LBSS 04: Introducing Yourself in Sinhala [AUDIO TUTORIAL]

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In this session I do an Audio Tutorial on Introducing Yourself in Sinhala

You’ll need to listen to the first Audio Tutorial (Session 02) in order to understand this one better.

This is the 4th session of the Lazy But Smart Sinhala Podcast and in this you will learn:

  • The possessives of some pronouns we already saw
  • 2 easy ways to introduce yourself
  • How to ask someone their name
  • How to say “thank you” and “I’m fine, thank you”

And like in the previous Audio Tutorial, at the end of the session we’ll go through a sample dialogue between you and me and I’ll ask you some questions on the material we just covered.

 

(Click on the video below to watch the Video Tutorial version of this post):

Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-02

 

Key Sinhala Words and Phrases Used In This Session

Section 1: Basic Possessives of Personal Pronouns

Words:

o∙yaa∙géInformal “your”
é∙yaa∙gé“his/her”
ma∙gé“my”
mi∙ni∙ha“man” / “the man”
mi∙ni∙ha∙gé“man’s” / “the man’s”
bal∙la“dog” / “the dog”
bal∙la∙gé“dog’s” / “the dog’s”

 

Section 2: 2 Ways to Introduce Yourself in Sinhala

Words:

na∙mȧ“name”

Phrases:

ma∙gé   na∙mȧ   [‘Dilshan’]“My name (is) [Dilshan]”
o∙yaa∙gé   na∙mȧ   [‘Dilshan’]“Your name (is) [Dilshan]”
é∙yaa∙gé   na∙mȧ   [‘Dilshan’]“His/her name (is) [Dilshan]”
ma∙mȧ   [‘Dilshan’]“I (am) [‘Dilshan’]
o∙yaa   [‘Dilshan’]“You (are) [‘Dilshan’]
é∙yaa   [‘Dilshan’]“He/she (is) [‘Dilshan’]

 

 

Section 3: Asking Someone Their Name

Words:

mo∙kak∙dhȧ?“what?”

Phrases:

o∙yaa∙gé   na∙mȧ   mo∙kak∙dhȧ?“What (is) your name?”
é∙yaa∙gé   na∙mȧ   mo∙kak∙dhȧ?“What (is) his/her name?”
ma∙gé   na∙mȧ   mo∙kak∙dhȧ?“What (is) my name?”

 

Section 4: The word for “Thank You” in Sinhala

Words:

is∙thoo∙thi“Thank you”

Phrases:

ma∙mȧ   hoňdin in∙nȧ∙va,   is∙thoo∙thi“I (am) fine, thank you”
hoňdin in∙nȧ∙va,   is∙thoo∙thi“Fine, thank you””

 

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10 Responses to LBSS 04: Introducing Yourself in Sinhala [AUDIO TUTORIAL]

  1. jis August 15, 2013 at 09:40 #

    Thank you for the lesson again. I was wondering whether in Sinhala the plural form of I and He which are We and They exist or not. If they do, please state’em.

  2. Thaniyo December 27, 2013 at 11:35 #

    Thanks for the lesson.
    I am still hoping to get the ebook with Sinhala phrases???
    If you sent me one I would really really really be grateful.

    is thoo thi

  3. Sara G May 2, 2017 at 01:42 #

    Hey Dilshan:

    We exchanged a few emails. My name is Sara, and I’m moving to Sri Lanka in the coming month after an initial vacation there where I met a Sri Lankan man with great hair. (You still never told me how so many Sri Lankan guys have such great hair :-0.) Anyhow, I understand that the English words for the verb “to be,” are implied, but, do they exist at all? Even though they aren’t used in Sinhala, I’d still like to know. So, if they exist, what ARE the Sinhala words for “are, am, is?” My second question deals with adding “ge” to affirm possession. Like we can do this with “bala,” or “eyaa,” or “oyaa,” can we do this with a proper name? For example, can we say, Dilshange to say Dilshan’s?

    Thanks Dilshan.

    Sara

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 15, 2017 at 23:47 #

      Hi Sara,

      In spoken Sinhala it usually appears as a suffix. Example:

      “tall” = u∙sȧ
      “is tall” = u∙sayi

      See what I mean?

      And yes, we can affirm possession with proper names in the same way (e.g. “Dilshan∙gé” or “Sara∙gé”)

      Makes sense?

  4. Sara G May 2, 2017 at 01:56 #

    Oh, and let me say that the 1500 Word and Phrase Book is a steal at 25 bucks. You’re doing a great thing for folks. LAST QUESTIONS: Is there a Sinhala word for “weird?” Apologies if this is IN the book and I missed it/haven’t gotten there yet.

    And, have you considered starting a Facebook group for your students/followers?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 15, 2017 at 23:48 #

      Hi again Sara,

      “weird” as an adjective is a∙mu∙thu

      And to say someone or something is weird you’d say “a∙mu∙thuyi” (pretty much in line with my answer to your comment above).

  5. Sara G May 2, 2017 at 02:08 #

    PS: I’m being purposefully reductive by saying my love interest simply has great hair for the sake of silly humor. I hope that’s coming through. It’s incredibly more profound and deep than that, obviously.

    :::Closes laptop for the day:::

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 15, 2017 at 23:49 #

      I got it, Sara. In fact we all got it. You’re madly in love with your guy and he has gorgeous hair. Go enjoy being in love, you crazy kids…

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