Countries in Sinhala – Part (1/2): Where In The World Is Our LBSS Tribe From?

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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)
    • Africa (4)
    • 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?!!

Kind of important…

I know each of you are probably going to say “Screw everyone else, let me just look for my country” and scroll through this post…

That’s fine (and understandable), but think about at least going through the NOTES that I’ve put after some tables. You might find some interesting little tidbits in ’em. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

Let’s now go on to the first section: Continents in Sinhala


Names of the Continents in Sinhala

Africaap∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ 1
North Americau∙thu∙ru   æ∙mȧ∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ 2      
South Americadha∙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∙‘, yu∙rō∙pȧ∙). 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”.

Click to play with the Flashcards: Continents in Sinhala


Names of the Countries in Sinhala

North America

North Americau∙thu∙ru   æ∙mȧ∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ
flagUnited States of Americaæ∙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”

Click to play with the Flashcards: North America in Sinhala


South America & The Caribbean

South Americadha∙ku∙nu   æ∙mȧ∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ      
flagPuerto Ricopu∙wȧ∙tō   ree∙ko∙vȧ      
flagTrinidad & Tobagotri∙ni∙dæd   haa   to∙baa∙go∙vȧ 5


5 ‘haa’ = “and”.

Click to play with the Flashcards: South America & The Caribbean


Western Europe

Western Europeba∙tȧ∙hi∙rȧ   yu∙rō∙pȧ∙yȧ 6
flagSwitzerlandswit∙sȧr∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ 7


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”.

Click to play with the Flashcards: Western Europe in Sinhala


United Kingdom

flagUnited Kingdomék∙sath   raa∙jȧ∙dhaa∙ni∙yȧ      
flagGreat Britainma∙ha   bri∙thaan∙yȧ∙yȧ      
flagNorthern Irelandu∙thu∙ru   a∙yȧr∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ      
flagWaleswḗl∙sȧ∙yȧ 8

8 You can also call “Wales” in Sinhala simply as ‘wḗls’ (exactly how it’s pronounced in English).

Click to play with the Flashcards: United Kingdom in Sinhala


Northern Europe

Northern Europeu∙thu∙ru   yu∙rō∙pȧ∙yȧ      

Click to play with the Flashcards: Northern Europe in Sinhala


Eastern & Southeastern Europe

Eastern Europepé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ   yu∙rō∙pȧ∙yȧ 9
flagCzech Republicchék   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’.

Click to play with the Flashcards: Eastern & Southeastern Europe



flagMauritiusmo∙ri∙shȧs 10
flagSouth Africadha∙ku∙nu   ap∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ      


10 Sometimes might be pronounced as ‘mu∙ru∙shi∙yȧs’

Click to play with the Flashcards: Africa in Sinhala


Middle East & Western Asia

Middle Eastmæ∙dhȧ   pé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ 11
Western Asiaba∙tȧ∙hi∙rȧ   aa∙si∙yaa∙vȧ      
flagSaudi Arabiasawu∙di   a∙raa∙bi∙yȧ      
flagUnited Arab Emiratesék∙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”.

Click to play with the Flashcards: Middle East & Western Asia


South Asia

South Asiadha∙ku∙nu   aa∙si∙yaa∙vȧ      
flagSri Lankashree lan∙kaa∙vȧ      

Click to play with the Flashcards: South Asia in Sinhala


Southeast Asia


Click to play with the Flashcards: Southeast Asia in Sinhala


East Asia

East Asiapé∙rȧ∙dhi∙gȧ   aa∙si∙yaa∙vȧ      
flagHong Konghong kong      
flagSouth Koreadha∙ku∙nu   ko∙ri∙yaa∙vȧ      

Click to play with the Flashcards: East Asia in Sinhala


Australia & New Zealand

flagNew Zealandna∙vȧ   see∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ      

Click to play with the Flashcards: Australia & New Zealand in Sinhala

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.

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49 Responses to Countries in Sinhala – Part (1/2): Where In The World Is Our LBSS Tribe From?

  1. Mahak March 10, 2014 at 19:08 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Great post; the flags do really add a nice and personal touch.
    It’s great to see that people from all over the world are following your blog and wish to learn Sinhala. That’s really amazing :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 05:14 #

      Thanks Mahak, yeah, like I said, I too was surprised by the number of countries. Feels kind of weird to know that people from all over the world have heard of me. That’ll take some getting used to. Hope you’re well.

  2. LeTran March 10, 2014 at 19:13 #

    First of all, thank you for putting together this post. It’s very well organized and the flag buttons make it looks cute and fun.

    Are the endings of “va” or “ya” supposed to have a special meaning? As in, if you see a word and it ends with va or ya, that means it’s a country or continent or a location. Is there a reason why sometimes it ends in va and sometimes it ends in ya?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 05:15 #

      Hi LeTran, you’re welcome. To answer your question, I’ll need to look a little deeper into it. Off the top of my head I don’t have a response. Will get back to you soon.

  3. Linda Shepard March 10, 2014 at 19:58 #

    Dilshan, this may be the best post ever! I loved the astonishingly long and well-organized list, the names, the flags, the demonstration that we Sinhala fans are from all over the world.
    Thank you!

    • Leslie March 11, 2014 at 04:18 #

      Hey Ado Dilshan, thanks for making this site ! I hope to learn Sinhala . I enjoy your blog.

      • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 05:17 #

        Hey “ado” Leslie, you’re very welcome. Good luck with the rest of your learning.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 05:17 #

      Thanks Linda, glad you liked this post so much. Yeah I know, does me good to know that people from all over are interested in this little language of ours.

  4. Andrea Neuwohner March 10, 2014 at 21:22 #

    Hi Dilshan

    as I expected it from you it is again a well designed and organised work. I like very much the flags with the 3-D effect. They are like cute little buttons which I would like to fix to some cotton bag. What I did not expect is the fact that we blog readers come from so many different countries. And these are only those who made their homework! ;)

    Wow! That`s really great sharing this interest in Sinhala with people from all over the world. :)

    Thank you for your enthusiasm, Dilshan.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 05:19 #

      Hello my dear “researching” friend :), great to hear from you again. Glad that you liked the post and the accompanying flags. Makes the cutting & pasting all worth it. Thank you for the comment.

  5. Sue March 10, 2014 at 21:56 #

    It’s amazing to see how many different countries people are from who are learning Sinhala from you, Dilshan! And very interesting to see how far flung those places are. The flags are great too. Be careful, we might expect the national flowers next!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 05:25 #

      Hi Sue, thank you. Haha, I didn’t know you were interested in the names of flowers. Tell you what.. Go ahead and email me some of your favorite flowers that you’d like to include in your Sinhala vocabulary (and conversations) and I’ll try my best (since I’ve never been a ‘connoisseur’ of flowers) to send you the Sinhala names, ok? And you’ve been a part of this blog long enough to know this could even turn into an entire blog post. Take care and speak to you soon.

  6. Helena March 10, 2014 at 23:07 #

    Dear Dilshan,
    you have done just amazing work as you are amazing person also! Very. very nice job :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 05:26 #

      Thank you Helena, that’s very sweet. Hope you’re well. I know I owe you a reply to your email, haven’t forgotten. Take care and speak to you soon.

  7. joe kelly March 10, 2014 at 23:45 #

    thank you so much dilshan….so much commitment on your part……..this lazy bur smart sinhala student has finally been spurred to action by your latest post………no more procrastination……will play my part.

    (up early this morning…..on way to hambantota shortly………travelled to colombo yesterday…… hot hot….happy to get back to galle in the evening!).

    anyway thanks again for your efforts…..and all the best.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 05:30 #

      Hey Joe, sorry buddy but I only now saw your email. I’ll respond to it soon. Hope your day out in Colombo was eventful despite the heat (it’s been crazy hot, eh? Not a good sign when one’s daily top priority includes staying hydrated…). Glad that you’re getting back into the groove of learning Sinhala and that this post triggered it. All the best!

  8. Heather March 11, 2014 at 04:33 #

    Good to see you back! I really was just about to write and say Dilshan, kohomadha? Oya hari dha? Nice job on all the countries, that was a lot of mic time! I was very curious as to the breakdown of responses…. how many from each country! And so cool more are still coming in! Parissamin yanna

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 05:32 #

      Hi Heather, happy to hear from you too. Thanks for the positive feedback, happy that you liked it. I giggled for “parissamin yanna” by the way :) Very cute.

  9. Joan Velasco March 11, 2014 at 08:47 #

    I’m happy that your back again dishan to teach all of us your beautiful but hard language… dont mad i’m just kidding its good language but sometimes give me a headache but i like to learn more of course that’s why i want to thank you for a big help… thanks

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 15:11 #

      Thank you Joan. Of course, the language can be tricky and I’ll confess sometimes I have no clue how to simplify things. So no offense taken. Take care.

  10. Patrick March 11, 2014 at 09:07 #

    Enjoyed it. Our Sinhalese vocabulary adding up nicely! Thank you Dilshan for all the effort you are putting to it. And the flags are just great! Very good choice of design :)

    Wishing you good day

  11. Dilshan Jayasinha March 11, 2014 at 15:12 #

    Thanks Patrick, glad you liked the content as well as the design. Talk to you soon.

  12. Julie March 11, 2014 at 21:58 #

    Hi Dilshan…

    great collection – and you know what? This time I even follow from “dha∙ku∙nu æ∙mȧ∙ri∙kaa∙vȧ”.
    Cool, nee??
    Am here for a while. Would be better to improve my Spanish than Sinhala at the very moment, but your blogs are irresistible – as u know anyway… ;-)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 12, 2014 at 16:49 #

      Thanks Julie. Wow, South America, that’s exciting. Haha, I like how you used “nee”? Well done. Very Sri Lankan.

      “Irresistible” – ah, the perfectly rewarding adjective :)

      Enjoy your new adventure. I look forward to hearing more about it soon.

  13. ania kasia March 12, 2014 at 09:45 #

    i only say …DZIĘKUJĘ :D…is perfect….
    Dilshan u made fantastic work …pozdrowienia z Polski
    Ania Kasia

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 12, 2014 at 17:07 #

      Hi Ania Kasia, I’m very happy to hear from you. As usual, you’re very kind with your compliments, thank you! I think I didn’t reply your last email. I will check and respond to it soon. Take care, “Kasiulka”! :)) (See, I haven’t forgotten).

  14. Elizabeth March 12, 2014 at 16:37 #

    Hello Dilshan

    No I don’t think anyone will have the nerve to say ‘Screw Everyone” after you’ve gone through all this trouble. Anyway, I don’t know how you do this, but let me tell you something, your lessons are very helpful, at least to some who have not heard the right Sinhala word. Best of luck Dil.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 12, 2014 at 17:10 #

      Hey Elizabeth, how are you? Haha, that’s very nice of you to say. I won’t pretend that this post was easy (there was a bit of work but more than that my motivation was taking a small holiday so I had to really push through). Comments like yours make it all worthwhile. Thank you for the generous words. Speak to you again soon.

      • Elizabeth March 13, 2014 at 16:38 #

        Hello Dilshan

        Thanks for your compliments. Have a safe trip and enjoy your holidays.
        Will talk to you later.
        Bye for now

        Elizabeth T

  15. Laura March 14, 2014 at 21:08 #

    Hi Dilshan! I finally got around to your post and it’s great! Can’t wait for part 2 and all those fancy questions! ;)

    Ps: awesome job with those flags: I really don’t know where you get the ideas (or the patience), but I’m really glad you do!

    Take care,

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 15, 2014 at 16:24 #

      Grazie Laura! Glad that you liked the flags too. The secret for my patience? Well, I listen to a lot of podcasts while doing repetitive work (such as cropping stock images of flags into tiny rectangles…). While working on this post, I think I listened to some of the old Ricky Gervais podcasts and it helped pass the time. Had to stop a couple of times to chuckle.

      So now you know…. :)

      Take care Laura.

  16. cherry alwis March 22, 2014 at 18:39 #

    im just new here to your blog, and all i can say is, Great Job! :) it really do help me :’) thumbs up!!!! :D

    take care Godbless!!


  17. Elizabeth March 24, 2014 at 16:23 #

    Hello Dilshan

    The Flashcards are very entertaining. Is that your voice? If yes, then you have a wonderful
    voice. Anyway, it’s great to know the national flag of each country. As the phrase goes,
    ‘there is a first time for everything’ this is my first time to hear the Sinhala translation of many countries & flags, Thanks once again. Glad I am a member of your Lazy But Smart Sinhala Blog.

    Good Luck with all your future endeavours.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 25, 2014 at 13:57 #

      Thanks Elizabeth, that’s very sweet of you to say. Yes it is my voice but like most people, I don’t particularly like how my voice sounds on a recording… I’m getting used to it now but I remember how I couldn’t listen to my first couple of podcasts since I cringed every time I tried! But thank you, your comment gives me some reassurance. :)

      Glad you learned something new and I’m glad to have you as a member of LBSS.

      Take care.

      • Elizabeth March 25, 2014 at 16:14 #

        Hello pal

        Have you heard of the phrase ‘ Don’t be afraid of the dark’, so don’t you
        cringe ever again because you are doing real good.

        Sure you must be having a plenty of admirers in person commenting on
        your great voice.

        Talk to you later.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha March 25, 2014 at 16:56 #

          Thanks to my beard, no one can see me blush right now… :)

          Thanks Elizabeth, very kind. Talk to you later.

  18. Petruta June 22, 2014 at 23:53 #

    Hello, Dilshan!
    You can add one more country: Romania! :)


    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 8, 2014 at 14:57 #

      Hello Petruta,

      Romania in Sinhala is ‘ru∙mḗ∙ni∙yaa∙vȧ’ :)

  19. rotem April 3, 2015 at 00:12 #

    you are amazing aiya!!!
    can you tell me how you say israel in sinhala?

    • Elizabeth April 6, 2015 at 16:07 #

      Hello Dilshan

      It’s great to hear from you after a long spell. In fact I was wondering where is OUR DILSHAN
      gone to. But here you are lively & kicking.

      I remember many Catholics & Christians in Sri Lanka celebrating Easter in a great scale.
      So it must have been the same this year too. Am I right?

      Anyway, hope everything with you is in the right place as it should always be.

      Keep in touch & Take care.
      Elizabeth T.

      • Dilshan Jayasinha April 9, 2015 at 17:31 #

        Hello my dear friend Elizabeth, glad to hear from you too! Yes, I am here and everything is fine, thank you. A lot of good things going on so trying to manage everything without losing my mind, haha.

        Thanks again for your comment. Hope you are lively & kicking too :)

  20. rotem April 3, 2015 at 00:15 #

    oh sorry i found it now on the list..
    however isthoothi!!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 9, 2015 at 17:30 #

      Sorry for the delay, Rotem. But looks like you found it on your own. Talk again soon.

  21. Paola April 15, 2015 at 03:50 #

    Hello Dilshan! I was wondering, how do you say Mexico or El Salvador in sinhala? I’m salvadoran by birth, but Mexican by choice (I lived there during my childhood)
    Also, thank you so much for putting this blog together! It’s incredibly helpful when trying to learn sinhala :)

  22. Helen (Eleni) August 15, 2015 at 13:03 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    After spending a fruitless couple of hours trying to find how to say “Greece” in Sinhala, I’m so grateful to have stumbled onto your blog! Who knew it would prove so hard! I was born in Greece, spent most of my childhood in England and have been living in New York for over 10 years now. I am currently travelling around Sri Lanka and when people ask me where I’m from I would like to say Greece in Sinhala, which I can now do, thanks to your blog. I’ve been here around 12 days already (have about 20 more to go) and have discovered that Greek travellers are rather scarce. Also, would you mind telling me how you say Ecuador in Sinhala? Looking forward to your reply.

    Thanks so much!

    Helen (“Eleni” in Greek)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 23, 2015 at 16:55 #

      Hi “Eleni”, thanks for the comment.

      Equador = ‘ik∙vȧ∙dō∙rȧ∙yȧ’

      Are you still in SL? If yes, then enjoy the rest of your stay. If not, then write to me and tell me more about your experiences with speaking/understanding Sinhala.

      Take care Helen.

  23. Riina November 1, 2015 at 23:56 #

    I’m looking for a Sinhala word for Finland, thanks!

  24. Dilshan Jayasinha December 25, 2015 at 14:12 #

    Hi Riina, apolgies for the delay. For Finland, you could say ‘fin∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ’ or ‘pin∙lan∙thȧ∙yȧ’.

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