A reasonable question you should be asking right now:
Why has Dilshan wasted his time (and more importantly, mine) by doing an entire post on giving out your phone number in Sinhala? We already covered numbers 0-9 in Part 1, didn’t we?
Allow me to explain… And also, don’t miss the fun assignment I’ve given you at the end. >>>
The reasons why I did this “phone” post (even if giving out your number is not an everyday occurrence):
- Unlike in English, in Sinhala you need to tweak the format of the digits you saw in Part 1 when giving out your number
- This same format is used for something more important (which I’ve mentioned below)
So, in the words of sneaky Kaa:
All You Need To Remember From Part 1
|zero – 0||bin∙dhu∙wȧ|
|one – 1||é∙kȧ|
|two – 2||dhé∙kȧ|
|three – 3||thu∙nȧ|
|four – 4||ha∙thȧ∙rȧ|
|five – 5||pa∙ha|
|six – 6||ha∙yȧ|
|seven – 7||ha∙thȧ|
|eight – 8||a∙tȧ|
|nine – 9||na∙mȧ∙yȧ|
How To Convert To “Phone” Digits
Don’t get bogged down by this “mathematical” looking table. You’ll understand how to convert it naturally when you look at pronunciation tables right after.
Let’s see this in action below:
“Phone” Zero in Sinhala
Lazy But Smart Infographic: “Phone” Zero in Sinhala
“Phone” 1-9 in Sinhala
Lazy But Smart Infographic: “Phone” 0-9 in Sinhala
My advice: Keep going back and forth until you get all of them correct in one go. You’ll need it for the next post.
What You’ll See In The Next Post:
- How these “phone” numbers can be used to specify quantities.
- We’ll also start inserting what you know into basic sentences.
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