Members of the Family in Sinhala (Image)

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30 Responses to Members of the Family in Sinhala (Image)

  1. leonibel November 29, 2013 at 12:41 #

    thanks mr,, dilshan,, so now i can talk a little bit na to my husband … i use also that sinhala language.. i hope i have some more to learn,, some language more,, thanks a lot………..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 30, 2013 at 06:26 #

      Thanks Leonibel, that’s very kind of you to say! Good luck for the rest of your learning. Talk to you again soon.

  2. Anthony December 3, 2013 at 15:33 #

    I had a Civil Partnership with a guy from Sri Lanka and I need to be able to talk to his family, I already speak German and Italian so find this course fun….really so nice and simple to use…
    Thanks a great fun way to learn.
    Tony P

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 6, 2013 at 11:17 #

      That’s great, Anthony! Thanks for sharing. BTW, I also received your email. Will reply soon. Thanks again for the comment and welcome aboard.

  3. Shaff December 30, 2013 at 17:02 #

    Thanks Dilshan ! Quite useful

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 30, 2013 at 17:23 #

      You’re welcome Shaff. I also noticed that you subscribed recently. Let me know how you’re managing so far. Take care.

  4. Joy January 27, 2014 at 09:59 #

    Hi Dilshan Aya,
    Thank you so much i have learnt half the things i know and many more things.
    can you please make more videos.

    Thanks so much Aya


    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 31, 2014 at 06:39 #

      Hi Joylin, thank you for nice comment. I’m happy that you learned some new words. I will try to do more videos as soon as I finish working on some other things, ok?

      Take care and please keep in touch.

  5. Iynkaran March 2, 2014 at 17:59 #

    Thanks Dilshan ! Nice & Very Interactive Superb website & Very useful explanations.. I try to learn sinhala more than 8months, I couldn’t get any useful resources. I like sinhala language very much to learn because I have many friends in sinhala but very hard communicate without sinhala language skills. Thank you very much again.. pls continue ur updates..
    Iynkaran, S.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2014 at 15:10 #

      Hello Iynkaran, thanks for such a wonderful. I’m happy that you’re learning from my blog. I shall continue to do updates as long as continue to learn, ok? :) Take care.

  6. Thirukewararan April 27, 2014 at 04:21 #

    Thanks for your program.that is very use full to me learn sinkalam.

  7. C Wijwtunga October 10, 2014 at 14:43 #

    This is wrong in general. but it would be the method Sinhalese people skoken style with in your family and/or with in your area. But this cannot be take as family members in spoken sinhala. non Sinhalese people may take a wrong idea about sinhalese family by this. there fore it is better to remove this or atleast publish a family tree with correct terms and put a link in here.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 13, 2014 at 07:22 #

      Dear Sir/Madam, thanks for your feedback. Would you be so kind as to give me specific examples of where you believe I’ve got it wrong? Thanks and eagerly awaiting your response.

  8. Cat September 28, 2016 at 07:57 #

    Dilshan, I often hear people say puthei in an affectionate way and I was just wondering what it meant :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 3, 2016 at 16:33 #

      It’s an alternative to ‘putha’ (“son”) but used only when affectionately addressing the person directly. Note: You can also address the person sinmply as “puthaa”.

  9. Ayanthi February 5, 2017 at 23:28 #

    Hi, In my family we all three sisters. Im the second sister. My elder sisters two daughters call me loku punchi and they call my younger sister chuti punchi. To our husbands they call bappi with Our husbands names in front. My daughter call to my elder sister loku ammi and to her husband loku thathi and to my younger sister punchi and to her husband bappi. My question is recently my younger sister got a baby and to him my elder sister is loku ammi and her husband loku thathi. But for him who will i be and my husband???

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 13, 2017 at 17:35 #

      I give up, Ayanthi. What’s the answer?

      • Dilshan Jayasinha February 13, 2017 at 17:37 #

        Oh sorry, thought you were asking me a riddle… ;-)

        I don’t believe there’s a 100% correct title for you and your husband in this case. I do know a family where the mom’s 2nd elder sister is called “Podi Amma” (instead of punchi amma) but like I said it depends on how strict you want to be.

  10. Luckmali September 23, 2017 at 09:40 #

    Recently my cousin ( my mothers younger brothers daughter) gave birth to a child. Will I be her punchi or nanda?
    Also, will this change if it was my mother’s sisters daughter or son.

    Thank you Dilshan , this post was very helpful

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 4, 2017 at 23:51 #

      Well, as I see it, you’re from the child’s father’s side, so that would make you her “naendha”. If your cousin is female, then you’re from the child’s mother’s side, making you “punchi amma” (assuming you’re younger than your cousin). Makes sense? It’s past midnight for me but I think I got it right.

  11. Sr.sothynayaghi October 25, 2017 at 21:34 #

    I like to learn singalam.please help me to learn. Thanks.

  12. DuliK November 16, 2017 at 02:18 #

    Hi Dilshan, great page! I’ve been trying to get the nomenclature straight and based on my understanding, my opinion differs from my mother’s (bold to argue with her, but here we are).

    Here’s the question: I am a male – and I have a son. He calls my older sister loku nenda right? And in case I were a girl, then he would call her loku amma? What does he call her husband?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 17, 2017 at 08:37 #

      Hi Dulik, yes, you’re right about the loku naendha and loku mama. Also, her husband is like your older brother (although not biologically, of course). So your son would call her husband “loku thaaththa”. I’m sure this is up for debate but it’s the logic I used. Does that help?

  13. Tara perera April 7, 2018 at 03:07 #


    In our family it’s me and my brother. I m the eldest. My brother is having a baby and I know I am going to be Nanda. What will my husband be called? Is he mama or Loku Thaththa?

    Please clarify as we want to use the correct term.

  14. Gowri November 26, 2018 at 23:22 #

    What do you call your fathers elder brothers’ wife in sinhala ?

  15. Kim ("sudhu baba") December 6, 2018 at 00:41 #

    Hi Dilshan … Getting ready to travel to SL to reunite with my host family from 37 years ago & anticipating the kinds of descriptions I will need to give of my current family, which is complicated, with halves and steps all over the place. These ideas are hard enough to describe accurately in English, & now I’m trying to figure them out in my least familiar language.This will probably be easiest for you to answer from a structured list of specific questions:
    1a. Should I (if I must …) refer to my first husband, my son’s father, as mage mahathaya palavaeni (or kalin), or mage puthaage thaththa?
    1b. Should I refer to my current husband as mage mahathaya dhevaeni, or mage mahathaya dhaen? (my favorite person :) )
    2. Is there a specific way to refer to stepchildren & stepgrandchildren? (In english I do call them my stepson & stepdaughter, or “s’kids” occasionally) but I call my stepdaugher’s kids my grandkids even though we’re not “blood” relations.)
    3. If not, is the alternative of piling up possessives (my husband’s daughter’s daughter’s (or granddaughter’s) father’s mother) correct, or is there some other way?
    4. My older half-brother and I share a father but had different mothers, but I really consider him just my brother. He and his wife had my two nephews, who are now married with daughters and a baby on the way …. What’s the easiest way to get these ideas of half-relation across?
    5. My younger (full) brother is mentally handicapped. What’s the best way to refer to this?

    Sorry … I’m sure you had other plans for the rest of today. I really really really really appreciate all the care you put into this work. Thank you SO much! ~ k

  16. Bandara June 13, 2020 at 09:05 #

    Hi thank you very much.

    I have these question. If my grandparents have brothers and sisters what should I called them and their children?

    Secondly, If my grandparents fathers had brothers and sisters what should called their children and their children?


    • Judy de Silva July 13, 2021 at 10:17 #

      Excellent information.. I need to know what the husbands and wives (Spouses) Of my parents siblings are reffed to as well.
      Eg: punchi Amma + loku amma’s husband
      Loku Taththa + bappa’s wives etc etc


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