Well well well… look who’s returned from the shadows…
Hello folks, I know it’s been quiet around the LBSS Blog but I’m back now.
Sorry for the radio-silence and I’ll spare you the boring details as to why it was so. I just had to take some much-needed personal “Me” time and therefore was unable to do anything fun with the blog. But just know that your favorite charismatic (and modest, obviously) Sinhala enthusiast is now happily back at his desk, more excited than usual, to share his odorless Sinhala brain-droppings with you all.
(I see that I’ve not lost my knack for writing meaningless gibberish, so that’s a good sign I guess…)
But before moving on to the topic of countries in Sinhala, I absolutely must thank you all for the numerous “Is everything ok, Dilshan?” emails that I received! So sweet of you but please know that EVERYTHING, including my health, is fine. Your genuine concern means a lot to me; much more than you think. Thank you so much!
Ok then, let’s stop talking about me (You know that I can go on for hours…) and get back to the main reason you’re reading this post: Countries in Sinhala.
Thank you for your participation!
Thanks to EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU who replied to my question about your respective countries. The response was overwhelming! I’m sorry I won’t be able to reply to each of you individually as there were so many (And they keep coming too… Even this morning, I swear!). I just hope you know how much I appreciate your participation and I assure you, none of it will go waste.
We’ve got a lot to get through. Moreover, I’m a little rusty as it’s been a while since I wrote my last ‘piece’ (my ego’s telling me to call it a “Masterpiece” but I’ve resisted just so you don’t get put off…). So if it’s alright with you, I’ll save the ‘cute & funny’ stuff for another post and get straight to the nitty-gritty in this one.
My Approach to Countries in Sinhala
Although I initially wanted to do it all in one big post, I’ve decided to split it into 2 parts instead.
- Part 1: The names of countries in Sinhala (i.e. this post that you’re currently reading)
- Part 2: Country-related phrases (In this I’ll include the many phrases you guys suggested by email and I’ll throw in some basic grammar lessons too. Will do it sometime this week).
Right then, here’s what you can expect in Part 1:
- Names of the Continents in Sinhala
- Names of 63 countries in Sinhala (by regions)
- North America (2)
- South America & The Caribbean (3)
Western Europe (10)
United Kingdom (5)
Northern Europe (3)
Eastern & Southeastern Europe (10)
Middle East & Western Asia (9)
South Asia (5)
Southeast Asia (6)
East Asia (4)
Australia & New Zealand (2)
Also, remember the rules? I said that I will only include countries which you all are from. So whenever you see a country below, it means that there’s at least one person from our little LBSS Tribe who hails from there. Isn’t it cool how much we’ve grown?!!
Names of the Continents in Sinhala
|North America||u∙thu∙ru æ∙mȧ∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ 2|
|South America||dha∙ku∙nu æ∙mȧ∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ 3
1 In most cases, the Sinhala names for continents and countries end with either ‘vȧ’ or ‘yȧ’ (e.g. ‘ap∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ‘, yu∙rō∙pȧ∙yȧ). You’ll notice this as you go through this post.
2 ‘u∙thu∙rȧ’ = “north”; ‘u∙thu∙ru’ = “northern” or “north” (as an adjective); You’ll see this word again when we come to “Northern Ireland” and “Northern Europe”.
3 ‘dha∙ku∙nȧ’ = “south”; ‘dha∙ku∙nu’ = “southern” or “south” (as an adjective); You’ll see this word again when we come to “South Africa”, “South Asia”, and “South Korea”.
Names of the Countries in Sinhala
|North America||u∙thu∙ru æ∙mȧ∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ
|United States of America||æ∙mȧ∙ri∙kaa ék∙sath ja∙nȧ∙pa∙dhȧ∙yȧ 4
4 ‘ék∙sath’ = “united”. You’ll see this word again when we come to “United Kingdom” and “United Arab Emirates”. ‘ja∙nȧ∙pa∙dhȧ∙yȧ’ on the other hand means “state”
South America & The Caribbean
|South America||dha∙ku∙nu æ∙mȧ∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ|
|Puerto Rico||pu∙wȧ∙tō ree∙ko∙vȧ|
|Trinidad & Tobago||tri∙ni∙dæd haa to∙baa∙go∙vȧ 5
5 ‘haa’ = “and”.
|Western Europe||ba∙tȧ∙hi∙rȧ yu∙rō∙pȧ∙yȧ 6
6 ‘ba∙tȧ∙hi∙rȧ’ = “western” or “west” (as an adjective). You’ll see this word again when we come to “Western Asia”. FYI, another word for ‘ba∙tȧ∙hi∙rȧ’ that you might hear is ‘bas∙naa∙hi∙rȧ’.
7 For every country that ends with “land” (e.g. Switzerland, Netherlands, England, etc.) you’ll notice the Sinhala name having ‘lan∙thȧ∙yȧ’ in it (e.g. swit∙sȧr∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ, né∙dhȧr∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ, én∙gȧ∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ, etc). Keep a look out for this when you come across the countries “Scotland”, “Poland”, “Thailand”, and “New Zealand”.
|United Kingdom||ék∙sath raa∙jȧ∙dhaa∙ni∙yȧ|
|Great Britain||ma∙ha bri∙thaan∙yȧ∙yȧ|
|Northern Ireland||u∙thu∙ru a∙yȧr∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ|
8 You can also call “Wales” in Sinhala simply as ‘wḗls’ (exactly how it’s pronounced in English).
|Northern Europe||u∙thu∙ru yu∙rō∙pȧ∙yȧ|
Eastern & Southeastern Europe
|Eastern Europe||pé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ yu∙rō∙pȧ∙yȧ 9
|Czech Republic||chék ja∙nȧ∙ra∙jȧ∙yȧ|
9 ‘pé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ’ = “eastern” or “east” (as an adjective). You’ll see this word again when we come to “Middle East” and “East Asia”. FYI, another word for ‘pé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ’ that you might hear is ‘næ∙gé∙nȧ∙hi∙rȧ’.
|South Africa||dha∙ku∙nu ap∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ|
10 Sometimes might be pronounced as ‘mu∙ru∙shi∙yȧs’
Middle East & Western Asia
|Middle East||mæ∙dhȧ pé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ 11
|Western Asia||ba∙tȧ∙hi∙rȧ aa∙si∙yaa∙vȧ|
|Saudi Arabia||sawu∙di a∙raa∙bi∙yȧ|
|United Arab Emirates||ék∙sath a∙raa∙bi é∙mi∙rḗ∙tȧ∙yȧ|
11 ‘mæ∙dhȧ’ = “middle”; and as you saw from before ‘pé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ’ = “east”; so “mæ∙dhȧ pé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ” means “Middle East”.
|South Asia||dha∙ku∙nu aa∙si∙yaa∙vȧ|
|Sri Lanka||shree lan∙kaa∙vȧ|
|East Asia||pé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ aa∙si∙yaa∙vȧ|
|Hong Kong||hong kong|
|South Korea||dha∙ku∙nu ko∙ri∙yaa∙vȧ|
Australia & New Zealand
|New Zealand||na∙vȧ see∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ|
So? What did you think? The flags were a nice touch, huh? It better be… It took me ages to crop each one into identical rectangles and upload. I’m sure there was an easier way.
Hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. As usual, put all your questions (and your complaints and death-threats in case I didn’t mention your country) in the comments below.
Talk to you again in a bit. Oh and please share this post with your friends if you liked it, ok? Just click on any of the social media buttons.