23 Parts Of The Body In Sinhala… And How I “Hired” A New Voice Talent For Free

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Click To See The Sinhala Words

Let me give you a moment to get over the above image. I understand that it can be quite (ahem) disturbing…

And here’s the shocker that you’re not going to believe: None of the above 2 figures are actually me! Yep, not even the one on the right…

(I’ll give you another moment to get over this last bombshell)…

Now folks, some of you may have seen my highly coded teaser about what I was going to write about next. The smartest amongst you may have even guessed what it was.

Well, no more super secret ‘mystery’. It’s Parts of the Body in Sinhala. And you’ll soon see why this might be one of my favorite posts ever… Has something to do with a little munchkin who stopped by my office.


Special Thanks To My Nephew, Shakeel!

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My amazing nephew Shakeel who did the word pronunciation for this post
(Photo Credits: Komital Brother)

Here’s why I really enjoyed doing this post!

This is Shakeel, my 12-year old rugby-playing multi-talented nephew who agreed to help me out with the recording. You’ll see that he does a much better job than I’ve ever done.

(BTW, there’s a reason why I shamelessly suck up to this guy so much. You see, he’s my “insurance poilicy”. If I end up never having children, I’ll need someone like him to drive me around in my old age. It’s a shrewd long-term plan…)

I should also thank his mom (my cousin) for letting me use her son’s voice on my blog. Let’s just hope she’s not expecting any royalties from me…

Oh, and if you think taking this photo was a simple affair, wait till you see the bonus section at the end of this post…

But that’s for later. Let’s now start the Sinhala learning part…



“Zoning” The Body in Sinhala

Here’s how I’ve structure this post.

I’ve divided the parts of the human body according to the following 4 zones:

  • Zone 1: Above the Shoulder (3)
  • Zone 2: Chest to Waist (9)
  • Zone 3: Hips to Knees (6)
  • Zone 4: Below The Knees (5)
    Zone 1: Above The Shoulder

You’ll see it more clearly by CLICKING ON THE IMAGE below.

But remember to come back to this post so that you can hear the pronunciation, ok?

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Click To See The Sinhala Words


As we did in the post “Parts of the Face in Sinhala”, let’s first start with the general term for BODY in Sinhala:


The Word For BODY In Sinhala

Let’s start with the word for BODY in Sinhala and then go on to the 4 zones.

Ok Shakeel boy, take it away…



Zone 1: Above The Shoulder

Shoulderu∙rȧ   hi∙sȧ      

Click to play with the Flashcards: Parts Of The Body – Zone 1


Zone 2: Chest To Waist

Armbaa∙hu∙wȧ 1
Belly Buttonbu∙ri∙yȧ      


1 Also often called ‘a∙thȧ’ (the same word for “hand”)

Click to play with the Flashcards: Parts Of The Body – Zone 2


Zone 3: Hips To Knees

Buttockspi∙ti   pas∙sȧ      
Kneedha∙nȧ   hi∙sȧ 2


2 Sometime you might hear it being pronounced as ‘dha∙nis∙sȧ’

Click to play with the Flashcards: Parts Of The Body – Zone 3


Zone 4: Below The Knees

Footka∙ku∙lȧ 3
Toeka∙ku∙lé   æňgil∙lȧ 4


3 Sometimes also called ‘paa∙dhȧ∙yȧ’

4 Sometimes also called ‘paa∙dhȧ∙yé æňgil∙lȧ’. You might be interested to know that ‘æňgil∙lȧ’ means finger (we’ll cover this in a future post). So essentially, the Sinhala word for ‘toe’ translates as “The finger of the foot”.

Click to play with the Flashcards: Parts Of The Body – Zone 4


Before going on to the bonus section… I reaalllly need something from you!


Yes folks, I need you to come up with some phrases for me please (I’ve reached my quota of brain activity for the week).

I’m thinking of doing a supplement with phrases related to parts of the body. Here, I’ll give you some examples to get you started:


  • “My body is aching” = ma∙gé æňgȧ ri∙dhé∙nȧ∙va
  • “You have a big stomach” = o∙yaa∙tȧ lo∙ku ba∙dak thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va

See what I mean?


Please leave all your suggested phrases in the comments below and I’ll send you a collection of it in a nice little PDF.


Make the phrases useful, make them smart, make them fun!

I’ll speak to you soon in the comments section.

Now here’s that bonus I mentioned:


Bonus 1:

[AUDIO] – Shakeel finishing up his recording session with a “Yeah yeah…”

Click on the play button:


Bonus 2:

[PHOTO] – Why it’s impossible to take a photo with a hysterical munchkin (Click to Enlarge Image)

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CLICK TO ENLARGE (Photo Credits: Komital Brother)


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50 Responses to 23 Parts Of The Body In Sinhala… And How I “Hired” A New Voice Talent For Free

  1. Brett June 14, 2014 at 13:08 #

    Another excellent piece of work. Thanks, you do some really great and useful stuff. I read and practice all of your lessons. Some words or phrases that i thought could be handy and be somewhat amusing to use as a non Sri Lankan, would be some colloquial language. It doesn’t need to be over the top but.just words and phrases that are used in normal conversation but may not reside in the dictionary. English equivalents may be say ; ‘cool’, ‘sure mate’, ‘no worries’, ‘what’s up’, ‘awesome’, ‘give me a break’, ‘hang in there’, ‘lighten up’ etc – you get the idea.
    Cheers and thanks again.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 14, 2014 at 16:21 #

      Hi Brett,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      I see what you mean by colloquial terms. Let me give that some thought. I appreciate the suggestion.

      Thanks again for the comment; talk soon.

  2. Cass June 14, 2014 at 14:04 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    Awesome post, first of all. When I first found out the word for toes, I started saying ‘foot-fingers’ to my Sinhalese friends.
    Also, is the ‘ura’ in shoulder from the word for pig? If so, why?
    The word for buttocks, is it just the word meaning ‘behind’? I have heard my friends saying that in regards to buildings etc.
    Finally, isn’t ‘bada-geddiya’ another way of saying someone has a big stomach?
    Thank you once again!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 14, 2014 at 16:29 #

      Hi Cass, happy to hear from you again!

      Fair question but no, the word for pig is ‘oo∙ra’ (I hope you see the difference in the pronunciation).

      And yes, excellent observation, the word for buttocks (‘pi∙ti pas∙sȧ’) is in fact the same word for “behind” (well, I just realized that it’s the same in English where we can use “behind” for buttocks too. Huh, would you look at that, I just learned something – See why like your questions? :) )

      About bada gediya, haha, yes, you could describe a big stomach. It’s meant to give the idea of a round and protruding stomach.

      Hope that answered your questions. Thanks again for them. Take care Cass!

  3. Tracy June 14, 2014 at 15:06 #

    Another excellent edition. This site has been wildly helpful while teaching in Sri Lanka. Thanks for all of your efforts!

    As I teach mostly young children, I need a few phrases like: “Does your stomach ache”, and “keep your hands to yourself please.” :) Thanks in advance!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 14, 2014 at 16:30 #

      Thanks Tracy, I’m glad that it’s been helpful.

      Thanks also for the suggested phrases. Will make a note of it.

      Take care.

  4. Julie June 14, 2014 at 22:42 #

    Hey Dilshan,
    awesome – and say your nephew, that he is in future the most important guy to make the friendly motivation voice…- dideldu… yes Dilshan you are right, he is actually topping your very warm and always welcomed voice… ;-) no chance against such a nephew ;-)

    But your inspiration of the body pics derive for sure from Conchita Wurst – crazy Austrian guy, right :-D… haha…. YES… it gave kind of irritation, who of these two could be you ;-)

    Seriously: As usual an awesome, great and funny post. Thanks so much.
    The phrases in times of Soccer World Championship are not sooo difficult to think. I am gonna to write you a mail.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 15, 2014 at 05:41 #

      Hi Julie!

      Ok, I’ll pass the message to Shak. He’d be thrilled to hear that others also think that he’s better than his uncle:)

      I had to google Conchita Wurst to know who you were referring to and I am glad that I did, haha. I see the resemblance!

      Thanks for the encouraging comments about this post and I’m very happy that you found it awesome. I shall await your email, which as you know, I always appreciate.

      Take care Julie.

  5. Ashroff June 15, 2014 at 05:34 #

    Dear Dilshan,

    A grate and another excellent piece of work. It is much useful, I found lack of words in my “live database” to wish you!!!…


    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 15, 2014 at 05:56 #

      Hi Ashroff, thank you so much! Always glad to hear that it was useful. Your live database words were more than enough to make me happy :) Talk to you again soon.

  6. Heather June 15, 2014 at 06:04 #

    Love the fresh voice… more of a light honey with a little grit in it! ;) And the bonus portion too. And I love the suggestion of “colloquial phrases”…. Like ‘That’s bullsh**” and “That’s too bad”… I think you could really have fun with that, while NOT getting us non-native speakers in too much trouble.
    In my phrase book I have run across the phrase kaage kauda, which is stated to mean who’s who…. but I really just can’t get a grasp on it. In this same phrasebook, there is a dire warning about the many forms in Sinhala for the second-person pronoun…. it just said to stick to “oyaa”
    Oyaa mata udau karanna puluwandha(?)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 15, 2014 at 10:44 #

      Hi Heather,

      “Light honey with a little grit in it”… Wow, he’s going to be chuffed to bits by that! :)

      Noted about the colloquial phrases.

      Well, ‘‘kaa∙gé kawu∙dhȧ’ is just a way of asking more about someone. For example, you could ask ‘e∙yaa kaa∙gé kawu∙dhȧ?’ which essentially means “Who is he/she?” but with more emphasis on finding out what is his/her background is in terms of relationship (e.g. who are his parents, whose friend is he, basically another way of finding out how you know this person). Hope that explained it better?

      I agree about the second person pronoun. I’d also stick to oyaa :)

      But just a slight correction on the sentence you gave. It should be o∙yaa∙tȧ (and not o∙yaa). Actually, this has given me an idea for a short grammar post on “I can” and “I can’t”…. Hmmmm….

      Thanks again for your input, Heather!

      • heather June 19, 2014 at 15:44 #

        Thanks for the help! And “chuffed” is outside this American’s vocabulary. Is it good or bad?

        • Dilshan Jayasinha June 20, 2014 at 07:24 #

          Come on Heather, by now you should know that *everything* I write is good, no? ;)

          It means “pleased” or “proud”.

  7. Furkhan June 15, 2014 at 10:06 #

    Good Job and like the way doing
    Keep going….

  8. Wendy June 15, 2014 at 12:19 #

    Hi Dilshan! So lovely to see another blog post! Your nephew sounds and looks amazing and the sound clips are pleasant and clear, perfect combo! :)
    I’m back from Sri Lanka since a month and I’m trying to keep up my knowledge, since I’d like to go back some time next year to give a few training courses.
    As a suggestion, can I request words that can be used to describe the body? Strong, weak, fat, thin, ugly, pretty, stiff, loose, tired-looking, … I remember the vocabulary so much better when I see it written out in blog form with your fun and crazy images! I always struggled to ask my patients stuff like that and often had to resort to pantomime.
    Thanks again for a great blog post and talk to you soon! I have exams right nw but after tat I’ll have more time to study up on my Sinhala again!

    x Wendy.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 16, 2014 at 11:45 #

      Hi Wendy, how are you? So lovely to see another comment from you :)

      Shall pass on the compliments to Shak.

      Oh, you’re back already? You must (please) write to me when you have time and give me a summary of your overall view of the whole experience. I bet you have some good stories to share, not just from a learning Sinhala point of view. Happy to hear that you’ve already decided to come back.

      Your suggestion is very good and apt. Shall look into it. Thank you.

      All the best with your exams!

      Until next time…

  9. Elizabeth June 15, 2014 at 15:31 #

    Hello Dilshan/Dilshani

    How did you manage to fix your head on to a woman body. It’s wonderful. This time your
    lesson is I should say is excellent. I did not know the Sinhala word for some body parts.

    Now let me ask you something. How to say the following phrases in Sinhala?
    “No good deed goes unpunished’ & ‘Every dark cloud has a silver lining’
    Not that I need them at present, but it’s nice to know when I am a Native of Sri Lanka.

    Thank you in advance
    Elizabeth T.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 16, 2014 at 11:49 #

      Hi Elizabeth, well it was the same way I managed to fix my head onto the male model’s body too :) It’s quite easy actually, I used a photo editing software (plus I have years of experience in this since I used to love playing around with family photos and making everyone in my family look ridiculous, haha).

      “This time your lesson is I should say is excellent”…. Thank you so much, I appreciate it that a lot!!

      I’ll have to think about the translations you asked about. I’m struggling with a few word in them to be honest. I’ll let you know soon.

      Take care Elizabeth and was great to hear from you again.

      • Elizabeth June 16, 2014 at 16:42 #

        Well, It has to take a lot of experience to do something like cloning. Anyway it’s really wonderful.

        Please drop the matter of translating what I had asked, if it’s going to be a waste
        of time. But thanks all the same for offering.

        My best to Shakeel. By the way, I like your name Shakeel. Good luck working with your handsome & naughty uncle

        Bye for now – take care Dilshan


        • Dilshan Jayasinha June 17, 2014 at 17:33 #

          Thanks Elizabeth. I’ll be the first to confess that Shakeel is much more naughty and much more handsome than his uncle :)

          Bye for now!

  10. génesis June 16, 2014 at 08:01 #

    Awesome i just really love the way u explain and teaching! sooo funny!
    Thank uuu veryyy muchh!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 16, 2014 at 11:52 #


      Thank you, glad you like it. I also noticed that you subscribed to the blog today. So, Welcome aboard! :)

  11. Lee June 16, 2014 at 14:59 #

    නියමයි! ඔයා ලියපු ඒවා මම විනෝද උනා. තව වචන ලියන්න පුළුවන්.
    හම (ha-mȧ) – skin
    මස් ගොබය (mas go-bȧ-yȧ) – muscle
    මස (ma-sȧ) – flesh
    ඇටය (a-tȧ-yȧ) (ඇටකටු) -bone
    කොඳු ඇටය (ko-ndu a-tȧ-yȧ) – spine
    ජොල් බඩ – jol badȧ

    මට හරි දාඩියයි (ma-tȧ ha-ri daa-Di-yai) – I am very sweaty
    ඔයාගේ පාද ගඳයි (o-yaa-gee paadȧ ga-ndai) – Your feet stink!

    මෙන්න, මේ සිංහල තේරවිල්ල තෝරන්න දන්නවාද?
    men-na (here!), mee (this) sinhala thee-rȧ-vil-lȧ (riddle) dan-nȧ-waa (know) dȧ?
    Here, do you know how to solve this Sinhala riddle?
    Q. අලියා නොයන මග මොකක්ද?
    a-li-yaa (elephant) no-yȧ-nȧ (not going) ma-gȧ (the road /path) mo-kȧk-dȧ (what)?
    What is the road that a elephant doesn’t go on?
    A. ඉණිමග
    The ladder. (because in Sinhala- the ladder (ඉණිමග) had the word for the road / path (මග) in it.)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 17, 2014 at 17:31 #

      Haha, Lee! Entertaining comment, as usual :) Thanks also for the riddle! Great stuff.

  12. Rebecca June 17, 2014 at 13:04 #

    Hello Dilshan:
    First of all I would like to say how fabulous your teaching is and how much it helped all my pronunciation of Sinhala while I was visiting there, plus I learned so much from my Sri Lankan friends too! We saw over 200 wild elephants at Minneriya – the Gathering had begun at the end of April already…it was fantastic!

    It’s great to hear your nephew Shakeel – he is fabulous to learn from. Really clear and articulate.
    And body parts are important!

    A phrase after climbing Adam’s Peak :

    ‘Where is it possible to get a full body massage please? All my muscles are sore and my feet are hurting and my knees are wobbly’. :-)

    Rebecca ! Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 17, 2014 at 17:39 #

      Hi Rebecca,

      I’m delighted to hear that you got a chance to practice your Sinhala while you were here! The experience in Minneriya sounds amazing too.

      About what you said about Shak, I’ve already texted those lines to his mum and I added the snarky comment “I guess all those elocution lessons classes paid off, huh?” :) Thank you.

      Thanks also for the phrases you suggested. And I know what you’re talking about too. I climbed Adam’s peak when I was a teenager (in much better shape than I am in now) but I still remember having those sore muscles and wobbly knees you mentioned!

      Thanks again for your comment.

  13. peter kocsis June 18, 2014 at 14:27 #

    another riddle.

    Lookee lokuma ginna? The biggest fire( ginna) in the world?
    Badaginna! The fire in the stomach= hunger.

  14. robert June 18, 2014 at 17:52 #

    Hello Dilshan
    Thanks for your new topic.for the word piti passa, I knew this word and only use it with the meaning of behind.my sri Lankan friends are using more the word p***.but maybe it’s the rude one!!!!i understand why everybody is laughing when I say it especially the girls and kids.
    I have a request.please if you have time one day try to make a lesson with numbers.it’s difficult for me.
    Istuti machan
    Sudu ayya robert

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 20, 2014 at 07:21 #

      Haha yes Robert, that’s not the most ‘correct’ word to use for ‘buttocks’ :) That explains the reactions you got.

      Take care buddy.

  15. Ana June 22, 2014 at 12:03 #

    Hello, Dilshan

    Thanks again for your blog, the first one to really help me learn some sinhala (I told you already, the other stuff I had only made me get depressed).
    I would also like some body-related short phrases like “My knee is swollen, I´ve got a terrlble headache, I´m feeling sick, She´s got an insect-allergy ” (my daughter really has one, not nice in Sri Lanka)…
    May be you can even sometime write a blog about “Going to the doctor” (or “How to understand the diseases of your srilankan friends”), what do you think of that?
    Thank you, hasta pronto


    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 8, 2014 at 15:10 #

      Hi Ana, great to hear from you again and more importantly, relieved to know that my material has *still* not driven you to depression :) I’ll do my best to keep it that way.

      Thanks for the suggested phrases although I’m sorry to hear that your daughter actually got an allergy. I assume she’s all ok now. Shall add all these to the list.

      “How to understand the diseases of your Sri Lankan friends”, haha, I love it! I would definitely click on any blog post that had that title. Let me brainstorm the content for that and get back to you if I need some input, ok?

      Thanks again for your comment and especially your contribution. Take care.

  16. Laura July 7, 2014 at 17:55 #

    Hi Dilshan! I’ve been terribly busy with my exams but now I can fully appreciate your blogposts! Thank you so much: I always find your written images to be super-useful, so please keep them coming.
    Adjectives like skinny/thin/slim/chubby/fat/overweight/obese;
    “My feet hurt from walking”, “I feel the rain in my bones”, “to be agile like a cat” (just random thinking on a rainy day).

    Take care!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 8, 2014 at 15:12 #

      Hi Laura,

      How are you??? Happy that you’re back. Hope that the exams went smoothly?

      Thanks for the suggestions too. They’re perfect (and erm, original… agile like a cat?? Okkk…. haha). Will add them to the list.

      Thanks again.

      • Laura July 9, 2014 at 13:24 #

        Haha! To be “agile like a cat” is a quite common saying in Italy and it means being really really agile as you can imagine :) I don’t know if there’s such a simile in English…nor in Sinhala ;) Btw the exams went great, thanks :)

        • Dilshan Jayasinha July 9, 2014 at 20:09 #

          Actually, come to think of it, of course it exists in English too. For whatever reason it didn’t click when I read your comment. Brain was asleep at that point :)

  17. Sera August 2, 2014 at 19:56 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    I seriously hope we have no reason to worry about your health. These “visiting a doctor” phrases would really be useful! Also slang terms about students wouldn’t go amiss.
    If everything is OK when the time comes I am planning to study in SriLanka! As soon as you see my comment karunaa karala let me know so hopefully we can have a talk.
    Bohota istoothi! :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha August 4, 2014 at 17:59 #

      Hi Sera, thanks for your comment. Nothing to worry, I’m in tip-top condition right now :)

      Study in Sri Lanka? That’s awesome. Let me know how that goes.

      All the best and speak to you again soon.

  18. Chandra August 19, 2014 at 05:00 #

    After ling time I read your blog .So many new things. Keep it up.

  19. Chandra August 19, 2014 at 05:01 #

    Spelling mistake. After long time not ling time. Sorry about it.

  20. Shirley V November 2, 2014 at 01:36 #

    Reading this post today was very interesting. Totally awesome job as usual from you, and your new ‘voice’ he’s great.
    learned some here, and of course had fun too.

    Love the photo shoot pics, looks like you all had fun, I laughed also. You both have very nice smiles there.

    LOL I need to set myself a study plan, so much interesting stuff here. I keep jumping all over the place. A nice addition on your home page would be a suggested progress list, for us idiots that keep getting sidetracked. I am so terrible at that, even know I am supposed to be looking up something else, as always your emails sent me off…….

    I have been trying to put together the question. What is wrong? (meaning what is wrong with the individual).

    Best Wishes Dilshan, Thank You

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 2, 2014 at 09:22 #

      Hi again Shirley,

      To answer your question regarding “What is wrong (with the individual)?” you could say:

      mo∙kak∙dhȧ prash∙nȧ∙yȧ ? Lit : “What is the problem?”; or

      mo∙kak∙dhȧ a∙maa∙ru∙wȧ ? Lit: “What is the difficulty?” (usually when inquiring about a health issue)

      Hope that answered your question?

      Thanks for the suggestion of the “suggested progress list”. I might get in touch with you by email to understand it better.

  21. varshan April 4, 2016 at 12:46 #

    you are great ….thanks dilshan

  22. Simon Hoekstra September 29, 2017 at 12:25 #

    Hi Dilshsn.

    Im Simon. I live in Sri Lanka now and try to study hard, but is (still) difficult. But I’ll never not give up.
    My remark/question :
    In ’23 Parts Of The Body In Sinhala… And How I “Hired” A New Voice Talent For Free’ , in Zone 2: ‘Chest To Waist’ , the pronouncation of Breast : should it not be ‘pi.yȧ.yu.ruȧ ?
    Is not really important, but I like to know.

    Best regards , Simon Hoekstra

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 4, 2017 at 23:57 #

      Well well… Look who’s a breast expert :) Actually Simon, the spelling is correct, but my nephew’s pronunciation is incorrect. I have corrected it on my premium product () but didn’t remember to correct it on the original post itself.

  23. rajaguru May 5, 2021 at 09:58 #

    this is a good effort who seek learn about Sinhala language. and appreciate your good job dear sir. this is a very good example specially young generation who use the new technology .you teach them how use it fruitfully. may all the good energies with you.

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