“Today, Tomorrow, & Always”… And Other Related Sinhala Words

today tomorrow always in sinhala


The above photo was taken at my wedding reception…

You see, I got the help of my brother and my oldest school friend and did this romantic thingy with a couple of banners that had some cheesy but cute messages for my wife.

And in the last banner, I asked her if we could have our first dance as husband & wife…

[Pause for thousands of simultaneous “awwws” from the Tribesters]

One of the banners, which promised “Today, Tomorrow, and Always”… [pause for another yet this time shorter “aw”] … became the inspiration for this blog post.

So let’s put aside the romantic bla bla and start by learning how to say “today” in Sinhala > > >



How I’ve Organized This Post


  1. “Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow”: The Sinhala words for these as well as 2 others
  2. Using them in the phrases: I’ll use “today” as an example in a few sample phrases
  3. Quick quiz: A quick 3-minute quiz to help you internalize what you learned



1. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow




2. Using them in sentences (with “today” as an example”)


(It is) todaya∙dhȧ 1      
(It is) not todaya∙dhȧ   né∙méyi 1      


1 You could also say it with the word ‘ḗ∙kȧ’ (“it”). For example, “(It is) today = ‘ḗ∙kȧ a∙dhȧ’; “(It is) not today” = ‘ḗ∙kȧ a∙dhȧ né∙méyi”.


Specific Event (Present Tense)

It is (taking place) todayḗ∙kȧ   a∙dhȧ   thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va      
It is not (taking place) todayḗ∙kȧ   a∙dhȧ   nǣ      


Specific Event (Past Tense)

It was (taking place) todayḗ∙kȧ   a∙dhȧ   thib∙ba      
It was not (taking place) todayḗ∙kȧ   a∙dhȧ   thib∙bé   nǣ      


With A Verb (Present Tense)

I’m coming todayma∙mȧ   a∙dhȧ   é∙nȧ∙va      
I’m not coming todayma∙mȧ   a∙dhȧ   én∙né   nǣ      


With A Verb (Past Tense)

I came todayma∙mȧ   a∙dhȧ   aa∙va      
I didn’t come todayma∙mȧ   a∙dhȧ   aa∙vé   nǣ      


With A Verb (Future Tense)

I will come todayma∙mȧ   a∙dhȧ   é∙nȧ∙va2 3
I will not come todayma∙mȧ   a∙dhȧ   én∙né   nǣ      


2 Notice that the phrases are identical to what we used in the present tense above. In spoken Sinhala, it’s time-descriptive words (like “today”, “later”, “next week”) that give context and make it future-tense

3 Also note that only for ‘ma∙mȧ’ you can alternatively say én∙nam instead of é∙nȧ∙va. Don’t worry about it for now. I plan to explain this in future blog posts when I start deconstructing Sinhala verbs soon. I promise!


3. Quick Quiz In Under 3 Minutes



Difficulty Level: Easy (“So easy that I almost want to unsubscribe from this blog”)

1. How would you say the following in Sinhala?:

a. “(It is) tomorrow” [general]

b. “(It is) not tomorrow” [general]


2. Translate the following into English?:

a. “ḗ∙kȧ hé∙tȧ thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va”

b. “ḗ∙kȧ hé∙tȧ nǣ”


3. How would you say the following in Sinhala?:

a. “It was (taking place) yesterday”

b. “It was not (taking place) yesterday”



Difficulty Level: Medium (“Hurts when I do it, but an ice pack afterwards should do the trick”)

4. If “going” = ‘ya∙nȧ∙va’ and “not going” = ‘yan∙né nǣ’, then how would you say the following?:

a. “I’m going today”

b. “I’m not going today”


5. If “worked” = ‘væ∙dȧ kȧ∙laa’ and “didn’t work” = ‘væ∙dȧ kȧ∙lḗ nǣ’, then translate the following:

a. “I worked the day-before-yesterday”

b. “I didn’t work the day-before-yesterday”



Difficulty Level: Hard (“I’ve had root canals that were more joyful”)

6. If “will cook” = ‘u∙yȧ∙nȧ∙va’ and “will not cook” = ‘u∙yan∙né nǣ’, then how would you say the following?:

a. “I will cook the day-after-tomorrow”

b. “I will not the day-after-tomorrow”



Give me your answers in the comments. Please try to get all 6 correct? Please?

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28 Responses to “Today, Tomorrow, & Always”… And Other Related Sinhala Words

  1. Clarissa December 19, 2015 at 12:59 #

    Great post even though it’s short… and I knew the words but love the putting it in a sentence bit. So helpful! Let’s give this a shot!
    1. Heta…. heta nemeyi
    2. It is taking place tomorrow…it is not taking place tomorrow
    3. Eka eeya thibba. .. eka eeya thibba nae
    4. Mama adha yanava. .. mama adha yanne nae
    5. Mama peredha vaeda kalaa…mama peredha vaeda kale nae
    6. Mama anidhdha uyanava…mama anidhdha uyanne nae…

    Thanks for the post! Still love the quiz idea so hope I got it right! And super cute idea at your wedding.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 19, 2015 at 13:01 #

      Hi Clarissa, that was quick! Let me get back to you about your answer in some time. Don’t want to give it away already but I think you already know how well you did.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 21, 2015 at 08:05 #

      Hi again, you’ve got only one wrong. That’s in question 3. There are 2 important spelling errors you’ve made in your answers for a) & b). Care to try again? The rest is absolutely correct, well done.

  2. Patty December 19, 2015 at 17:17 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    Not long to go now until Christmas day. Never seems the same when it’s hot. Having a party tomorrow for some of my podi lamayi students.

    I hope these are correct:

    1 a. Heta.
    b. Heta nemeyi.

    2 a. It’s taking place tomorrow.
    b. It’s not taking place tomorrow.

    3 a. Eka eeya thibba.
    b. Eka eeya thibba nae.

    4 a. Mama adha yanava.
    b. Mama adha yanne nae.

    5 a. Mama peredha vaedakalaa.
    b. Mama peredha vaedakale nae.

    6 a. Mama anidhdha uyanava.
    b. Mama anidhdha uyanne nae.

    I hope they are round the right way this time.

    Thank you. Patty

    • Juvy December 20, 2015 at 08:55 #

      Hush! I hope I’ve done these correct.big thanks Sir Dilshan for this quiz!

      1) a. heta
      b. heta nemeyi

      2) a. It is taking place tomorrow.
      b. It is not taking place tomorrow.

      3) a. eka eeye thibba
      b. eka eeye thibbe nae

      4) a. Mama adha yanava.
      b. Mama adha yanne nae.

      5) a. Mama peredha vaedakalaa.
      b. Mama peredha vaedakale nae.

      6) a. Mama anidh dha uyanava.
      b. Mama anidh dha uyanne nae.

      • Dilshan Jayasinha December 21, 2015 at 07:38 #

        Well done, Juvy! All correct. Go on, do the happy dance.

        • Juvy December 22, 2015 at 10:49 #

          hehe I will, Sir Dilshan.

        • uwais July 22, 2020 at 14:18 #

          DEAR,there is no no words from 10,100,200…………. pleace

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 21, 2015 at 06:39 #

      Hi Patty, almost 100%. You see there’s are 2 important spelling errors you’ve made in your answer no. 3. Can you figure out what it is? For the rest, all correct, well done.

  3. Tracey December 20, 2015 at 23:58 #

    1. heta
    heta nemeyi
    2. eka heta thiyenava
    eka heta nae
    3. eka eeya thiyenava
    eka eeya nae
    4, mama adha yanava
    mama adha yane nae
    5, mama peredha vaeda kalae
    mama peredha vaeda kalae
    6. mama anidhdha uyanava
    mama anidhdha uyanné nae

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 21, 2015 at 07:43 #

      Hi Tracey, let’s start with what you got right. Your answers for 1, 4, 6 are correct. Well done.

      No. 2: You’ve not translated it into English
      No. 3: Please try again, thiyenava is present tense. You’ve also mis-spelled the word for “yesterday” (I won’t give you the answer, I’ll let you check it by yourself).
      No. 5: Check the correct spellings of the sinhala word for “worked”.

      I await your new answers.

      • Tracey December 22, 2015 at 08:12 #

        Oops sorry about that. crazy time of year here and I rushed through without checking my work. Detention for me I think. (and me a teacher to)

        2. It is (taking place) tomorrow.
        it is not taking place tomorrow.

        3. eka eeye thiyenava.
        eka eeye nae.

        5. mama peredha vaeda kalaa
        mama peredha vaeda kalaa

        hopefully these are correct.

        • Dilshan Jayasinha December 25, 2015 at 13:40 #

          Tsk tsk… Still a couple of errors.

          2: correct
          3: see what I said about present and past tense in my previous comment to you
          5: a & b both have the same answer? Hmm…

          I won’t immediately send you to detention. I’ll give you another chance.

  4. Yaso December 21, 2015 at 02:16 #

    Hi Dilshan
    Thanks for allocating your time to teach us Sinhala.
    Please my replies below.
    Kind reds

    a. “(It is) tomorrow” [general]- eka heta.
    b. “(It is) not tomorrow” [general]- eka heta nemei.

    a. “ḗ∙kȧ hé∙tȧ thi∙yé∙nȧ∙va”
    It’s happening tomorrow.

    b. “ḗ∙kȧ hé∙tȧ nǣ”
    It’s not happening tomorrow.

    a. “It was (taking place) yesterday
    Eka eeya thibba

    It was not (taking place) yesterday. ḗ∙kȧ Eeya thib∙bé nǣ –

    I’m going today ma∙mȧ a∙dhȧ Yannawa.

    b. “I’m not going today”- mama adha yanne

    a. “I worked the day-before-yesterday”
    Mama ‘paredha vadȧ kȧ∙laa’
    mama paredha ‘væ∙dȧ kȧ∙lḗ nǣ

    a. “I will cook the day-after-tomorrow”

    6) a. Mama anidh dha uyanava.
    b. Mama anidh dha uyanne nae. –

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 21, 2015 at 07:54 #

      Hi Yaso, Here you go:

      1: Correct
      2: Correct
      3: You’ve mis-spelled the word for “yesterday”. The rest is correct.
      4: In b) you’re missing one word.
      5: You’ve mis-spelled the words for “day-before-yesterday’. The rest is correct.
      6: Correct.

      Let me know if you figured out your minor mistakes?

  5. Patty December 21, 2015 at 07:16 #

    Hi Dilshan,

    I think 3b should have been thibbe not thibba. Can’t find the other mistake. Perhaps I’m a bit thick!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 21, 2015 at 07:55 #

      You’ve also mis-spelled the word for “yesterday”. Once you get this right, you’re golden :)

  6. Patty December 21, 2015 at 07:52 #

    Think I’ve found it.

    eeye not eeya.

  7. Shintaro December 23, 2015 at 01:30 #

    1a ḗ∙kȧ hé∙tȧ
    b ḗ∙kȧ hé∙tȧ né∙méyi
    2a It is (taking place) tomorrow.
    b It is not (taking place) tomorrow.
    3a ḗ∙kȧ ee∙yé thib∙ba
    b ḗ∙kȧ ee∙yé thib∙bé nǣ
    4a ma∙mȧ a∙dhȧ ya∙nȧ∙va
    b ma∙mȧ a∙dhȧ yan∙né nǣ
    5a ma∙mȧ pé∙rḗ∙dha væ∙dȧ kȧ∙laa
    b ma∙mȧ pé∙rḗ∙dha væ∙dȧ kȧ∙lḗ nǣ
    6a ma∙mȧ a∙nidh∙dha u∙yȧ∙nȧ∙va
    b ma∙mȧ a∙nidh∙dha u∙yan∙né nǣ

    This time I paid attention to the word order.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha December 25, 2015 at 13:28 #

      Well done, Shintaro. All correct, even the word order. Great stuff.

  8. Tijana December 28, 2015 at 09:02 #

    Hey Dilshan,

    Would just like to give a massive thank you for the blog and the youtube videos you have put together. They are easy to follow and the phonetic spelling is very helpful as some of these sounds are hard to pronounce when English is your only language!!

    I will be heading off to Sri Lanka very soon to do some volunteer work and was keen to learn some Sinhala to help me along as well as really immerse myself in Sri Lanka and the culture!

    Keep up the amazing work, looking forward to many more blogs and videos to come, as well as hearing about your adventures!

    Congratulations on the wedding as well :)

    Bohoma isuti


    • Dilshan Jayasinha January 11, 2016 at 13:38 #

      Thanks Tijana, very kind of you to say so. All the best with your volunteer work in SL. What kind of work will you be doing?

      • Tijana January 15, 2016 at 19:38 #

        We will be working in orphanages helping kids out with english and playing games with them :)

  9. Daftcombo March 9, 2016 at 14:08 #

    Hello Dilshan,

    Thank for this post. Here are my answer. I didn’t read

    the other comments before.

    1. a) Heta.
    b) Heta nemeyi.

    2. a) It will be tomorrow. (Ce sera demain.)
    b) It will not be tomorrow. (Ce ne sera pas demain.)

    3. a) Eka eeye thibba.
    b) Eha eeye thibbé nae.

    4. a) Mama adha yanava.
    b) Mama adha yanné nae.

    5. a) Mama peredha vaeda kalaa.
    b) Mama peredha vaeda kalé nae.

    6. a) Mama anidhdha uyanava.
    b) Mama anidhdha uyané nae.

    Thanks again ;-)

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