I’ve always enjoyed food.
Any childhood photo of chubby little Dilshan would prove that.
I’ve always enjoyed drinks too, for that matter, but obviously more in my adult life than the earlier years. Any photo of my chubby beer belly would prove that too.
I’ve been asked by many: “What’s your favorite type of food?”, the most recent occurrence of this question was from a distant aunt I ran into, while – I kid you not – waiting for the doors of a movie theater to open!
That’s not a question that can be answered, can it? I mean there’s so many to choose from!
(And besides, the damn movie is about to start!) >>>
So while I mumbled something to this aunt whose name I don’t even remember, I got the idea that night, to do a post for all of you on eating & drinking. Sinhala words and phrases for food & drinks, you know, that sort of thing.
And judging by the initial outline I drew I realized that there’s going to be so much to cover, that I’ll have to divide it into 3 parts.
So this here is Part 1…
But first let me try to tackle the “favorite type of food” question in case Annoying Aunt Anonymous is reading this.
And My Favorite Type Of Food Is…
Yes, if someone forced me to pinpoint one type of cuisine, then I would have to choose Chinese food.
But like with most of my answers, it’s not that straightforward. Just ask any girl who has asked me the question “Dilshan, where do you see this relationship going?”.
So let me elaborate:
- First of all, I’m not including good old fashioned day-to-day Sri Lankan food. I assumed you’d know that it was a given. I’d give up all other cuisines in a heartbeat and stick to Sri Lankan food for the rest of my life if it ever came down to it.
- Secondly, when I say Chinese food, I’m talking about the Chinese food I get in Sri Lanka (and most recently I’ve been delighted to discover similar flavors in India too). So let’s call it South-Asian Chinese food.
What’s the difference, you ask?
Before I answer that, keep in mind, I’ve never been to China. I’m only comparing it to the Chinese food I ate in Europe.
Well, the Chinese restaurants over here in the sub-continent seem to have taken authentic recipes that have been handed down over centuries and done their own “baila” to it by adding a spicy spin to it. It really is better suited to my Sri Lankan palette.
And as you may or may not know, for most of us South Asians, a good meal is one that you feel twice…
(I’ll let you think about that one for a minute. I could make my dad’s joke of toilet paper catching fire but that might be getting too graphic for you decent and respectable people reading this).
But there’s a new contender in town…
Since recently though and owing to numerous trips I’ve made to India, I’ve been on a culinary adventure trying out different types of regional food.
Much like the commitment-phobe that I am (I mean, I used to be – stay tuned, I have an announcement to make soon) I’ve been “playing the field” and taking my time before settling on what I think might be my favorite regional cuisine. I’m still not going to commit to one, but let’s just say that if this were an episode from the reality TV show “The Bachelor”, then right about now, I’d be giving out roses to both Gujarati food and Punjabi food.
About This Blog Post
Here’s what we’re going to do.
In this post, we’re only going to look at general words related to eating and drinking. I’m not going to complicate it with anything more.
I’ve also thrown in some sample phrases using just one of the words I’ve introduced (and not all). I’ve done this one purpose so that it’ll force you to substitute the rest of the words on your own and forcing you to (dare I say it?) LEARN some Sinhala…
Speak to you again at the end of the post. I do have a bonus for you.
1. “Eating” & “Drinking”
Table 1.1: The Sinhala Words For “Eating” & “Drinking”
|Eating / Eat||ka∙nȧ∙va|
|Not eating / Don’t eat||kan∙né nǣ|
|Drinking / Drink||bo∙nȧ∙va|
|Not drinking / Don’t drink||bon∙né nǣ|
Table 1.2: Sample Sinhala Phrases Using “Eating / Eat” As An Example
|I am eating / I eat||ma∙mȧ ka∙nȧ∙va|
|I am not eating / I don’t eat||ma∙mȧ kan∙né nǣ|
2. “Food” & “Drinks”
Table 2.1: The Sinhala Words For “Food” & “Drinks”
Table 2.2: Sample Sinhala Phrases Using “Food” As An Example
|I want food||ma∙tȧ kǣ∙mȧ ō∙né|
|I don’t want food||ma∙tȧ kǣ∙mȧ ō∙né nǣ1
|I want more food||ma∙tȧ kǣ∙mȧ tha∙wȧ ō∙né|
|I don’t want more food||ma∙tȧ kǣ∙mȧ tha∙wȧ ō∙né nǣ1
1 You can replace ‘ō∙né nǣ’ with ‘é∙paa’
3. “Hungry” & “Thirsty”
Table 3.1: The Sinhala Words For “Hungry” & “Thirsty”
|(am) Not hungry||ba∙dȧ∙gi∙ni nǣ|
|(am) Not thirsty||thi∙ba∙ha nǣ|
Table 3.2: Sample Sinhala Phrases Using “Food” As An Example
|I am hungry||ma∙tȧ ba∙dȧ∙gi∙niyi|
|I am not hungry||ma∙tȧ ba∙dȧ∙gi∙ni nǣ|
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