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

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How I’ve Structure This Post

 

  1. Months in Sinhala: Straight away show you how similar they sound to the months in English
  2. Using them in the phrases: Let’s use “January” in common month-related phrases. I’ve split phrases by level of difficulty
  3. Mini quiz: Finish up with a quick 2-minute quiz to test yourself (or, “yo’ self”…)

 

ha∙ri la∙mayi, pa∙tan ga∙mu∙dhȧ? (Translation hidden somewhere in this post)

 

1. Months In Sinhala

Januaryja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri      
Februarypé∙bȧ∙rȧ∙vaa∙ri      
Marchmaar∙thu      
Aprila∙prḗl      
Maymæyi      
Junejoo∙ni 1      
Julyjoo∙li      
Augusta∙gōs∙thu      
Septembersæp∙thæm∙bȧr      
Octoberok∙thō∙bȧr      
Novemberno∙væm∙bȧr      
Decemberdhé∙sæm∙bȧr      

Notes:

1 Sometimes pronounced as ‘ju∙ni’

 

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2. Using them in sentences (with “January” as an example”)

Difficulty Level: “So easy that you’re actually insulting my intelligence, Dilshan”

In Januaryja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ
By/before Januaryja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ∙tȧ   ka∙lin 2      
After Januaryja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ∙tȧ   pas∙sé 3      

Notes:

2 ‘ka∙lin’ = “before”

3 ‘pas∙sé’ = “after”

 

Difficulty Level: “Medium spicy. I’ll probably regret it tomorrow morning but I’ll survive”

It is in Januaryḗ∙kȧ   ja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ   thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va      
It is by/before Januaryḗ∙kȧ   ja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ∙tȧ   ka∙lin   thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va      
It is after Januaryḗ∙kȧ   ja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ∙tȧ   pas∙sé   thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va      
It was in Januaryḗ∙kȧ   ja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ   thib∙ba      
It was by/before Januaryḗ∙kȧ   ja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ∙tȧ   ka∙lin   thib∙ba      
It was after Januaryḗ∙kȧ   ja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ∙tȧ   pas∙sé   thib∙ba      
I’m coming in Januaryma∙mȧ   ja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ   é∙nȧ∙va      
I came in Januaryma∙mȧ   ja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri   vȧ∙lȧ   aa∙va      
Translation of ‘ha∙ri la∙mayi, pa∙tan ga∙mu∙dhȧ?’:
“Ok kids, shall we start?”

 

 

3. Mini Quiz

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1. If “going” = ‘ya∙nȧ∙va’ and “went” = ‘gi∙yaa’, then how would you say:

  1. “I’m going in December”
  2. “I went in June”

 

2. If “working” = ‘væ∙dȧ kȧ∙rȧ∙nȧ∙va’ and “worked” = ‘væ∙dȧ kȧ∙laa’, then how would you say:

  1. “I’m working in September”
  2. “I worked in March”

 

Give me your answers in the comments. One of the correct answers, which I’ll randomly pick, will get something special from me. See “Bonus” section below.

 

 

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Also tell me what other month related phrases can you think of? I’ve reached my thinking limit for the week.

 

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60 Responses to Months In Sinhala (Tried to come up with a more catchy title but couldn’t)

  1. Cass December 13, 2015 at 07:36 #

    Thanks for this, Dilshan, and belated congratulations on your wedding to the beautiful Mrs Smart. My Sri Lankan friends usually pronounce October as ‘Octomber’. Have you heard of this before?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 13, 2015 at 07:44 #

      Actually I hesitated between the version of October you mentioned and the version I used. I’ve heard both being used in spoken Sinhala and so I went with the one that needs less of a mental adjustment for you guys. Thanks for the comment, it was a good one. And thanks for the kind wishes.

    • John McManus December 13, 2015 at 11:10 #

      Thanks for pointing this out. I have a friend who says Octomber and I had thought it was just him.

      • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 06:14 #

        Haha, no it’s not just your friend, I believe both Okthobar and Okthombar can be said. Actually John, (I’m thinking out aloud here) if you think about it in terms of sequence (september november, december), doesn’t it make more sense that even in English it should’ve been Octomber? :) Ha, I didn’t think of that before.

        • Steve Parenteau December 14, 2015 at 06:26 #

          Actually Octember would be even better!! My English mother tongue is soon confusing!

  2. Tracey December 13, 2015 at 08:16 #

    Ok here goes

    Mama vaeda karanava saepthaembar vala
    Mama vaedakalaa maarthu vala

    Mama yanava dhesaembar vala
    Mama giyaa jooni vala

    How is that?

    I would love love love a calendar. Will it have the pita days on it as well?

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 13, 2015 at 08:21 #

      Thanks Tracey. Shall reveal the correct answer soon. But will send you the regular calendar now. It doesn’t have Poya days (not pita) or any holidays. Had to keep it global :)

      • Tracey December 13, 2015 at 17:17 #

        Dam autocorrect. Lol

        • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 06:29 #

          I know! My name is still corrected to “Dishpan”…

          • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 06:35 #

            And about your answers, the words are correct (yay!), but I would stick to the same word order that I used in the post – it sounds more authentic. See below:

            mamȧ dhésaembȧr vȧlȧ yanȧva
            mamȧ jooni vȧlȧ giyaa

            mamȧ sæpthaembȧr vȧlȧ vædȧ kȧrȧnȧva
            mamȧ maarthu vȧlȧ vædȧ kȧlaa

            Congrats.

  3. Ziyaan December 13, 2015 at 09:07 #

    Mama dhe saem ber vala yanava. 2. Mama juni vala giya. And 1. Mama saep thaem ber vala vaeda ka ra na va and 2. Mama marthu vala vaeda da ka la?

  4. Paul December 13, 2015 at 09:08 #

    I’m over the moon to say

    mama agosthu vala enava

    Already planning our next trip to Sri Lanka :-)

  5. Ziyaan December 13, 2015 at 09:09 #

    Sorry for the last da got repeated twice. So it should be mama marthu vala vaeda da kala?

  6. Ziyaan December 13, 2015 at 09:11 #

    Sigh…. I hate my phone. Mama marthu vala vae da kala?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 13, 2015 at 12:20 #

      Oh sorry, I replied your earlier comment too soon. I can’t reveal it’s correct since I’m waiting for the answers of others too but I’ll tell you that I am smiling proudly…

  7. Khema Lim December 13, 2015 at 12:45 #

    Mama dhé sæm bàr vàlà yanàva.
    Mama joo li gi yaa.
    Mama sæm tæm bar và là væ da ka ra na va.
    Mama maar thu và là væ da kà law.

    I hope this is correct. Thanks for your great work.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 06:40 #

      Hi Khema, thanks. You’ve got 3 out of 4 correct. Want to give it another shot?

  8. wesley December 13, 2015 at 12:45 #

    Isn’t there another way to say the months too? For example, january = duruthu ? (I only remember this because of duruthu perahera)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 06:46 #

      Oh wow, I didn’t expect any of my Tribesters to know that but yes, you’re right. That’s based on the lunar calendar. You really don’t have to know it as like you said it’s used primarily to name the full-moon poya days (and related festivities). As someone who studied Buddhism in school, we had to learn all 12 months and I still remember them! You’ve given me a chance to show off:

      Jan – dhuruthu
      Feb – navam
      Mar – mædhin
      Apr – bak
      May – vésak
      Jun – poson
      Jul – æsȧlȧ
      Aug – nikini
      Sep – binȧrȧ
      Oct – vap
      Nov – il
      Dec – uňdhuvap

      • wesley December 14, 2015 at 09:55 #

        Hehe thanks,

        And good to know that it’s normally not used in normal language :-)

  9. wesley December 13, 2015 at 13:02 #

    Could you also say which verb patan gamude is? (the present tense please)

    I don’t think its a compound verb from ganneva (= take) which has gammude as the suggestive form (two m’s versus your 1).

    If it is, what does patan mean?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 06:50 #

      Hi Wesley, interesting observation. Present tense would be ‘patan gannȧva’ and yes, it is a compound verb using ‘gannȧva’. Good question as to what “patan” means, I really don’t know the answer. I don’t even know if it has a meaning, but now you’ve got me thinking.

      No, the suggestive form for ‘gannȧva’ is gamudhȧ (1 ‘m’). You’d pronounce it as ‘ga∙mu∙dhȧ?’

      Does that make sense?

      • wesley December 14, 2015 at 09:45 #

        Hi yes makes sense :-) I initially thought that it would have been a different verb since I I incorrectly thought, due to the single m or double m in gamude, that it was again one of those special cases that we all love in sinhala language ;)

        like malle versus male etc ;)

        thx for explanation!

  10. Avaneesh December 13, 2015 at 14:08 #

    Hi! please send the calendar because i sometimes forget the date, and the month too.
    “Why won’t you buy one?”, you ask?
    Because:
    1. I’m Indian (You would know that we like stuff free!) ;-)
    2. I am learning Sinhala and trying to practice month names!
    Cheers from India!!

    • Avaneesh December 13, 2015 at 14:19 #

      answers:
      1.
      1. mama dhaesambar vala yanava.
      2. mama jooni vala giya.

      2.
      1. mama saepthaembar vala vaeda karanav
      2. mama maarthu vala vaeda kalaa

      • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 06:54 #

        You’re 100% correct, my Indian friend who wants to learn Sinhala month names (but doesn’t want to pay :))… Thanks for the amusing comment. Sending you the calendar now.

  11. Elizabeth December 13, 2015 at 15:09 #

    Mama 2016 aprel wala Sinhala avurudhu walata sri lankawata yanava.

    Pasugiya aprel wala mama sri lankawata giyaa.

    Yea Dilshan, I would prefer a regular calendar. Thanks.

    Elizabeth T.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 06:56 #

      Elizabeth, I’m impressed! Well done. Let me make some minor corrections:

      Sinhala avurudhdhȧtȧ (not Sinhala avurudhu walata)

      pasugiya is absolutely correct although when speaking you’d usually just say giyȧ.

      Sending you the calendar now.

      • Elizabeth December 14, 2015 at 17:01 #

        Hello Dilshan

        Thanks for correcting me in my somewhat poor Sinhala. Now I know the usual phrases to use when speaking, though I wonder if I would ever get to speak Sinhala ever again. However, I thank you for the compliments.

        Thanks for the 2016 calendar which I presume it’s on the way.

        Bye for now
        Elizabeth T

        • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 17:35 #

          I emailed it already. Could you please check and let me know?

          • Elizabeth December 15, 2015 at 17:48 #

            I sure will thanks

  12. Laura December 13, 2015 at 15:12 #

    Hi DIlshan! Thank you for the post! The names of the months sound very familiar ;)
    I came up with this:

    mama dhesaembar vali yanava
    mama jooni vali giyaa

    mama saepthaembar vali vaeda karanava
    mama maarthu vali vaeda kalaa

    Keep up the good work!

    • Laura December 13, 2015 at 15:13 #

      I don’t know thy I kept typing vali instead of gala. Shame on me

      • Laura December 13, 2015 at 15:13 #

        vala. that’s what I meant.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 06:58 #

          Yeah, autocorrect is not very Sinhala friendly…

          You’ve got 4 out of 4 correct (but from you, one of my star students, I never expected anything lesser than that)…

  13. Raine December 13, 2015 at 15:43 #

    Thank you for your hard work to help us understand and use yr language. How abt phrases like monthly wage. Monthly reports. Monthly payments. Monthly emails…Every month. At the beginning /middle/end of month.
    Yes I would like to receive yr 2016 calendar.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 07:04 #

      Great suggestion. I was actually going to do a separate post (which I still will) on general words such as months, weeks, years, hours, etc. I’ll include your suggestions into that post but for now, I’ll briefly talk about it here too:

      The proper way of saying “monthly” is ‘maa∙si∙kȧ’. So that means:

      monthly wages = maa∙si∙kȧ vætup
      monthly reports = maa∙si∙kȧ vaar∙thaa
      monthly payments = maa∙si∙kȧ gé∙veem
      monthly emails = maa∙si∙kȧ ee∙mḗl

      However, note that this sounds a little too ‘formal’ for spoken Sinhala. I’ll have to think about how we would say the above lines when speaking casually.

      Thanks for a great question. Also, sending you the calendar now.

  14. Patty December 13, 2015 at 18:00 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    My son has just returned to the U.K. so I’m feeling a bit sad at the moment.
    I’ve just drunk a couple of glasses of vino which I hardly ever do so if I get this right it will be a miracle.

    1) Mama yanava Dhesaember vala.

    2) Mama giyaa Jooni vala.

    3) Mama vaeda karanava Saepthaember vala.

    4) Mama vaeda kalaa Maarthu.

    Well there we are. Right or wrong?

    I hope you and Mrs Smart had a good day.

    Patty

    Oh! Yes please, I would love to have a calendar.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 07:07 #

      “In vino veritas”! :)

      You’ve got all the words correct (yay!), but I would stick to the same word order that I used in the post – it sounds more authentic. See below:

      mamȧ dhésaembȧr vȧlȧ yanȧva
      mamȧ jooni vȧlȧ giyaa

      mamȧ sæpthaembȧr vȧlȧ vædȧ kȧrȧnȧva
      mamȧ maarthu vȧlȧ vædȧ kȧlaa

      See what I mean? Sorry to hear that your son has gone back. I can imagine that you’re missing him.

  15. Supriya December 13, 2015 at 19:38 #

    Answer is
    1- Mama septhember masse vaeda karanava
    2- mama maarathu masse vaeda kalaa

  16. Steve Parenteau December 14, 2015 at 05:59 #

    1. If “going” = ‘ya∙nȧ∙va’ and “went” = ‘gi∙yaa’, then how would you say:
    “I’m going in December”: Mama Dhesaembar vala yanava.
    “I went in June”: Mama Jooni gala giyaa.

    2. If “working” = ‘væ∙dȧ kȧ∙rȧ∙nȧ∙va’ and “worked” = ‘væ∙dȧ kȧ∙laa’, then how would you say:
    “I’m working in September”: Mama Saepthaembar vala vaeda.
    “I worked in March”: Mama Maarthu vala vaeda kalaa.

    Are there any tricks here, otherwise seems straight forward.
    Thanks,
    Steve and Happy Holidays to you and all you love!!

  17. Steve Parenteau December 14, 2015 at 06:06 #

    Whoops, caught my mistakes!! So much for being straight forward!!!

    If “working” = ‘væ∙dȧ kȧ∙rȧ∙nȧ∙va’ and “worked” = ‘væ∙dȧ kȧ∙laa’, then how would you say:

    “I’m working in September” : Mama Saepthaembar vala vaeda karanava.

    “I worked in March” : Mama Maarthu vala vaeda kalaa!

    At least a better try!!

    Thanks,

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2015 at 07:11 #

      Well done, Steve. Great that you spotted your errors by yourself.

      In terms of tricks for the phrasing I suppose it’ll be mainly to do with the verbs, which is something I hope to tackle soon in a series of upcoming posts. Glad you asked the question. Reassures me that I’m on the right track.

  18. Stephanie December 14, 2015 at 11:40 #

    Mata kaelaendaraya one.
    Please!
    By the way, is it true that I should not use karunaa karalaa when I use mate … one?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 17, 2015 at 07:03 #

      It’s not that you shouldn’t, it’s just that not many people use the sinhala equivalent for “please”. I on the other extensively use it when speaking to people I’m not familiar with.

  19. Clarissa December 17, 2015 at 15:03 #

    Well I know I’m a bit late with this post. I saw it come in Sunday and have been running around preparing for Christmas for my 3 kids and planning a surprise trip for my 10 year wedding anniversary in just a few weeks. Bought plane tickets and booked the hotel and not telling the hubs where we are going till we get to the airport…. wouldn’t tell him till we got there but haven’t figured out how to keep him from hearing all the flight announcements… anyways back to Sinhala…

    I LOVE the quiz idea!!! Here are the answers although I know you’ve already revealed the correct ones I wanted to give it a try for practice anyways.
    mama dhesaembar vala yanava
    mama jooni vala giyaa
    mama saepthaembar vala vaeda karanava
    mama maarthu vala vaeda kalaa

    I would absolutely LOVE a Sinhala calendar! I just made personalized calendars for all the parents and grandparents with pictures of my kids (no better christmas present for a grandparent than pics of the grandkids) and this made me think I should make myself one using all the Sinhala months!

    Thanks as always for the wonderful post and they get better and better each time! !

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 25, 2015 at 13:44 #

      Wow, you’re busy bee aren’t you. Love the idea for the anniversary surprise. Maybe industrial-strenght ear plugs for your husband to not let him hear the announcements? Or ipod earphones on maximum volume…

      Your answers are correct. Yay.

      Sending you the calendar pdf now. Have a great holiday season.

  20. Elizabeth December 19, 2015 at 18:00 #

    Hello Dilshan

    I have still not got your calendar. sorry

    Elizabeth T
    .

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 21, 2015 at 06:41 #

      Hi Elizabeth, that’s strange. I emailed it on on the 14th. Re-sending it to you now.

      • Elizabeth December 21, 2015 at 16:42 #

        Thanks for the calendar. I see that the months are in Sinhala.

        Thanks anyway for your trouble in sending again.

        I take this opportunity to send my Seasonal Greetings to you & your wife &
        Best of luck for your future endeavours in the coming New Year.

        Elizabeth T

  21. Chris Hammond December 31, 2015 at 02:55 #

    Second post… Starting to get addicted to this learning malarkey!

    mama dhesaembar vali yanava
    mama jooni vali giyaa

    mama saepthaembar vali vaeda karanava
    mama maarthu vali vaeda kalaa

    Fingers crossed?

    I’d love a calendar, preferably with your glorious face on it, though a standard one would more than suffice, if at all possible? Can’t wait until I get some sort of fluency in Sinhala!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 11, 2016 at 13:55 #

      Well done, buddy. But just note that the word is ‘vȧlȧ’ and not ‘vali’.

      Sending you the calendar now.

  22. mufak April 27, 2016 at 09:03 #

    hello sir this is very useful of our learning

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