4 Ridiculously Easy Steps To Tell The Time In Sinhala (And A First Look At Numbers!)

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“Trying To Push Back Time”
Photo Credits: Awesome Father


“If only I could turn back time”…

Now that’s a line that gets thrown around a lot. Not just willy but also, umm… nilly.

But what does it really represent? Regret, right?

Ok, what if we got that opportunity to go back? Would we act any differently? I’d like to think “yes”, but then again, in the long-term, would we, mere creatures of old habits, revert to our usual ways and find ourselves in only a ‘slightly’ better situation today?

(As you can see, I do have a lot of time on my hands to sit in a café in Colombo with my laptop, gaze far away into the Indian ocean, and confuse the crap out of myself with my own thoughts)

Here’s what I’ve learned at the age of 34:


(Spoiler: it’s not going to be a ground-breaking discovery, it’s actually quite “duh”, especially for a 34 year old – BTW, younger LBSS readers, please tell Uncle Dilshan if it’s still cool to use “Duh”? Also, is it still cool to use “cool”?)

Of course we can fantasize for hours about how we would’ve done things differently…

How we would’ve spent more time with a loved one while they were with us. Or how we should’ve quit our shitty jobs and followed our dreams despite the crippling fear we felt. Or how we shouldn’t have worn that embarrassingly shiny reflective shirt to a wedding that forced the group photo to be taken without the flash…

Et cetera…

But I don’t think it’s healthy to “live” in that spot for too long. Every time I catch myself dwelling on something of the past (and when I finally snap out of it), I notice 2 things:

  • While I had zoned-out, life continued to go on all around me. Time didn’t do any favors and stop just for me; and
  • I really couldn’t (and didn’t) change ANYTHING from that moment. Zip. Zero. Nada.

But then, a couple of years ago, when discussing this with my brother, he advised me to “Take the LESSON, forget the EXPERIENCE”… a gem of a line considering all the dumb things he’s said in the past (like when watching an interview of the hip-hop artist Notorious B.I.G. who was killed, my brother said “I think this was filmed before he died”… Yeah, that’s the kind of Confucius we’re dealing with).

But I liked this particular advice of his.

And so today, whenever I get those “If I could just turn back time” sentiments, the stronger, more mature (and I’d like to think more handsome.. ahem) version of Dilshan doesn’t waste too much time reliving that regretful EXPERIENCE. Instead, I learn whatever LESSON I need to learn from it, promise myself that I’ll try not to let it happen again, and I move the f*** on, because life will go on whether I like it or not… and I don’t want to miss out on the awesome things that it has to offer.

And let’s face it, there are a lot of awesome things out there! :)


But I digress…

So let’s go onto the Sinhala learning part. Let me tell you what’s different about this post.


About This Post…

Forget 2 birds, I’ve designed this post in such a way that we’ll be killing MULTIPLE birds with one stone.

What You’ll Learn From This One Post:

  • You’ll get your first taste of numbers in Sinhala. Not all of them but only 21 of them that I’ve shrewdly selected.
  • You’ll learn how to say “Morning”, “Noon”, “Evening”, and “Night” in Sinhala
  • You’ll learn how to say TIME in Sinhala
  • And of course, you’ll learn how to tell the time in Sinhala (in case the title of this blog post didn’t give it away…)


My Lazy But Smart Approach To Telling The Time In Sinhala

By now, you know that I don’t go for perfection in this blog. I go for “good enough”.

That’s the same approach I’ve taken in this post.

For example, I’m not going to show you how tell them time when it’s 5.22 p.m. Instead, I’ll be focusing on the closest multiple of 5 (and so that would be 5.20 p.m.).

(You still have time to run away if perfect Sinhala is your thing. Don’t say I didn’t warn you..)


Still here? High five!

We’re going to use the example of 5.20 p.m. throughout this post. I’ve explained it below in the blue box:

Our Example:

Learning To Say “The Time Is 5.20 p.m.”

In Sinhala the above phrase would be:

vé∙laa∙vȧ   ha∙vȧ∙sȧ   pa∙hayi   vis∙sayi

Looks complicated, huh?

Nah, bullcrap! Don’t you worry your head about it. Your favorite Sinhala enthusiast is going to hold your hand and show you how we constructed this phrase, word-by-word.


Here are the 4 steps we will follow:

  • STEP 1: Learning to say TIME in Sinhala
  • STEP 2: Learning how to say “a.m.” & “p.m.” in Sinhala (for our example it’ll be “p.m.”)
  • STEP 3: Looking up the HOUR in Sinhala (for our example, it’ll be “5”)
  • STEP 4: Looking up the MINUTES in Sinhala (for our example, it’ll be “20”)



Let’s first erase the above 4 Sinhala words so that we can start from scratch:

_______ _______ _______ _______

(0 steps out of 4 completed)


Let’s go!


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STEP 1: The Word For TIME in Sinhala




Step 1

Now that we know the word for TIME in Sinhala, let’s fill in the first blank of our sentence.

vé∙laa∙vȧ   _______   _______   _______

(1 step out of 4 completed)

Easy peasy…

Alright, next!

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STEP 2: The Words For AM & PM in Sinhala

The “proper” Sinhala words for AM is “pé∙rȧ∙vȧ∙ru” and PM is “pas∙varu”.


It’s almost never used when speaking Sinhala, and as you already know, this blog focuses on real-life conversational Sinhala. No time for “proper” Sinhala.

So how do we say AM & PM in day-to-day Sinhala?

We use the equivalent words for “Morning”, “Noon”, “Evening”, & “Night”.


“Morning”, “Noon”, “Evening”, & “Night” In Sinhala



Click To Play With The Flashcards: Time Of The Day In Sinhala

But How Do I Know Which One To Use?!!

Disclaimer: There is no hard & fast rule for this (as far as I know) but you really can’t go wrong with the following guidelines.


When to use…Typically when the time is between…
Morning (‘u∙dhḗ’)4.00 a.m. – before 12.00 noon
Noon (‘dha∙val’)12.00 noon – before 4.00 p.m.
Evening (‘ha∙vȧ∙sȧ’)4.00 p.m. – before 8.00 p.m.
Night (‘rǣ’)8.00 p.m. – before 4.00 a.m.


Note: Don’t worry about memorizing this table. No one’s going to look at you in a weird way if you miss an hour or so.

Step 2

Since we want to say 5.20 p.m. and it falls into the “evening” bracket, let’s add the word ‘ha∙vȧ∙sȧ’ to our sentence.

vé∙laa∙vȧ   ha∙vȧ∙sȧ   _______   _______

(2 steps out of 4 completed)

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STEP 3: Reading The Hours In Sinhala

I don’t want you to memorize anything.

At the end of this post, I have something that should help you remember them through practice. So for now just breathe, relax, glance through the numbers 1-12, and let’s just single out 5 since we’ll need that to read “5.20 p.m.”


Numbers in Sinhala (1-12)



Click To Play With The Flashcards: Hours In Sinhala (1-12)

Step 3

Now it gets super easy.

Let’s just look up the Sinhala word for 5 (‘pa∙hayi’) and add it below.

vé∙laa∙vȧ   ha∙vȧ∙sȧ   pa∙hayi   _______

(3 steps out of 4 completed)

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And the 4th and FINAL Step:

Step 4: Reading The Minutes In Sinhala

Once again, don’t you dare even think of memorizing any of the following. Just glance at the following table like how you’d do when you see someone attractive on the road but don’t want to come across as a pervy creep. Just take a quick look and move on.


Numbers in Sinhala (Increments of 5)

25vi∙si   pa∙hayi      
35this   pa∙hayi      
45ha∙thȧ∙lis   pa∙hayi      
55pa∙nas   pa∙hayi      


Click To Play With The Flashcards: Minutes In Sinhala (5-55)


Like before let’s find the Sinhala word for 20 (‘vis∙sayi’) and add it below to complete our FINAL step.

vé∙laa∙vȧ   ha∙vȧ∙sȧ   pa∙hayi   vis∙sayi

(4 steps out of 4 completed)… YAY!!!

One More Quick Example Before The Bonus Section

How would you say “The time is 6.40 a.m.”?

  • Step 1: The word for TIME in Sinhala, which is ‘vé∙laa∙vȧ
  • Step 2: “a.m.” or “p.m”, which since it is 6.30 a.m. (Edit: corrected to ‘6.40 a.m.’) falls into the ‘u∙dhḗ‘ bracket
  • Step 3: Looking up the HOUR, which in this case is ‘hayayi‘ (6)
  • Step 4: Looking up the MINUTE, which in this case is ‘ha∙thȧlihayi‘ (40)


So we would read the time in Sinhala as… (drum roll please):

“vé∙laa∙vȧ   u∙dhḗ   ha∙yayi   ha∙thȧ∙li∙hayi”



Alright, check this…

Using all the numbers you’ve seen above, I’ve carefully selected 56 of those combinations and put them into flash cards (with audio pronunciation). And all it took was 4 precious hours off my life… :)

Now, you’ve got to trust me on this.

Do yourself a favor and go through the entire set of flash cards just ONCE (don’t worry if you can’t translate all of them), repeat the pronunciation after me, and I’m very cocky and confident that most of the numbers will stick to your brain.

I hope you liked this post. Talk to you soon in the comments. Now go have fun! :)

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74 Responses to 4 Ridiculously Easy Steps To Tell The Time In Sinhala (And A First Look At Numbers!)

  1. Dhel August 16, 2014 at 07:45 #

    Thanks ,,, i love to learn ur language… More picture thanks

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 16, 2014 at 07:56 #

      Hi Dhel, thanks. More pictures? You mean pics of me on a clock? Ok, but I don’t think it’ll help your Sinhala learning though :)

      Thanks for your comment. Take care.

  2. Laura August 16, 2014 at 10:17 #

    Hi Dilshan! First of all: your brother’s saying is great, I’ll save it for future use. Secondly…yayyy! I have been wanting to learn the numbers in Sinhala for sooo long! Thank you so much!
    Take care, and keep up the great work,

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 08:54 #

      Hi Laura, that’s great that you like my brother’s saying… But I won’t tell him this or else it’ll definitely get to his head. People say I have an ego, wait till they meet “his royal cockiness” :)

      Nice hearing from you.

  3. Erena August 16, 2014 at 11:33 #

    Have fun at the match!!! Wish I could go but didn’t get a ticket. Big fan of Mahela :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 09:01 #

      Hi Erena, well as you might know, Mahela got out today so no “last match century” unfortunately :(

      Nevertheless, was great to be there yesterday. Here’s a pic I snapped of him and Sanga walking back to the dressing room. Hope you managed to get tickets for today and/or tomorrow.

  4. Thaniyo Bhikkhu August 16, 2014 at 11:37 #

    Thanks for another, well-explained and understandable blog post.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 09:03 #

      Thank you for your comment Thaniyo Bhikkhu. It is very much appreciated.

  5. Save as Savva August 16, 2014 at 11:40 #

    Wow!-truly a complicated subject explained in such a simplistic way. Well done!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 09:05 #

      Thank you! And knowing that this feedback is coming from a teacher makes it that much more valuable to me! Thanks again :)

  6. Yvonne August 16, 2014 at 12:02 #

    Thank you so much Dilshan for your time that you spend for us to make Sinhala as easy as possible for us! Have a pleasant week-end.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 09:06 #

      You’re very welcome, Yvonne. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy the rest of your weekend too.

  7. Natalie Lyall-Grant August 16, 2014 at 12:50 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I’ve been following your blog for some time now, and learning Sinhala even longer still.

    I just wanted to say how great this post was and how useful it was to brush up my skills. I never taught myself numbers because it seemed to come naturally when living in Sri Lanka – counting out my rupees, haggling down prices. But I’ve been aware for a while now that my time telling isn’t exactly perfect, and occasionally when I ask ‘vilava kiyada?’ I’m faced with an answer that leaves me rather unsure.

    Your flash cards were such a great way of brushing up my knowledge. I’ve tried before to go over times in a book, but it gets boring and ultimately it never sinks in. I’m so happy to have your blog to help me with my sinhala. There was nothing around like it when I started learning and now I use it to go back to basics and fix all the silly mistakes that I made – and have now become habitual – when I first started learning sinhala from the scant few books on the subject, and from friends who would kindly consent to dumbing it all down for me.

    Thank you so much! Your time and effort is so appreciated and it brings a little smile to my face every time your new posts pop up in my email inbox.

    Bohuma stuthi aya :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 11:03 #

      Hi Natalie nangi…. :)

      Thanks for such a sweet comment! Happy to hear how much you find my little blog useful. Overjoyed, really!

      When you find the time, please do send me an email about your back-story with Sri Lanka. I’d be very interested to hear about your experiences when living here.

      Also happy that my emails bring a smile to your face. Your comment had the same effect on me. So I guess we’re even now :)

  8. Marilyn August 16, 2014 at 16:01 #

    Love your posts Dilshan. Not that 10 minutes is anything in Sri Lankan time (I think it equates to mere seconds elsewere) but check your 6:30 a.m. transalation? Cheers, Marilyn

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 09:17 #

      Thanks Marilyn, you’re right, I’ve corrected that now (see above). Thanks for pointing that out.

      Haha, about the 10 minutes in Sri Lanka, you won’t believe how many times I’ve heard my friends say “I’ll be there in 10 minutes” and show up 40 mins later. :)

  9. Elizabeth August 16, 2014 at 17:47 #

    Hi Dilshan

    Only yesterday I was thinking what has happened to you. Did not hear from you for a long time. Looks like telepathy has worked it’s way. So are you in beautiful Sri Lanka at present? If so how is the weather back there?

    Wish you the best of luck with your lessons & take care.

    Elizabeth T

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 09:32 #

      Hello my telepathic friend :)

      Yes, I am in Sri Lanka. Weather has been quite good the last week but today a little cloudy. Hoping it won’t rain since there’s a good cricket match on these days.

      Thanks for your comment Elizabeth. Very sweet of you to have thought of me.

      • Elizabeth August 17, 2014 at 14:49 #

        Oh yes Dilshan. I too kill many birds at once, because I think of my visible & invisible friends round the globe. Quite a lot of times about Sri Lanka. Wish I could watch a cricket match, my favourite outdoor game. Not so fortunate.
        Anyway, pointless wishing for the impossible.

        Bye for now. Take care.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 19:32 #

          I would never discourage you from “wishing for the impossible”. You never know. At least when it comes to watching a cricket match, I’m sure you’ll find something. I just did a google search for “Calgary cricket” and came across a few cricket clubs that run tournaments. Obviously, it won’t be an international match but still it should be enough to take care of the nostalgia :). I know that when I was in Monaco I would’ve gladly watched a bunch of unknowns play cricket against another bunch of unknowns :)

          Hope you find something Elizabeth. Take care.

          • Elizabeth August 18, 2014 at 16:47 #

            Thanks Dilshan for the great encouragement. I bet you would have thanked the rain gods for the good weather in Sri Lanka & ultimate victory in the cricket series. Good Luck Chum & Good Watching all oncoming cricket games.

            Congratulations Beautiful Sri Lanka!

  10. Aravind August 17, 2014 at 06:34 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thank you so much for yet another wonderful update! I always enjoy learning from you, you’re the best! Please keep up the awesome updates!

    Aravind Anand

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 09:33 #

      Thanks Aravind!

      So let’s summarize what you said: “wonderful”, “the best”, “awesome”….

      My friend, you’ve made my day, haha! Take care buddy and thanks again.

  11. Shagerina Tilakasiri August 17, 2014 at 14:33 #

    Hello Dilshan! How are u ?

    I am really bad in telling time in Sinhala. Thanks for the post! :)
    Take care !

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 14:40 #

      Hi Shaggy! I’m fine thanks, how are you?

      You’re very welcome. Let me know if my copyrighted, patented, super-secret 4 step approach proves to be effective for you :)

      Great hearing from you. Take care.

  12. Heshan Fernando August 17, 2014 at 16:34 #

    Hello Dilshan
    The post you uploaded really has helped me a lot. Thank you. optimus erat. (That’s Latin for “It was excellent”).
    I just want to ask you for the sinhala for:
    1. Half past
    2. Quarter past
    3. Quarter to
    Thanks a lot though.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 19:40 #

      Hi Heshan,

      The moment I saw “Optimus” I was going to say “Sorry buddy, not a big fan of Transformers” but luckily saw your translation and saved myself the embarrassment… :)

      To answer your question, it’s not that straightforward. In fact, I was planning on explaining that in Part 2 of telling the time in Sinhala. But in the mean time let me give you an example and hopefully you’ll see what I mean by it being tricky.

      Half past three = thu∙nȧ ha∙maa∙rayi
      Quarter past three = thu∙nayi kaa∙layi
      Quarter to three = thu∙na∙tȧ kaa∙layi

      (notice how we use thu∙nȧ, thu∙nayi, and thu∙nȧ∙tȧ for the same number “three” depending on the context)

      Will think how best to simplify it. Will keep you posted.Thanks for the question.

      • Michelle October 16, 2014 at 13:29 #

        Hello Dilshan Aiya!

        This is the first time I’ve written, although I’m a big fan of your teaching method, because until now I didn’t have anything of value to add to the conversation. (And, in that circumstance, I’m fairly comfortable sitting back and letting you do the talking!)

        In this case, however, I think (or hope!) I may be able to help!

        The way I remember the whole quarter past/to, half past, etc. thing is as follows (hopefully it will prove useful to you and your loyal followers as well!)

        Half past I just remember as having no suffix on the number (thus thuna) and that half past is hamaarayi.

        Quarter seems to be kaalayi, regardless of past or to. Then the number ‘thuna’ has either yi or ta on the end of it depending on the situation.

        yi = if I am not mistaken is also used for the “and” particle in Sinhala. So thunayi kaalayi becomes ‘three-and quarter’

        ta = dative case (for the linguistic nerds out there!), and I remember the ta as sounding a bit like to. So thunata kaalayi becomes ‘three-to quarter’ (which, if you read it backwards becomes quarter to three!)

        Hope that makes sense!

        • Dilshan Jayasinha November 2, 2014 at 06:50 #

          Hi Michelle, sorry for the delay in responding to this.

          Well well well… Looks like I’ve met my match when it comes to simplifying Sinhala :) I completely agree with everything you said and I LOVE the way you’ve explained it (e.g. “ta” reminds you of “to”; three-to-quarter read backwards, etc.). I am SUPER impressed!! I couldn’t have said it better. I mean it.

          I really look forward to seeing more of your comments. I won’t lie to you, when I do Part 2 of telling the time, I will most probably borrow your explanation from the above comment (now, will I give you due credit?…. haha, of course I will :)) Take care and speak again soon.

  13. Wendy R August 17, 2014 at 17:10 #

    Thanks for your efforts Dilshan – very useful. I’ve been busy with work – but today have had a chance to do some Sinhala learning. Your way of teaching is very well thought out and helpful.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 17, 2014 at 19:45 #

      Hi Wendy, how are you?

      Thank you for the wonderful feedback. I know I talk all big (“ridiculously easy steps”… how arrogant is that, right? haha) but it’s a huge relief that most of you actually did find it simple to follow. Thank you for letting me know.

      Take care and talk to you again soon.

  14. Sue August 17, 2014 at 23:58 #

    I love your illustration at the top of the page! It’s good to hear from you again. Thanks for a clear explanation with pronunciation as well. I’m looking forward to Part 2. Hope you enjoyed the cricket match.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 19, 2014 at 10:54 #

      Hello Sue! Been a while, hasn’t it? Hope all is well with you.

      Glad you liked this post and the illustration :)

      And yes, I did enjoy the cricket match. Quite emotional since it was one very important gentleman’s last match but still very happy to have been a part of it. Take care and speak to you again soon.

  15. Sera August 20, 2014 at 17:19 #

    Great illustration! I must say I agree and go by what your brother says. :)
    I was going to ask phrases like “half past” “quarter past/two” but glad to see it was asked. I don’t know what it is but your descriptions stay in my mind to show a flash whenever I am looking at a watch to tell the time.
    Did your dear cousin Shakeel get retired? As much as we like you, you two make a great team. :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 20, 2014 at 18:32 #

      Hi Sera! Thanks for the kind words. Glad that my descriptions are easy to remember.

      About my nephew Shakeel, that’s very sweet of you to say (and he’ll be over the moon that he was mentioned!!). I recently went with him to watch the new “Planet of the Apes” movie and when I found out that he hasn’t seen the original one from 1968, I told him that we’ll watch the DVD at my place one of these days. So this would be a PERFECT opportunity to trick him into doing another blog post when he comes over ;-) Will keep you updated.

  16. Sergius August 20, 2014 at 21:39 #

    Dilshan dear!
    Please give more explaination for such forms of time expressions, like “hamara” (“half”). And also in which cases are used expressions like: dahayata hamarata, tunayata hamarata? Is it the answers for questions, like: welawa kiyada?
    Thanking you in advance. Budu saranai!

  17. Patrick August 22, 2014 at 10:44 #

    Wonderful blog! Yea, a lot of birds are lying dead on the floor :-p

    Thank you for your generosity :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 23, 2014 at 15:39 #

      Haha, Patrick. Yes, it’s like a scene from the TV series “Dexter” :)

      Thanks for the comment. Take care.

  18. Dom August 22, 2014 at 15:23 #

    Hi Dilshan
    great as always, your brother is amazingly LOL
    have a nice week end
    bohoma stooty

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 23, 2014 at 15:40 #

      Thanks Dom! Yes, my bro is awesome :) I like publicly humiliating him but he’s pretty cool. Take care!

  19. Sarath August 24, 2014 at 07:50 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    My warmest congratulations for your sincere and super easy method of “educating” people around the globe.
    Please go easy on yourself for not teaching “perfect” Sinhala, what you are doing is “perfect” to learn to speak.
    Cheers for now


    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 31, 2014 at 17:54 #

      Hi Sarath, thank you. Very kind of you to say that. I shall go easy on myself (but only for a little while) :) Thanks again.

  20. Christine August 26, 2014 at 19:27 #

    Dear Dilshan,

    I just need to repeat what many others have said before me: Your way of explaining is excellent! You turn what at first sight looks like a terribly complicated language into super easy steps. Thanks for explaining easy grammatical structure and also providing pronunciations for everything. I hope also your next video lesson is coming soon, but it must be an awful lot of work to follow up with everything.

    Now I just have to stop being lazy and start to practice, practice, practice. I have a Sri Lankan partner and one day we will raise kids bilingual. I don’t want to make it too easy for my partner and the kids to joke behind my back ;-)


    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 31, 2014 at 17:59 #

      Hi Christine! Thank you for the wonderful feedback. Happy to hear that you like how I’ve tried to simplify the language. Also happy to hear that you’ve recognized the hard work behind it.

      Considering the reason behind your wanting to learn Sinhala, I have a feeling you’ll be a regular on my blog :) We can’t have them joking behind your back, can we? :)

      All the best and thanks again!

  21. Heather August 27, 2014 at 21:32 #

    Thank you one more time for your dazzling and ahem, TIMELY, brilliance! I will be heading to your beautiful country in 3 short weeks… And now if anyone asks the tme of me, the answer will roll off my tongue effortlessly. Though I discovered I have to get a battery for me wristwatch…. Just want to say, once again, YOU ROCK!!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 31, 2014 at 18:03 #

      “Timely” brilliance… I see what you did there. Well done. :-)

      Buy your battery here. Trust me, it’ll be cheaper :)

      Thanks for the ego-boosting comment. You know how much I love those…

      Safe travels Heather!

  22. Elizabeth August 31, 2014 at 15:07 #

    Good Day to you Dilshan

    I always like Sundays because I could watch a DVD ‘cos there aren’t any good programmes to watch on regular TV. By the way, you make sure you don’t get off the wrong side of the bed & then to a bad start, because you are really doing a good service to the less educated in the Sinhala language. So you don’t deserve bad things. Do you?

    Try to always keep a lovely smile on your handsome face.

    Take care.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 31, 2014 at 18:36 #

      Hi Elizabeth, haha, shall make sure I’ll stick the “correct” side of the bed each morning :) Enjoy your DVD.

  23. Jay September 11, 2014 at 19:24 #

    Hey Dilshan,

    Hope you’re well:) Great post ! We love ridiculously simple lessons, woo hoo.
    Easy and to the point. Well done you!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 11, 2014 at 19:35 #

      Hey Jay, glad you liked it. Thanks for the positive feedback. I did do a lot of thinking/planning for this one so comments like yours makes me feel like it was totally worth it. Talk to you again soon.

  24. Julie September 11, 2014 at 22:54 #

    Oh these flah cards are really good, Dilshan – hehe, and they show that we can reduce the four steps to two steps, can’t we? Or did you just reduce your work to let the rest away? ;-)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 16, 2014 at 18:10 #

      Hi Julie! Ah, too late now… “2 ridiculously easy steps” sounds sooo much better than “4 ridiculously easy steps” for the title :)

      Glad you liked them.

  25. Rick September 16, 2014 at 18:04 #


    Love the flashcards. They give me a nice, quick tutorial when things are a bit slow at work. Shh… Don’t tell my boss!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 16, 2014 at 18:12 #

      Haha! I won’t tell. But it’s all good, I can see that he’s also right now playing with my flashcards from his office ;-)

  26. Sabina Yasanthi October 14, 2014 at 19:05 #

    I love your site, its one of a kind. I am actually half Sri lankan, half Dutch. But i was never learned sinhala growing up. This has really helped me, i’d love to learn as much as possible. So that I can understand and talk with my relatives when i’m going to visit again.
    I also really want to learn how to read, I know you focus on speaking, do you any good sites where I can learn how to read sinhala alphabet?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 21, 2014 at 19:52 #

      “It’s one of a kind”… Wow, thanks Sabina!

      Right now I honestly don’t know any sites that focus on teaching to read and write. I will email you if I do find one. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

      Take care and thanks again for the comment. I’m sure your relatives will be impressed when you speak to them in Sinhala :)

  27. Joshua November 13, 2014 at 13:08 #


    I’m a new resident of Sri Lanka and have greatly benefited from the resources you have provided and will hopefully continue to provide. Thanks for what you do.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 16, 2014 at 15:52 #

      Hi Joshua, thanks for your comment. Welcome to Sri Lanka and to the blog. Hope you settle in smoothly (I’m talking more about Sri Lanka, and less about the blog, haha). Take care and speak to you again soon.

  28. Orpha January 17, 2015 at 18:06 #

    Hello Dilshan,
    Tes explications pour dire l’heure en singhalais sont claires et précises, mais …mon cerveau a beaucoup de mal à enregistrer les chiffres où je ne trouve pour l’instant pas de logique entre les 10, 20, 30, … et les terminaisons en “kayi”, “hayi”, “yayi”, “thayi” … Ca m’énerve !!! Ce n’est plus du “lazy” singalais mais du dur labeur pour ma petite tête ! Allez, je vais zapper un peu les chiffres pour passer aux couleurs. Voilà, juste un petit feed-back pour me défouler et te dire merci pour ton excellent travail.

  29. vlady February 26, 2015 at 13:43 #

    Ahahahah can’t believe you took such a pic!

    Wish all the worlds could speak sinhalese

  30. parasara June 12, 2015 at 06:55 #

    Hi Dilshan!

    great tutorial , update more !!!
    finally google also index your tutorials on top!!
    cheer up!!!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 14, 2015 at 18:25 #

      :) Yes, for some reason Google seems to love me. I’m not complaining, obviously. Thanks for the comment.

  31. Laurence July 27, 2015 at 13:59 #

    huh… I hate to be a party pooper, but I’ve just read through this post and I don’t believe I saw the fundamental question “what is the time please?” in Sinhala… I mean, how am going to tell someone what the time is if I don’t know what that person is asking in the first place ??? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 27, 2015 at 16:25 #

      You’re right Laurence, it should have been mentioned somewhere.

      “What is the time?” = vé∙laa∙vȧ kee∙yȧ∙dhȧ?

      (vé∙laa∙vȧ = “time”; kee∙yȧ∙dhȧ? = “how much?”)

      So literally, “time, how much?”

      Does that answer your question, Party Pooper? :)

      Thanks for pointing it out.

  32. Rajeeth August 24, 2015 at 15:40 #

    Nice work

  33. Fariha January 22, 2016 at 23:22 #

    Like your tutorials! Thank you so much. Couldn’t get the pdf book.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 23, 2016 at 14:07 #

      Thanks Fariha. The system shows that you’ve now managed to get the book. Let me know if you have any other questions. Enjoy the book.

  34. Zinia June 28, 2017 at 15:35 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    How to say 6:30pm?

    I said ha va sa-hayayi-thi hayi, my sri lanka friend told me it is not correct? should be thihata?

    so which one is correct then? I am bit confused now~

    Hope to get your reply~Thanks!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 15, 2017 at 23:30 #

      Hi Zinia,

      “is 6.30” = ‘ha∙yayi thi∙hayi’

      “at 6.30” = ‘ha∙yayi thi∙hȧ∙tȧ’

      Does that explain it?

  35. Atulo Bhikkhu August 16, 2017 at 07:37 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    What a clear and well-organized blog post. Sadhu for all your hard work. This is has been very helpful.

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