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Spices In Sinhala – Part 2: Everything *YOU* Wanted To Say About Spices



In Part 1 of Spices in Sinhala, I asked *YOU* to send in all the spice-related phrases *YOU* could think that may come in handy.

(Make sure you read that post first, friend-o)

This is the collection of all those phrases, along with a bonus section which is an extract of some of my very own phrases I stole from my Premium Phrasebook.

I also thought it’d be fun to throw in the “behind-the-scenes-blooper photos” of when we took the above photo. You’ll find it somewhere in the middle of the post.

Alright, lot of new phrases to learn so let’s get this started >>>

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What To Say In Sinhala When Your Spouse Takes FOREVER To Get Ready

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7th February.

That was the deadline I had set for myself for my latest premium product: my Sinhala Verb Book.

Let me glance at the calendar… yep, that would be today.

And no, I’m not ready.

Far from it.

But how the hell did this inspire me to write my first short screenplay?

And why it based on a hypothetical wife who keeps her hypothetical husband waiting for ages while she puts on her hypothetical make-up?

Well, the answer lies with a certain Mr. Charlie Kaufman … > > >

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Sinhala Words For Days, Weeks, Months, & Years… (But Didn’t We Already Do This?)

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No, we didn’t.

We didn’t cover these essential basic Sinhala words on the blog already.

(I know, how embarrassing for Mr. “I think I am the most meticulous and clever Sinhala blogger in the stratosphere”)

You’ll remember that we covered days of the week in Sinhala, we learned the months, but we didn’t learn general words like “days”, “weeks”, “months”, & “years” in Sinhala.

(So very embarrassing… My ego and I are sharing a chunky serving of humble pie as we speak)…  > > >

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“Today, Tomorrow, & Always”… And Other Related Sinhala Words

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The above photo was taken at my wedding reception…

You see, I got the help of my brother and my oldest school friend and did this romantic thingy with a couple of banners that had some cheesy but cute messages for my wife.

And in the last banner, I asked her if we could have our first dance as husband & wife…

[Pause for thousands of simultaneous “awwws” from the Tribesters]

One of the banners, which promised “Today, Tomorrow, and Always”… [pause for another yet this time shorter “aw”] … became the inspiration for this blog post.

So let’s put aside the romantic bla bla and start by learning how to say “today” in Sinhala > > >

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Months In Sinhala (Tried to come up with a more catchy title but couldn’t)

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Here’s one more of those posts which I *should’ve* done years ago…

However, I completely forgot about it.

But what’s that saying again?

Better late than saying “Aiyo, what to do? Too late now, no?”.

– Absent minded Sinhala blogger who realized he’s never done months in Sinhala before

PLUS! I have the most adorable 2016 calendar to give away to you >>>

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Eating & Drinking In Sinhala – Part 3: Main Drink Items

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Photo Credit: Mrs. Smart


“Drinking”… “Drinks”… “I need a drink”.

When did the above words become synonymous with all things alcohol-related?

I remember once telling a friend of mine in Sri Lanka, “let’s go for a drink some time”, and he politely smiled and replied “No machang, I don’t drink alcohol”.

But that’s not what I meant!

And this is not what I intended to mean in this post either, although, you will find a lot of alcohol mentioned in it >>>

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Eating & Drinking In Sinhala – Part 2: Main Food Items

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Photo Credit: Mrs. Smart

Quick. Name a movie trilogy that immediately comes to mind?

Woahhh! Even I was thinking of The Godfather. That’s freaky deaky!!!

And without a doubt, in that trilogy Part 2 was the best, right? If you disagree with me I will fight you tooth, nail, and and body hair on this.

This is Part 2 of the trilogy of “Eating & Drinking In Sinhala” (as if the title didn’t give it away already) and with the above logic, you’re in for a MEGA TREAT, since this is obviously going to be the BEST one!

If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that even if you write a great blog post, you could still ruin it by setting your readers up for massive disappointment thanks to your big fat obnoxious mouth.

– Michael Corleone, “The Godfather, Part 2”

(I’m paraphrasing of course…)

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Eating & Drinking In Sinhala – Part 1: Food, Drinks, & Other General Words

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I’ve always enjoyed food.

Any childhood photo of chubby little Dilshan would prove that.

I’ve always enjoyed drinks too, for that matter, but obviously more in my adult life than the earlier years. Any photo of my chubby beer belly would prove that too.

I’ve been asked by many: “What’s your favorite type of food?”, the most recent occurrence of this question was from a distant aunt I ran into, while – I kid you not – waiting for the doors of a movie theater to open!

That’s not a question that can be answered, can it? I mean there’s so many to choose from!

(And besides, the damn movie is about to start!) >>>

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Valentine’s Day Messages In Sinhala (By Someone Who Doesn’t Know A Thing About Being Romantic)

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I’ve never been much of a “romantic”…

(The fact that I actually thought a picture of me with a plastic rose in my mouth and a fake backdrop of a fireplace would look “sexy” should prove my point)

At the same time, I’ve never been one to celebrate Valentine’s Day either. I always found it rather gimmicky…

… All the over-priced roses, chocolates, teddy-bears and hundreds of radio commercials that start with “Want to surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?” kind of got me fed up with the whole damn thing.

So then what the hell am I doing writing a Valentine’s Day post?…

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Your Lazy But Smart Guide To The Sinhalese & Tamil New Year

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Photo Credits: Awesome Father


Some of you may already know this and some of you may not:

There is such a thing as the Sinhalese & Tamil New Year! And it’s one of my favorite holidays!

I’ve missed out on for 13 years when I lived in Monaco, but since 2013 I’ve been fortunate to be in beautiful Sri Lanka to celebrate it!

But before anything, first a big “thank you” to Leticia, a subscriber who joined our little tribe, for her question that gave me the idea for this post.

Now, my objective for this post was two-fold:

  1. Summarize the most important “need-to-know” points of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year (and yes, I’m the one who decided what was important or not. That’s the kind of authority I have around here…); and
  2. Relate it to our main objective, which is learning Sinhala

And the following is what my brain and I came up with…

(And in case you were wondering, in the photo above, that’s the hand gesture we make when wishing someone. Also, I’m wearing the official national attire of Sri Lanka – It’s super-simple but still super-elegant, don’t you think? Makes even people like me look like decent human beings).

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