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Numbers in Sinhala – Part 1: The Simplest Introduction

 

Here’s what a loyal Tribester of mine recently wrote to me about numbers:

“…Simple nouns (numbers, etc.) can be easily found in a dictionary and are immutable (i.e., the form won’t change when plopped into any sentence for the most part.)”

That is true… in English, that is.

But unfortunately for us, it’s not the case in Sinhala. They change according to the context or what’s being counted.

But don’t you worry, old friend…

Dr. Dilshan is about to dissect this topic and hopefully simplify it for you while inflicting minimum brain damage.

“Nurse, hand me that damn scalpel. Surgery is about to start…” > > >

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Glass, Cup, Mug, & Other Glassware in Sinhala (And Why The Jayasinhas Named Their Scotch Glasses)

 

You know you’ve got a drinking problem…

… when you’ve actually named the Scotch glasses in your house!

Yes, ladies & gentlemen. As ridiculous as it sounds, it’s true that the Scotch glasses in the Jayasinha family household have been given a ‘special’ name.

So before you learn the Sinhala words for “glass”, “cup”, “mug” & other glassware (and before you judge my strange family) thought I’d tell you the story of how & why we named something as inanimate as drinking glasses >>>

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Crockery In Sinhala: Plate, Bowl, & Dish (Also, How “Ceramic” Made Me Speak Better English)

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Photo Credit: The ekama eka, Mrs. Smart

 

The first part of the above title is self-explanatory:

You’re obviously going to learn the Sinhala names of crockery items like plate, bowl, and dish.

(Spoiler alert: You’ll also learn the typical crockery material such as glass, paper, and ceramic)

But now, how the hell does ceramic, of all things, make one speak better English?

Well, let me tell y’all a story…

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Spoon, Fork, Knife & Other Cutlery In Sinhala (And Why I Don’t Like Using Them)

Goofy things to do before I die: Pose as Wolverine with cutlery for Adamantium claws. Done!

 

Apart from the obvious reasons, why else would you need to know the Sinhala words for spoon, fork, and knife?

Well, just think about the number of times you’ve had a meal with a Sri Lankan friend (or if you haven’t, trust me, it’s only a matter of time before you’re invited for a home-cooked Sri Lankan meal. I know how generous my peeps can be).

For such occasions, I’m willing to bet that the topic of cutlery will come up.

Why?

Because my friend, we don’t usually eat the way you do.. > > >

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26 Sri Lankan Spices In Sinhala… And How Europe Made Me Eat Spicy Food

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Photo Credit: The one-and-only Mrs. Smart

 

When people usually say “I can’t eat spicy food”, they’re referring to food with a lot of spice, right?

Wrong.

Most often than not, they mean food with a lot of CHILLIES.

For example, turmeric is a spice. Put a lot of turmeric into a curry and no one will be able to eat it.

But for the sake of sticking with the herd, I’m also going to keep referring to food that is booby trapped with chillie as “spicy food”.

(and yeah, that’s how I spell “chillies”, no matter what the spell-checker says).

Before I give you the Sinhala names for 26 spices, here’s how my spice-tolerance level went from “decent” to way-above-average in the most unexpected place > > >

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81 Sinhala Words To Know On A Sri Lankan Beach – Part 2

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Still a free thinker. Still a shameless photo poser. Still an obnoxious douchebag

 

Here’s the 2nd Part of this big fat blog post that I had break into two.

(Click here for Part 1 in case you’ve been a little “too” lazy but smart to have read it before)

In this one, I’ve got more words for you… And I need your help with something too… >>>

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81 Sinhala Words To Know On A Sri Lankan Beach – Part 1

Free thinker. Shameless photo poser. Obnoxious douchebag

 

Please excuse that guy in the picture, for he knows not what he does…

Which is why he asks his wife to take pics of him posing like an A-grade A-hole.

Bless her for having the serenity to accept the things about her husband that she cannot change, the courage to change the things she can, and the patience to put up with all his vain nonsense.

(All these references… Does it show that I went to an all-boys Catholic school?)

Alright, enough. Let’s focus on the main reason you’re here:

To learn how to show off your Sinhala to locals when you’re on a Sri Lankan beach >>>

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Things You See In The Sky In Sinhala

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Right about now, most of you are vacationing somewhere for the summer, right?

(PS. Thanks to everyone who took the time off their holidays to say hi and share their holiday photos with me. Have fun!).

So if you find yourself lying on some beach or on the grass in a park and you look up at the sky, I want you to now be able to name what you see in Sinhala.

So let’s begin this “deceptively” light blog post… >>>

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30 Things In A Classroom In Sinhala – And How I Got My Ass Whooped… Literally

My 12-year school reunion where we decided to dress up in the old uniform. Just FYI, during actual school days, I didn’t look like a hairy overgrown freak.

 

I consider myself an old school guy. And I mean that kind of literally.

You see, I went to an old and very strict all-boys school in Colombo during an era where teachers were free to give you a beating to remember.

And despite poor little Dilshan being a good student, even he has got his ass whooped. Again, I mean that kind of literally.

So before we get into the Sinhala learning part, I thought I’d do something weirdly cathartic and share my favorite memory of one of those beatings >>>

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