Ep 5 – The Language you Speak – Part 1

Episode 5 – The Language you Speak

In this episode, we focus on:

  • Creating present tense sentences using “doing”
  • Creating present tense sentences using “speaking”
  • Learning to tell someone the language you speak (“I speak…”)
  • Learning to ask someone if they speak a specific language (“Do you speak…..?)


Video Tutorial




PDF of Country Names in Sinhala

Right-click and choose “Save target as” or “Save link”

17 Responses to Ep 5 – The Language you Speak – Part 1

  1. Rienzie Silvapulle February 8, 2014 at 10:14 #

    Hi Dilshan, I am picking up my Sinhala pretty fast. Great stuff.
    Rienzie Silvapulle

    • Dilshan Jayasinha February 9, 2014 at 05:37 #

      Glad to hear that Rienzie, thanks for letting me know. I’ve also seen your email and will reply it soon. Take care and welcome to the blog.

  2. Alexander May 5, 2014 at 06:49 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    Finally dragged mame back to oyage really GREAT lessons!
    only step ekak away from the UTMOST perfection: would it be a big hassle to include the words in Sinhalese letters next to the transcript? (would be a great help with the pronunciation…)
    bohoma istuti!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 16, 2014 at 15:57 #

      Thanks for the suggestion, Alexander. Certainly something for me to look into. Talk soon.

  3. Gail May 19, 2014 at 23:59 #

    So, is kathaa by itself just speech? Would you ever use it without karanava?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 20, 2014 at 07:58 #

      Strictly speaking ‘kathaa’ = speeches/talks (plural noun, not the verb)

      Yes, you can use it without karanava. Example:

      “His speeches/talks are very long” = éyaagé kathaa hari dhigayi (éyaagé = his; kathaa = speeches/talks; hari = “very”; dhigayi = (are) long)

      • Gail May 21, 2014 at 03:29 #


  4. Sabina Yasanthi February 6, 2015 at 19:00 #

    Hi Dilshan,
    What’s the sinhala word for the language Dutch?


  5. Gemini February 28, 2016 at 02:37 #

    When referring to the language I noticed that sometimes people say Sinhala and other times Sinhalese. Is there a difference when you should use one word versus the other?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 3, 2016 at 16:45 #

      I don’t know if I’m 100% correct, I generally refer to the language as Sinhala and the people (ethnic group) as Sinhalese. Good question.

  6. Kirralee September 2, 2016 at 10:11 #

    If i want to say I speak a little of a particular language and i am learning what is the word for learning? Can i say Mama tika SInhala katha karanava? Does this sentence mean i am speaking a little sinhala?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 3, 2016 at 16:47 #

      Hi Kirralee, here you go:

      – I speak a little Sinhala = ma∙mȧ sin∙hȧ∙lȧ ti∙kak/pod∙dak ka∙thaa kȧ∙rȧ∙nȧ∙va
      – I’m learning Sinhala = ma∙mȧ sin∙hȧ∙lȧ i∙gé∙nȧ gan∙nȧ∙va

      Makes sense? Ask me your questions.

  7. Bonny November 27, 2016 at 06:05 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    I am Bonny from Sydney how are you? I just was looking the sinahalese names for Sweei cummin and white Cummin I landed here.
    How can I get in touch with you?

  8. Bonny November 27, 2016 at 06:13 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    I am Bonny from Sydney how are you? I was looking the Sinhalese names for Sweet cumin and white Cumin and I landed here.I am a qualified community worker and a trained qualitative researcher, studying nursing in Australia. I cook in big time here as well at home in Colombo. I speak Tamil as well. What you are doing is very interesting, are you from Colombo? do you conduct classes in Colombo?

    How can I get in touch with you?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 28, 2016 at 12:04 #

      Hi Bonny, thanks for your kind comment. Yes, I am from Colombo but I don’t conduct any classes. Don’t have time to do them. You can get in touch with my by email: dilshan[AT]lazybutsmartsinhala[dot]com. Talk to you again soon.

  9. Tine Grogger June 27, 2017 at 21:50 #

    I am Tine from Austria and I started to learn Sinhala 3 days ago. I did lesson 1 to 5 so far! It is hard work for me ,but I like it! I will travel to Sri Lanka this summer and I want to know a few words-so your Blog is great!! Thank you!

    I have a Suggestion for you:

    We all learn foreign languages very easy by only LISTENING to the new words and how the language sounds… so please make some listening Videos with Sinhala dialogues .

    No English explanations in between.
    f.e. make up a very easy dialogue to get a Feeling for the Sound of the new language!

    Make a dialogue in Sinhala after Lesson 5 and put in all the phrases we have learned so far. And repeat it in slightly different versions-and no english in between.
    Speak the dialogues very slowly that we can follow -make pauses that we can repeat the words.
    Then-same dialogue- make a version that ist slightly faster spoken.-so we get used to how it might sound when a Sinhala person speaks.

    This method is extremely helpfull,I can tell. Vera Birkenbiehl is also teaching in this way and one can learn very quickly. Students are supposed to listen to the dialogues very,very often,so that you get the feeling for the language.Listening when you are cooking or riding the bike or doing anything-listening ,listening ,listening……
    What do you think-can you add this to your great Blog?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 15, 2017 at 23:27 #

      Very interesting suggestion, Tina. I’ll have to plan that carefully. Shall let you know. Thanks again.

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