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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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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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8 Days Of The Week In Sinhala

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“8 days a week… I loooove you, 8 days a week… Is not enough to show I care”

– The Beatles, 1964

This is the song that has been stuck in my head the entire week…

… Exactly from the moment I decided to do a post on the days of the week in Sinhala. So I felt that it was only fair that I name it after this song.

Howdy folks… (“Howdy?” When did I start saying “Howdy”?), here’s a blog post I should’ve done years ago but which I had overlooked.

This came about thanks to one of your emails that rudely interrupted my Sunday brunch last week…

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4 Ridiculously Easy Steps To Tell The Time In Sinhala (And A First Look At Numbers!)

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“Trying To Push Back Time”
Photo Credits: Awesome Father


“If only I could turn back time”…

Now that’s a line that gets thrown around a lot. Not just willy but also, umm… nilly.

But what does it really represent? Regret, right?

Ok, what if we got that opportunity to go back? Would we act any differently? I’d like to think “yes”, but then again, in the long-term, would we, mere creatures of old habits, revert to our usual ways and find ourselves in only a ‘slightly’ better situation today?

(As you can see, I do have a lot of time on my hands to sit in a café in Colombo with my laptop, gaze far away into the Indian ocean, and confuse the crap out of myself with my own thoughts)

Here’s what I’ve learned at the age of 34:

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