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So you want to learn Sinhala…

…but you have no interest, no time, or you’re just too damn lazy

to become an “expert” in it?


Well, then kick off your shoes, grab a cushion,

and make yourself comfortable my friend…

You’ve stumbled into the right place!

KyleKyleLBSS Subscriber since Dec ‘13
I happened to find your blog two weeks ago online. Since then I have been a fan. I have to say you did a great job and help me a lot on my Sinhala study.

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Hans KorvemakerHans KorvemakerLBSS Subscriber since Aug ‘13
I am interested in getting introduced to Sinhala and you are doing a wonderful job. … I hope to eventually live in Sri Lanka so that is why I am getting some of your fundamental Sinhala instruction.

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SueSueLBSS Subscriber since Sep ‘13
Dilshan, thank you SO much for your great website! As an older learner I find it excellent, with the clear pronunciation as well as the explanations, the visual as well as the audio, and so on. Please don’t stop!

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ClaireClaireLBSS Subscriber since Oct ‘13
I’ve been living in Sri Lanka for 10 years and can get by in Sinhala, but with your blog it all makes so much more sense and I can learn to speak better and more accurate Sinhala. You’re doing a wonderful job, don’t stop!

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KanishkaKanishkaLBSS Subscriber since Sep ‘13
I am a Sri Lankan, but a Kalu Suddha who grew up in UK and can’t speak his own mother tongue. Your blog is the only thing that has taken the boredom and pain out of learning a language … Please, for the love of all that is holy, continue ...

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RolfRolfLBSS Subscriber since Sep ‘13
I highly recommend this page all those who want to learn Sinhala to simple conversations with Sinhales. So learning is easy and it’s a fun thing to do.

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ZeljkaZeljkaLBSS Subscriber since Sep ‘13
I was looking for exactly this sort of the language learning tool, as I am going to Sri Lanka next month. Nothing too long, only two weeks, but still, I wish to learn a bit of the language before landing there.

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Stuart PoolStuart PoolLBSS Subscriber since Jan ‘14
This is the best site I have found so far to help me get started in Sinhala. And definitely the most fun. Thank you and please don’t stop making the videos!

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SatthySatthyLBSS Subscriber since Nov ‘13
I’ve been looking for online sources for some time and finally I got it. It’s well organized, presented. And the most like-able part is you trying to be funny and that’s really works … Great work. Keep it up.

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CathyCathyLBSS Subscriber since May ‘13
My family has moved to SL for 12 months, your site is a Godsend ... My Sri Lankan husband is tired if translating for me. …..so soon maybe he won’t have to

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dilshan jayasinha welcome page lazy but smart sinhala

I’m Dilshan…

…and welcome to my Sinhala learning blog.

(those ‘pinchable’ chubby cheeks that you see? Yeah, that’s me)

What would you prefer right now? A boring corporate-styled spiel telling you how “great” this blog is, OR.. …would you rather try it out for yourself and make up your own mind?

Yes, I thought so too.


Learn Sinhala Lessons & Resources

Below, you’ll find a couple of my “Lazy But Smart” lessons & resources to help you kick-start your Sinhala learning adventure.

I’ve put them in the order (Step 1, Step 2, etc.) that I ‘recommend’ you follow. But you don’t have to, it’s just a recommendation. But then again, what the f*** do I know, right?

Just pick one of the orange buttons below that grabs your attention, try it out, and feel free to stick around if you like what you see.

I can only guarantee 2 things with my work:

1) You won’t enjoy all of it;

2) I will.

– Ricky Gervais

STEP 1: Enroll in my Sinhala course for free

Click below to begin a personalized 8-lesson course that’ll teach you the most useful concepts to get you started on your Sinhala adventure.

STEP 2: Learn Sinhala Video Tutorials

A collection of videos to help you learn the most “basic of the basic” Sinhala

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I like videos. Let me see these videos

STEP 3: Learn Sinhala Podcast

Basically, this is me on a microphone, helping you learn Sinhala through Audio Tutorials, Audio Blogs, and whatever I’m in the mood for.

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 Sinhala Podcast? This I’ve got to hear

STEP 4: Learn Sinhala Flash Cards

A cool tool to help you refresh your memory on the stuff you learned in the Video Tutorials and Podcast

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Show me this “cool tool” that you speak of…

STEP 5: Learn Sinhala Blog Posts

Blog posts focusing on Sinhala Grammar, Sinhala Vocabulary, and Sinhala Phrases.

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 I’m in the mood to read. Whatcha got?

If you’d like to know more about my thinking behind this blog and also get to know a little bit about me, head over to my About Page.

So there you go. This is basically my blog in a nut shell. No frills. No bullsh*t. Hope you found something that interests you.

Talk to you soon.


Enroll for free in my new Sinhala email course!

Click below to begin a personalized 8-lesson course that’ll teach you the most useful concepts to get you started on your Sinhala adventure.

116 Responses to Learn Sinhala Lessons & Resources | Lazy But Smart Sinhala Blog

  1. larry t hill May 1, 2013 at 01:56 #

    amazing as always ! such high levels of video and audio production. i sense a perfectionist streak, or just perhaps intelligent love of what you are doing. thankyou again Dilshan.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 1, 2013 at 11:51 #

      Thanks Larry, I appreciate the awesome feedback.

      Haha, not really a perfectionist (that’s not something I want to be either – waste of time and energy in my opinion), but you’re right on the second guess, I certainly do love producing these clips. So, I’m happy that it shows in the work and that you’ve noticed it.

      Thanks again. Happy that I can help.

  2. Cathy May 12, 2013 at 16:29 #

    Hi Dilshan, My family has moved to SL for 12 months, your site is a Godsend, thankyou so much
    My Sri Lankan husband is tired if translating for me. …..so soon maybe he won’t have to

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 23, 2013 at 13:53 #

      Thanks Cathy! Hopefully, with time, I’ll be able to help alleviate some of your husband’s translating woes :). Thanks for the kind words about my blog. Good luck with the Sinhala learning.

  3. yvonne June 1, 2013 at 18:04 #

    Hi Dilshan

    Just started with the video’s and it looks interesting although I feel I have a long way to go….will try to stick at it!
    Good site and easy to follow…thanks.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 1, 2013 at 18:25 #

      Hi Yvonne,

      Your comment reminded me of that quote “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”… So don’t worry about the ‘long way to go’. Just feel happy about taking that first step!

      Thanks for the positive feedback. If ever this blog becomes too difficult to follow, promise me you’ll let me know, ok? :)

      Take care.

  4. Hans korvemaker August 23, 2013 at 06:52 #

    Hi Dilshan!
    I am interested in getting introduced to Sinhala and you are doing a wonderful job. Thanks so much! I hope to eventually live in Sri Lanka so that is why I am getting some of your fundamental Sinhala instruction. gratefully, H.V.Korvemaker

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 23, 2013 at 17:36 #

      Hi Hans, I’m happy that you like my content and that its helping you in it’s own little way towards your upcoming move. I look forward to keeping in touch with you. All the best and thanks again.

  5. Nalaka August 23, 2013 at 07:54 #

    Je voudrais que d’apprendre cinghalais

    parler le cinghalais bien.

    Tous les meilleurs

    Stuti godak..!!..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 23, 2013 at 17:28 #

      Thanks Nalaka

      • Pasādo bhikkhu July 14, 2020 at 15:58 #

        G’day Dilshan, have you considered doing a podcast episode for monastics specific words? I’m a very language illiterate Australian monk… but I really appreciate your natural approach to learning Sinhala, I may even make progress with your assistance :)
        You may be interested to know that many western monks are now coming to these dhamma rich shores and is bound to increase once flight bans have lifted. It is truly a wonderful country this.

        With much metta and kindness

        Pasādo bhikku

        Theruvan saranai

  6. Rolf September 14, 2013 at 08:54 #

    I highly recommend this page all those who want to learn Sinhala to simple conversations with Sinhales. So learning is easy and it’s a fun thing to do.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 14, 2013 at 09:03 #

      Thanks Rolf. That’s very nice of you to say. Although I’m reasonably happy with the quality of my material (in terms of accuracy and simplicity), I’ve regularly wondered if it is ‘fun’. So, seeing your comment has given me some reassurance. Thank you.

  7. Ben September 26, 2013 at 18:29 #

    Dilshan, love what you are doing here, top man!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 26, 2013 at 22:21 #

      Thanks Ben! I appreciate that. I also see that you subscribed to the blog today. Welcome!

  8. Ramu September 28, 2013 at 21:07 #

    Dear Dilshan,

    I am Ramu, i just start to learn sinhala, then i found the web site in the Internet
    it is very helpful to me
    Thank you for your lesson.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 29, 2013 at 16:12 #

      Hello Ramu, you’re welcome. Happy that the blog is helpful to you. Thanks for your comment and hope to talk to you again some time. All the best.

  9. Sue October 1, 2013 at 18:42 #

    Dilshan, thank you SO much for your great website! As an older learner I find it excellent, with the clear pronunciation as well as the explanations, the visual as well as the audio, and so on. Please don’t stop!
    Please could you include any cultural faux pas to avoid. (e.g. In UK it is considered impolite to ask someone how much they earn, or to ask a woman her age.) Thanks.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 3, 2013 at 14:40 #

      I am thrilled that you find it easy to follow. Truth be told, when I create any content, I don’t have any specific age group in mind. I just try to keep it simple. Now, I’m very well aware that this approach won’t suit everybody. But then again, I created this blog only for like-minded people and I’m glad you’re one of them.

      Regarding the faux pas to avoid, let me brainstorm a few ideas and get back to you on that. I’ll probably email it to you instead of publishing it on this blog, since I want the focus of this blog to be entirely on the Sinhala language (and not so much cultural aspects). But in the meantime let me comment that both the examples you mentioned in the UK, would also apply in Sri Lanka. But bizarrely, I know in Europe one usually does not comment on someone’s weight gain, even if it’s a friend (at least not to that person’s face, haha) but over in Sri Lanka it’s quiet openly discussed. I personally have been greeted many times with the “Ah, how are you? You’ve put on, haven’t you?”… haha.

      Let me get back to you on this. Thanks again for your comment.

      • Marcus September 7, 2016 at 12:42 #

        I think in years gone by, weight gain was not considered a taboo topic because it was considered a by product of being well fed…. When I look at the traditional dresses of our Kings, Adhikarams and Nilamaes (the so called powers that be) it is obvious that they were expected to be well proportioned. But since the open economy opened the markets (and mouths) to chemically fattened chicken, weight gain in today’s context is not a topic we enjoy. Also, weight loss is now a dreaded topic among some. Just the other day a performing artist was amused when someone asked him about his weight loss. He said when a female artist loses weight people are interested in the methods for such weight loss while for a male artist, the first question is whether he is diabetic!

        • Dilshan Jayasinha October 3, 2016 at 16:43 #

          That’s true, Marcus. Unfortunately, I’m yet to be asked if I’m diabetic… (i.e. I haven’t lose weight).

        • Julia September 21, 2019 at 06:25 #

          Hello Dilshan – I would love it if you could send me any examples of cultural faux pas’, too. I am heading to SriLanka to visit my daughter in 10 days. And thank you for you lessons, I have found them very useful – especially the videos with pronunciation and the visuals, too :-)

  10. Jack October 2, 2013 at 17:31 #

    wow, i followed you by learning two sections consecutively (you know how much interest i have for Sinhala and how hard for a fresh beginner)and i noticed your method is magical. Thank you for the free e-book. love it.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 3, 2013 at 14:19 #

      Hi Jack. You know, when words like “magical” are used to refer to one’s work, you can imagine how rewarding it feels. Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback. I’m also loving your enthusiasm for learning this language. Do keep it up and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again and talk to you soon.

  11. Zeljka October 6, 2013 at 16:03 #

    Hi, Dilshan, thank you for this blog.
    I was looking for exactly this sort of the language learning tool, as I am going to Sri Lanka next month. Nothing too long, only two weeks, but still, I wish to learn a bit of the language before landing there. I like also the curvy look of sinhala written words, but that would be really too much to grasp at the moment ;) Again, thanks!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 8, 2013 at 09:04 #

      Hi Zeljka, you’re very welcome. I’m happy you like it. Judging by the stories I’ve heard from SO MANY of my other readers of how much they enjoyed their visit to Sri Lanka, I have a feeling that you’ll be making more trips in the future, so you’ll have plenty of time to learn how to write too :) Take care and I’m sure we’ll speak again before your trip next month.

  12. Claire October 10, 2013 at 18:37 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    I’ve been living in Sri Lanka for 10 years and can get by in Sinhala, but with your blog it all makes so much more sense and I can learn to speak better and more accurate Sinhala. You’re doing a wonderful job, don’t stop! Thanks so much!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 10, 2013 at 19:04 #

      Hi Claire, thanks for the generous comment. You’re very welcome. It’s great that I’m able to help you, especially since you’ve been in SL for 10 years. One day soon I look forward to chatting with you in Sinhala.

  13. Cassie October 11, 2013 at 19:09 #

    Hi Dilshan!

    I subscribed to your blog a couple of weeks ago and have just got around to reading through all the posts and watching some videos, thank you so much! I read in a previous comment up above that your plan on going ‘crazy’ with materials this month when you have more time, I look forward to seeing what comes next! Thanks again, I really enjoy your blog. Take care!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 12, 2013 at 12:40 #

      Hi Cassie, happy to speak to you for the first time. Thanks for the very encouraging words, and I’m glad you like my material. Hope to talk to you again soon and hear more about your interest in Sinhala. In the meantime, welcome aboard!

  14. Satthy November 25, 2013 at 06:07 #

    I’ve been looking for online sources for some time and finally I got it. It’s well organized, presented. And the most like-able part is you trying to be funny and that’s really works. I just getting started. As I go through I’ll give you more feedback. Great work. Keep it up. Thanks.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 25, 2013 at 06:14 #

      Hi Satthy, what do you mean “trying” to be funny, I thought I “am” funny.. No, I’m just joking, I know what you mean. Thanks for the nice comment. Glad that you find my resources useful. Welcome and let me know when you have any questions on Sinhala.

  15. Pei Ting November 30, 2013 at 04:53 #

    I am going to spend Christmas in Sri Lanka this year, so I would like to bring some Christmas cheer by also learning the language, and hopefully learning a song in Sinhalese for some entertainment. I am so glad to have found your videos on YouTube. They are so well organised and I am able to retain almost all that you’ve taught so far because of the repetitive nature of your videos. I am very impressed and thank you for making it so easy to learn a language!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 30, 2013 at 09:27 #

      Hi Pei,

      Thanks for an awesome comment! I love the reasons for you wanting to learn Sinhala, that’s great. As a Sri Lankan myself i can confirm that there is this special admiration that we have towards someone non-native making an effort to speak the language. I can’t explain why, probably it’s simply that we know how difficult it can appear (at least at the beginning) to learn Sinhala so even the slightest attempt to grasp a few words gains a lot a of respect (and lot of new friends).

      Just to keep with the theme, here is how you say “Merry Christmas!”: suba naththalak vewa! (I don’t have access to my special characters that show pronunciation since I’m writing this from a hotel room but i think you should be able to guess the pronunciation by yourself).

      Thanks also for the compliments about my blog. I’m very pleased to hear that it helps you retain what you learned… VERY pleased about that!

      Good luck and speak to you soon.

  16. kyle December 20, 2013 at 18:34 #

    I happened to find your blog two weeks ago online. Since then I have been a fan.I have to say you did a great job and help me a lot on my Sinhala study. Thank you so much! Just can not wait to see your new videos.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 21, 2013 at 11:26 #

      Hi Kyle, thanks for your comment and for the nice things you’ve said. I’m happy to help. Hope to talk to you again soon. Good luck with your Sinhala learning!

  17. Dmitry December 30, 2013 at 07:56 #


    Thank you so much for your video lessons. Just started using them and absolutely love them.

    Do you know of any online resources where I could watch Sri Lankan movies with English subtitles – could help both learn the language and the culture. Any links would be appreciated.

    Happy Holidays!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 30, 2013 at 17:14 #


      Thanks for your comment!

      You’re welcome, glad you like the video tutorials.

      Unfortunately I don’t know which direction to point you in regarding the subtitled videos. I’m assuming you’ve already tried on youtube and didn’t find anything (“sinhala+movies+subtitles”)? If I come across such a site, I’ll let you know. I agree that it could be a fun way to pickup the language (although I must warn you that the speed at which dialogues are spoken might be too quick for a beginner. Just don’t want you to get discouraged right away).

      Thanks again for the comment.

      Talk to you soon.

  18. Levon January 8, 2014 at 11:53 #

    Hello Dilshan. I’m from Armenia. Just want to thank you for your amazing work. You’ve a great country and great nation. It would be wonderful to return and remain in Sri Lanka longer, to become more familiar with your history, heritage and culture.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 9, 2014 at 13:09 #

      Hello Levon, happy to hear from you. You know, you might be the first person from Armenia to comment on my blog! Thanks also for the kind words about my work. It’s nice to see that you’ve had a pleasant experience in Sri Lanka. I hope to hear from you again soon. Thank you again for your message. Take care.

  19. Kanishka January 16, 2014 at 18:15 #

    Hey Dilshan.

    I signed up to your blog last year but only just started using it properly in the last week.

    I am a Sri Lankan, but a Kalu Suddha who grew up in UK and cant speak his own mother tongue (appalling I know). I’ve been wanting to learn SInhala properly for ages, especially before I have kids of my own so that they dont look as dumb as me when they visit the homeland.

    Your blog is the only thing that has taken the boredom and pain out of learning a language, especially sinhala for which there is precious little out there to learn from.

    Please, for the love of all that is holy, continue doing this!!

    Cheers mate


    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 21, 2014 at 18:39 #

      Hey Kanishka,

      Your comment made me chuckle, really. Funny stuff, man.

      So, about you “looking dumb” when you’re in the homeland, I think “our people” (i.e. Sri Lankans) are reasonably understanding towards the 2nd & 3rd generation Sri Lankans like yourself, or at least let’s say that the younger generation tends to think like that (At the age of 34, I shamelessly include myself in this generation). Having said that, you’re gonna score massive brownie points if you do learn some Sinhala and are not afraid to speak it. Mistakes schmistakes, no body will care about that. They’ll appreciate the effort. I’ve seen this happen in my own family with some of my ‘foreign’ cousins who speak atrocious Sinhala but who almost get a standing ‘ovay’ when they throw in some Sinhala words…

      For the love of all that is holy, I will try my best to continue doing this :)

      Take care mate and thanks again for your comment.

  20. agnes February 28, 2014 at 15:14 #

    hi Dilshan

    You made it so easy! It’s amazing the way you so skillfully broke things down, something not even experienced language teachers can often do or know how to do. You don’t realise what a wonder gift you have.

    Regards, Agnes

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 17, 2014 at 16:04 #

      Thanks Agnes! Those are some wonderful things you’ve said about me. I am so flattered, thank you!

  21. maylyn May 21, 2014 at 16:03 #

    Thanks for the info.I want to learn sinhala.I only know some basics.your blogs is a very helpful for everybody who wants To learn sinhala.Keep up The good work and good luck.Thanks very much.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 23, 2014 at 06:24 #

      Thank you Maylyn and welcome to the blog! Hope to see you around more. Enjoy!

  22. Farooz September 28, 2014 at 09:02 #

    just joint… lets see

  23. Brad January 10, 2015 at 15:57 #

    Thanks for the website. We are looking forward to using it to learn Sinhala. My wife and I are missionaries in Africa who will soon be moving to Sir Lanka. We look forward to getting to know the Sinhalese people their language and culture. Thanks for all your hard work in teaching others this language and doing it in away that encourages learning.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 13, 2015 at 16:37 #

      You’re very welcome, Brad. I wish you and your wife all the best on your move to Sri Lanka. Do stay in touch and keep me updated on your progress. Thanks again.

  24. Madhavanji February 28, 2015 at 01:52 #

    Dear Dilshan,
    Good day to you!
    I was afraid of learning Sinhala at this age(60 yrs), but God in the form of
    Dilshan is giving me a good sleep,since I dont have to worry about the phrases
    I have to talk in Sri Lanka, since Dilshan is travelling with me in my pocket.
    Regards nd Love,
    Is the thi,,
    ma ma nama,
    Madhavan Ji.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 28, 2015 at 04:13 #

      Hello Madhavan-Ji, thank you for the kind words. “God in the form of Dilshan”… Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever heard that before :) I wish you all the best with your sinhala learning and hope to hear from you again.

  25. Hope Kambani April 16, 2015 at 19:13 #

    Wow! You are are so great! I want to learn sinhala and your website is awesome! Am really happy! :)

  26. raheem July 11, 2015 at 02:01 #

    your are very best in language service ,,thanks a lot MASTER

  27. Karem August 7, 2015 at 23:04 #

    Thanks for the qwebsite and the videos, it helps me so much, i have my boyfriend from Sri Lnaka and i am Peruvian so this page is really making me grow in the language, it means so much.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 11, 2015 at 09:28 #

      Thanks Karem, glad to hear that you like my material and that it “means so much”. Hope to keep hearing from you. Take care.

      • rosa modiyan April 2, 2016 at 22:01 #

        hi dilshan
        ma-ma rosa
        ok i ll just finished to learn this word today
        i am 20 years old from sri lanka, born in lebanon and never visited my country before
        i know spanish french,spanish and english but nothing of sinhala
        i am very happy to find your website hope will help me to learn my mother language

        • Dilshan Jayasinha April 21, 2016 at 14:09 #

          Hi Rosa, thanks for the nice comment. Happy to have you hear. All the best with the Sinhala learning and keep me updated about your progress. Take care.

  28. Pirapaharan April 6, 2016 at 16:28 #

    I am a Sri Lankan Tamil from North and working for UN. I really like to learn Sinhala and need to talk to you or write you to get more guidance from you. If you share your contact details(eMail or phone number), It will be more helpful to me.

  29. Razmi April 16, 2016 at 07:35 #

    Sir, I am Razmi from Puttalam. I watched your learning Sinhala video clip very nice and useful me. Thank you very much. “Nice modern effort to teach Sinhala language. Thanks lot.

  30. Shirin June 29, 2016 at 03:45 #

    Hi Dilshan, I m living in Qatar n I m frm India, I will soon marry a sri lankan guy and after few years i will settle there.. Hope i will learn it soon by ur e-book.. Though i completed the basics from ur podcasts.. Insha allah i will learn soon.. Thanks for your help.. You are doing excellent work..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 1, 2016 at 15:20 #

      Insha allah, you will :) Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. All the best with your move and thanks for the encouraging feedback. Stay in touch and let me know your progress in Sinhala and in Qatar.

  31. Dallas July 22, 2016 at 04:15 #

    Hi Dilshan, my future wife is from the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. All I’ve seen so far was your first video and I have just recently downloaded the eBook but it has already helped tremendously. You see her family doesn’t know much English(her mother none at all) and my first thought was looking for Sinhalese in Rosetta stone and learn the language so i could finally speak to her family in a more proper way. They didn’t have Sinhalese and I was disappointed. Actually I couldn’t find Sinhalese anywhere to learn that actually helped me speak and my friends who knew Sinhala didn’t know how to began teaching me.. I found your video and spoke my first words to her parents over Skype and with the smiles and how happy they were to see I’m making an effort to speak I must give thanks to you. You paved the way. I am soooo glad that I found your videos, I hope by next year Ill a least be able to have a conversation and understand and know enough to keep it going.
    Maybe someday I will be thanking you and tell of how you helped me in Sinahala!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 30, 2016 at 13:29 #

      Thanks Dallas, what a great comment! Feedback like yours makes all my effort totally worthwhile. Glad my material is helping you connect further with your in-laws in its own little way. Keep going buddy, you’re on the right track.

  32. Agnès September 8, 2016 at 22:29 #

    Bonjour et merci Dilshan….je suis bien contente d’avoir trouvé votre blog ! J’ai plusieurs amis au Sri Lanka et ils vont être bien heureux que nous puissions échanger en cinghalais.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 3, 2016 at 16:28 #

      Merci Agnès, très gentil de votre part. Let me know how you’re progressing in your conversations with your friends.

      • AGNES BUFFET-MONDOLONI November 17, 2016 at 11:32 #

        at first, they were smile a lot……
        but now they understood i was really learning this language so they try to help me !
        New real experience in SL in january !!!

        • Dilshan Jayasinha November 17, 2016 at 12:56 #

          That’s great! Impatient to hear about how it goes in January. Get ready for a lot of admiring smiles from my people.

  33. Musaddiq October 15, 2016 at 20:55 #

    Awsome work Dilshan, good book with the english and sinhala translation

  34. Luis Alfonso Melendez November 23, 2016 at 01:04 #

    Greetings from Puerto Rico,

    I came upon your blog because I was looking for information regarding exotic fruits in Sri Lanka. Congratulations. It looks great and makes me want to learn Sinhala! Which I probably will attempt before my planned visit to your country probably in 2017.

    I was there many years ago to visit my sister and her family. They lived in Colombo and Kandy.

    I would like to ask you or your relations, for the names of some of the trees I saw and the fruits I tasted while I was there.

    One in particular that I would like to identify is a bright yellow-orange fruit the size of a fist which I think was called egg fruit?

    I would also like to plant trees with edible leaves. I remember that our cook used to prepare a green (mallu?) curry with the leaves of a tree, not the curry leaves which are used as a spice, those, I love and can find easily. And I don’t think it was Moringa either, but may have been a similar looking tree.

    If you send me an Email address I could send you some images of Puerto Rico and the property where I hope to plant fruit trees.

    Cordially yours,

    Luis Alfonso

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 28, 2016 at 12:27 #

      Hi buddy, glad you stumbled into my website. The egg fruit you’re referring to *might* be this fruit that we call “lavalu”? (I’m no expert in it but so you’ll need to do some further research on this). The green leaves preparation by your cook, was a dry mixture or was it with gravy? You can email me at dilshan[at]lazybutsmartsinhala[dot]com.

  35. Nimna December 11, 2016 at 04:07 #

    Hey Dilshan,I am a Sri Lankan graduate student in the US and wanna know how you got the idea to start the blog. Are you interested in linguistics?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 11, 2016 at 23:31 #

      Hi Nimna, not as much into linguistics as I am into deconstructing things. Why do you ask?

  36. Manish December 26, 2016 at 12:18 #

    I am grateful to you for your help in learning sinhala.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 27, 2016 at 10:24 #

      You’re very welcome, Manish. Why are you learning Sinhala?

  37. pragash December 30, 2016 at 19:14 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    where can i get your books in srilanka?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 19, 2017 at 09:52 #

      Hi Pragash, all my premium products exist only as “soft copies” that are downloadable (and not in print). This way, there is no delivery cost and buyers can download and start using the booking instantly after purchase. It is not available in any bookstore.

  38. Ahali January 6, 2017 at 17:23 #

    Dear Dilshan
    I am from the same beautiful country, but unfortunately waited without learning this cute language. May be to learn from you! Yes, my desire is to talk to my sinhala friends in sinhala but always get lost in the middle :(
    Was searching for a good and quick lessons, (actually i bet myself within 6 months from 1st of Jan 2017, I will be thoroughly in Sinhala), but after go through your lessons, i feel i will be ok in one month time :)
    believe me, i will speak to you(if you really like challenges) in sinhala soon!
    Great Work! Keep going.Thank You so much.Sthoo thi.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 18, 2017 at 15:51 #

      Thanks Ahali, what an awesome comment! I’m just over the moon that all my hard work is reaching people like you. Keep up the great “can do” attitude, it’s very motivating to me.

  39. Aavya de Silva January 9, 2017 at 05:18 #

    Hi!! Your videos are very helpful to me! my father is from Sri Lanka and I have been trying to pick up the language for ages but I never was able to. Can you do a video on food? And how to conjugate verbs/verbs that would be useful to know? Would help to converse.

    Thank You!

  40. Anon January 20, 2017 at 16:43 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    I just really wanted to say thanks for all the work you put into this. My boyfriend is Sri Lankan and whilst he speaks English I want to know all I can about him and coming across you on YouTube was the best thing. Thanks again!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 21, 2017 at 10:23 #

      Thank you O’ mysterious one, hat a great comment to start my day. If you’re comfortable with it, then think about sending me an email and introducing yourself to me. I like to know my “Tribesters” by name rather than just “Anon” :) Thanks again for the comment. Best wishes to your Sri Lankan boyfriend too.

  41. Katia February 9, 2017 at 18:30 #

    Finalmente ho trovato un bravo maestro ?????

  42. shashikala April 22, 2017 at 23:19 #

    hi Dilshan
    wow really u r video r grt i am little bit confident that i can learn sinhala in couple of months . your lessons are well organised and made me interest to learn . i feel someone sitting infront of me and teaching .

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 27, 2017 at 12:45 #

      Thanks Shashikala, I love hearing that. Make sure you continue to study and I’ll know if you’re not because, as you said, I’m sitting in front of you :)

  43. Sina June 22, 2017 at 22:35 #

    Hi Dilshan!
    I came across your blog about two weeks ago.
    It’s my third time in Sri Lanka. Three years ago I came for a semester abroad, second time for a linguistics project, and now I am back in Colombo for three months for travels, visiting friends, and finally learning some Sinhala. Pretty embarassing to say that even though I’ve been living in beautiful Lanka for eight months in total, I only picked up a few very basic Sinhala phrases.
    Anyways, I find your blog to be super helpful and thanks a lot for that!
    I am hoping to apply what I learn here in day to day conversations with my Sri Lankan friends to finally get the hang of it! :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 15, 2017 at 23:26 #

      Sounds great, Sina. All the best. Keep me posted on your progress. Thanks for your comment.

  44. Athmajan November 24, 2017 at 19:36 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I was looking for a supportive material to teach Sinhala for my colleagues. I refer to your way of teaching.

    Thank you

  45. surya March 2, 2018 at 22:55 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    First of all, thank you for your great work, it’s wonderful and very pedagogic, so it makes it fun, pleasant, and easier to learn!
    I was still in Sri Lanka last week and I just fell in love with the country…if only! I have got a few questions for you, if you don’t mind…

    Could you advise me on a good translator (app or website) for English/Sinhala and Sinhala/English in case of emergency? :) I have tried some and it’s been a catastrophe (and some good laughs)
    If I want to learn the sinhala reading and writing, could you advise me on some good materials?
    Have you got any (paper)books to recommend for learning sinhala?
    is the transcription you are using “official”?

    Thanks for your precious help,


    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 26, 2018 at 10:39 #

      Hi Amandine/Surya (I’ve used both since you used both too)…

      “Fun”, “pleasant”, “easy to learn”… Just what I love hearing. Thanks.

      I don’t have much recommendations to give you for apps for the same reason you mentioned. My friends and I have had a great time laughing at some of the nonsensical translations.

      Also, my transliteration (I think you meant this when you said “transcription”) is not official. In fact, very little about my site is official, and I’ve got a number of Sinhala language purists emailing me with their annoyance (which I enjoy very much).

      About the reading material, I’ll be emailing you something soon. Stay tuned.

      So far, all your questions answered?

  46. kanthasamy tharani March 19, 2018 at 22:32 #

    I’m Tharani and I’m from Sri Lanka I like to speak sinhala like a native speaker and write and read in sinhala.Is it possible to learn nearly 3 months.I watched your first video it was super I watched it with full of enjoyment.I don’t like to go some tuitions to a language I like to learn it by myself.I think you did a great job for me to learn because in sri lanka every people should speak in sinhala.So thank you very much for providing me to continue my adventureous learning.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 25, 2018 at 12:30 #

      Hi Tharani, thanks for introducing yourself to me. In 3 months to speak Sinhala like a native speaker (while also doing other things like working, studying, living, etc)? Probably not going to happen but then again, you don’t need to speak it like a native speaker. At this early stage I encourage all my students to focus on “good enough” Sinhala. You can worry about details and accents later. Did I answer your question?

  47. URMILA ZUTSHI March 26, 2018 at 08:45 #

    Hi Dilshan you have a great blog that is like torchlight in darkness of ignorance and suddenly one can begin to see… I was looking for the correct spelling of the word Abubuwan which I think means Welcome. Then I thought perhaps you should introduce a search device for specific words – only a suggestion…I love learning new languages and I stumbled on your blog…

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 26, 2018 at 10:14 #

      “a great blog that is like torchlight in darkness of ignorance and suddenly one can begin to see”… Wow, I need to start using this on my visiting card :)

      Thanks for the generous accolades, Urmila, much appreciated. Thank you also for the suggestion on the search mechanism.

      What other languages do you speak, understand, or know how to read & write?

  48. Cherisha Katugaha June 23, 2018 at 06:03 #

    My husband is currently trying to learn sinhala and these videos are so helpful. Thank you!

  49. Alex August 2, 2018 at 08:37 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Do you have any lessons on formal grammar concepts (e.g. past participles, passive verbs, sentence structure, etc.)? If not, do you plan on making any?


  50. Flower October 20, 2018 at 12:35 #

    So helpfull! thank you so much! I wish you had even more video to learn more then only the basics of sinhala! Your videos are so nice and easy to watch.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 23, 2018 at 09:15 #

      Thanks Flower, what else would you like to see in addition to the basics? Be specific please. Thanks.

  51. FELIX Cofie December 21, 2018 at 00:43 #

    Hi Dilham, I’m trying to learn Sinhala on my own, with a few books. I have just stumbled on your website, and I have to say it is absolutely amazing. I will endeavour to continue with your organised lessons. What I would like to know, is if you are aware of the existence of any English-Sihala-English dictionary. (With the words in English letters and not Sinhala script), and how I can get hold of one.
    Thanks a lot .
    Felix Cofie

  52. Eliza January 30, 2019 at 09:36 #

    I love the updates and email feature to the site. I’ll be going to Sri Lanka with my husband this year and I think this will really improve my Sinhala. Thanks for all your hard work!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 30, 2019 at 10:52 #

      You’re very welcome, Eliza. Where and where are you hoping to visit in SL?

      • Eliza January 31, 2019 at 02:02 #

        We are going in July to Colombo to visit his family. I haven’t been yet so I’m very excited and I hope I can carry a conversation in Sinhala.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha February 7, 2019 at 10:54 #

          Awesome. I’ll be waiting for a full report on how it went :)


  53. Hisham Abu Taha March 7, 2020 at 05:50 #

    Mr. Dilshan … the way you are using in teaching Sinhallah language is amazing ..you made us to love Sri Lanka the people of Sri Lanka .. I can tell you that within short time we will be able to speak as Sinhallah people do..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 14, 2020 at 13:26 #

      Thank you, Hisham. Your comment made my day! Glad that I am able to help. Let me know if you have any questions on Sinhala and I’d be happy to help.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 2, 2020 at 12:26 #

      Thanks, Hisham!

  54. Danush April 25, 2020 at 20:28 #

    Hello Mr. Jayasinha,

    First I want to say you have an amazing website with lots of stuff to learn :D

    I have a question about the Sinhala words/texts.
    When I see Sinhala songs on YouTube with lyrics/titles or Instagram or Facebook posts from Sri Lankans then I see that they write the Sinhala words in another way than what I see here on this website or what Google Translate says. For example, veva instead of wewa or adarei instead of adare or adareyi.

    Why are there differences? Are that dialects of what you see here and in Translate or are there just more ways to write it phonetically?

    What I also were wondering, is adare(y)(i) actually a loanword from the French word adorer, such as Sinhala words artāpal (potato/aardappel) and kokis (cookies/koekjes) are loanwords from Dutch?

    And 3rd and last question. When I learned Sinhala from here, is it after that difficult to learn and recognise Sinhala characters? Or is it better to learn the characters parallel with learning the words?

    Let me know. I would appreciate that :)

    Thanks in advance!

    Greetings from the Netherlands!

    Danush van Rooij (Dhanushka Perera – my Sri Lankan name)

  55. Rhonda Ross May 5, 2020 at 03:49 #

    Hi there Dilshan!
    This may be a silly question but I am hoping you can help me. I am a Realtor and I have these lovely clients that speak Sinhalese (hope I have the correct spelling) and I would love to have a house warming gift made for them. What I am thinking is a hand made charcuterie board to serve cheese etc. for when they entertain. I would like to have something engraved on it along the lines of Bon Appetite or whatever! Now because I’m just your average Canadian country bumpkin white girl I have no idea what to say or how to say it their language. Would you mind helping me out?
    Thanks so much! Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your evening!

  56. jabbar August 21, 2021 at 14:40 #

    hi Dilshan, i see some your yotub vedio, but i want lrarn sinhara system with u, how to get all lessons

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