Sinhala Adjectives – Part 2… But (gulp) Is It Better Than The First One?!

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Shitty Photoshopping Of My Shirt Color To Orange: erm… that would be me…

In a world where most sequels suck greasy marshamallows compared to their originals (except for “The Godfather” and “Back To The Future”) I’ll admit, I did feel some pressure when doing Part 2 of Sinhala Adjectives…

But luckily, it didn’t last long since I’m one cocky dude who thinks no end of himself…

(You see my problem?! It’s saying dumb nonsense like this that puts all this unnecessary pressure on me in the first place)

Anyway, my dear folks… How are you? :)

I’m hoping that you’ve already read Part 1 of Sinhala Adjectives… But if you haven’t, no worries, I’ve done this in a way that you’ll still be able to follow it.

Too many new things to learn in this post for me to do my usual time-wasting monologue. So let’s get right into it.


The Steps I’ll Take You Through In This Post

  • Step 1: Learning to say “The good-looking dog”
  • Step 2: Switching It Up And Saying “The dog is good-looking”
  • Step 3: Learning To Say “You are good-looking”
  • Step 4: Replacing GOOD-LOOKING With The Other Adjectives We Saw
  • Step 5: Replacing YOU With Other Personal Pronouns



Let’s begin!


Sinhala Adjectives – Part 2

Step 1: Learning To Say “The good-looking dog”


What I see when I hear “Good-looking Dog”
And guess what? Now you do too..


Don’t you judge my choice of the above phrase… I have my cunning reasons. Buhahaha!

So… Let’s get on with it.

You’ll remember from Part 1 that “The white dog” in Sinhala was:

The white dog su∙dhu   bal∙la       


You’ll also remember that…

  • ‘su∙dhu’ = “white” (we got this from the post “Colors in Sinhala”) and ‘bal∙la’ = “dog” (we got this from “Animals in Sinhala”)
  • ‘bal∙la’ can mean both “Dog” and “The dog”
  • In Sinhala, the adjective is NEVER modified regardless if the noun is singular, plural, masculine, or feminine. In our example, ‘su∙dhu’ will always stay the same even if we used the plural or feminine noun of “bal∙la”.


And finally, I guess you also recall that the Sinhala word for “good-looking” was:

Good-looking las∙sȧ∙nȧ       

Remember that…

  • ‘las∙sȧ∙nȧ’ can be used to describe both a male or female. That means that this word can be used for “handsome” or “beautiful”.


Now, to say “The good-looking dog”, we simply replace ‘su∙dhu’ with ‘las∙sȧ∙nȧ’:

The good-looking dog las∙sȧ∙nȧ   bal∙la       


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Step 2: Switching It Up And Saying “The dog is good-looking”

In English, converting the phrase “The good-looking dog” to “The dog is good-looking” is easy. We don’t modify the adjective. We just switch the words up and throw the word “is” into the middle.

However, this is not as straight forward in Sinhala. A slight modification of the adjective is needed.

Let me show you what I mean:

You just saw that “good-looking” (as an adjective) is ‘las∙sȧ∙nȧ’.

On the other hand, if we want to say that someone “is good-looking”, we would say:

is good-looking las∙sȧ∙nayi       


Easy, no?




Ok fine, stop freaking out you whiny little baby! Thought I could get away with just giving you the word.

I’ve explained it better here. Just click on the image below:

sinhala adjectives - lazy but smart sinhala-2

(Click to enlarge)


Now, where were we?… Oh right. We were about to learn to say “The dog is good-looking”.

That would be:

The dog is good-looking bal∙la   las∙sȧ∙nayi       


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Step 3: Learning To Say “You are good-looking”

As you may have already seen in my Sinhala Personal Pronouns post, informal “You” in Sinhala is:

You (inf.) o∙yaa       


To go from “THE DOG is good-looking” (‘bal∙la las∙sȧ∙nayi’) to “YOU are good-looking” all we do is replace the Sinhala word for “The dog” (‘bal∙la’) with the Sinhala word for informal “you” (‘o∙yaa’). See below:

You are good-looking o∙yaa   las∙sȧ∙nayi       

I know what you’re thinking… And yes, IT IS THAT SIMPLE.


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Step 4: Replacing GOOD-LOOKING With The Other Adjectives We Saw In Part 1

Why stop at telling someone that they’re beautiful. Wouldn’t you want to tell them nice things like “You are bad”, “You are old”, or “You are fat?” (3 things, which incidentally, I was told recently…)

(is/are/am) Big lo∙ku + uyi = lo∙kuyi       
(is/are/am) Small po∙di + iyi = po∙diyi       
(is/are/am) Good hoňdhȧ + ayi = hoňdhayi       
(is/are/am) Bad na∙rȧ∙kȧ + ayi = na∙rȧ∙kayi
(is/are/am) Young tha∙ru∙nȧ + ayi = tha∙ru∙nayi       
(is/are/am) Old va∙yȧ∙sȧ∙kȧ + ayi = va∙yȧ∙sȧ∙kayi       
(is/are/am) Good-looking las∙sȧ∙nȧ + ayi = las∙sȧ∙nayi       
(is/are/am) Ugly kæ∙thȧ + ayi = kæ∙thayi       
(is/are/am) Tall u∙sȧ + ayi = u∙sayi       
(is/are/am) Short ko∙tȧ + ayi = ko∙tayi       
(is/are/am) Fat ma∙ha∙thȧ + ayi = ma∙ha∙thayi       
(is/are/am) Thin két∙tu + uyi = két∙tuyi       


Click To Play With The Flashcards: Sinhala Adjectives – Part 2


Now, in the sentence ‘o∙yaa las∙sȧ∙nayi’, let’s replace ‘las∙sȧ∙nayi’ with the above words:

  • o∙yaa  lo∙kuyi   = “You (are) big”
  • o∙yaa  po∙diyi   = “You (are) small”
  • o∙yaa  hoňdhayi   = “You (are) good”
  • o∙yaa  na∙rȧ∙kayi   = “You (are) bad”
  • o∙yaa  tha∙ru∙nayi   = “You (are) young”
  • o∙yaa  va∙yȧ∙sȧ∙kayi   = “You (are) old”
  • o∙yaa  kæ∙thayi   = “You (are) ugly”
  • o∙yaa  u∙sayi   = “You (are) tall”
  • o∙yaa  ko∙tayi   = “You (are) short”
  • o∙yaa  ma∙ha∙thayi   = “You (are) fat”
  • o∙yaa  két∙tuyi   = “You (are) thin”


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Step 5: Replacing YOU With Other Personal Pronouns

Once again, I took this from my old post Sinhala Personal Pronouns.

I ma∙mȧ       
We a∙pi       
He/She é∙yaa       
They é∙yaa∙la       


I guess you should now on your own be able to easily form the above set of phrases with these new pronouns (well, I hope for your sake because I just got lazy all of a sudden and don’t feel like doing it anymore…)

But I already did something better! Yep, it’s another quiz.

However, before that…

… there is ONE THING that I’d like to ask from you:


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And that’s the end of the post folks, hope you enjoyed it. I look forward to responding to our questions and comments below.


And finally, in case you were wondering…

That “whiny little baby” in the denim dungarees that we saw before? Yes, that was me when I was 4-years old :) Awwwww…..

Here’s the very “traumatic” story of why I suddenly went from smiling to howling…

“Once upon a time, I was peacefully by myself when an uncle of mine decided to take a photo of me without my permission. I didn’t like it. And I bawled my eyes off”. That’s it, really.

Just goes to show: Once a diva, always a diva.

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4-year old me, seconds before bursting into tears


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101 Responses to Sinhala Adjectives – Part 2… But (gulp) Is It Better Than The First One?!

  1. Anne Moton October 11, 2014 at 13:40 #

    How would I say I am stupid/dim or you are stupid/dim etc?

    Thanks in advance


    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 14:07 #

      Hi Anne,

      “stupid” (adjective) = mō∙dȧ
      e.g. “Stupid man” = mō∙dȧ mi∙ni∙ha
      e.g. “Stupid woman” = mō∙dȧ gǣ∙ni
      e.g. “Stupid Dilshan” = mō∙dȧ Dilshan

      “is/am/are stupid” = mō∙dayi
      I can tell you how to say “I am stupid” and “You are stupid” but where’s the fun in that? :) Would you like to take a guess? It’s the same structure as what was shown in the post.

  2. Sera October 11, 2014 at 13:41 #

    Nice to learn compliments.
    It would also be nice to learn some insults.
    Like ugly, hateful, pervert ect.
    Would also be great to effect words like perplexed, confused, relieved, enamored etc.
    Thank you for following your promises. And I would like to tousle the hair of the child diva but afraid he would cry.
    Good luck.:-)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 14:10 #

      Wow Sera, I don’t think I’ve ever been suggested “enamored”!! Excellent suggestions, thank you. Will add them to the list.

      Yeah, best leave the child diva alone, haha. I keep hearing from my mom “You were such a difficult & proud baby” because apparently I never let anyone but my parents carry me.

  3. Sera October 11, 2014 at 13:47 #

    Now I realized ugly was on the list.
    And comparatives would be great :-)

  4. Udaya October 11, 2014 at 14:13 #

    Thanks again for your fun lesson!

    I would like to know some adjectives like sweet/sour/bitter etc. Would come in handy the next time we eat some nice Sri Lankan meal.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 14:18 #

      That’s great Udaya,thanks. Although i didn’t mention it in the post, I was thinking that in the next installment (Part 3?) I will do adjectives to describe objects. So your suggestions are very appreciated and I’ll add it to my little list.

      But I just noticed, each of the words you suggested can still be used to describe a person too, haha!

  5. Udaya October 11, 2014 at 14:17 #

    Although that might be another chapter? I could not use those for people or pets…
    Then I would at least like to know ‘boring’. And ‘interesting’

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 14:21 #

      Just replied to your first comment and then saw your follow up. Boring and Interesting, that’s very good, thank you. I’ll be honest, I don’t know them off the top of my head. But I’ll find out.

  6. Charlene October 11, 2014 at 14:57 #

    Hi Dilshan! Haven’t commented on a while, but great post (you always make great posts though, haha)! Is there a word for “awesome”, “terrible”, and/or “disgusting”?. Looking forward to more updates!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 15:33 #

      Hi Charlene, good to hear from you again!

      Yes, there are Sinhala words for what you asked. But rather than give them to you now, i’m going to add it to my list and keep you suspense (unless there is a matter of life and death and you really need to know, in that case let me know…) :)

  7. Sumaiya October 11, 2014 at 14:59 #

    Heyyy Dilshan!!

    You look adorable in the picture :3 Thank you for your work <3 A life saver!
    How do I say:

    I know there's more than one but please answer them :D THANK YOU!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 15:35 #

      Hi Sumaiya, no problem (I actually said AT LEAST one, so more than one is perfectly ok).

      I will add them to the list and send it to you. Thanks again.

      • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 15:36 #

        Oh, and thanks for the you look adorable comment. Yeah, had much more hair and a much smaller forehead back then :)

  8. Sheela October 11, 2014 at 15:19 #

    How about insane; annoying; helpful; self-important; aggressive; passive; creepy; comfortable/uncomfortable; enjoyable; talented; well-known; reputable/disreputable…enough??

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 15:38 #

      Make it stop! Make it stop! For the love of life, please make it stoooooooopppp! :)

      Haha, that was quite the list! Thank you Sheela, you just made me realize this is going to be a lot of work for me… (oops)/

      Thanks again.

  9. Heshan October 11, 2014 at 16:45 #

    Hi Dilshan
    Enjoyed the post very much. Would be helpful if you could tell me the sinhala adjectives for:
    Also, perhaps a post on different degrees of the adjective (comparative and superlative) could be helpful.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 12, 2014 at 07:56 #

      Hey Heshan, I appreciate the suggestions. Good ones. Also, thanks for the idea for comparative and superlatives. Will look into it. Thanks again.

    • iynka October 13, 2014 at 17:51 #

      angry – Tharakai
      sad – Thukkai

      • Dilshan Jayasinha October 13, 2014 at 19:00 #

        Hi iynka, slight modification:

        “angry” = tha∙ra∙hayi
        “sad” = dhu∙kayi

  10. Dianne October 11, 2014 at 17:51 #

    Hi DIlshan,

    Another great post. After 12 years of marriage to a Sri Lankan man I’m hoping your blog will get me finally able to speak Sinhala – no pressure!
    Not strictly speaking adjectives but I don’t know the grammatical term for them, how about adding in too, very, slightly. (thinking about shopping, that’s too big, do you have anything a bit smaller etc-although that’s wishful thinking, I’m more likely to need a larger size!)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 12, 2014 at 07:58 #

      Haha, yes “no pressure” indeed :)

      Ok, understood. You’re talking about words like large, larger, largest. Got it. Shall look into it. Thanks again for the suggestions.

      I too ask for a smaller size and look so surprised when it doesn’t fit. Meanwhile you’ve got the store clerk smirking in the corner. Doesn’t help…

  11. Monika October 11, 2014 at 18:14 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    I just spoke to Beyoncé and she choosed not to sing “all the sinhala ladies” but “all the singalazys” especially for you ;)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 12, 2014 at 08:01 #

      Haha Monika, “singalazys”, I like that. Beyoncé singing especially for me? I can cross that off my bucket-list then and die peacefully :)

      Talk to you again soon. Thanks for the comment.

  12. tamara October 11, 2014 at 21:05 #

    Hi Dishan, Enjoyed the post, like usual your comments made me smile. I would like to add the adjectiive lazy, cause lazy is the way i love to spend my holidays in Sri Lanka.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 12, 2014 at 08:01 #

      Awesome, and lazy is what this blog is built on too! Thanks, will add it to the list.

  13. Elisa October 11, 2014 at 22:15 #

    It’s a very good job! Thank you!

  14. praveen October 12, 2014 at 05:02 #


  15. Anya October 12, 2014 at 09:06 #

    Thanks for the new post, Dilshan! Fun and informative, both indispensable. I like this logical chain from beautiful dogs to beautiful people :D Already many people suggested grades of comparison for adjectives. I second, it would be handy, especially if the way of forming them is universal.
    For some future post or material I would suggest giving some adjectives in pairs. You are already doing it with tall-short or big-small etc. I can add such adjectives as light-dark (about colors too, and in general), noisy-quiet, narrow-wide, deep-shallow. And the word “nice” too. Like the weather is nice, someone is nice.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 12, 2014 at 11:00 #

      Hi Anya, you’re welcome! Glad you found it fun and informative. Always happy to hear things like that after a blog post :)

      Thanks also for your suggestions. Will integrate them for sure.

      Take care and thanks again for your comment.

  16. gladz October 12, 2014 at 10:36 #

    Very clever idea to have this kind of modules of singhalese…
    it really helpful and makes us so eager to learn more :-) speaking this is a big suprise to my love.. lol.. thanks , keep up the good work!!.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 12, 2014 at 11:01 #

      Hi Gladz, you’re welcome. And I’m very happy to hear that you’ re using what you learn here. Keep it up, that’s excellent! All the very best to you and your “love” :)

  17. Wendy R October 12, 2014 at 13:21 #

    Thanks for the useful post Dilshan,

    I’d be interested to know how to call something sophisticated or classy, and the opposite, plain and/or ordinary, everyday… for example in relation to clothes, or even speech.



  18. Nargis October 12, 2014 at 17:27 #

    hi Dilshan…
    superb post again:)would like to know the sinhala of
    will b waiting eagerly for the next post:)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 13, 2014 at 19:02 #

      Hi Nargis, thanks, happy that you thought it was “superb” :)

      Thanks for the suggested adjectives. Will add them.

      Take care and talk to you again soon.

  19. sonali October 13, 2014 at 06:45 #

    Hi Dilshan sir…I’m fine, how are u? Thank u so much for your posting… your teaching method really nice, I learn easily…..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 13, 2014 at 19:04 #

      Hi Sonali, I’m doing GREAT, thank you! Especially after reading the nice things you just said. Thank you, I’m glad that you like my method and that it’s helping you to learn Sinhala.

      Speak to you again soon. Thanks for your comment.

  20. Domoina October 13, 2014 at 06:48 #

    Hi Dilshan
    Nice post always, my question : how to enhance the adjectives like the below :
    – very sad
    – too happy
    do we add some words before the adjectives ?
    Jaya wewa

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 14, 2014 at 17:58 #

      Hi Domoina, good question.

      Let’s first see “sad” and then “is sad”

      “sad” = dhu∙kȧ
      “very sad” = ha∙ri dhu∙kȧ
      “too sad” = dhu∙kȧ væ∙di

      “is sad” = dhu∙kayi
      “is very sad” = ha∙ri dhu∙kayi
      “is too sad” = dhu∙kȧ væ∙diyi

      Now, please help me explain better. Ask me all your questions about what you don’t understand and that’ll help me clarify it better.

  21. Elisabeth October 13, 2014 at 08:49 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    ඛොහොම ස්තුති

    You really make it easy to learn, giving information in little ‘bytes’, which are immediately useful and usable.

    For example, I was not aware of why I heard sometimes ‘honda’ and other times ‘hondayi’; now I think that it would probably be e.g. ‘honda(k) potha’ (good book), but ‘potha hondayi’ the book is good, or just ‘hondayi’ – it’s good. Would you say: ‘potha kohomadha? How is the book?

    You have already so many adjectives to deal with (I bet you thought everybody would be to shy to ask, heh heh). Ok here is just one more: ‘shy’ .

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 14, 2014 at 18:06 #

      Hi Elisabeth,

      Let’s see…

      “Good book” = hoňdhȧ po∙thȧ
      “The good book” = hoňdhȧ po∙thȧ (same as above)
      “The book is good” = po∙thȧ hoňdhayi
      “It is good” = ḗ∙kȧ hoňdhayi
      “(It) is good” = hoňdhayi
      “How is the book?” = po∙thȧ ko∙ho∙mȧ∙dhȧ?
      “Is the book good?” = po∙thȧ hoňdhayi∙dhȧ?

      Could you please tell me if that was clear? Let me know if you have any follow up questions.

      And yes, no one was shy I know! So many replies. Now I really have to work :)

      • Anya October 16, 2014 at 07:09 #

        Yes, the explanation was very clear. Thanks a lot, Dilshan! Thanks specifically for the clarity, brevity and patience with us! :)

  22. Elisabeth October 13, 2014 at 09:38 #

    Oh, that should have been hondha/hondhayi

  23. Jane October 13, 2014 at 12:10 #

    How about grouping or categorising adjectives. E.g. Size / physical appearance / feelings and emotions / sensory, like touch, feel, sounds, smells, /. positive attributes / negative features
    Just a suggestion Thankyou

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 14, 2014 at 18:07 #

      Excellent suggestion Jane! I think that kind of categorizing will assist a lot with remembering them too. Will do, thank you!

  24. Cyndi October 14, 2014 at 13:48 #

    Great lesson … I’ve been using the “ayi” ending, but never new why (probably even when it’s not necessary). Thanks for helping me understand. I guess if it hasn’t already been said I would recommend the word “emotional.” Also one more question. I’m not really “fat”, but if I put on a few pounds (which is easy to do in SL, since we eat so many starches) … then people don’t hesitate to say “you are getting fat.” In the west that would be more of an insult, but I’m not sensing that they are meaning it that way. Can you elaborate about this type of talk and how socially accepted it is?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 14, 2014 at 18:13 #

      Hi Cindi! Well… interesting question :)

      I wouldn’t be the best person to make a commentary on this because I too am not used to the “weight” talk, haha. I remember a couple of years ago at a big family dinner I actually witnessed all my aunts comment to my cousin about her recent (phenomenal!) weight gain. But at no point did I feel like it was said with bad intentions. It was all good natured. I was the only one somewhat surprised by it.

      But yes, I can only imagine the reaction I would’ve got if I had used that line on a girl in Monaco… Yikes!

  25. robert roger October 14, 2014 at 14:02 #

    istuti dilshan
    another good lesson.i’d like to know how to say superstitious and religious in sinhala.please.

  26. Dorothy October 14, 2014 at 17:00 #

    Hi Dilshan

    thank you very much for another excellent lesson. I like the non beard look!

    can you tell me what oyalata translates into English please? our Sri Lankan friend recently wrote kohomada oyalata and I am okay with kohomada but not the other word.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 14, 2014 at 18:24 #

      Hi Dorothy, oh so you’re one of them from the “no beard” camp, huh? :) Anyway, FYI, today I did trim my beard again to it’s lowest just to keep certain people over here happy :)

      Ok, about your question…

      o∙yaa = “you” (informal)
      o∙yaa∙la = plural of “you” (informal)

      In Sinhala we add ‘tȧ’ to indicate “to/for”; so
      o∙yaa∙la∙tȧ = to/for “you” (plural)

      ko∙ho∙mȧ∙dhȧ? = “how?”
      o∙yaa∙tȧ ko∙ho∙mȧ∙dhȧ? = “how is it for you?” (lit. “for you, how?”)
      o∙yaa∙la∙tȧ ko∙ho∙mȧ∙dhȧ? = “how is it for you(plural)?” (lit. “for you(plural), how?”)

      So basically your friend was asking how you all are – It’s just another way of asking “How are you?”. He or she could’ve also asked “o∙yaa∙la ko∙ho∙mȧ∙dhȧ?” which would mean “how are you(plural)?”.

      Please let me know if I explained that ok?

      • Dorothy October 15, 2014 at 11:17 #

        Many thanks for explaining that Dilshan. I get a bit confused about some Sinhalese phrases and try to translate all the words in a particular phrase when really it doesn’t need to be done! I guess it might be a bit like our English phrases….sometimes we use a great long sentence but can also say the same thing in a shortened version… or local dialect.

        Anyway as we are jetting off back to Sri Lanka next January for another lovely visit to your beautiful country, I thought I had better get practising some Sinhalese and pay more attention to your very helpful blogs!

        Bohoma istuthi


        • Dilshan Jayasinha October 15, 2014 at 19:16 #

          You’re very welcome Dorothy.

          I’m sure we’ll speak before your trip. Do let me know if you have any questions.

  27. Elisabeth October 14, 2014 at 23:01 #

    Here is my list Dilshan :

    charmant / delightful
    élégant / smart
    sportif / sporty
    accueillant / welcoming
    inoubliable / unforgettable
    appétissant / tasty
    amusant / entertaining

    et bien sûr… grincheux (as-tu enfin trouvé ?). Ah Ah, j’adore !

    Merci d’avance !

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 15, 2014 at 19:22 #

      Haha, c’est pas gentil :) Je crois que j’ai trouvé le mot pour “grumpy” mais je ne suis pas très sûr …. Le mot est “norissanasulu” …. Je ne suis pas encore convaincu … Évidemment ….

      Thanks for the suggestions. Shall include them.

  28. Chandra October 16, 2014 at 05:22 #

    Dilshan, you were so cute in that photograph. Your blog is very interesting and easy to learn.
    I read all the positive comments on that. Please give me the sinhala word for ‘fantastic’.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 17, 2014 at 20:43 #

      Thank you Chandra :)

      And thank you also for your suggestion. Will add it to the (ever expanding) list. Take care and best regards.

  29. Julie October 18, 2014 at 22:13 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    oooh wow… both adjective blogs are actually “lazy but smart” – in fact more smart than lazy! ;-)
    hehe and evil to him who evil thinks about the connection between the good looking dog and the link to the Thailand pictures :-D…

    So adjectives in this context:
    smart, lazy, proud, ambitious, peacocky, modest, funny, amusing, entertaining, amazing
    (and some others: tough, difficult, heavy, easy)

    Some more?

    Take care and go on with your Sinhala-teaching…;-)
    Stars of your choice will find the way to the famous Sinhala teacher…

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 20, 2014 at 20:56 #

      Thanks Julie, I always enjoy your comments :)

      Haha, connection between the good looking dog and the Thailand post… that’s funny.

      Thanks also for the adjectives. Just to be sure, by “peacocky” did you mean “cocky” (as in over-confident, cheeky,?)

      Thanks for all the encouragement.

  30. Anita October 20, 2014 at 13:05 #

    Difficult! How do you tell somebody they’re “difficult” – as in stubborn?


    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 20, 2014 at 20:59 #

      Hi Anita, let me give you the quick answer to that. I don’t know why but I sensed some urgency in your question :)

      mu∙ran∙du = “stubborn”

      mu∙ran∙duyi = “is stubborn”

      Thanks Anita. I will add that to my adjectives list.

  31. Brett October 25, 2014 at 06:08 #

    Hi Mate. Good stuff once again. ‘interesting’. Cheers

  32. Michelle October 28, 2014 at 15:06 #

    Hello Dilshan Aiya!

    I’m really enjoying your new quiz feature! (I’m geeky like that!) I’m a Lieutenant General, with no desire to take over your General-ship – I’ll leave this army in your capable hands! This was another well thought out post that makes something that used to seem complicated very easy! Well done!

    I agree with all the previous comments asking for comparatives/superlatives, etc., it would definitely be a useful progression from the standard adjectives, to be able to say ‘the tallest man’ for example, or ‘this person is shorter than this person’ (maybe even ‘this person is MUCH shorter than this person’.)

    I would also like to add something about the progression of the adjective. For example, the child is tall –> the child is growing taller, the woman is fat –> the woman is growing fatter. (That last example doesn’t seem completely out of place in a typical Sri Lankan conversation either! This is the voice of experience!)

    Also, what if there are two adjectives? I’m fairly sure it’s just a case of putting them next to each other, but just wanted to be certain. For example, I always refer to my husband as ‘the tall dark man’ (as he is both in every sense of the word!) but wouldn’t know how to do this in Sinhala. Speaking of which, how do you differentiate skin tone in Sinhala? So, that’s my vote for dark skinned vs fair skinned…and other distinguishing physical characteristics while we’re at it, blonde/brunette, wrinkly, etc.

    As a keen cook desperate to become just as talented as my mother-in-law, I’d also be interested to hear some food adjectives: tasty, disgusting, sweet, spicy, bitter, salty, etc. (Speaking of Amma reminds me – Bob was saying in Part I that people call him sudhu malli. My parents-in-law call me sudhu duwa, to the point where I’ll begin phone conversations with ‘Hello, it’s sudhu duwa here!’ I am no longer Michelle as far as they are concerned!)

    I second the votes for boring/interesting/difficult/easy/arrogant and shy. Was scary mentioned, that also might be a good one to know?

    Thanks again!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 2, 2014 at 07:05 #

      Dear “Sudhu Dhuwa”…. :)

      Thanks for your comment. Some excellent ideas and suggestions in there, it really makes my job easier. Shall see how I can incorporate all of it in a future post.

      To give you a quick answer, yes, if there are 2 adjectives you would simply put them next to each other. You would then describe your husband as “usa kalu miniha” (usa = tall; kalu = “dark” (also the word for “black”); miniha = man).

      Thanks for the suggested adjectives too. Will add them to the list.

      Take care Michelle and talk to you again soon.

  33. shafna October 30, 2014 at 02:43 #

    your blog is really interesting. now it is more easier for me to learn sinhala. next time please add some verbs also.
    Thank you

  34. Meera November 3, 2014 at 19:00 #

    Are words like embarrassed or frustrated technically adjectives? Would love to know those, as that is how I feel when I can’t speak Sinhala!
    Thanks again for a great blog

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 4, 2014 at 17:52 #

      Hi Meera, yes I believe they are adjectives when you use them to describe a person. For example “embarrassed/frustrated Meera” :)

      Will add them to the list (although I’m quite sure someone already suggested both of them).

      Thanks for your comment.

  35. theva November 4, 2014 at 08:41 #

    i sow ur website fantastic .if you don;t mine

    i will be face sinhala language exam iii for the government officer by the language department.sofa please sent model question & answer


    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 4, 2014 at 17:54 #

      Hi Theva, thanks for the nice comment. But I don’t have any model questions and answers, sorry. I am not a teacher. I just like playing around and experimenting with the Sinhala language. Hope you find what you’re looking for.

  36. Petra November 6, 2014 at 09:38 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    Thank you for this great and interactive website. It works well for me, more than studying from a book. I would like to ask for translation of crazy and unbelievable.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 6, 2014 at 17:39 #

      Hi Petra, great to hear that the blog is effective for your learning. Thanks for letting me know. Also thanks for the adjectives. Take care.

  37. Riyas November 7, 2014 at 10:23 #

    Please arrange to provide the letter in sinhala, it is help to know sinhal letters

    • Michelle November 10, 2014 at 13:24 #

      Hey Dilshan!

      I would like to concur with Riyas’ suggestion – I know the whole point of your website is to be ‘lazy’ and learning the Sinhala script is far from a lazy activity!

      But for those of us who can already read and write, I always find myself wondering if I’m spelling it correctly when I take notes! So, even if it’s not a feature that you particularly advocate the use of, it would be helpful to me, at least, to have a third column with how it would be written! (And I can’t be the only one here who can read and write…right?!)


      • Dilshan Jayasinha November 11, 2014 at 18:28 #

        Hi Riyas and Michelle, I can’t promise much but will definitely think about it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  38. esthel November 16, 2014 at 02:44 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    first of all thanks for your posts. You make Sinhala so easy to learn it is awesome thanks for the great job that you are doing….
    I would love to know how to say
    Thanks in advance……

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 16, 2014 at 15:29 #

      HI Esthel, thanks for the nice things you’ve said. Made me happy. Thanks also for the suggestions.

  39. Savitra November 23, 2014 at 23:16 #

    Hey Dilshan,

    i don’t know if it might be difficult but how do you feel about adding a post on adverbs?

    Best wishes and thanks for the good work

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 13, 2014 at 08:22 #

      Hi Savitra, have already thought about it. Will do so sometime soon. Thanks for the suggestion.Hope you’re well.

  40. Jayamathan November 24, 2014 at 03:38 #

    awesome sir. i got LIEUTENANT Rank. i could answer 11 out of 12. bohoma isthoothi.

  41. Lulu December 12, 2014 at 22:29 #

    Hi Dilshan, je suis de retour (et contente de l’être) :)

    Ta leçon est super et les commentaires de tes lecteurs sont très intéressants, je profite vraiment, un vrai régal :)

    Merci et à bientôt !

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 13, 2014 at 08:24 #

      Merci Lulu! Bien revenue!

      • Lulu December 13, 2014 at 10:12 #

        Thank you!

        good – is good : hondha – hondhayi etc. I understood everything.

        But tell me please : this rule also applies to the colors adjectives?

        La nuit est noire= rae kalyui?

        And in this case, what about “blue” (nil) ? How do you tell for example “the sky is blue”?

        You say that most of adjectives end in -u, -a or -i. Are they “important” adjectives that end differently (like “blue”)? And in this case have you a lasy & smart rule to say “is + adjective” ?

        Isthoothi :)

        • Dilshan Jayasinha December 20, 2014 at 08:25 #

          Hmm… very interesting question. I actually had to sit up straight in my chair to answer this :)

          At first glance, I notice that for all colors ending with ‘u’, you can add ‘yi’ to the end. For example:

          “black” (‘ka∙lu’) –> “is black” (‘ka∙luyi’)
          “white” (‘su∙dhu’) –> “is white” (‘su∙dhuyi’)
          “red” (‘ra∙thu’) –> “is red” (‘ra∙thuyi’)
          “brown” (‘dhumbu∙ru’) –> “is brown” (‘dhumbu∙ruyi’)

          However, (and this is the sad part…) this doesn’t apply to others. We wouldn’t say ‘ka∙hayi’ for “is yellow”. Instead we would use the word for “color” (paa∙tȧ) as follows:

          “yellow” (‘ka∙ha’) –> “is yellow” (‘ka∙ha paa∙tayi’)

          And this can be done for all colors, including those ending with ‘u’ that we saw above. For example:

          “is black” (‘ka∙luyi’) OR (‘ka∙lu paa∙tayi’)
          “is white” (‘su∙dhuyi’) OR (‘su∙dhu paa∙tayi’)
          “is red” (‘ra∙thuyi’) OR (‘ra∙thu paa∙tayi’)
          “is brown” (‘dhumbu∙ruyi’) OR (‘ra∙thu paa∙tayi’)

          In conclusion, my “Lazy but smart guideline” would be… (drum roll please…)

          Just add ‘paa∙tayi’ to the end of the color to say “Is (color)”, while keeping in mind that for the ones ending with ‘u’, you can also just add ‘yi’ to the end.

          Was that clear or did I confuse you more?

  42. Lulu December 28, 2014 at 10:29 #

    Oh, thank you Dilshan, now all is clear, is easier than I thought. Have a great day !

  43. Kalai January 15, 2015 at 10:42 #

    Dilshan, ‘sudhu nangi’ kiyannae mokkadha? white younger sister?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 27, 2015 at 15:29 #

      Sorry Kalai, didn’t see the question until now. Yes, “white younger sister”. Well done.

  44. Max September 16, 2015 at 22:27 #

    Dear Dilshan, thank you again for what you do and I’d dare to ask if you are going to make a mobile app for iPhone. That’d make the staff even more easy to get for us and would increase your financial efficiency. Thank you in advance.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 1, 2015 at 05:39 #

      You’re very welcome max. Thanks also for the suggestion. I’ve been working on something. Will let you know when the time is right. Thanks again for your comment.

  45. wesley November 24, 2015 at 19:26 #

    Wonderful lessons.. Would be great if you would offer some kind of (paid) download or membership or something that would give audio for each blog post too. Just a tip :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 25, 2015 at 06:02 #

      Hi again Wesley, thanks for the suggestion but there is audio already included for each word/phrase above. Is your browser not showing “play” button? Happy that you raised this point because I had someone else ask me the same thing. Let me know please.

      • wesley November 25, 2015 at 08:56 #

        Oops you are correct, great :) I had an adblocker plugin and click-to-flash this is probably the reason as when I disable I can hear everything fine! Thx again for this wonderful blog.

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