“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…
You see, I was out with the family for lunch last Sunday. You know, at one of those all-you-can-stuff-your-fat-face-with type of buffets. I like doing that once in a way, especially when I’ve been careful with the carbs-intake during the week.
As a rule, I rarely check my phone in places like this. I like to be completely switched off. In doesn’t make sense to me to be surrounded by beautiful scenery, beautiful people, and not to mention, to spend a fair bit of money, and then bury my head in my phone like an Ostrich would do.
(In the ground I mean. I’ve so far not seen an ostrich with an iPhone)
I’ve read somewhere the words “Give them the gift of your undivided attention” and that’s what I intended on giving my companions.
But in the midst of typical foodie-like bahavior of taking pictures of each serving (isn’t that such a lousy thing to do), I unconsciously did the unthinkable…
I checked my email.
Dun dun duuuunnnn….
And there it was…
Subject line: “Quick Question”
(They always start with quick question, by the way. I’m no longer naive to believe subject lines anymore).
Message: “Hey Dilshan, quick question. How do you say Friday in Sinhala? I want to tell my girlfriend that I’m coming on Friday”.
Even before I finished reading it, I grunted with annoyance and was about to point him to the link of the post I did on days of the week in Sinhala when I realized…
“Woaaaaah Dilshan, you magnificent gift to all Sinhala learners in the world…” (my thoughts are very complimentary to my fat ego), “You’ve never done days of the week in Sinhala!!!”
So I decided that this is the topic I was going to tackle this week.. and as any ultra-motivated self-respecting blogger would do, I then immediately put away my phone and went to load my dessert plate with another kilo of sweet sweet watalappam.
What You’ll Get In This Post
In addition to just the 7 days (not 8 as the misleading title may have umm… “mislead” you), I’ve also added some related phrases you can immediately start using (And of course with audio. You know me…)
I’ve also thrown in a couple of surprises and have asked you at the end to make one specific suggestion.
But that’s later. For now, juts go ahead and dive right in…
Like an ostrich.
Table 1: Days Of The Week in Sinhala
Table 2: Sample Phrases Using The Days Of The Week in Sinhala
Using “Monday” As An Example
|Before Monday||saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ ka∙lin|
|After Monday||saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ pas∙sé|
|On which day is it?||ḗ∙kȧ thi∙yén∙né ka∙vȧ∙dha∙dhȧ?|
|It is on Monday||ḗ∙kȧ saňdhu∙dha thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va|
|It is before Monday||ḗ∙kȧ saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ ka∙lin thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va|
|It is after Monday||ḗ∙kȧ saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ pas∙sé thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va|
|On which day was it?||ḗ∙kȧ thib∙bé ka∙vȧ∙dha∙dhȧ?|
|It was on Monday||ḗ∙kȧ saňdhu∙dha thib∙ba|
|It was before Monday||ḗ∙kȧ saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ ka∙lin thib∙ba|
|It was after Monday||ḗ∙kȧ saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ pas∙sé thib∙ba|
|I’m coming on Monday||ma∙mȧ saňdhu∙dha é∙nȧ∙va|
|I’m coming before Monday||ma∙mȧ saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ ka∙lin é∙nȧ∙va|
|I’m coming after Monday||ma∙mȧ saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ pas∙sé é∙nȧ∙va|
|I came on Monday||ma∙mȧ saňdhu∙dha aa∙va|
|I came before Monday||ma∙mȧ saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ ka∙lin aa∙va|
|I came after Monday||ma∙mȧ saňdhu∙dha∙tȧ pas∙sé aa∙va|
Random trivia – Planet Names & The Days of The Week In Sinhala
- Moon in Sinhala: ‘saňdhȧ/haňdhȧ’
- Monday in Sinhala: ‘saňdhu∙dha’
- Mars in Sinhala: ‘aňgȧ∙ha∙ru’
- Tuesday in Sinhala: ‘aňgȧ∙ha∙ru∙waa∙dha’
- Mercury in Sinhala: ‘bu∙dhȧ’
- Wednesday in Sinhala: ‘ba∙dhaa∙dha’
- Jupiter in Sinhala: ‘bra∙has∙pȧ∙thi’
- Thursday in Sinhala: ‘bra∙has∙pȧ∙thin∙dha’
- Venus in Sinhala: ‘si∙ku∙ru’
- Friday in Sinhala: ‘si∙ku∙raa∙dha’
- Saturn in Sinhala: ‘sé∙nȧ∙su∙ru’
- Saturday in Sinhala: ‘sé∙nȧ∙su∙raa∙dha’
- Sun in Sinhala: ‘i∙rȧ’
- Sunday in Sinhala: ‘i∙ri∙dha’