What if you were given an easy system to learn the most commonly used Sinhala verbs and their tenses?

Something that showed you how to use these verbs to confidently ask QUESTIONS, give INSTRUCTIONS, make STATEMENTS, offer SUGGESTIONS, and make REQUESTS in absolutely correct Sinhala?

  • A 13-step audio & visual learning package that teaches you the most frequently used Sinhala verbs
  • Get the correct pronunciation by hearing how they sound
  • Learn these verbs according to your own time schedule (with as little as 10 minutes a day)
  • Study it in a way so that you'll never forget these verbs and their usage
  • Add to your knowledge of "everyday" verbs so that you’ll always know how to say things in a practical situation.
Claudia Fernández

I want to thank you for your awesome verbs package (and also for re-sending it after I lost my phone)! It helped, is helping, and will help me a lot. My friends in Sri Lanka are happy about my learning but are very careful now about what they say in front of me :) So, once more, bohoma sthoothi for this book and audio guide.

Claudia Fernández Madrid, Spain
Clarissa Fraser

Thanks so much for the amazing verbs package. I am so very very grateful for all your hard work! I know you hear this from so many people, but learning Sinhala is attainable thanks to you and your books. Without you, I know it really wouldn’t happen.

Clarissa Fraser Houston, Texas

"Why do we need to learn verbs anyway?"

If you're thinking "What an astronomically dumb question to ask", then congratulations, I consider you normal and you should continue reading. But believe it or not, this was an actual question one of my students asked me.

For many of us, this come across as an unusual question since learning verbs is the key to speaking and understanding any language, which is essential to good communication.

They are part of the building blocks set of a language. Verbs are connectors. Sometimes even 20-30 basic verbs are enough to start speaking at a decent level. Without them, we’re limited in what we can express.

"A language without verbs is like a car without an engine. Not knowing how to use the past tense, future tense and negation etc. is like having a manual gearbox and no gearstick."

- Jonathan S.

Here are five specific reasons you need to learn verbs:

To speak correct Sinhala (and look good while doing it)

Everyone’s quick to talk about the importance of nouns. Ask most people and they might even call it the "heart" of a sentence.

It is true that knowing nouns will help you get a chunky part of the message across. For example, you go up to any English-speaking person and say “food” and point at your mouth, they’re very likely to understand that you’re hungry and you want to eat something. No one's going to say "No my dear, that's not food, that's your mouth".

But that’s not how you want communicate. You want to do it properly. You want to create proper sentences and to do that you’ll be needing verbs.

"Using verbs correctly, in particular, verb tense, in English is a big sophistication marker, French too (my other language). In French, if we conjugate incorrectly/use the wrong tense, you can get really judged!"

- Amy D.

There’s no getting around it.

Without verbs, you’ll be doing a lot of pointing and motioning. You want to speak Sinhala, you don’t want to be playing a game of charades every time you need to say something, regardless of how awesome your friends think you are at it.

"Until you know verbs, you're reduced to the caveman speak of pointing at things and saying the noun."

- Michelle P.

Knowing verbs means you’ll be speaking correct and “non-handsy” Sinhala. The way you’ve always imagined yourself speaking it.

To speak longer sentences

Knowing correct verbs will not only help you make proper sentences but you’ll finally be able to put together a sentence that has more than three words.

I mean, how badly have you been longing to convey more than just “Hello. How are you?”. How much have you wanted to expand what you wanted to say in more detail?

"I'd like to be able to use longer sentences and as a speech therapist I know that the more verbs you use, the longer the sentences you can make. For example, once I was able to learn to request things, I was able to order food at a restaurant in Sri Lanka on Vacation which was very empowering for me."

- M.A.

In your native language, you might know 10 different ways of saying something and it’s frustrating knowing that in Sinhala you're struggling to get even one of those across.

To make sense when speaking (and not be misinterpreted)

A verb is the action word that completes any sentence meaningfully. It is important to use the right verbs in the right place so your story makes sense.

Being able to differentiate subtle differences like “I hear” vs. “I listen” or “go” vs. “go away” will not be possible without knowing verbs.

To not be forever stranded in the present-tense

Let’s say you actually can put together a coherent sentence that has more than three words. Honestly, you’re already in a great place.

But now you realize that things happen in the future and things happened in the past but here you are trying to get that across in the present tense because that’s what you’re comfortable in.

"Knowing verbs in the past tense is important to me so I can finally escape speaking only in the present tense."

- Douglas P.

Knowing how the express future-tense and past-tense sentences will unlock an entire new area of speaking Sinhala for you.

To help you with "everyday" stuff

  • To ask questions ("Are you going?")
  • Instruct someone to do something ("Clean this please")
  • Instruct someone NOT to do something ("Don't call me again"),
  • Offer a suggestion ("Shall we help them?")
  • Make requests ("Would you teach this to me?")


These are all practical everyday types of communication that will need verbs.

Your three biggest challenges with Sinhala verbs

Many of these verbs might sound similar to you

One of the first things you’ll probably notice is how many verbs either have similar endings or they just sound alike which could confuse the crap out of you.

"Frankly, Sinhala verbs just drive me crazy. … Many of them vary only in small details, some of them only in one letter, the difference of which you can hardly hear when spoken."

- Sabine S.

This could make the pronunciation of some verbs more challenging

To make matters worse, some verbs are pronounced differently when speaking. For example, most people will pronounce the word for listening as “ahanava” while a few others may say it as “asanava”. Guess what?

Both are right! But then how are you, the one learning this language, going to make sense of this in your head?

And you're never short of anyone offering their corrections to you:

"What I find most frustrating is that I learn a verb, and then try it out and they say no, you should say it like this."

- Sabine S.

This alone could be enough for someone to say "Nah, forget it. This is too confusing".

Getting the tenses right

Sinhala grammar could get difficult when combining verbs and nouns in different tenses. Especially, if you try to use them in relation to English grammar.

"What I find most challenging about Sinhala verbs is what tense I’m supposed to use in a particular situation and I often have to just guess."

- U. D.

Things get way more complicated with the past-tense in Sinhala.

Given that a lot of the time when you're speaking with someone, you're talking about things that you have done, then the past tense becomes really important, and so it really gets difficult when that knowledge is not there.

With certain verbs in English you can kind of guess what the past tense will be just by adding “ed” to the end of the stem. For example, the past tense of “look” is “looked.

It's not a hard and fast rule and doesn’t work with all past-tense verbs (e.g. spoke, broke, took, etc.), but it's something to give you a head start and make your life easier.

In Sinhala though, it’s not that easy. At first glance, it looks like each past-tense verb form has a mind of its own with different suffixes. You might have some difficulty discerning a pattern to makes a verb in the past tense.

For example:

  • “dance”: natanava
  • “danced”: naetuwa
  • “kiss”: imbinava
  • “kissed”: imba

There actually is a Like I said, at first glance.

"My biggest challenge so far has been trying to memorize all the past tenses (and how to say them in a sentence) of verbs. I know it just takes time to learn them, but it’s challenging nonetheless."

- Sabine S.

Unless you spend time analyzing all the main past-tense verb forms, it might take you a while to settle into the stage in Sinhala where you can just pick that information out of your head.

Difficult to memorize/remember

When you have all these similar-sounding verbs or the same verb with multiple meanings, or multiple verbs with a similar meaning, trying to remember them becomes an absolute nightmare.

This gets even worse if you don’t get a chance to practice Sinhala regularly.

"My challenge personally is just remembering verbs and as I don't speak regularly, I tend to forget. I use the wrong verbs all the time..... It's very frustrating!"

- Cathy H.

Anyone can easily remember a couple of two-syllable words but Sinhala verbs don’t come in small packages. Take the example of the verb “troubling” which in Sinhala is karadhara karanava.

So, one of the biggest challenges that a typical Sinhala learner faces is being able to efficiently remember the essential verbs to be able to communicate effectively. This is what stops many of my students from moving forward.


350 Lazy But Smart Sinhala Verbs

My 13-step guide to conjugating & using 350 of the most useful verbs spoken in Sinhala today

  • A 900-page ebook (PDF)
  • 13-step guide to deconstructing verbs
  • Simplification & grouping of 350 verbs
  • Full-page tables for each verb
  • Full-page BONUS tables for each verb
  • 7 hours of audio pronunciation for all verbs (MP3)
  • A 10-page Sinhala script guide (PDF)

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Anthony Perry

Just loving it, no wonder you took so long to release it. It was well worth the wait in the end and so inexpensive..(sorry, I am in Retail. We do not use the word “Cheap”..). Great value and well planned. I just love it…Many thanks Dilshan. Wonderful!

Anthony Perry Norfolk, England
Elisabeth Andel

Thank you for the amazing effort you made with this Verb book. Well done! I love that there is also script, as it helps enormously with the pronunciation, besides of course listening to your melodious voices :) But when one doesn’t quite hear a certain sound, the backup from the script is very helpful.

Elisabeth Andel Australia
Alistair Fernando

I bought it a few days ago. It’s awesome and easy to follow. You’ve put so much effort into it and it is appreciated. Jaya Wewa! Now I can read it on my train ride in and back home. .

Alistair Fernando Melbourne, Australia

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