Do Any Of You Know These Adjectives In Sinhala? (Because I Sure As Hell Don’t!)

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Yes, every time I get stuck, I do what any narcissistic blogger would do: I get my photo taken

Yeah, I know. It’s weird that I’m asking you a question on Sinhala but I’m royally stuck and I need your help…

(But note, I’m not looking for the ‘proper’ Sinhala word that you’ll only see in a high-brow Sinhala literature book. I only want good old fashioned ‘spoken Sinhala’ suggestions. Take your haughty taughty pretentious Sinhala vocabulary to some other blog… :))

  • boring
  • clumsy
  • exciting
  • passive
  • creepy
  • resourceful

If you know any of them, please click on “Comments” below and tell me. Thanks you guys!

30 Responses to Do Any Of You Know These Adjectives In Sinhala? (Because I Sure As Hell Don’t!)

  1. Elizabeth November 11, 2014 at 16:47 #

    Hi Dilshan

    I never knew that Sinhala language is so complicating. To begin with, even if I learn the
    correct method of using the terms, with whom am I going to communicate with? My brother
    & I studied Sinhala from a Buddhist temple in Ratnapura under a Buddhist Monk. But don’t
    remember much only the basics.

    Why didn’t you be a teacher. I am amazed at the way you combine Sinhala words to make a correct sentence & then compile a lesson. great.

    I wish you good luck in your future Dilshan.

    Take care, talk to you later.
    Elizabeth T

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 11, 2014 at 18:20 #

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for the lovely comment. Well, about being a proper teacher, I think I’m lacking the key element of patience, haha. Just ask my brother and younger cousins whom I used to help with their homework back then. It used to annoy me so much when they couldn’t understand something that i felt was simple. Almost always it would end up in a fight. :)

      Thanks for the kind wishes Elizabeth.

      • Elizabeth November 12, 2014 at 17:10 #

        Hello Dilshan- I just can’t believe you have no patience. Not by looking at your handsome
        face. Will you be patient with your wife, sometime in the near future. If not
        Jesus, I pity her. I think you will be the most loving & adorable husband that
        can be found on this planet.

        Anyway, time will take care of everything.
        Bye for now.
        Elizabeth T

        • Dilshan Jayasinha November 12, 2014 at 19:11 #

          …”the most loving & adorable husband that can be found on this planet”… Well, with a statement of such high standards like that, I guess I have no choice but to live up to it :)

          Thanks for the EXTREMELY kind words, Elizabeth. I can’t get myself to stop smiling. Take care.

  2. Jessi November 18, 2014 at 06:24 #

    Hi Mr. Jayasinha,

    Will you be updating the podcasts at all? I would really love to learn all of these basic vocabularies that would be great for someone visiting, and it would be awesome to have the podcasts to listen to (and laugh along with!) while jogging.

    I’ll be visiting Colombo next July for a wedding and would like to be able to navigate the city without too much pain! Love your site, it’s great and I get to make my Sri Lankan friends laugh when I tell them “Oyaa mage pana raththaran”!

    Bohoma isthoothi,
    Jessi

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 22, 2014 at 06:04 #

      Hi Jessi!

      Rule #1: Please call me “Dilshan”… because “Mr. Jayasinha” makes me feel very old :)

      Now abut the podcasts, I do plan to release some new ones in 2015 but under a slightly different format. Let me iron out the details and get back to you on that. But thanks for inquiring. It has certainly pushed it higher on my ever-expanding to-do list.

      Great to hear that you’re using some of the phrases on this blog. Keep it up and please tell me how your friends react :)

      Take care Jessi and thanks again for your comment.

  3. Joan November 22, 2014 at 21:40 #

    So does that mean no one knows any of the adjectives? Or have I missed the point

    I only know amaruwi- boring…..
    Others no.
    Unless kapatee will do for creepy? ( sneaky/ sly really)
    But I suspect you know! Tell me.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 23, 2014 at 07:24 #

      Hi Joan, well, yeah. Like I mentioned, I’m sure that for each of these adjectives there exist “proper” Sinhala words but they’re not used in normal conversation, so they’re not interesting to me.

      By the way, small correction: amaaruyi = “is difficult”, or sometimes can be used to indicate being “under the weather”. Never heard it being used for “boring”.

      Hmmm… no, kapatee wouldn’t be creepy. Like you guessed, it’s more sneaky/shrewd/sly.

  4. robert November 25, 2014 at 06:57 #

    hello dilshan
    really tried to help you but you’re right it’s very difficult to find a translation for these words.my wife gave me only two,even she’s not 100% sure.
    clumsy:nuhuruwa
    creepy:bayankara
    i tried to find the other words in my dictionnaries:failure
    sometimes the word simply doesn’t exist,sometimes the translation is far from the real meaning.
    i keep on trying
    bye machan

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 11, 2014 at 07:10 #

      Hi Robert, thanks for contributing and please thank you wife for help too. Those words could actually work, given the context, so thank you again!

  5. Timper November 25, 2014 at 10:03 #

    Ayobowan Dilshan

    Itin Kohomada ? Ape hondin innava , mama saha mage sinhala kella !
    Me Sweedeneye desagunaya dan eka harima SAVOTTOIY (boring)
    Eka patta dawaale anduru ahasaka ! (Sheetha)

    Dan-ete mitcherai mang liyenna thienne

    Budusaranai devipithay
    Timper

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 11, 2014 at 07:11 #

      Hi Timper, thanks for the comment in Sinhala, very impressive! :)

  6. robert roger November 25, 2014 at 17:45 #

    hello dilshan
    funny, my comment which was there this morning disappeared????i try again.
    my wife(lovely lady from hikkaduwa)agreed with you, all these words are difficult to translate in sinhalese.but she gave me nuhuru for clumsy and bayankara for creepy.i’ll ask some friends if they can help for the other words.
    bye machan
    sudu ayya robert

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 11, 2014 at 07:12 #

      Hi again Robert, no, your comment is still there. Thanks again for your input.

  7. robert roger November 25, 2014 at 18:04 #

    maybe another one:exciting:kalabala

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 11, 2014 at 07:13 #

      Hmm… I don’t think kalabala can be used for ‘exciting’ since it usually gives the meaning of something chaotic and panic. But I’ll keep looking. Thank you.

  8. Timper November 28, 2014 at 11:27 #

    Hi again Dilshan

    Abouth my earlyer response to the word “boring” in sinhala….
    it can perhaps also be the word “PAALOWI” it is used also for empty
    but we are not shure…….

    Greetings from Timper. Sweden

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 11, 2014 at 07:14 #

      Hi again Timper, yes, usually you could say “paalu geyak” to mean an “empty house”.

  9. Ruben December 6, 2014 at 13:06 #

    This, is what a friend of mine came up with.
    Borring: (ni-dhi-ma-tha-hE-dhe-na-wa), (e-paa we-na-wa), (EE-num yanawa)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 11, 2014 at 07:15 #

      Hi Ruben, yes you could use those words in certain contexts for boring. Thank you and please also thank your friend for me.

  10. Tim December 16, 2014 at 07:12 #

    I know Sri Lankan friends would say in English that they were feeling “lazy” when they actually meant bored. Maybe a word for “lazy” in Sinhala would be relavant.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 20, 2014 at 07:26 #

      You know what Tim? That might actually be the best suggestion I got for bored. Your friend is absolutely right, we do use “lazy” in place of “bored”. Thanks so much!

      • Dilshan Jayasinha December 20, 2014 at 07:27 #

        And by the way, the word for lazy would be “kam∙mæ∙liyi”

  11. helena December 28, 2014 at 14:30 #

    hi dilshan,
    i can help maybe with greedy it is in sinhala pe/re/te/ja or mean that is lo/be/ja and verz mean it is ku/nu lo/be/ja
    bye helena

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 14, 2015 at 17:54 #

      Hi Helena! Sorrrry for the delay! I just didn’t see your comment until now.

      Yes, perethaya would be greedy. That’s excellent, thanks.

      Lobaya would be more “stingy” or “miserly”, and kunu lobaya is an somewhat impolite way of saying that (kunu = dirt).

      Thanks again for your input. Hope all is well with you.

  12. udhi August 25, 2015 at 18:50 #

    For “boring” isn’t it “Nee-ra-sa” ?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 26, 2015 at 20:36 #

      Thanks Udhi but I’ve never heard it in spoken Sinhala. Did you hear it or did you read it somewhere?

      • udhi August 28, 2015 at 10:37 #

        I’ve heard “Eka harima neerasai” (ඒක හරිම නීරසයි). But I think it’s more in written language.

  13. boyz February 6, 2016 at 02:33 #

    Hi Dilshan!
    what does mean”patta”in sinhala?
    good word/bad word?
    thanks

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