks date from the 9th century CE. The closest relative of Sinhala is the language of the Maldives and Minicoy Island (India), Dhivehi.
In 1977 the Free market economy w as introduced to the country, incorporating privatisation, deregulation and the promotion of private enterprise and loans. While the production and export of tea, rubber, and
other commodities remain important, industrialisation has increased the importance of food processing, textiles, telecommunications and finance. Main economic sectors of the country are tourism, tea export,
clothing, rice production and other agricultural products. In addition to these economic sectors, overseas employment contributes highly in foreign exchange, most of them from the Middle East.
The per capita incom e of Sri Lanka has doubled since 2005. During the same period, poverty and unemployment has dropped, market capitalisation has quadrupled and budget deficit has doubled. 90% of the
households in Sri Lanka are electrified. Income inequality has also dropped in recent years.
Sri Lanka is next only to Maldives in the South Asian region in terms of per capita incom e.
It is possible to get loans at various banks w here no personal guarantors or dow n paym ents are required, e.g. for w edding loans or car loans. There are option of repaying the loan based on a reducing
balance or an equal installment scheme and the flexibility to choose the repaym ent period of up to 5 years. Processing fee is typically low and there is the choice of both fixed and floating rate interest

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rate options.
Sri Lanka is a country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Know n until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar, the Palk Strait,
and lies in the vicinity of India and the Maldives. As a result of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link betw een West Asia and South East Asia. It w as an important stop on
the ancient Silk Road. Sri Lanka has also been a center of the Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times, being the nation w here the Buddhist teachings w ere first w ritten dow n as w ell as the oldest
continually Buddhist country. Sri Lanka boasts a diverse range of cultures, languages and religions. The Sinhalese people form the majority of the population; Tamils, w ho are concentrated in the north and
east of the island, form the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include Moors, Burghers, Kaffirs, Malays and the aboriginal Vedda people. Sri Lanka is a republic and a unitary state w hich is governed
by a semi-presidential system w ith its official seat of government in Sri Jayaw ardenapura-Kotte, the capital. The country is famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, gemstones, coconuts, rubber
and cinnamon, the last of w hich is native to the country. Sri Lanka has been called The Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

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