Episode 002 – Introducing Yourself

Episode 2 – Introducing Yourself

In this episode, we cover:

  • Possessives of some pronouns in Sinhala
  • 2 easy ways to introduce yourself
  • How to ask someone their name
  • How to say “thank you” and “I’m fine, thank you”


Video Tutorial



32 Responses to Episode 002 – Introducing Yourself

  1. feroj July 16, 2013 at 07:23 #

    Good, I m learning

  2. Jay September 23, 2013 at 20:57 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thank god for you! There is definitely a lost generation who do not know their mother tongue.

    Those born in the late 70’s and thereafter who migrated to Australia. I understand a lot of the language but was never interested to learn to speak it as I had to learn English.

    As a mother I want to teach my kids and I need to learn it first. Now in England I can’t seem to find any tutors here who can teach me or even many materials across the internet.

    Do you have any books published? I’d be keen to get my hands on some so I can teach my toddlers. Great work:) !

    • Dilshan Jayasinha September 24, 2013 at 21:22 #

      What an awesome comment! Thanks Jay. When I was setting this blog up I remember telling someone that I have a feeling that this blog could also appeal to 2nd and 3rd generation Sri Lankans. So hearing what you just said validated my initial hunch. I don’t have any books published (for now). So in the meantime, if I come across something that’ll help with teaching your children, I’ll certainly let you know about it. Thanks again for your comment. I look forward to staying in touch.

  3. Suad Dabbagh October 24, 2013 at 12:38 #

    Dear Dilshan.

    I visited Sri Lanka for the first time in May 2013 and fell in Love with the country. Since then i am been trying to teach myself with a CD i bought at Dubai Airport but not satisfied with the approach they are using.
    Only yesterday i came across your website, you are amazing by the method you deliver the lesson, in a very professional way.I am sure that i will learn a lot by the time i visit Sri Lanka again in January. I wish you all the best and thank you so much

    Miss Suad Dabbagh
    From Amman – Jordan

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 25, 2013 at 17:42 #

      Hello Suad,

      Thank you for the very kind words. I’m happy that my approach suits your learning style. Thanks also for the comment about the material being professional. I do put in some effort, so it’s always nice when people notice it. I hope you continue to develop your Sinhala and I look forward to staying in touch with you.

      All the best to you too and thanks again for your message.

  4. Savitra November 29, 2013 at 11:23 #

    Dear Dilshan,

    I am a 2nd generation Sri Lankan in Germany and I have been trying for years to learn Sinhala but the material I received was so poor that I always gave up after a few tries. I had a baby a few weeks ago and my father and I were discussing the family names (who is the naendhi and who is the punchiammi and so on) and I realised that I really missed out on learning Sinhala and I bought a new book but again I was disappointed. Learning Sinhala with only a book and no audio material seemed unachieveable and I stumbled upon your blog, which provides a fun way of learning Sinhala. Also you provide different ways of accessing the material, (blog entries, podcasts, videos, flash cards). As a language teacher to be I can only say that you are doing a very good job, thank you. I am so motivated to learn Sinhala. Eventually I want to learn writing as well but being able to have a communication is the number one priority.

    Hang on!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 30, 2013 at 06:24 #

      Hi Savitra,

      Thanks for your comment. Like i mentioned in my email to you, i’m currently traveling so apologies if this comment is short. I’m so happy that my material has been helpful to you so far. More than anything I guess i’m happy to see your enthusiasm to learn the language. This particular blog post, i did with a lot of interest because its something i can relate to very closely (although i didn’t expect the damn thing to take so long to finish… Almost a week). But comments like yours make it very worthwhile. I’ll reply your mail when i return, so until then, you too “hang on” :)

  5. Jay November 29, 2013 at 21:12 #

    Hey Savitra

    Congrats on your baby:) When I read your post I had to message you. Being a mum of lil ones I totally get what you’re saying and It all sounds so familiar!! I’ve also been asking my dad questions such as what is the name for teeth, tongue and toes which my girls were asking me. I was like, hang on I have to ask your Grandad…I too wish to firstly communicate well and if you want to practice sometime we could chat/skype if you have a moment. May help us both out :)

  6. vee December 14, 2013 at 06:32 #

    hi dilshan, i am from Philippines and i haven’t gone to Sri lanka.

    i am now studying second language learning in one of my subjects.
    a few weeks ago, i thought of which foreign language i wanna learn.
    then, i started pissing off my sri lankan friend here in the Philippines. i asked help from our mutual friend in translating english words to sinhala. it is just hard to for me to learn the language because that mutual friend is in sri lanka now and i do not know how to pronounce the words he teaches me.

    i learned from my friend that his mother is fluent in sinhala though she is a Filipina. she only acquired the language through constant talkin to her husband and children. they translate words for her.

    earlier, i looked for websites that would give me sinhala tutorials then i found urs.
    i am learning a lot. thank you.
    with your way of teaching, it seems easy to study Sinhala :)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 14, 2013 at 07:21 #

      Hi Vee,

      Very glad to hear from you for the first time. Welcome to the LBSS blog!

      Yes, I understand that learning Sinhala without a proper guidance on pronunciation can be very challenging because the transliteration of some words can be ambiguous. I guess, at least for the start, some kind of assistance is necessary (your friend’s mother is a good example of this). I hope that with my blog and the audio and video tutorials (as well as the blog posts with audio files for pronunciation), you’ll be able to get over that initial obstacles of learning Sinhala.

      Thanks for your compliments about my site too. I appreciate it very much.

      Hope to hear from you again. All the best with your Sinhala learning. Talk to you again soon.

  7. Annette December 28, 2013 at 15:32 #

    Wir fliegen bald für 8 Wochen nach Sri Lanka.
    Auch wenn man in Sri Lanka Englisch spricht, es ist einfach gut, ein paar Wörter oder einen netten Satz in Sinhala zu können.
    Die Videos sind so gut, dass ich noch einiges lernen kann.
    Vielen Dank!
    Gruß aus Deutschland

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 28, 2013 at 19:10 #

      Hi Annette,

      Thanks so much for your comment! Danke schön!

      I don’t speak German (although i have lived in Europe and traveled to Germany many times, unfortunately, I only know only a few of the common German words), so I got your comment translated. I’m happy that the videos have helped you. 8 weeks in Sri Lanka? That’s a long trip. In case I don’t speak to you before your trip, let me wish you a positive experience. I’m sure you’ll learn many new Sinhala words when you’re here.

      Once you’re back from Sri Lanka, I would be interesting to know more about your trip. All the details! :)

      Take care and talk to you soon!

      Take care and thanks again for your comment.

  8. MOHAN December 30, 2013 at 14:15 #


    Thank you so much and God bless you…… its so help full for learning Sinhala. I am an Indian and I like to learn Sinhala because my wife is Sri Lankan .and both we are working abroad. many time I visit Sri Lanka but I cant talk with my mother in-law at least little…!! because she is not able to speak with me in English . so now I am started to learning from you and I hope I can easily learn.. thanks a lot..

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 30, 2013 at 18:25 #

      Hi Mohan, how are you? great to hear from you again. I remember that you left me another nice comment sometime ago too. Hope you’ve been well.

      I’m happy that you’re getting closer to your mother-in-law and I’m glad I can help with that. You’re very lucky because I know some friends of mine who would LOVE it if they had a language excuse so that they never had to speak to their mothers-in-law, haha!!

      Thanks again Mohan. Once in a way, keep me updated on your progress please. Take care.

  9. Gail May 13, 2014 at 06:20 #

    Hi Dilshan!

    I’m an American who has been married to a Sri Lankan for 12 years. I’ve learned a few words and phrases from him, but we’ve never managed to have structured or consistent lessons. I’ve also had no luck finding any good printed material for learning spoken Sinhala. Everything I found was too old, too formal, too unlike the way people really speak. So we both got lazy and gave up after the first couple of years.

    Now some things have slowed down for me and I have a renewed interest in trying to learn. Another American/Sri Lankan couple we know suggested your blog to me and I love it! Please keep sprinkling in your sarcastic humor. It makes this fun to read!

    My question has to do with thank you vs. is-thoo-thi. I tried my new vocab out on my husband and he said that he would almost never say is-thoo-thi unless he was sure he was speaking to someone who had never heard the words thank you. So, I am wondering if is-thoo-thi is sort of like aa-yu-bo-wan. Or do you find “normal” Sri Lankans really saying it?

    • Dilshan Jayasinha May 17, 2014 at 07:18 #

      Hi Gail,

      Thanks for awesome comment. Always nice to hear from someone who “gets” my approach (and surprisingly, my sarcastic humor too… Do you know that some people actually think I sincerely mean some of the cocky things I say? I try not to correct them, haha). It’s also great that you heard about me through some your friends.

      Now, about your question on isthoothi. I used to think as your husband and would use isthoothi sparingly. But since my move back to SL last year, I’ve been attentive about this and have noticed people actually using it (although usually it’s bohoma isthoothi). Since then I’ve always been using it too and found that it’s totally acceptable. And no, it’s not like using aayubowan. That’s much less frequently used in normal conversation.

      Hope my answer shed some light on it. Please do run it by your husband and let me know his thoughts. I’d be interested to know.

      Take care, Gail.

      • Gail May 21, 2014 at 03:28 #

        Thanks for the clarification. Hubby (Nishan) defers to you since you live in SL now and hear the language spoken more than he does. He hasn’t lived there since the 90s. Sounds like isthoothi fell out of favor in earlier years and has now made a comeback.

  10. Nargis October 10, 2014 at 08:00 #

    hello dilshan…
    i hav subscribed to this blog for quite some time now but its just today when i started checking the video transcript and i have to say that you have done an excellent job in making them..so clear and easy to understand..i think i can speak pretty good sinhala and impress people when i travel to Sri-Lanka;):)

    will wait for the coming videos eagerly….

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 2, 2014 at 07:27 #

      Thanks Nargi. All the best with impressing the people you’ll meet in Sri Lanka :)

  11. Fabrizia October 28, 2014 at 17:10 #

    Hi, I’m leaving in a few days , going to Sri Lanka for the first time for a holiday, so I thought I would try and get the feel of the language and may be learn a little something and I was lucky enough to stumble on your blog:I don’t have much to add to all the enthusiastic comments but a sound “BRAVO” (which you are not supposed to pronounce with and accent on the last vowel, as they do in France: this one is coming from Italy)! Thank you.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha November 2, 2014 at 07:32 #

      Grazie Fabrizia! Yes, yes, I am quite familiar with the Italian version of the ‘bravo’ :) I used to have many Italian friends in Monaco and erm… some Italian girlfriends too, haha – although, I can’t really remember the girls saying ‘bravo’ to me for any reason :-(

      (that was me pretending, for a second, to be modest. Doesn’t feel normal to me…)

      Have a great trip and thanks for your lovely comment. Please tell me all about your first experience in Sri Lanka when you return.

  12. Eddie January 17, 2015 at 14:42 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Amazing how many times you can look at something and not see. Just for correctness of your excellent videos and transcripts, Episode 2 section 4 of the transcript, the English translation is inverted, ie. (I am) fine, thank you refers to hondhin in.na.va, not mamȧ hondhin in.na.va

    Still very much enjoying, and awaiting the 1to 5 round-up

    Very many thanks

  13. Sanne February 21, 2015 at 20:30 #

    Thank you for this site! I will go to Sri Lanka in the summer.
    I want to know some things in Sinhala, so that I can talk to people and make contact, without using English all the time.



    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 29, 2017 at 10:34 #

      You’re very welcome, Sanne. Sorry, I never saw your message until now. How did your trip go? Did you use any Sinhala?

  14. Elizabeth April 26, 2016 at 20:35 #

    Hello Dilshan

    I appreciate very much for taking the trouble to forward me all these lessons. It’s really helpful & hope lots of girls & boys will be benefited by your generosity.

    Hope you & your family are in the best of health.
    Bye for now. Will talk to you later.

    Elizabeth T.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha April 29, 2016 at 14:00 #

      Thank you Elizabeth, yes everyone is fine in the Jayasinha clan. Hope all is well with you too. Take care and bye for now.

  15. Soumen Patnaik February 21, 2017 at 21:08 #

    Thank you Dilshan.You are really doing a marvellous job.Learning Sinhala will be easy with your support and valuable inputs.I am really enjoying it.Keep it up Sir.

  16. Devendra Garg March 15, 2017 at 16:50 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Thank you very much for learning Sinhalese easiest way and God bless you. I would like to learn Sinhala as my girlfriend is from SriLanka. Earlier I was searching lots of material on the net but didn’t get satisfaction and finally, I got a link on youtube and also my girlfriend told me about LBSS then I opened its website and saw there are lots of study material in the proper way. Now I have not had much time coming to this website but I’m understanding well and I also bought your product ‘Sinhala kit’ and I hope that it will help me good enough (as you said ) to learn Sinhala. I’m also going to SriLanka around mid of this year so pray for me that I would able to learn Sinhala till then so that I could talk with my GF’s amma and thatta and other friends too.

    Hi Mohan,
    Hope you’re doing well. Good to hear that your wife is from Srilanka. So If you don’t mind then please tell me something about your marriage. How did you do it and which way of tradition you followed..? What were the obstacles, if any..?
    Thanks a lot.

  17. Nav March 28, 2018 at 03:39 #

    This is a good site to learn spoken Sinhala language. I would also like too learn all Sinhala characters (vowels , consonants ..etc). Do you offer training to learn Sinhala grammar as well. Is thoo thi.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha March 28, 2018 at 19:50 #

      Thanks Nav. For the Sinhala characters, I’m going to email you something now. Check in a few minutes.

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