LBSS 01: A New Way To Learn Sinhala… Introducing The Lazy But Smart Sinhala Podcast!

Lazy But Smart Sinhala Podcast - Session 1

Ladies & Gentlemen, I’m happy to announce that… the Lazy But Smart Sinhala Podcast has been released!

(And look, I even have brand-spanking-new podcast logo to prove it)

In this first ever session, I give you an overview of what you can expect from this podcast series (at least for the first couple of sessions) and show you how it can benefit your Sinhala learning experience.

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I’m excited about this. It’s going to be a fun experiment. It’s going to be our experiment.

I’m now working on submitting it to iTunes and a few other directories. You should be able to download it from there in a couple of days (in any case, you can always get it from this blog).

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24 Responses to LBSS 01: A New Way To Learn Sinhala… Introducing The Lazy But Smart Sinhala Podcast!

  1. Wendy August 7, 2013 at 10:44 #

    I am very excited about this, Dilshan! I have no constructive criticism for you, I ‘m just curious where this headed. I thought you did very well, too, for all the awkwardness of sitting in a room with a microphone, on your own. :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 7, 2013 at 16:14 #

      Haha, thanks Wendy!

      Yeah I know, that was awkward but I started to enjoy myself by LBSS 02 which was actually the 3rd session I recorded (I did it after LBSS 03).

      Will be recording more this week.

      And you know something, I’m also curious as to where this is headed… Let’s see…

  2. Mahak August 11, 2013 at 23:21 #

    Love it !
    You have provided so many ways of learning the language. .which I have been trying to learn from years now..
    Thanks alot.
    Hopefully I will be able to at least speak bits after downloading all the podcasts that hopefully follow.

    Really good work Dilshan.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 12, 2013 at 10:37 #

      Thanks Mahak. I appreciate the nice comments. Good to hear from you again too, it’s been a while. Hope all is well. Take care and thanks again.

      • Mahak August 21, 2013 at 23:59 #

        I am doing well, thankx. How r u doing ? I guess its been so long since I have visited youe blog because I haven’t received any of your updates on gmail like I used. . I dint even realise you already had released so many podcasts already. :(
        I ve downloades few of them on my mobile today.
        I put you on the priority list on Gmail the day you send the email, but I have no idea why its not working.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha August 22, 2013 at 15:55 #

          Maybe it’s not Gmail’s fault. I haven’t sent that many updates in the last couple of weeks. I sent one today and the one before that was on the 4th of Aug. so perhaps, that’s why… Anyway glad you’ve got them now. Once you’re done with them, let me know if you have any questions. Take care and talk to you soon.

          • Mahak August 26, 2013 at 11:12 #

            No actually I was just randomly checking your blog cause I wasn’t getting any updates .. just changed some settings recently on my gmail again . And got an email on d 22nd of August . Thankfully its working now.
            Thankx again your podcasts r really helpful

          • Dilshan Jayasinha August 27, 2013 at 10:19 #

            Awesome! I too am not a big fan of Gmail right now… so I’m glad you managed to ‘beat the system’. Talk to you soon.

  3. Srinivas August 19, 2013 at 09:42 #

    All that I can say at this point of time is “bohoma isthoothi”..& “mama ven-na” if any mistake..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 19, 2013 at 12:58 #

      You’re welcome. And it’s “ma∙tȧ sa∙maa vén∙nȧ” but don’t worry too much about mistakes. If you heard the mistakes I make when I speak French, you’d find it very encouraging.

  4. Peter September 14, 2013 at 23:43 #

    Dilshan, I will be visiting Sri Lanka next February. Thanks for the language lessons which should make my visit that much more enjoyable.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 18, 2013 at 10:27 #

      You’re very welcome Peter. I also like your reason for your learning Sinhala. I’ll be the first to admit that on a touristic circuit in Sri Lanka you’re not really going to need to know that much Sinhala since everybody ranging from hotel staff to tour guides, etc will understand English. However, I completely agree with you that learning the language makes the trip more significant and makes it that much more special (and consequently, as you say, enjoyable). I’d wish you a happy trip now but I’m sure we’ll speak again before you leave. Thanks again for your comment.

  5. Shiju Krishnan U K September 17, 2013 at 13:49 #

    I heard that Sinhala is an Indo-Aryan language, but words from here remain me sinhala is totally different from hindi or bengali or sanskrit. But the national anthem “srilankan matha” is much similar to hindi,sanskrit or other indoaryan language, how is this possible?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 18, 2013 at 10:52 #

      Hi Shiju,

      I’m honored and flattered that you asked me a high-brow question like that but unfortunately you’re asking the wrong guy, haha.. I honestly don’t know, sorry. Hopefully another reader of mine who knows more about the origins of the language could chip in with some ideas.

      However, I could make a guess as to why the words you see on this blog seem totally different to the indoaryan languages. Probably because in this blog I am entirely focused on ‘spoken’ Sinhala only and not the more formal/written Sinhala. For example, “matha” as you mentioned, is a formal elegant word for “mother” but if for example, when speaking to my mom, I called her “matha”, she’d definitely call the family doctor to check on me… There’s a big difference between the spoken and written words in Sinhala.

      If I do come across something that answers your question better than I did, I will definitely forward it to you.

      Take care.

      • Shiju Krishnan U K September 18, 2013 at 20:39 #

        Well Mr Dilshan, i understand. Here Indian language also is totally different from spoken to written form. We call it literature language. Am so happy that i knew basic of sinhala. We it’s one of toughest language even for an Indian guy like me, am thinking about Europeans how they are paying to ur podcast. Well ur audio blog is amazing. We want more audio blog on days, colour and about kinship. How to call amma in sinhala, dad then uncle etc etc etc.
        My comment my be too over, but it’s a request.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha September 20, 2013 at 17:49 #

          I’m happy that you like the audio podcast so much. And your request is not a bad idea. I will soon start doing podcast sessions focused on one specific topic for each session (rather than a continuous audio tutorials only) so the topics you suggested (days, colors, kinship) are all excellent.

          Your comment “It’s one of the toughest languages even for an Indian guy like me” is very interesting. Someday in the future I would be very interested to chat with you to know more about the parts you find difficult. It’ll definitely help me improve my material for others like yourself.

          By the way, I understand a bit of Hindi because my mother and I used to watch Hindi movies since I was a baby. Today I think I can watch a Hindi movie without subtitles and understand 75% of the dialogue. Unfortunately, I don’t understand any Tamil but I would like start learning it soon.

          Thanks for your comment.

  6. Shiju Krishnan U K September 20, 2013 at 21:28 #

    I heard that sinhala has many words borrowed from tamil, dutch, english and portuguese. Sinhala is a strange type of aryan language. I heard of prince vijaya story and his indian ascent, excellent. Does is there any pure word for “miss” in sinhala?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 22, 2013 at 14:32 #

      A pure word for “miss” (as in to miss someone), I’m sure exists although quite honestly, I don’t know it. The closest I could come up with is “oyaa naethuwa paaluyi”, which strictly speaking is “It is boring without you”. Not really the same words but conveys a somewhat equivalent meaning.

  7. Eva December 27, 2013 at 12:37 #

    Will there be no more podcasts?

  8. Riyas January 1, 2014 at 07:38 #

    Hi Mr.Dilshan;

    Wish you happy new year.

    any possibility to written in sinhala letters
    “oyaa naethuwa paaluyi” which we want in sinhala


    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 3, 2014 at 07:06 #

      Hi Riyas, thanks for the wishes and happy new year to you too!

      Unfortunately my friend, I don’t have a Sinhala font installed on my computer. And to be honest, I had one on my previous computer I didn’t know how to use it with the keyboard, was too lazy to learn it since it was complicated for me. I’ll ask a friend or two who might know how to use and I’ll get back to you. Sorry I can’t be of immediate help.

  9. Mandy Divakaran May 26, 2015 at 19:50 #

    Hi Dilshan these blogs are really helpful, im English and my husband is sri lanken, I would really love to learn the language. Thanks again for shearing this :-)

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