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Your Lazy But Smart Guide To The Sinhalese & Tamil New Year

Sinhalese Tamil New Year - Lazy But Smart Sinhala

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Some of you may already know this and some of you may not:

There is such a thing as the Sinhalese & Tamil New Year! And it’s one of my favorite holidays!

I missed out on it for 13 years when I lived in Monaco, but since 2013 I’ve been fortunate to be in beautiful Sri Lanka to celebrate it!

But before anything, first a big “thank you” to Leticia, a subscriber who joined our little tribe, for her question that gave me the idea for this post.

Now, my objective for this post was two-fold:

  1. Summarize the most important “need-to-know” points of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year (and yes, I’m the one who decided what was important or not. That’s the kind of authority I have around here…); and
  2. Relate it to our main objective, which is learning Sinhala

And the following is what my brain and I came up with…

(And in case you were wondering, in the photo above, that’s the hand gesture we make when wishing someone. Also, I’m wearing the official national attire of Sri Lanka – It’s super-simple but still super-elegant, don’t you think? Makes even people like me look like decent human beings).

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Countries in Sinhala – Part (2/2): The GAZILLION* Country Phrases You Suggested!

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*Okay okay…It wasn’t really a gazillion but there were many many many suggestions from all of you. Thank you all!

Honestly folks, like I mentioned in Part 1 of this blog post, when I sent out that email, I didn’t expect such a response. And after seeing those numerous replies clogging up my inbox what immediately followed was a wave of panic accompanied with the words “Holy crap! Now I actually need to do the work!!”.

(For the sake of decency, let’s continue believing that I said “crap” and not something worse)

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How Do You Say MERRY CHRISTMAS in Sinhala?

 

“’Twas a few nights before Christmas, and the only sound in the house,
Was of Dilshan typing on his keyboard, and left-clicking the mouse.
He was writing his Tribesters a Christmas post, ’twas now ready to be seen,
So he posted it as he smiled & said “What a cool tribe they’ve been.”

 

Apologies to Mr. Clement Clarke Moore for taking his beautiful poem and contaminating it with my words but I couldn’t help it. I’m feeling happy, poetic, and grateful these days.

In short, I’m feeling very “Christmassy”…

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21 Sinhala Phrases You ABSOLUTELY Must Know!

If you’ve already seen this video on Youtube, then skip over to the text version below. More details, more explanation.

Video Version: 21 Sinhala Phrases

 

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In this post, I’ve put together 21 Sinhala phrases that I think that you, the person wanting to learn Sinhala, absolutely must know.

As you may have figured out by now, I’m someone who’s a “maximum return, minimum effort” kind of guy.

So, I sat down and thought of the typical phrases or questions I might want to know in a language, at least, as a start.

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I love you in Sinhala & 7 more romantic lines to annoy your boyfriend

i love you in sinhala“Dilshan, how do you say I love you in Sinhala?”

Now, here’s a question that I’ve been asked a number of times from my non-Sri Lankan friends.

And surprise surprise, it’s always been from the girls.

This is not me being sexist. This is me giving you the facts.

But here’s the interesting part…
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How do you say Thank You in Sinhala? (and other Polite Sh*t)

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Before finding out how to say Thank you in Sinhala, can we first explore WHY you want to say Thank you in Sinhala?

In fact, why do we say “Thank you” at all, in any language?

Apart from the “To sincerely express my gratitude and appreciation blah blah…” type of answer, one main reason, and this alone is a good enough reason for me, is to avoid coming across as an obnoxious and impolite jerk.

No one wants that, right?

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How to say Happy Birthday in Sinhala and not sound like an idiot

lazy but smart sinhala birthday-2Let me guess… you wanted to know how to say Happy Birthday in Sinhala because Facebook just told you that your Sinhala-speaking friend’s birthday is today and you thought, “Hey, maybe I’ll post my wishes in his/her language. That’ll be cool“?

Or perhaps it’s your Sri Lankan partner’s birthday and you wanted to give an extra special birthday wish this year (although, I hope for your sake, that you remembered it before Facebook told you)?

Either way, you decided to search online and you ended up here. Good, because then you’ll be able to relate to what I’m about to say.

I know the above title is harsh, but let me tell you why…

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