About me (and how I will help you learn Sinhala)

The Minimum You Need To Know About Me:

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  • A son, a husband, a brother (and a bit of a cocky douchebag if I’m being honest)
  • 36-year old Sri Lankan who’s been fortunate to have lived in Monaco, Switzerland, India, Maldives, & Sri Lanka
  • Created this site in 2013 and grew it to one of THE most popular Sinhala learning sites today with thousands of active subscribers
  • Sharing over 95% of my material FOR FREE with my subscribers because I’m fricking awesome like that (See, I warned you about the “cocky douchebag” part)

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Subscribe below to learn Sinhala from me

 

I Am Not Your Teacher

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I am NOT a Sinhala teacher. Never have been, and to be honest, I don’t want to be one.

Let me explain…

You see, I really don’t want to ‘teach’ you Sinhala. Instead I want to guide you on how to learn Sinhala… Sounds cute, I know, but hear me out.

To teach Sinhala, I’ll just need to regurgitate whatever vocabulary, grammar, and nasty linguistic words like ‘gerund’ and ‘subjunctive’ that I barely remember from school, give it to you, and then say “Good luck, you’re on your own now” and call it a day.

But taking the second approach forces me (sometimes to the point of wanting to pull my hair out) to put myself where you are and find out the most simple but effective short cuts, tips, and tricks that will help someone like you, the non-speaker, to learn Sinhala.

More specifically, my goal is to help you:

  • Absorb the basics of Sinhala
  • Apply what you learned through a few examples and tools
  • Steadily develop your confidence and comfort with the language;
  • Up to the point that you are ready to improvise with it.

So, no, I’m not a Sinhala teacher…

Instead, think of me of as “some Sri Lankan guy” you just met, who’s using his personal experience, years of hard work and self-inflicted brain torture, and his love (or some call it, obsession) for deconstructing & simplifying things, in order to hack the Sinhala language to make it as easy as possible for you to learn Sinhala.

 

So… What Do You Do Next?

You subscribe below, that’s what you do next.

(I’m currently even giving away my super-duper phrasebook to those who join).

Take this blog for a spin for the next couple of weeks. If you don’t like what you see, you’ll always have the option of unsubscribing anytime you want.

Fair enough?

 

Come learn Sinhala from me

 

Alright. Hopefully, the next time we speak, it’ll be via email.

Take care,

Dilshan

111 Responses to About me (and how I will help you learn Sinhala)

  1. Nalaka June 7, 2013 at 13:14 #

    Ayubowan/Bonjour Dilshan..

    You are doing great job,,,Sri Lankan tourist lovers eager to learn Sinhalese,,Like they love Sri Lanka..
    Continue your work….It is nice….Any news/updates of your new project,,Let us to know..

    Wish you all the best..!!

    Salutation du Sri Lanka..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 7, 2013 at 20:53 #

      Salut Nalaka, thanks very much for the nice and encouraging words. I appreciate it very much. :)

      All the best to you too and I hope to talk to you soon.

      Thanks again.

  2. Bob Cook June 30, 2013 at 21:34 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    Thank you so much for all the material you have made available. I am volunteer with an organisation called VESL. I am going to Sri Lanka in September for 6 months teaching English in Government schools . Your tutorials are invaluable in helping me to master the basics in Sinhala.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 30, 2013 at 18:04 #

      Thanks Bob! Very happy to help. I also noticed that you’ve shared my site on your organization’s Facebook page. Thanks for the vote of confidence, I appreciate that very much. Good luck with your trip to Sri Lanka and I’ll talk to you again soon.

  3. Adam July 6, 2013 at 10:29 #

    Dilshan,

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for making these lessons! What you have so far has been a huge help in lowering the barrier of entry into speaking Sinhala. I hope to be able to converse with my friends mother when she visits in December, since she doesn’t know any English. :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 6, 2013 at 10:49 #

      Hi Adam, thanks for the awesome comment. Very happy that you find my material helpful.

      “Barriers to entry”…. Woah, that line took me straight back to my Economics lectures at uni. But that’s a perfect way of describing the inertia. I might even plug that expression into my About Page somewhere…

      I also had a quick read-through of your blog. I too have a background in math although unlike you, I gave it up to pursue graduate studies in business (so, shamefully yes, I’m a traitor to the math community).

      Hopefully, with the content I’ll continue to pump out, you’ll be good and ready for your friend’s mom’s visit in December. But in the meantime, if you have any questions, do get in touch with me.

      Thanks again for the comment.

  4. Srinivas August 17, 2013 at 18:01 #

    Very Great and helpful. I am practicing these words in an easy manner as u taught. A big thanks to you for your selfless contribution..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2013 at 18:11 #

      Thanks for such a nice comment. Glad you’re learning the words.

  5. Kay Abayakoon August 31, 2013 at 03:16 #

    I am a Kiwi, who has been married to a Sri Lankan for 19 years. Really great that you are doing this, I’m already learning some new words to go along with my vocab. Keep it up. My son is going on a school trip to SL at the end of this year, so I will make him listen to this too, then he will have more than just “Thambili ekak denda””meka haride?” and “estudi” in his vocab. (phonetic spelling sorry about that) Keep up the good work!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 31, 2013 at 11:17 #

      Thanks Kay, very pleased to hear from you. So glad that I’m able to add to what appears to be a reasonably good base of Sinhala that you already seem to have (I loved the ‘thambili’ line…. oh great, now I’m starting to crave a thambili). I look forward to keeping in touch. If you or your son have any questions on the content of this blog, do let me know. Take care Kay and thanks again for your comment. Great way to start my Saturday.

  6. Dilshari September 18, 2013 at 11:54 #

    Nice presentation ;-)so you must be parler le français aussi ? Or not?
    Moi je suis né au sri Lanka but was taken from my country (adopted:'( )as baba . Now I miss my country , culture.eveything …. by the way I am also in the south of France Montpellier ;-)
    So thanks again for your work you even help a little sister (31) a bit lost ….
    I will start tonight and do every day al little bit
    A bientôt

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 18, 2013 at 14:20 #

      Oui, je parle un peu, mais j’ai jamais pratiqué ce suffisant puisque j’ai travaillé et étudié en anglais.

      Good luck with the learning. I think the petit-a-petit approach is the best. Most people try to do too much too soon and get overwhelmed and discouraged.

  7. Sharmila October 5, 2013 at 17:13 #

    My husband is American and has tried to learn sinhala using many books and tutorials; your system is the first one that’s worked! He can understand and respond to many simple phrases and his accent is not bad at all. Great job!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 5, 2013 at 19:53 #

      That’s just music to my ears! Thanks for letting me know, Sharmila! I’m happy to help. Please tell your husband to not worry too much about the accent at first. I’ve noticed that most of my readers discourage themselves (unnecessarily) by focusing too much on that. It makes me so happy to know that he’s able to respond to some phrases already. In case he hasn’t done so, please ask him to register on my blog to receive a free copy of my phrasebook. Talk to you again soon and thanks again for your comment.

  8. Susi October 17, 2013 at 13:06 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thank you for your very helpful blog! I am going to visit Sir Lanka next week and I really like to know some basic phrases no matter where I go in the world, cause I think language is such a big part of a culture. So thank you a lot, I can only recommend your videos!

    A very nice day to you all,
    Susi

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 19, 2013 at 08:49 #

      Hi Susi, thanks for your comment. I love it when the word “helpful” is used to describe my blog! Completely agree with you about lanaguage being an integral part of a culture. Hope you have a great visit and once you’re back, please tell me if you got a chance to use some of the phrases. All the best.

  9. Suzana November 18, 2013 at 19:53 #

    Thanks Dilshan!
    Im from Brazil and my boyfriend srilanken!
    We chat in english, but sinhala make me very admirated!
    I think this language equal tupy guarany , primitive people of amazon forest here Brazil, pronuncie remember!
    How I want learn I discovery your blog in youtube and Im loving can learn this language!
    Congratulations!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 23, 2013 at 15:28 #

      You’re welcome Suzana. Thank you so much for your comment. I’m happy that you found my blog through youtube. I wish you good luck with your learning. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. Take care and thanks again.

  10. Zeta November 24, 2013 at 22:29 #

    Aayubowan Dilshan!

    Your videos are so useful and easy to understand, I really like the layout. Thanks for sharing your talents and efforts.

    I am Sri Lankan on my father’s side, and actually, I will be visiting Sri Lanka for the first time in my life in about 2 weeks! I am going with my Mum and Dad and Akki. Before I saw your videos, Akki was pretty much the only Sinhala word I knew. Now I’ve been texting my dad with phrases I’ve learned from your videos, and he’s been remembering his Sinhala and answering back :)

    Our family mostly lives in Colombo. From Colombo, we plan to take a day trip to Kandy. The next day, we plan to visit Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Polonnaruwa. The next day will will visit Anuradapura, and then go back to Colombo. And finally the next day’s plan is to drive to the beach at Galle, and then back to Colombo.

    Do you think this itinerary will be too much travel time, and not enough visit time? I don’t really know how long it will take us to drive around the country. Also, we only have 7 days in Sri Lanka, and for some of the days we want to relax and visit relatives in Colombo. Also also, I am an architecture student and I am very interested in visiting a Geoffrey Bawa house sometime in Colombo.

    I can’t wait! I’m so excited :D

    Isthoothi for your helpful blog!

  11. Zeta November 24, 2013 at 22:33 #

    ahh sorry, I meant my family mostly lives in Negombo and Colombo.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 25, 2013 at 08:00 #

      Hi Zeta, thanks for reaching out. Happy to hear from you for the first time.

      You’re very welcome, I’m glad that you like what I’ve done so far with this blog of mine.

      Your mention of “akki” reminded me to add that as a side note to my original post. Thanks! You’ll find it under the brother & sisters section.

      I’m not an expert in traveling around Sri Lanka, because (and I’m quite embarrassed to say this) I am yet to discover so many places in my own country. Was saying that to my father just the other day. But from the little bit I know, it seems a little too much traveling time (for a 7 day visit). You have to keep in mind that in Sri Lanka, googling the distance between two place doesn’t give you an accurate measure of how long it will take you owing to traffic, narrower roads outside colombo, the occassional stop at a railway track to let a train pass, etc. Last December I did a day trip to Kandy with my girlfriend and I remember not being in any mood to leave the house the next day. Anyway, it’s not like your itinerary is set in stone so you should be able to adjust it according to the mood. Let me know how it goes.

      That’s awesome about you texting your dad Sinhala phrases. I couldn’t find you on my subscriber list (perhaps you used a different email address and a super secret pseudonym…) but when you do, you’ll immediately receive a free copy of my phrasebook with plenty of more lines to send your dad.

      Thanks again for your message and yeah, please keep me posted about the itinerary as it could be helpful to me when I finally decide to leave the confines of my office chair to go see the rest of my beautiful country.

  12. Natasha November 25, 2013 at 09:54 #

    Dilshan

    I am writing to say, thank you … thank you…. thank you! I am one of those people who always likes to learn a little bit of the local language when I travel to be able to show respect to the my hosts and also have a bit of fun. In 2 days time I am off to Sri Lanka for 3 weeks so have been in ‘cram Sinhala study’ mode. Of all the language ‘lessons’ and phrase books etc I have come across, the work you are doing is THE BEST! For the last 3 weeks I have been listening non stop to the pod casts and videos every time I get in the car and have been testing myself with your phrase book on my iphone and ipad (OK, so I’ve become a bit obsessed).

    I recently met up with a friend who is Sri Lankan and he was amazed at what I knew. My proudest moment (so far) came last week when I was watching a Sri Lankan / Australian Chef, Peter Kuruvita who has a show here in Australia called ‘My Sri Lanka’ where he travels around the country cooking. As we were watching the episode I was able to actually translate some of what he was saying in Sinhala to my husband! I can’t wait to get to Sri Lanka in 2 days to really start putting all your great work (and some of mine) to the test!

    I have wanted to write to you earlier as I really admire and appreciate what you are doing with the blog – but I’ve been spending every minute studying your podcasts!

    Thankyou very much and I look forward to reporting back on my return!

    Natasha

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 4, 2013 at 18:18 #

      Natasha,

      Let me first say “sorry… sorry… sorry!” for taking this long to respond. This was one of those comments that I had marked as “to be replied” and then it got buried in the pile and then combined with the fact that I was traveling last week, it got really pushed to the bottom. Sorry again!

      THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the kind words about what I’ve done here. I’m very flattered. I’ll admit, I know that this blog is “quite good” (well it better be considering the time and effort I’ve put into it) but it’s so very rewarding to hear words like “THE BEST” from a reader. Thank you, sincerely it made me very happy.

      I guess you can imagine how your proudest moment is also a proud moment for me. That’s amazing that you were able to understand some of the words being said on the TV show. As much as I’d like to take credit for that, I think a huge proportion goes to you for being such a quick learner. This is not false modesty, I really mean it.

      Thank you once again for taking the time write to me, I really appreciate it. It’s awesome to have such enthusiastic (and appreciative) readers like yourself. Does wonders to my motivation.

      Yes, please do keep me posted on your progress. I’d be very interested to know your experiences from this trip. Bon voyage and thanks again.

  13. vivian December 15, 2013 at 09:53 #

    Ayubowan Dilshan!

    I’m so happy that finally i found this site. I’ve been looking the right site for me to learn Sinhala. Since the first time here, i feel so encouraged to keep stay here instead just passing by..
    I want to learn to speak Sinhalese as my spouse is Sri Lankan guy. So, please kindly to assist me. Bohama istuti!!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 15, 2013 at 12:01 #

      Hello Vivian!

      Always great to speak to someone who appreciates my blog so much. Thank you for the nice words. Very kind of you.

      I’m also happy to hear that you like to stick around the website. I’d like to think that I’ve provided a sufficient amount (and variety) of material to encourage readers to spend time here. Thank you for doing exactly that. Makes me feel like I’ve done things correctly.

      I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.Just let me know.

      Take care and thanks again for your comment. Talk to you soon.

  14. Leslie January 3, 2014 at 19:33 #

    I just finished watching one of your YouTube videos after having tried by first lesson on a commercial CDRom. I can tell you I learned more in 15mins with your video than an hour with the computer program.
    My fiance is Sinhalese and all my future in-laws are in Sri Lanka. I so want to be able to have open and close relationships with them and being able to converse with the fewest misinterpretations or having to have my hunni translate it every time is one of my greatest desires.
    I was getting very disheartened that it would ever happen and certainly not any time soon til I found your video.
    Thank you soooo very much. I cant wait to continue.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 9, 2014 at 17:04 #

      Hi Leslie, that’s very nice of you to say and thanks for letting me know that. It’s great that you found the videos effective. I also like that you’re learning Sinhala to get closer to the in-laws. From personal experience, I’m quite sure that your effort alone will be really appreciated by the family and it’ll certainly bring you all closer together. As you said, it’ll also mean your fiance doesn’t need to translate every little line that someone says regardless of how trivial it is :)

      Do keep me posted on your progress and let me know if you run into any difficult spots with the language.

      Thanks again for reaching out.

  15. Natasha Read January 5, 2014 at 05:00 #

    Dishan

    Thankyou for your reply to my last email and I am very pleased to now be able to write back to you and tell you of my wonderful 3 weeks in Sri Lanka. I can’t even begin to thank you and let you know how much of an impact your blog (and what it helped me to learn) made on my holiday. Now I’m not usually one to boast or talk myself up but I am going to make an exception this time as I would like to share some of my wonderful experiences with you who was instrumental in in my language ability!

    From the first day I was being asked how long I had lived in Sri Lanka or how many times I had visited before. No one could believe I had just arrived as I was quite comfortable with my (albeit very basic) Sinhala. Just being able to greet someone, introduce my self and make my requests known in (initially stilted) Sinhala opened so many doors and really made for some wonderful friendships and great experiences. By the first couple of days I was building on my initial learning’s from you and everyone around me was keen to add to my knowledge. I was praised on my pronunciation and willingness to give it a go. I had one guide from our Safari in Yala National Park comment that he was so touched and felt grateful that a tourist had taken the time to learn their language and ‘give it a go’ when only in the country for a few weeks. In fact he said he was inspired to take the same approach and learn more of the languages of his guests (so you’ve inspired others).

    I have to say that there are now a lot of Sri Lankan’s that know of your blog and have seen you in action. After prattling on in my basic Sinhala, the next question everyone would have is where or how did I learn. I was quick to pull out my ipad and show them your blog. Most surprised and interested that a Sri Lankan was teaching the world how to speak Sinhala! Everyone I met now knows about Dilshan from Monaco!

    As you can imagine, everywhere we went I immediately had a different experience with everyone when I made attempts to speak to them in Sinhala and it really added a very significant amount to the enjoyment and experience of the whole trip for me (I did have to laugh at some of the tuk tuk drivers and market sellers who were briefly taken a back when I told them they were too expensive, that they were trying to rip us off and to give us their best price or we would leave … all in Sinhala). I think what was really fun was that by the end of the 3 weeks I was starting to make some jokes in Sinhala and was even catching on to others comments in their conversations.

    So, as I started by saying, thank you …. thank you ….. thank you!!!

    I can’t really imagine how much time you put into the Blog (but imagine it is my no means insubstantial) but you are to be commended on how you have been able to give us all the opportunity to ‘crack the door’ in Sinhala. You have called the blog ‘Lazy but Smart Sinhala’ but I would like to correct you on that …. I don’t think either you, or the dedicated student could be called Lazy …. but your approach is certainly very Smart! Just this small amount of your native tongue is enough to have the wonderful, genuine and beautiful world of the Sri Lankan people open up for the willing student.

    Thankyou again, I have prattled on about my Sinhala experience (I said I would) but I must also finish off with the comment on the wonderful and beautiful countryside and most importantly the lovely people. I had an amazing 3 weeks in Sri Lanka and would like to go back in a few years and see how everyone is going. I have made some lovely friends and hope to see them over here in Australia some time and speak some Sinhala with them again.

    Keep up the amazing work ….. you are really making a difference! To everyone else reading this and learning Sinhala through Dilshan’s work, I can only encourage you to put in the effort (and don’t be lazy) because I can attest that you get the rewards back ten fold!

    Natasha

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 9, 2014 at 14:07 #

      Oh wow, I was speechless after reading this! Thank you so much for it, Natasha! I assure you.. you have no idea how happy it made me. I read the entire comment with a grin that stretched from ear-to-ear. Thank you!

      I’m thrilled to bits that I’ve had such an impact and I’m more than happy to take credit for getting you started in Sinhala (in fact, I will :)) but obviously, you’ve taken it to the next level (I think you may have even leaped over a couple of levels) entirely by yourself and I’m EXTREMELY impressed by it! I remember you telling me in a previous comment how you managed to decipher some of the words you heard during the cooking show and that impressed me too. It’s an amazing compliment to have locals ask you how long you’ve lived in SL. Really, well done!

      Your comment is a great counter-argument to someone who says “For a short tourist visit to Sri Lanka, you don’t really need to learn Sinhala since you’ll mainly be with people in tourism who speak English” – in fact, I’ve said this myself to a couple of readers. Although you might not “need” it as such, your comment showed me how your entire experience was enhanced and how new human connections were made just by you willing to speak the language. As a Sri Lankan who speaks Sinhala, this is something I would have never discovered on my own so I’m really glad that you told me about this. From here on, whenever I get this question/argument from a reader, I shall smile politely (or knowing me I’ll probably smirk) and send them a link to your comment :)

      Cheers for showing around my blog. It’s all thanks to good people like you that I’ve never had to promote this blog to date. Your voluntary support means a lot to me.

      Thanks again Natasha for such a glowing review of my work. I was thrilled, humbled, very encouraged (and a whole lot of other emotions that I don’t how to describe yet). I couldn’t have asked for a better source of motivation to do bigger and better things with this blog. It is true that it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities of maintaining a blog like this and it’s wonderful to have readers like you who once in a way point out to me the overall impact it is having. Let me also say keep up the great work to you in terms of your persistence with learning this language and be assured, I’d be honored to help someone as dedicated as you along the way.

      Take care and thanks again.

      • Hanna Saldana April 1, 2014 at 21:31 #

        I just discovered this blog today (and signed up 15 minutes ago) and read some of the comments, including Natasha’s. This is how I want my next trip to Sri Lanka be like! I am from Finland, living in the USA (married and we have a 1,5 year old boy). My first touch with Sri Lanka was in 1999 when I was 20 (or 21?) and spent 3 months in SL, as a nursing student taking some of my clinical practice (I stayed in Sarvodaya in Moratuwa and in Nawaloka Hospital in Colombo). I really fell in love with the country and returned for 2 weeks with an ex, then took my good friend and her sister to Sri Lanka in 2005, before I moved to the US. All these years I’ve kind of thought it would be almost impossible to learn Sinhala, but now, after reading the blog for 20-30 minutes I feel I could learn at least simple conversations! I am planning a trip to Sri Lanka with my husband and son, hopefully in 2015, and I would love to be able to communicate the way Natasha described! :). Maybe I can start reading the blog and learning in the evenings when my son goes to sleep, lol:) Thank you Dilshan for coming up with this blog!!

        • Dilshan Jayasinha April 4, 2014 at 17:08 #

          Dear Hanna,

          Thanks for such a thoughtful comment! Hands down, the highlight of my day! :)

          You’re obviously no stranger to Sri Lanka. I really love hearing about people’s experience here, especially those who seem to have fallen love with my country.

          I’m so happy to hear that my blog has given you a glimmer of hope that Sinhala is ‘learnable’ (this was one of my main goals with this blog so you can imagine that it’s great to hear you say that). Don’t know if you’ve already come across my video tutorials, but I think that might be a good starting point for you (more than reading the blog posts right away). But you might need to use earphones to make sure you don’t wake up your son :)

          Yes, Natasha’s experience above is amazing, isn’t it? And her comment is what I love to show off to my friends when they ask about my blog, haha.

          Thanks again for taking the time to write your comment. Like I said, highlight of my day! Talk to you again soon.

  16. Thiru January 19, 2014 at 16:50 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    your materials are great. Nicely laid out and very well structured.

    Truly appreciate your service. Thank you indeed.

    regards,
    thiru.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 21, 2014 at 18:23 #

      You’re welcome Thiru. Thanks for your little note, very nice of you. Talk to you again soon.

  17. Wayne January 25, 2014 at 04:19 #

    I am recently married to my beautiful Sri Lankan princess. She is incredibly intelligent being a licensed attorney in several countries. (Although I am a licensed attorney as well, the smartest thing I ever did was to ask her to marry me!) However, she…basically…stinks at teaching me Sinhalese. Enter your site…

    Just what I was looking for. Streamlined and functional. All my thanks to you, Dilshan!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 26, 2014 at 07:21 #

      Thanks for the kind words Wayne! As I just mentioned in my email, once again congratulations on your recent marriage. Hope to hear from you again soon. Take care and welcome to the blog.

  18. Tep January 27, 2014 at 17:44 #

    Thank you so much for your benefit site. I’m in Thailand and finding some site to teach sinhala. Even it is a basic sinhala, but you’ve done excellently. May your goodness bless you happy in every wishes.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 31, 2014 at 06:37 #

      Thank you for the nice wishes, Tep. You’re welcome, I’m happy it’s helping you learn some Sinhala. Good luck with the rest of your learning. Take care.

  19. Lee February 23, 2014 at 22:53 #

    Hai…
    mata oyage site ekata link eka yaluvek dunna. mama aurudu keepayata lankawe hitiya nisa mang sinhala bashawa dena gaththa, echchara lesi naa. internet eke resources godak nethi nisa mata denenava me site eka hari wedagath wedak kiyala. mama magema wachana maalaawa wedi diyunu karanna kemathi. mama lankawata apahu yanne april maase. Anyway all the best with your website.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 4, 2014 at 16:44 #

      Hi Lee, great comment! I’m impressed :)

      Thanks for the nice wishes too. Hope you have an enjoyable trip in April.

      Take care and I hope to hear from you again after your trip. Thanks again for the amusing comment.

  20. Anja April 3, 2014 at 01:11 #

    Hey Dilshan,
    just booked a flight to spend October in Sri Lanka backpacking, and I always try to learn a minimum of the native language, I think it is the respectful thing to do. So I found your videos on youtube and got addicted :)
    I’m practising pronunciation and I hope my neighbours can’t hear me..
    Please forgive my crappy English, have been living in Spain for too long.
    Next comment will be in sinhala!
    Thanks for your blog.
    Take care.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 4, 2014 at 16:48 #

      Hi Anja, welcome to the blog!

      Backpacking across Sri Lanka, sounds like quite the adventure!

      Haha, yes, I’d love to know what your neighbors think if they hear you saying Sinhala words out loud.

      Let me assure you, your crappy English is not crappy at all :)

      Now you’ve got me excited about your next comment in Sinhala. Looking forward to it!

      Good luck with your learning and I’m sure we’ll speak again before your trip. Thanks again for getting in touch with me.

  21. Jane April 12, 2014 at 19:36 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I’ve been promising to learn a few words of Sinhala for 2 years now. I found it so difficult, I just gave up! And then there you were…..thank you sooooo much for this. I’m only a week into your course, but feeling more confident already. I do work and live in Boralesgamuwa when I visit the Island, and nearly everyone around me speaks English, so I’m just lazy. I will let you know how I get on next time I’m back.

    Bo ho ma Is thoo thi! Jane

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 12, 2014 at 20:35 #

      Hi Jane and welcome to the blog! Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m happy that you find my material so effective. Well if you’re “lazy” like I am, then you’re in the right place :)

      Yes, please do let me know how you manage with your Sinhala the next time you’re here. I’d love to know.

      Take care and thank you again for your comment.

  22. Nipun May 4, 2014 at 19:34 #

    Brother, First of all , I’m so happy about all these things that you have done. සිංහල (Sinhala) , English language has no letters to write this word. in English they use “Sinhala” or “singhala” but that’s not correct . that shows the difference between the two languages.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2014 at 15:56 #

      Thanks for your comment, Nipun! Take care and talk to you again soon.

  23. Alexandra June 12, 2014 at 14:11 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    want to thank you for your work. Learning Sinhala with your way is awesome and fun!!!
    I wanted to learn Sinhala to honor a friend which I met on a Holiday trip. He was the reason why my husband got the courage to make a proposal to me. So from that time we stayed in contact to the friend from Sri Lanka and I thought one of the best ways to honor him is to learn a bit of his language.

    Istoothi Dilshan and please go on :))))))))
    Best wishes,
    Alex

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 2, 2014 at 18:58 #

      Hi Alexandra, first of all, sorry about the delay in responding to your comment.

      That’s a wonderful story that led you to this blog. I’m sure your friend was impressed/amused by the little bit of Sinhala that you may have picked up.

      Once again, very sorry about taking this long to reply. I wish you and all the best.

  24. Thanuja June 13, 2014 at 06:18 #

    Just accidentally discovered your blog and am so happy. My husband is an American born in Trinidad who looks totally Sri lankan As if that isn’t confusing enough, try teaching him Sinhalese without my dad jumping in with written and spoken Sinhalese thrown at him all at once lol (like you, I like to keep it simple but soon learned it’s not possible with my dad around). He does know the basics like “mama oyata adarei” & “suba upan dinayak wewa”(which he like to say in a singsong voice like a 2year old). My cousins did try to teach him some Sinhalese on his first trip to Sri Lanka but let’s just say they only taught him all the “NICE” Sinhalese words/sentences. So I’m totally gonna show him this blog and I know he’ll love it. Thanks and keep it up :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 2, 2014 at 19:01 #

      Hi Thanuja, sorry for the looooong inexcusable delay in getting back to you. I somehow missed a couple of comments on this page, don’t know how that happened.

      That’s hilarious about your father who keeps butting in :) Thanks for referring my blog to your husband (but please tell him that whenever he visits my site to make sure that his father-in-law is not in the room :) )

      Take care Thanuja, and one more time, forgive me for taking this long to respond. Speak to you again soon.

  25. Adriana September 28, 2014 at 11:13 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    your posts are really useful for me. thank you for all !!! I want to thank you for your work!!!!
    Greetings from Romania

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 7, 2014 at 11:41 #

      You’re very welcome Adriana! Thanks for your comment. Talk to you again soon.

  26. Ania September 28, 2014 at 14:35 #

    Hey Dilshan…u all time making best work …..u re fantastic :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 7, 2014 at 11:42 #

      Hi Ania, thank you for saying that. I love hearing that I am “fantastic” :) Take care and speak to you again soon.

  27. Madusha Dilshan October 4, 2014 at 20:15 #

    I must me thakful to you about the things that you’re doing for your country & even to your language for make a popular thing in the world ! I also love my country and love to see someday it will become a well known place in the world & a they see it as a Paradise!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 7, 2014 at 11:43 #

      Hi Madusha, thank you! I always like hearing from my fellow Sri Lankans. Very encouraging. I also love your second name :)

      Take care buddy and thanks again.

  28. shafna October 26, 2014 at 17:44 #

    you are doing really a valuable service. because i have searched lot of resourses to learn sinhala. but you and your projects are such amazing . well i hope you will do more on this. thank you very much for your smart idea. keep up Bro

  29. Paul November 7, 2014 at 15:38 #

    After visiting Sri Lanka for a holiday in April, we’re coming back :-) Next year in February, and this time decided that we (as far as my wife is concerned that just means me) should learn at least a few words of Sinhala (apart from ayubowan) Most sites are of the school room, sit down and learn your grammar and syntax style, then I found your site. What a breath of fresh air, it’s wonderful. One thing is for sure, if I don’t achieve my goal of learning at least a little, then it will be only down to the fact that I’m lazier than the site can possibly cater for lol

    Thank you Dilshan

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 11, 2014 at 18:24 #

      Thanks Paul, that was a very nice thing you said. And also, the last line about being “too” lazy for this blog cracked me up. All the best with the Sinhala learning. Do keep me posted.

  30. Arumugam November 11, 2014 at 02:21 #

    Ayubowan Dilshan,
    I am learning Sinhala from your great website and some youngsters who are working here in Malaysia.
    Hope to be fluent in the near future.
    Bohoma isthuthi!
    -Arumugam

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 11, 2014 at 18:25 #

      You’re very welcome, Arumugam. Glad to know that you have someone over there to practice your Sinhala with.

  31. Thushari Silva February 18, 2015 at 12:32 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I believe that you have done a marvelous job by giving the life to this blog.

    Thumbs Up !!!!!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 29, 2015 at 19:54 #

      Thanks Thushari, and sorry, I didn’t see this comment until now.

  32. Ruwani July 29, 2015 at 06:26 #

    Thanks so much for posting this! As a first generation Canadian, I can understand Sinhala well, but my spoken skills left much to be desired. Your site will finally help me decipher the verb and tense agreements that I’ve found difficult ?.

  33. Lakshman July 29, 2015 at 07:02 #

    Hi sir,
    I saw your ebook from a friend, I feel this book as the easiest to learn sinhala to me among I have met,
    Please help me to get your ebook and other sinhala learning matterials as soon as possible,
    Thanks for the wonderful help and well wishes…

  34. ජීවන් October 19, 2015 at 16:24 #

    ඉතාම වටිනවා මේ බ්ලොග් එක. මම මේකේන් ඉගෙන ගත්තේ නැතැත් මම දන්න සිංහල ඉගෙන ගන්න කීප දෙනෙකුට මේ ගැන කිව්වා. keep up the good work Dilshan.

  35. wesley November 24, 2015 at 19:18 #

    Wonderful blog, love the 1500 phrase book and audio to go along with it!

    PS: You may want to consider removing the Bill Cosby quote considering the things that have been revealed about his person…

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 25, 2015 at 06:00 #

      Oh yes, you’re right about the Cosby quote! Just changed it now. Thanks Wesley and thanks for the awesome feedback. Glad you like my book.

  36. Niroshani December 22, 2015 at 15:26 #

    Hi,

    I just found your website and I’m loving it. I have been trying to find a way to learn Sinhala in an easy and understandable way. I love your videos.

    Thanks from an adopted sri lankan girl who wants to learn about her Amma’s language :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 25, 2015 at 13:36 #

      Hi Niroshani, happy to hear all that you just said. Feels great to know I’m helping you learn your mom’s language. Keep in touch.

  37. santhindriya February 8, 2016 at 14:34 #

    sir,i,m a monk in kelaniya.i respect for your great ideas….if u can,plz inform me that sinhala names of sri lankan friuits,it should start A. it means the 1st letter of sinhala langauge, i know about four friuts..those are …anodaa,aligetapera,annasi,ambha…..if u can tell me another fruits names in sinhala which are starting with A,,’ayannen patanganna ona’,

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 9, 2016 at 00:55 #

      Hello sir, that’s an interesting question. I don’t know if you meant only ‘ayanna’ or even ‘aeyanna’, ‘aayanna’, etc. I can only right now think of æ∙pȧl and amba∙ræl∙lȧ. I got it from the following post I did on fruits in Sinhala: http://www.lazybutsmartsinhala.com/39-fruits-in-sinhala/ . If I think of anymore I’ll let you know.

  38. santhindriya February 9, 2016 at 07:43 #

    Thank u sir….i want to find only ‘ayanna’ so apple,aanamalu are not….i searched on web sites..if u can plz try to find it…i’m also finding..thank u …may the triple gem bless u!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 13, 2016 at 12:37 #

      Understood, I shall let you know if I think of anymore. Good luck.

  39. Linda March 5, 2016 at 17:03 #

    this is a really cool site! I found you on youtube and I will be watching everything thing you have. I’ve been in Sri Lanka for over a month already and still hardly know anything so this is a great tool for me to use. I will be here until May and hopefully by then I will be a lot better. this helps me because I am teaching English and I want to be able to make my students feel like I am learning their language too. I do have a question if you can answer it that would be great. Structurally, is Sinhala like English where you plug in each word. If you don’t know what I mean here’s a better example. In Spanish you can’t have a literal translation because their sentences tend to be backwards.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 13, 2016 at 15:42 #

      Thanks for the feedback Linda. I’ll have to look into your question before I give you a proper answer. At first glance, I’d say that you can plug in each word from English to Sinhala. But the inverse (Sinhala to English) might not be valid, simply because in Sinhala, we are much more free with moving around subject, object, verb. Hope that helps for now. Shall get back to you.

  40. Pirapaharan April 6, 2016 at 18:16 #

    Hi Dilshan, How are you?, I am a sri lankan tamil, working for UN in Lebanon. I really like to contact you to get more guidance from you to learn Sinhala quickly. Could you share your contact details(phone/eMail id).

  41. Hazel May 1, 2016 at 10:56 #

    Hey Dilshan!!!
    I absolutely love this site!!! I’m into languages and Sinhala’s my latest obsession and thanks to you I’m having a lot of fun learning it. Bohoma stutiyi!! (Hope that’s correct)

  42. Aleksandra June 1, 2016 at 13:24 #

    Hello Dilshan! I am neither the first or the last one to thank you for your great job!
    My native language is Russian and it seems that our both languages are inflected. Am I right? I can already see many similarities by now.
    I want to know one thing. In case of Russian if a foreigner “looses” (so to say) inflections related to gender or cases he sounds funny, but people can understand what he says and the communication is not much complicated. We can transfer a declarative sentence into a question using the intonation only. Is it the same in your language?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 2, 2016 at 11:01 #

      Hi Aleksandra, thanks for the kind compliment that you started with. Now about your question, I swear I had to google the words “inflected” and “declarative sentence” to make sure I understood you correctly (I wasn’t kidding when i said I’m not a language teacher). Ok, here goes: If you meant gender-related inflection, then no, in spoken Sinhala we do not change the verb according to that. If this is not what you meant, let me know. To change a Sinhala declarative sentence into a question, you need to add ‘dhȧ’. Your question shows me that you haven’t yet watched my video tutorials. Here they are: http://www.lazybutsmartsinhala.com/sinhala-video-tutorials/

  43. Siva June 16, 2016 at 04:31 #

    Hi Dilshan, I watched all 5 video tutorials today in one siting. They were very easy to follow and kept my interest. You have structured the tutorials very well, each with reminders at the beginning and at the end. The graphics too are fab.
    Thanks

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 16, 2016 at 14:34 #

      All 5 in one sitting??? That’s outstanding. Thanks for the feedback. I did put a lot of effort into it so always happy to hear things like that. About to reply your email now.

  44. Trine August 2, 2016 at 14:07 #

    Hello Dilshan,
    Thank you for sharing this great video course on Sinhala :)
    I am a travel writer, so what I do is to write about Sri Lanka in a travel blog: http://www.TurengaartilSriLanka.dk for people who are going to your country for a holiday. The blog is in Danish, but can be translated to many languages.
    What I will ask you is, would you mind if I share your free video course with my readers? I would like to post each episode with a short explanation, with your name and a picture of you as the teacher. Of course I acknowledge your great work and will only share the course with your permission.
    Greetings from Denmark

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 3, 2016 at 12:13 #

      How could I say “NO” to someone so well-mannered and who asks so elegantly and politely?… Of course you can share my course with your readers, Trine, I would be honored. Thank you for asking. Also, my compliments on your blog, it looks great. For any of my Dansk “Tribesters” reading this, please be sure to checkout Trine’s blog http://www.TurengaartilSriLanka.dk. Please let me know once you release these lessons as I’d be interested to see it. Speak again soon.

      • Trine August 3, 2016 at 14:45 #

        Thank you so much for your generosity and your kind words. I will keep you posted :-)
        Speak again soon.

  45. Trine August 5, 2016 at 16:47 #

    Hello again Dilshan,
    The 5 episodes of Sinhala videos are now ready to launch on my blog, and I am so excited.
    The first lesson will be released at http://www.TurengaartilSriLanka.dk tomorrow morning 9 am Danish time, that might be around 12:30 pm Colombo time.
    Every Saturday at the same time, a new lesson will be released, so the Danes can use their weekends to learn Sinhala ;-)
    In the last episode, I have made a direct link to your website in case some of my readers may be interested in buying your e-books or anything from your webshop.
    Thank you again. I am so happy for this opportunity to share your work.

    I need a little bit of your help though.. Can you please help me by inserting the right words here?

    “I speak Danish”: ma∙mȧ in∙gree∙si ka∙thaa kȧ∙rȧ∙nȧ∙va
“
    Do you speak Danish?”: o∙yaa in∙gree∙si ka∙thaa kȧ∙rȧ∙nȧ∙va∙dhȧ?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 5, 2016 at 17:34 #

      Very cool!

      Regarding your question, the simplest word for “Danish” in Sinhala is “Danish”. So the sentences would be:

      – “I speak Danish”: ma∙mȧ “Danish” ka∙thaa kȧ∙rȧ∙nȧ∙va

      – “Do you speak Danish?”: o∙yaa “Danish” ka∙thaa kȧ∙rȧ∙nȧ∙va∙dhȧ?

      If you want to be more specific in the above sentences, you could also replace “Danish” with any of the 2 following words:

      – “Danish baa∙shaa∙vȧ” (“Danish language”); or
      – “dén∙maar∙kȧ∙yé baa∙shaa∙vȧ” (“The language of Denmark”)

      I prefer keeping things simple, so I’d just say “Danish”.

      Good luck for your series, Trine!

      • Trine August 5, 2016 at 19:43 #

        Thank you so much, Dilshan.

  46. G. February 7, 2017 at 05:02 #

    Hello Dilshan!
    Your website and all the resources are fantastic. I recently started seeing someone whose second language is Sinhala and he’s been amazed at some of the things I managed to say in that beautiful language.
    Now, I have a huuuuge request for you… I’m not even sure you’re still reading the posts but I’m hope you are…

    We went to see La La Land and he loved the movie and the music. With Saint Valentine’s Day approaching I thought I would surprise him with a Sinhala version of the song City of Stars. I took all my Sinhala books but obviously can’t manage to translate that on my own… and even if I could translate it a little, that would fit the number of syllables :(

    I would be eternally grateful if you could adapt even a small part of the song into Sinhala for me. That would mean the world to me, seriously!

    The whole song would be amazing but if you could do one part, that’s be more than great!

    Sorry to bother you with that… here are the lyrics just in case.

    Have a great day… or night… I don’t know!

    City of stars
    Are you shining just for me?
    City of stars
    There’s so much that I can’t see
    Who knows?
    I felt it from the first embrace I shared with you
    That now our dreams
    They’ve finally come true

    City of stars
    Just one thing everybody wants
    There in the bars
    And through the smokescreen of the crowded restaurants
    It’s love
    Yes, all we’re looking for is love from someone else
    A rush
    A glance
    A touch
    A dance

    A look in somebody’s eyes
    To light up the skies
    To open the world and send it reeling
    A voice that says, I’ll be here
    And you’ll be alright

    I don’t care if I know
    Just where I will go
    ‘Cause all that I need is this crazy feeling
    A rat-tat-tat on my heart

    Think I want it to stay

    City of stars
    Are you shining just for me?
    City of stars
    You never shined so brightly

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 13, 2017 at 17:23 #

      Hi, you’re right that I do read all my comments. Unfortunately, I don’t do personal translation requests anymore as I have a lot on my plate now. Hopefully, you’ll understand. It’s very sweet what you want to do for your boyfriend but I apologize I cannot help. I wish you both a happy Valentine’s day. Take care.

  47. Jenn March 27, 2017 at 08:12 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I want to purchase some (most) of your resources,  but I’d like to know whether the PDFs are printable once purchased?

    Or are the resources available for purchase as printed copied that are mailed?

    I ask because I generally like to be able to make marginal notes…

    Let me know! Thank you!

    ~JSF

  48. Mark March 28, 2017 at 12:10 #

    I want buy the materails you give, but i don’t want pdf, i am in sri lanka, can i buy the book from you?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 29, 2017 at 10:24 #

      Sorry Mark, my products are sold only as digital products (PDF & MP3).

  49. Aidan April 9, 2017 at 14:29 #

    Hi Dilshan, I was just wondering do you have any kind of affiliate link for your books/website? I purchased one of your books awhile back and found it really helpful and learnt a lot and would like to put a recommendation on my blog to your website and books. If not no dramas, just thought id ask

    Thanks!

  50. Catherine West April 22, 2017 at 19:15 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I just purchased your ’10 most popular…’ package using my phone, so the download link is also on my phone. Is it possible to have the link emailed to me so that I can do the download on my laptop?

    I have been attempting to get my head around Sinhala for the last 8 months and my Sri Lankan friends are starting to laugh at me in an unkind way. Please help.

    Thanks.

  51. Nandini May 19, 2017 at 03:48 #

    I liked your blog, dude you love to talk! :)
    Recently, I started liking a SriLankan guy and thought of learning some phrases, it sounds fun,I feel like I am learning Sanskrit.
    You are doing a great job. Your blog made me more interested in the language itself. Good work. I will returning to learn more.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 19, 2017 at 23:15 #

      Thanks “Dude” ;-) … Glad you’re enjoying it. Speak to you when you return then.

  52. Mangesh July 27, 2017 at 11:09 #

    Hi Dilshan….I’m from India, but now living in Colombo….I’m interested in learning Sinhala. Beside providing these books, to learn Sinhala, do you conduct any classes to teach Sinhala. If yes, please let me know the address, I would like to visit your classes…..

    Regards,

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 26, 2017 at 19:24 #

      Hi Mangesh, thanks for asking (my ego always expands a little everyone someone asks me this question). However, I don’t do classes. All my lessons are delivered online. All the best with settling in. Which part of India are you from, by the way?

  53. Gretchen Eleccion November 16, 2017 at 15:21 #

    Hi Mr. Dilshan hope your doing great. After a couple of years staying in Sri Lanka, I think this is the best time to learn Sinhala, I’m lazy to learn as you know I’ve been studying for years way back then… when I first saw the first contents of the e-books that you have shared to me. I was kinda wooooww absolutely and I just prefer close it first in order to thank you and and congratulating you for such job well done. I’m so stunned for amusement. Thank you once again and many more years of success.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 17, 2017 at 08:32 #

      Thanks Gretchen, very sweet comment. Enjoy the book and send me all your questions you’ll have on it.

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