Here’s what a loyal Tribester of mine recently wrote to me about numbers:
“…Simple nouns (numbers, etc.) can be easily found in a dictionary and are immutable (i.e., the form won’t change when plopped into any sentence for the most part.)”
That is true… in English, that is.
But unfortunately for us, it’s not the case in Sinhala. They change according to the context or what’s being counted.
But don’t you worry, old friend…
Dr. Dilshan is about to dissect this topic and hopefully simplify it for you while inflicting minimum brain damage.
“Nurse, hand me that damn scalpel. Surgery is about to start…” > > >
How I Plan To Operate:
- Through a series of mini-posts, each one building on the previous one
- Introducing practical examples whenever I think you can handle it
- Using infographics to help retain what you see
- Using flashcards to test what you saw
- Oh, and by using cute little icons like this and this to describe certain groups
Today, we’ll only be covering numbers 0 – 9.
Not a digit more. Not a digit less.
Zero in Sinhala
(The first of the “Friendlies”)
A “friendly” is the name I’ve given to a number that gives us the least headaches. Hence the huggy emoji I’ve used.
They tend to follow a similar pattern and are easy to remember.
Zero is the first of such “friendlies” we’ll be seeing.
|zero – 0||bin∙dhu∙wȧ1|
My Random Notes:
1 ‘bin∙dhu∙wȧ’ also means “drop” (as in, “tear drop” or “water drop”), which kind of makes sense considering the shape of it
Lazy But Smart Infographic: Zero in Sinhala
1-9 in Sinhala
These are the nine-most important numbers you’ll need to know as they pop up in (almost) every number we’ll see in the future.
So take your time and get used to them one by one.
|one – 1||é∙kȧ2|
|two – 2||dhé∙kȧ3|
|three – 3||thu∙nȧ|
|four – 4||ha∙thȧ∙rȧ|
|five – 5||pa∙ha4|
|six – 6||ha∙yȧ5|
|seven – 7||ha∙thȧ|
|eight – 8||a∙tȧ6|
|nine – 9||na∙mȧ∙yȧ7|
My Random Notes:
2 Sounds like the English word “acre” but without dragging the “A”.
3 Sounds like the English word “decker” but with a soft “D”.
4 ‘pa∙ha’ (“five”) is the only number among the Repeaters that doesn’t end with ‘ȧ’
5 Sounds like the English word “higher”
6 Sounds like the English word “utter”
7 You might hear some people pronouncing “nine” as ‘na∙vȧ∙yȧ’. I personally say it as ‘na∙mȧ∙yȧ’
Lazy But Smart Infographic: 0-9 in Sinhala
And that’s all for today!
Told you we’ll start off easy, didn’t I?
My advice: Keep going back and forth until you get all of them correct in one go. You’ll need it for the next post.
What You’ll See In The Next Post:
- We’ll learn how each of these numbers have to be tweaked when you’re giving out your phone number to someone.