81 Sinhala Words To Know On A Sri Lankan Beach – Part 2

Sinhala Words Sri Lankan Beach-P2

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Here’s the 2nd Part of this big fat blog post that I had break into two.

(Click here for Part 1 in case you’ve been a little “too” lazy but smart to have read it before)

In this one, I’ve got more words for you… And I need your help with something too… >>>


Structure Of Part 2:

Sinhala Words on Sri Lankan Beach - Structure - P2



1. Playtime On The Beach (6)

beach ball “beach”   bō∙lō∙yȧ       
bucket baal∙dhi∙yȧ       
kite sa∙run∙gȧ∙lȧ∙yȧ       
sandcastle væ∙li   maa∙li∙gaa∙vȧ       
spade is∙kōp∙pȧ∙yȧ1       
surfboard “surfboard”   é∙kȧ       

1 For “spade” you could also just say  ‘spade é∙kȧ’



2. People On The Beach (4)

children la∙ma∙yi       
family pauw∙lȧ       
fisherman dhee∙vȧ∙rȧ∙ya       
lifeguard “lifeguard”2       

2 Proper Sinhala word for “lifeguard” = ‘jee∙vi∙thaa∙rak∙shȧ∙kȧ∙ya’



3. Structures On The Beach (6)

changing room “changing room”   é∙kȧ3       
hotel hō∙tȧ∙lȧ∙yȧ       
lighthouse “lighthouse”   é∙kȧ4       
pier / jetty jé∙ti∙yȧ       
showers “shower”   é∙kȧ       
toilet “toilet”   é∙kȧ5       

3 For “changing room” you could also say   ‘æňdhum   maa∙ru   kȧ∙rȧ∙nȧ   kaa∙mȧ∙rȧ∙yȧ’   (“the room for changing clothes”)

4 Proper Sinhala word for “lighthouse” = ‘prȧ∙dhee∙paa∙gaa∙rȧ∙yȧ’

5 Proper Sinhala word for “toilet” = ‘væ∙si∙ki∙li∙yȧ’



4. Type Of Boats You’ll See (4)

boat bōt∙tu∙wȧ       
fishing boat dhee∙vȧ∙rȧ   bōt∙tu∙wȧ       
ship næ∙vȧ       
speed boat “speed boat”   é∙kȧ       



5. Food & Drinks Related (4)

beer “beer”       
cooler / ice box “ice”   pét∙ti∙yȧ6       
ice cream “ice cream”       
king coconut thæmbi∙li       

6 ‘pét∙ti∙yȧ’ = “box”



6. Sky Related (4)

clouds va∙laa∙ku∙lu       
sky a∙ha∙sȧ       
sun i∙rȧ       
sunshine auw∙wȧ       



7. Fish, Crabs, & Other Sea Creatures (12)

clam bél∙la       
crab ka∙ku∙lu∙wa       
dolphin “dolphin”       
eel aan∙dha       
fish maa∙lu∙wa       
jellyfish “jelly fish”       
octopus “octopus”       
seahorse “sea horse”       
shark mō∙ra       
starfish “starfish”       
turtle kæs∙bǣ∙va       
whale thal∙ma∙ha7       

7 You might also hear ‘thal∙ma∙ha’ pronounced as ‘thal∙ma∙sa’



“I Need Your Help!”

I don’t know (or I’m not sure of) the “proper” Sinhala names for the following sea creatures so I need your help with it.

So give me a hand please ask this from your Sri Lankan friends, husbands, wives, mistresses, etc. and let me know?The last time I asked something like this in a blog post, you guys absolutely delivered so I’ve got a good feeling about this.

Leave your findings in the comments below. Thanks guys.


What are the proper Sinhala names of the sea creatures below?

1 starfish I’ve heard that it’s ‘pa∙sæňgil∙la’, which kind of makes sense since it essentially means “the five-fingered but I’m not sure
2 seahorse The direct translation is ‘mu∙hu∙dhu ash∙vȧ∙ya’ but it can’t be that simple can it?
3 octopus Someone told me it’s ‘boo∙val∙la’, but then again this same person has fed me a lot of BS in the past so I don’t entirely trust him
4 jellyfish Is it ‘lo∙di∙ya’? Please ask your Sri Lankan someone if this rings a bell? I’ve never heard it before



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11 Responses to 81 Sinhala Words To Know On A Sri Lankan Beach – Part 2

  1. Laura August 21, 2016 at 12:04 #

    My Sudu Akka, who is a Science Teacher, says that they are all correct :)
    Thank you!e

  2. pinar August 21, 2016 at 12:07 #

    I think octopus is something like buwalle (not sure about how exactly it is pronounced or written) i just heard people yell that when one came ashore
    so perhaps this time your friend is not messing with you

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 21, 2016 at 14:39 #

      Great, thanks Pinar. That’s what I thought too. When did you see one come ashore?

      • Jaimmey April 15, 2019 at 00:17 #

        Octopus is buwalla (boo•wal•la)

        I’ll find out the rest when I talk to my bf next :)

  3. Mark August 21, 2016 at 14:52 #

    Hey Dilshan,

    My Sinhala dictionary app on my phone suggests that Octopus is in fact buuvallaa. A slightly different spelling than that of your B.S.ing colleague but nevertheless fairly accurate! Perhaps you can trust him/her a little more in future haha?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 21, 2016 at 15:00 #

      Haha, yeah I suppose I can give my friend a break. Thanks for checking buddy.

  4. patty August 23, 2016 at 14:57 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thank you for those words. They are very useful as I’m often at the beach.

    Boo va la ( Boo ella ) is right.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 3, 2016 at 16:24 #

      Thanks Patty. Sorry it took me this long to reply. Try to practice these words the next time you’re at the beach.

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