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The Lazy But Smart Sinhala Podcast: For Busy People On The Move

“Welcome to the Lazy But Smart Sinhala Podcast, an innovative and unique way to help you learn Sinhala through the audio medium…”


I think I threw up a little in my mouth while reading back that line…

Let me try again.

This podcast is nothing but me, chatting to you about learning Sinhala and taking you through audio tutorials, audio blogs, and whatever I might be in the mood for on that particular day.


“I became an online student of Dilshan in 2016 when I had the opportunity to spend an extended time in beautiful Sri Lanka. Among all his resources I think I’ve most used and enjoyed his podcasts and audio materials. Listening to them whenever I’m out on my walks and saying the sentences out loud became a really effective way for me to practice my Sinhala (and they are also sooo funny to listen to!). This is why I’ve never hesitated to promote Dilshan and LBSS whenever & wherever to anyone wanting to learn Sinhala in an easy-to-follow manner.”

– Signe H.


It’s structured, but not scripted, so it’s more free flowing than the Sinhala Video Tutorials. Almost like we’re having a conversation about Sinhala over coffee (or beer, if it’s past 5.00 o’ clock where you are right now).

So enough chit-chat. I’d recommend that you start by listening to the Introductory Session below and working your way from there.

Happy listening!



Introductory Session


Sinhala Audio Tutorials


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60 Responses to The Lazy But Smart Sinhala Podcast | Sinhala Audio Lessons

  1. Dil... September 17, 2013 at 07:55 #

    You thought of everything thanks for that caring ! Is it your job computer activites ?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 18, 2013 at 10:44 #

      Thanks. Well, like everyone else, I’ve been to many sites where I’ve immediately got lost. So I simply mad it easier for people to see what’s on the menu of this blog. And no, I have no background in computer activities. Everything tech related to this blog, I learned in the last 12 months…. Was so painful, haha.

  2. Michael September 18, 2013 at 04:48 #

    Dilshan–You’re doing great! Am enjoying trying to learn Sinhala through your blog. Please keep the lessons coming. (My wife is from Colombo; she appreciates your efforts in trying to educate me, also.)

  3. Dilshari September 18, 2013 at 11:09 #

    Really bravo brother you doing great !!:-D

  4. Wee Ck November 7, 2013 at 15:38 #


    NamoBuddhaya…Hope you are well and happy. Good Work and Effort.

    need to find out what happen to LBSS03 Podcast. Could not find that link as it is linking to LBSS04.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 7, 2013 at 15:54 #

      Hi Wee, you’re totally right. Yes, that’s my mistake. It’s been corrected now. Thanks for pointing it out. Thanks also for the positive feedback. Take care and talk to you again soon.

  5. Nikki May 8, 2014 at 14:32 #

    My partner was adopted from Sri Lanka by an Australian couple when he was 3 months old. Now at the age of 30, he has found his Sri Lankan family and we are heading over to meet them in July. I promised David (my partner) that I would learn Sinhala for him, so, well maybe not this time, but somewhere in the future I can translate for him and his family so we don’t have to use a translator and it will be more personal and just between us family.

    Every day I come closer and closer to achieving my goals thanks to you awesome resources!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart :) and I look forward to learning more and more and more … Bless you.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2014 at 16:22 #

      Thank you Nikki, I’m so touched by your comment. It’s sincere thank you messages like yours that make this little blog of mine that much more special to me. Also, thanks for sharing a little bit about your background. I’m confident that with the drive that you seem to have, you’ll be picking up on Sinhala conversations in no time! All the best and hope to hear from you again.

  6. Sunaina July 8, 2014 at 07:31 #

    Your website is a gem. So glad to have found it.
    I definitely won’t be debating in Singhalese any time soon but I’ll be damned if I can’t wish people Ayu bhuvan :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 8, 2014 at 08:29 #

      There you go, that’s the spirit! :) Someone who clearly understands what I mean by “lazy but smart”….

      Thanks also for the compliment, very glad that my blog is helping you. Hope to hear back from you again. All the best Sunaina!

  7. Ravindra T August 29, 2014 at 11:43 #

    Dilshan,You’re doing great JOB I am enjoying to learn Sinhala this blog. Thank u very Much… Dr.Ravindra T

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 29, 2014 at 12:25 #

      You’re very welcome, Ravindra. Thanks for the encouragement. Speak to you again soon.

  8. lorna September 14, 2014 at 20:32 #

    hello Dilshan
    I’m really loving your website! It makes learning easy and fun, thank you so much. But is there anyway of downloading your tutorials so that I can listen and practice when on the move and don’t have internet access? Thanks again :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 14, 2014 at 21:19 #

      Hi Lorna, you’re welcome. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, on each podcast page, somewhere at the end you should a line that says “Right-click here for a free download of the MP3”. Let me know if you run into any problems. Take care.

  9. Shiju Krishnan UK September 30, 2014 at 12:44 #


    Am waiting for your new podcast? Is any thing available near future.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 8, 2014 at 12:23 #

      Hi Shiju, I want to restart them soon. But right now I’m focused on something else for the moment. Will tell you when I do the next podcast session.

  10. Fiona October 14, 2014 at 03:22 #

    Hi dilshan all your work has been so wonderful. Question here ma∙tȧ o∙yaa∙vȧ ni∙thȧ∙rȧ∙mȧ ma∙thak vé∙nȧ∙va. why use oyaava here in this line? I know Oyaa oyaala Oyaata and I think I can use them. But I do not know oyaava and I do not know why use it here ?could you pls let me know
    Thanks have a lovely day

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 21, 2014 at 20:03 #

      Hi Fiona, nice to hear from you again.

      Well… ‘o∙yaa∙vȧ’ is what is called the “accusative case” of the word ‘o∙yaa’ (which you know means “you”). I personally hate using all these weird grammar terms (mostly because I don’t understand them myself…) but basically it’s the case we use when something is being “done’ to person or animal. Honestly, I don’t know how else to explain it. For example:

      “I am looking after you”: ma∙mȧ o∙yaa∙vȧ ba∙laa gan∙nȧ∙va
      “I’m chasing you”: ma∙mȧ o∙yaa∙vȧ é∙lȧ∙vȧ∙nȧ∙va
      “I’m bathing you”: ma∙mȧ o∙yaa∙vȧ naa∙vȧ∙nȧ∙va

      Now, I’m smart enough to know that I didn’t explain that well. So let me go work on it. In the meantime, I hope there’s another language teacher on this blog who’d be kind enough to clean up the mess I’ve made with this explanation of mine :)

  11. JayneD December 11, 2014 at 01:19 #

    I am really loving your site and all you offer!! After 8 years of being with my Sri Lankan husband, I figured I should learn his native language. This is a lot easier then my previous attempts! And your funny too which makes it even better. Thanks!!

  12. Gabz January 12, 2015 at 22:33 #

    Dear Dilshan
    Thank you so much for your effort and this great blog. I really got addicted to go through your lessons. Please keep posting. I find the audio tutorials very useful as they help a lot to improve my pronunciation.
    I really love this country and now on my last business trip to Sri Lanka I fell in love with a local guy. It’s not easy being so far apart from each other. But by learning the sinhalese language I feel like being a little closer to him. And besides, the tutorial about love became quite important

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 13, 2015 at 16:34 #

      Hi Gabz, happy to hear about your “local” love :) Glad that my love tutorial came in handy. Do keep in touch. Thanks again for your comment.

  13. Ratna March 5, 2015 at 04:25 #

    Audio form is better. Being a Family physician need help in speaking to sinhala patients.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 12, 2015 at 14:03 #

      Hi Ratna, thanks for the comment. If you email me a set of typical basic phrases that you use with your patients, I might be able to help you by translating them.

  14. Kumara May 11, 2015 at 06:37 #

    bro please can you teach us all tenses and passive voice?

  15. Ravi May 25, 2015 at 16:18 #

    Great Job Dilshan, thank you very much. – Ravi

  16. suhail July 4, 2015 at 03:23 #

    I need the complete guide to learn sinhala.
    let me Know where to get?in srilanka

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 27, 2015 at 15:24 #

      Hi Suhail, best would be to go to a bookstore in one of the cities and ask them. Hopefully they’ll find what you’re looking for.

  17. Anthony July 26, 2015 at 21:32 #

    I enjoyed your photo of the S/lL flag at Gaule, I stayed with Chaminda at the Gaule Face Hotel it was so central to visit all the sights of Colombo. So many famous people stayed there, President Nixon Margaret Thatcher, Yuri Gagarin then me …Enjoyed the last blog you sent as I find it easier to read and take in the language rather than just listening on my MP4player.
    Great help for me, many thanks

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

      Thanks Anthony. I didn’t know that those famous individuals (including yourself…) stayed at the Galle Face hotel. It’s being renovated right now if I’m not mistaken (or it may now be complete). I’m a fan of their Saturday afternoon high-teas. A must-try when you’re here next.

      Also glad you liked the last mail I sent.

  18. Guillaume October 13, 2015 at 20:29 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thank you so much for the efforts you put in building this blog and for your learning. I’m enjoying a two-week vacation in Sri Lanka at the moment and it’s great to see people appreciate the fact that you can say a few words in their native language. It’s not much, but they don’t expect it either, so it makes them smile, it’s great!

    Keep up the good work and take care.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 25, 2015 at 14:06 #

      Glad to hear that Guillaume. Thanks for sharing that with me.

  19. Antje November 2, 2015 at 13:04 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I am still on … usually every 3-5 days sometimes more. Love the structure in your videos and the repetition of it on your podcasts… respect to the consistency and effort you have given into it… I am coming from the education field and know how hard it is, to teach important facts especially in making it interesting and fun for others… but there is always more to learn, even for educators.
    And I am having fun learning too – THANKS for that (best part is your female voice) :)

    Keep on blogging and emailing. Always good to hear from you.

    All the best, Antje (Sri Lanka)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 25, 2015 at 14:07 #

      Haha, thanks. Me and my female voice are glad you’re enjoying the podcast.

  20. Signe Hansen May 14, 2016 at 20:37 #

    Hi Dilshan.
    I enjoy your podcast very much.
    Especially when I’m out on my walks (where I don’t have internet.. OMG but yes some places are still like that)
    I was wondering if you are going to make more than these 8 podcasts/audio blogs.
    Simply because it is soo funny to listen to and it is really good practice (when you walk in the middle of NOWHERE nobody is listening, and I can say the sentences out loud without anybody looking at me strangely.. well except for some bisons, horses, cats and dogs :D )

    I would especially like a podcast with the numbers if that is at all possible.

    Thanks, and keep up the good work

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2016 at 11:06 #

      Hi Signe, thanks for suggesting and showing so much interest. I shall definitely think about it. It’s been on mind to restart podcasting. Haven’t done it so long and I kind of miss it. Shall keep you updated. Also, thank you for painting that beautiful picture of your environment. It’s great to know that my podcast is listened it such places.

  21. Diane May 28, 2016 at 15:05 #

    Dilshan, love your blog and the podcasts, you have made a complicated language so easy, thank you so much

  22. Hana August 23, 2016 at 12:10 #

    Thank you very much for this website, it´s great for learning Sinhala!

  23. Santham November 13, 2016 at 10:48 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I can very well call you the best teacher in Sinhala as you are gifted with the communicating skill,art of teaching with simplicity,sense of humour,and hard work.I love and enjoy reading your blog. I’m sure I have improved my Sinhala in the past few days.
    Thank you,

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 14, 2016 at 11:27 #

      Thanks so much, Santham. What a sweet message. Shall do my best to stay that way. All the best with your Sinhala learning and let me know if you run into any difficulties.

  24. Simon November 20, 2016 at 11:23 #

    Thank you Dilshan for these excellent tutorials!

    I have a question about pronunciation that goes right back to basics. It sounds to me like the girl who introduces your podcast at the beginning of each episode says “Sinhala” with a soft n so it sounds more like “Singhala”. After the podcast she seems to say it with a hard n. I’d like to understand this because I think it also applies to other uses of n, such as “hondhin innava”, as well?

    Thanks again,


    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 28, 2016 at 12:48 #

      Hi Simon, do not go by what the girl with the charming voice says since she’s British. Instead, simply note that “Sinhala” is pronounced as “sing∙hȧ∙lȧ”. Does that clear it up?

      • Simon December 23, 2016 at 14:34 #

        Thanks Dilshan. I’m British too and your comment helps a lot.

  25. Lee January 6, 2017 at 03:08 #

    The podcast series has been great!! I’ve found listening to the audio much more helpful especially to digest the information and master pronounciation.

    What would you recommend next from your resources for someone who is keen on audio learning?

    It would be great to hear if you are adding to the podcast series or other videos/audio resources available.

  26. Carrie March 9, 2017 at 22:37 #

    You are helping me so much. Thank you. I have a question. What does this mean? I miss you patiyo. I don’t understand patiyo. Haha.

    Thank you.

  27. Dave March 14, 2017 at 18:43 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    I just want to say thank you for these podcasts and your other material – 48 year old about to go to Sri Lanka and I believe in learning the basics as a matter of politeness when visiting any country. There is so little out there for learning spoken Sinhalese so finding your site has been a saviour. My first route was to download all these podcasts as MP3s, put them onto a couple of CDs (I did say I was 48!) for the car and I’ve listened to them repeatedly for a few weeks now – you cannot beat hearing the words in the native tongue. After listening to these I also bought your further package with five hours of more words as MP3s.
    Once again, thank you for the site and your work, much appreciated.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 29, 2017 at 11:28 #

      Hi Dave, that’s awesome feedback, thank you so much. Please email me once your back from your trip. I sincerely want to hear all about it.

  28. Thuvarnika July 21, 2017 at 10:15 #

    Hi sir, Got your Ebook. Its a great job. And your teaching method is really good…keep it up…

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 23, 2017 at 13:14 #

      Thanks Thuvarnika… I shall keep it up as per your suggestion ;-)

  29. Lisa January 12, 2018 at 02:24 #

    Hi! I just started listening a few days ago and already feel comfortable with a few phrases! Great job. :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 17, 2018 at 10:04 #

      Good to hear that, Lisa. So what’s a nice girl like you doing trying to learn Sinhala? (email me if the reason is too personal to share here).

      • Lisa January 25, 2018 at 23:22 #

        I’m going to Sri Lanka soon and always find speaking even a few words really helps enhance the experience and connect with people. I’m about to finish Session 8, are there any more? :)

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