“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 >>>
When it comes to my favorite alcoholic drink, I personally find myself swaying between being a single-malt guy and a wine guy. In both cases I don’t pretend to be a connoisseur.
I know one thing: That I know nothing about single-malts & wines
– Socrates, at the pub with his mates
My favorite single-malt has to be Glenmorangie.
I think that more than anything it’s because it reminds me of the many drink “sessions” Awesome Father, Komitel Brother, and I have had at home, usually during our Christmas reunions when everyone comes home for the holidays.
Of course, it’s a damn good single-malt too.
Useless Trivia: Did you know that my brother and I have special glasses that we take out only for our Scotch sessions? Did you also know that we actually have special names for them too?
In terms of wines, back when I was in Monaco, I would have a glass of wine every night with my dinner. I’m not even talking about any fancy wine. Just the regular, inexpensive, but nevertheless, GREAT wines I used to buy from the local Carrefour.
Since moving to Sri Lanka though, I had to sadly (weep weep) let go of that habit since the wines are so expensive! Or let me put it another way, I’m paying way too much for what could only be described as a mediocre wine. Those that are a couple of steps above a high-quality vinegar (Ooh, you’re harsh…).
And the good ones, well, I can’t afford them at these prices. Not yet.
Just to, as my French buddies would say, “close the parenthesis”, let me also talk about non-alcoholic drinks that I like.
In Europe, I used to love love love Orangina (pronounced ‘oranjeena’ not ‘orangyna’ as I once embarrassingly found out). My fridge was always well-stocked with a six-pack of Orangina.
Recently though, owing to my frequent visit to India, I’ve now discovered Limca, or as Mrs. Smart would sing the jingle “lime & lemony Limcaaa”. But of course I try not drink too many of them. One search on youtube will show you how much sugar soda drinks in general contain. I’m an old man now. I need to be watchful of these things, right?
(Dilshan, I don’t remember me asking you anything about your favorite drinks. I came to improve my Sinhala, you rambling mad doofus!)
Rude but fair enough. On to the Sinhala learning section then:
What We’ll Do In Part 3
- Main drink items: Learn the words for common drink items that you can start to use
- All you need to remember from Part 1: Revisit some of the old phrases we saw
- Using them in the phrases we saw: Very much like what we did in Part 2
- Combining phrases: Finally, combine some of the old sentences to form new ones.
Let us begin.
1. Main Drink Items
|Sri Lankan tea||lan∙kaa∙vé thḗ|
|Green tea||green tee (“green tea”)|
|Tea with milk||ki∙ri thḗ|
|Coffee with milk||ki∙ri kō∙pi|
|Bottled Water||bō∙thal va∙thu∙rȧ|
|Warm/Hot water||u∙nu va∙thu∙rȧ|
|Cold water||see∙thȧ∙lȧ va∙thu∙rȧ|
|Iced water||ayis (“ice”) va∙thu∙rȧ|
|Fruit juice||pa∙lȧ∙thu∙ru bee∙mȧ|
|Orange juice||dho∙dam bee∙mȧ1
|Mango juice||ambȧ bee∙mȧ1
1 In these 2 cases, you could replace the word ‘bee∙mȧ’ with “juice”
|Alcohol / Liquor||li∙kȧr (“liquor”)|
|Whiskey/Scotch||wis∙kee (“whiskey”) / skoch (“scotch”)|
2. All You Need To Remember From Part 1
- ma∙mȧ ka∙nȧ∙va = “I eat”
- ma∙mȧ kan∙né nǣ = “I don’t eat”
- ma∙tȧ kǣ∙mȧ ō∙né = “I want food”
- ma∙tȧ kǣ∙mȧ ō∙né nǣ = “I don’t want food”
- ma∙tȧ tha∙wȧ kǣ∙mȧ ō∙né = “I want food”
- ma∙tȧ tha∙wȧ kǣ∙mȧ ō∙né nǣ = “I don’t want food”
- ma∙tȧ thi∙ba∙hayi = “I’m thirsty”
- ma∙tȧ thi∙ba∙ha nǣ = “I’m not thirsty”
2. Using Them In Phrases We Already Saw (Using “Tea” As An Example)
|I drink tea||ma∙mȧ thḗ bo∙nȧ∙va|
|I don’t drink tea||ma∙mȧ thḗ bon∙né nǣ|
|I want tea||ma∙tȧ thḗ ō∙né|
|I don’t want tea||ma∙tȧ thḗ ō∙né nǣ2|
|I want more tea||ma∙tȧ tha∙wȧ thḗ ō∙né|
|I don’t want more tea||ma∙tȧ tha∙wȧ thḗ ō∙né nǣ2|
2 You can replace ‘ō∙né nǣ’ with ‘é∙paa’
3. Combining Phrases
|I’m thirsty, I want more tea||ma∙tȧ thi∙ba∙hayi, ma∙tȧ tha∙wȧ thḗ ō∙né|
|I’m not thisrty, I don’t want more tea||ma∙tȧ thi∙ba∙ha nǣ, ma∙tȧ tha∙wȧ thḗ ō∙né nǣ2|
2 You can replace ‘ō∙né nǣ’ with ‘é∙paa’
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