Sinhala Video Tutorials

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JackJackLBSS Subscriber since Oct ‘13
Wow, I followed you by learning two sections (of the videos) consecutively (you know how much interest i have for Sinhala and how hard for a fresh beginner) and i noticed your method is magical.

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YukariYukariLBSS Subscriber since Apr ‘14
This must have been a lot of work to make such great video tutorials.. Your explanation is clear and the videos are easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

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AliAliLBSS Subscriber since Jul ‘13
As a person with a limited attention span for anything written (including lessons), it seems your video tutorials are very good and easy to learn. So thank you for all your hard work.

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JessicaJessicaLBSS Subscriber since Apr ‘14
Your videos are superb! … Looks like my husband Rick and I will be engrossed in your videos for a while.

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Stuart PoolStuart PoolLBSS Subscriber since Jan ‘14
This is the best site I have found so far to help me get started in Sinhala. And definitely the most fun. Thank you and please don’t stop making the videos!

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LeslieLeslieSubscriber since Jan ‘14
..Just finished watching one of your YouTube videos after having tried by first lesson on a commercial CDRom... I learned more in 15mins with your video than an hour with the computer program.

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Amy JayasuriyaAmy JayasuriyaLBSS Subscriber since Apr ‘14
Your website and YouTube videos are so wonderful! It is making teaching my daughters so much easier than I could do on my own. Thank you for all the work you have clearly put into this!

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Bob CookBob CookSubscriber since Jul ‘13
I am going to Sri Lanka... for 6 months teaching English in Government schools. Your tutorials are invaluable in helping me to master the basics in Sinhala.

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ZetaZetaSubscriber since Nov ‘13
Your videos are so useful and easy to understand, I really like the layout. Now I’ve been texting my dad with phrases I’ve learned from your videos, and he’s been remembering his Sinhala and answering back.

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Larry T HillLarry T HillLBSS Subscriber since Apr ‘13
Amazing as always ! such high levels of video and audio production. i sense a perfectionist streak, or just perhaps intelligent love of what you are doing.

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Sinhala Video Tutorials Gallery

Episode 1 – Greetings & Responses   [Tutorial & Extras (11:15)]

Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-01


Episode 2 – Introducing Yourself   [Tutorial (9:41) & Extras (3:56)]

Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-02        Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-02 Extras


Episode 3 – Your Nationality in Sinhala   [Tutorial (11:41) & Extras (3:44)]

Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-03        Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-03 Extras


Episode 4 – Your Age in Sinhala   [Tutorial (15:12) & Extras (4:00)]

Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-04        Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-04 Extras


Episode 5 – Languages You Speak – Part 1   [Tutorial (13:47) & Extras (3:31)]

Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-05        Sinhala Video Tutorial - Ep-05 Extras



Sinhala Short Videos

[Video] 8 Basic Colors In Sinhala

[Video] 7 Days Of The Week In Sinhala

[Video] 12 Months Of The Year In Sinhala

[Video] 8 Personal Pronouns In Sinhala

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162 Responses to Sinhala Video Tutorials

  1. mohan karai November 20, 2013 at 16:54 #

    it,s so good and helpfull to learn sinhala language ..god bless you

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 23, 2013 at 16:12 #

      Thank you Mohan, I’m very happy that you find it useful. Good luck with your learning. Hope to hear from you again soon.

  2. maya December 9, 2013 at 18:20 #

    It’s useful ….I have been looking forward ways to learn Sinhala but couldn’t find any appropriate one ….this was pretty good…looking forward for more information …your teachings were really clear and understandable ….Thanks … upload more videos ….

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 9, 2013 at 18:27 #

      Ok boss!

      • James Ratnavale October 7, 2014 at 10:12 #

        Hi Dilshan, thank you so much for all you have done, it’s all very clear to me and I am looking forward to being able to speak Sinhala in Sri Lanka.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha October 7, 2014 at 11:30 #

          You’re very welcome James. I appreciate you saying that. All the best with everything and hope to speak to you again sometime.

      • Ruwani July 29, 2015 at 06:17 #

        Thanks so much for posting these!! Definitely helpful in finally picking up Sinhala properly!?

  3. Stephen December 10, 2013 at 18:07 #

    Thank you very much Dilshan for spending time to produce such an excellent Blog/website, it’s really helped me to progress in my Sinhala. The lessons are clear, simple to understand and enjoyable to learn.

    I’ll feel very comfortable and confident when I return again to Sri Lanka
    next year

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 10, 2013 at 18:56 #

      Hey Stephen, thanks for kind words about my blog, I appreciate it. Really happy to hear that my material is helping you progress and that you like my approach. Please do keep me posted as I’d be genuinely interested to follow your progress. Thanks again and talk to you soon.

  4. jedei December 13, 2013 at 22:41 #

    thank u so much. my neighbor was trying hardly to teach me but it didn’t work. on this way it s easier and better . thank u

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 30, 2013 at 17:27 #

      Hey Jedei, you’re welcome. I’m also happy that thanks to this blog, your neighbor is now going to get a small break :) Thanks again and talk to you soon.

    • Erica November 1, 2014 at 13:08 #

      It’s really hard to teach effectively – people think anyone who is a native speaker of a language can teach it, but that’s not true. The hard work and thought Dilshan has put into these blogs and videos is amazing, and it’s a VERY effective way of teaching. Thank you so much Dilshan.

      • Dilshan Jayasinha November 2, 2014 at 09:24 #

        Oh wow Erica, that made me smile! :) Thank you so much. Very kind words.

  5. Udo December 31, 2013 at 14:36 #

    Hey Dilshan. Thank you very much for this Website. It is very useful ! I tried learning before with reading a dictionary. Great mistake ;-) Reading and speeking are soooo different. End of January i travel again to Sri Lanka and looking forward to give my friends a big surprise while speaking a lot of sirlankan words. :-) It’s all your “fault”. THANK YOU again.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 3, 2014 at 07:00 #

      Hi Udo, thanks for the nice words and I’m happy that you’re finding it useful. Haha, yes, that’s a little bit ambitious to learn a language, especially Sinhala, from a dictionary, I know I wouldn’t be able to. Yeah, I agree that speaking are so different and it makes things quite difficult for me to explain. I genuinely would be curious to know how your friends react when you shock them with your new-found Sinhala vocabulary. Please let me know as I’m sure it’ll be fun.

      Take care and thanks again for your comment!

  6. ahammed January 1, 2014 at 10:17 #

    Thank you Dilshan,,, I can improve my sinhalla language so im waiting ur video tutorials …

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 3, 2014 at 07:00 #

      You’re welcome, Ahammed. Thanks for your little note. I appreciate it.

  7. Helena January 15, 2014 at 09:23 #

    Dear Dilshan,
    when is going to be video tutorial with lesson 6? i am very exited about it. Thank you. Have a nice day

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 15, 2014 at 10:15 #

      Hi Helena, unfortunately, not immediately since I’m giving priority to a few other things on the blog right now. Will do it once I’m finished with them. Thanks for your inquiry.

  8. Mahesh January 22, 2014 at 06:15 #

    Hi, I am Mahesh from India and i really in need to learn Sinhala then i found this website very useful……….
    Thank You so much Dilshan sir.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 22, 2014 at 06:38 #

      Hi Mahesh, thanks for your introduction, I’m happy to get to know you. Glad that you find my blog useful. All the best with the Sinhala learning and I hope to speak to you again soon. Take care.

  9. Ahamed January 29, 2014 at 13:28 #

    Thank you for your service

  10. Stuart Pool February 4, 2014 at 08:08 #

    This is the best site I have found so far to help me get started in Sinhala. And definitely the most fun.

    Thank you and please don’t stop making the videos!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 4, 2014 at 19:01 #

      Thanks Stuart. “Best” and “Fun”. Two adjectives that I appreciate very much! Thanks again.

  11. Ivan February 17, 2014 at 05:42 #

    Thanks dilshan. I was born in Singapore thus I never knew how to speak my mother tongue(Sinhala). After chancing upon your blog, I have been able to learn Sinhala with ease. Btw when will the video recap of lessons one to five will be out?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 18, 2014 at 15:38 #

      Thanks Ivan, welcome to the LBSS!

      Unfortunately, no specific time frame for the recap lesson. I’ve been buried in a few other things at the moment and considering the amount of time it took me to put each video tutorial together, I honestly don’t know when I can find time to get into it. But your comment served as a reminder that has made me put it back on the “to-do” list so thank you for that.

  12. amm.mushafar February 24, 2014 at 06:09 #

    u did a great job bro I am tamil medium I can speak well in English but lives in Colombo cant speak in Sinhala I feel bad about it I search easy way to study Sinhala finnaly I found u…. really I feel happy thanks bro :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2014 at 15:20 #

      Hey man, thanks for the comment. I appreciate it. Glad I can help!

  13. Seed March 2, 2014 at 14:30 #

    Hi dilshan thanks a lot. I find it is really useful. But I know nothing about sinhala at all. I started to learn it from sinhala alphabets. However have got no idea how to pronounce them Could you make a tutorial how to pronounce these alphabets please ? Very happy to find your website.

  14. Seed March 3, 2014 at 07:13 #

    Hi Dilshan what is the meaning of mama moratuwe I know mama means I and I know a place in Sri Lanka called moratuwa. Is moratuwe a wrong word after mama. Does it mean I am from moratura. Thanks. Appreciatwd

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 3, 2014 at 14:19 #

      Hi Seed, welcome to the blog.

      mama moratuwe = “I am in Moratuwa”

      Hope that helps.

  15. Seed March 10, 2014 at 20:26 #

    Suba oyaa lassanayi stutiyi

  16. Mahdi April 11, 2014 at 04:57 #



    Thank you very much … It is really useful and I liked it very much. Hope to see more videos :)


  17. Vinh April 14, 2014 at 10:56 #

    So awesome. My Sri Lankan friend can not believe that I can say some sentences in Sri Lankan :D

  18. Jessica April 15, 2014 at 18:23 #

    Hello again Dilshan!

    Your videos are superb! It really helps a half-Sri Lankan like myself who has been getting by on “Choppa” Sinhala all these years. My mother was given bad advice from her pediatrician at the time, who said teaching your children Sinhala would confuse them. How ridiculous as we understand children are sponges and retain tons of info. Anyhow, looks like my husband Rick and I will be engrossed in your videos for awhile. He loves speaking Sinhala (as best he can) and gives it a solid effort in SL. Do you sell any of your books in Colombo? Have a great day!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 18, 2014 at 09:28 #

      Hi again Jessica!

      Yes, too bad about not picking up the language as a kid, but still it’s great that you’re making an effort now. Also glad to hear that your husband Rick is enjoying my material. I am not selling anything yet, although this could all change soon. Will let you know.

      Thanks again for your comment and have a great weekend!

  19. Archana April 17, 2014 at 17:53 #

    Ayubowan Dilshan


    Thank u for these videos. I am a sincere learner and get to your website every day. Just want to know if you will be uploading more videos and slowly edging onto proper full length sentences and advanced level communication. If you will do, when will that be? Because quite eager to learn more. Finished all 5 episodes with three stars.



    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 18, 2014 at 09:34 #

      Hi Archana,

      I’m fine, thanks :) Glad you like the videos and I’m always happy to hear from regular visitors such as yourself (BTW, think about subscribing to the blog too – I didn’t see you on the list – since I occasionally send out “subscriber-only” content which you might find useful).

      I don’t have a clear time frame for more videos at this point but when I do, considering the amount of work that goes into each episode, I’ll probably release them as a “paid product”. Will let you know when they’re out and you can see if it’s something you’d be interested in purchasing.

      In the meantime, I hope you find more useful material in the other areas of my blog. All the best with the Sinhala learning! Take care.

  20. John April 23, 2014 at 07:48 #

    Hi Dilshan! I just returned from an amazing trip to Sri Lanka (we were in a village near Dambulla for two weeks) and I’m happy to report that ‘kohomadha’ was an important part of being there and connecting with people :) Thanks for providing this great service. I want to learn more and go back, and you know how many options there are to learn Sinhala. Please keep it coming! My favorite expression that I learned in the field: ya-moo! Thanks again.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 24, 2014 at 21:30 #

      Hi John, I’m glad to hear that you had a good time over here. Also glad that my material came in handy. Oh yeah, yamu is definitely used very often. Don’t know if you’ve seen it already but I included it in my 21 Sinhala Phrases video. Thanks again for the comment and the encouragement. Really appreciate it.

  21. John April 25, 2014 at 04:40 #

    Argh – I can’t believe I missed the post with the 21 Phrases. They would have been helpful, though I’m happy to have them now for use next time. Thanks!

  22. Yukari April 28, 2014 at 17:01 #

    I have been looking for materials to learn basic Sinhalese phrases as I am planning to visit Sri Lanka this year.
    Now, I am in the right and best place, and I am very happy and excited!!!

    This must have been a lot of work to make such great video tutorials.
    Your explanation is clear and the videos are easy to follow.
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge :-)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2014 at 15:52 #

      Hi Yukari!

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! Such a nice comment. I’m very happy that you think so highly of my material. You’ve also used words like ‘clear’, ‘easy to follow’, which is exactly what I want my content to be. At the same time you also used ‘excited’ which is exactly the type of reader I want :)

      Take care and thanks again for saying all those nice things.

  23. Jon May 5, 2014 at 16:51 #

    Hi there Dilshan, great website! Thanks for all your hard work in putting the videos, lessons and resources together. I’m from Canada, but living in Sri Lanka and your lessons have been really helpful.
    A while ago I started my own website for learning Sinhalese (mostly a compilation of resources)…so I’ve added yours in there as well. I’ve also done a quick overview of your site on our latest blog:

    Keep up the good work!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2014 at 15:27 #

      Hi Jon,

      It’s very humbling! Thanks for doing this! I apologize for taking this long to respond. I’ve been all over the place these last couple of weeks. I’ve had a quick glance through your post but I certainly will revisit your site soon.

      Do stay in touch. Thanks again buddy.

      Anyone reading this, go checkout Jon’s website (click on the link above). Nice collection of Sinhala resources.

  24. Avi May 26, 2014 at 13:16 #

    Ayubowan! Kohomada?
    Thanks for the lessons. They’re really helpful!! I just wanted to know whether there are any words for is and am in sinhala and their usage.


    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 6, 2014 at 13:22 #

      Hi Avi, happy that you find the tutorials helpful. In conversational Sinhala, usually there is no stand alone word “is” and “am”. Like in one of the example I gave in the tutorials, ‘ma∙gé na∙mȧ Avi’ translates as “My name Avi”. The “is” is implied.

  25. Kaitlynn Peiris May 30, 2014 at 20:54 #

    I have not watched very many of your videos, but my Sri Lankan husband’s mother is really getting a kick out of hearing me saying “kahomada.” Thanks a bunch!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 6, 2014 at 13:23 #

      Haha, that’s awesome Kaitlynn. Thanks for sharing that. Hopefully, with time you’ll be able to amuse her even more :)

  26. Rainy July 11, 2014 at 17:33 #

    please upload sinhala alphabet with pronounciations, i really need that

  27. Niki July 13, 2014 at 22:06 #

    Hi Dilshan

    I am so pleased to have come across your blog via the internet as you are quite right, women do like to hear ‘I love you’ in many languages indeed!! But I like my man to know that I try to relate to his culture too.

    I went to Sri Lanka for the first time earlier this year and came away enthralled with the country as well as a man I met out there. We had literally no time together as I was on a guided tour but we stayed in touch. It seems that Sri Lanka men are romantic (despite what you say!) and so I go back later on this year to see if something comes from this.

    Having studied various languages in my younger school days, the way you have produced your videos is so easy to understand plus the visual displays very helpful. I’m going to love learning Sinhalese your way, me-thinks. Learning in the traditional way of new languages hasn’t worked for me, so thank you for the creation of your blog. By the comments from others, it is very well received. Please do keep this going.