Useful Pharases in Sinhala

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Welcome – sadarayen piligannawa
Hello (General greeting) – āyubūvan / halō
How are you? – kohomadha? / kohomadha saepa sanīpa? saepa sanīpa kohomadha?
Reply to ‘How are you?’ – hondhin innavā) / istuti mama hodin innava
Long time no see – huga kālekin dakke
What’s your name? – oyāgē nama mokakda?
My name is … – magē nama …
Where are you from? – oba kohendha?
I’m from … – mama … ven/yen
Pleased to meet you – oba dhanagana lakēma sathutak
Good morning (Morning greeting) – subha udhāsanak
Good afternoon – (Afternoon greeting) – subha dhavalak
Good evening (Evening greeting) – subha sandhavak
Good night – subha rāhthriyak
Goodbye (Parting phrases) – gihillā ennam – when leaving
‘I’m going’ – mama yanawā
OK – hā – reply to above
Good luck – sabha gaman / vāsanā vēvvā! / mama obata suba pathami
Cheers! (Toasts used when drinking) – vāsatāvan) / jaya vevā!
Have a nice day – subha davasak
Bon appetit / Have a nice meal – vinoden kanna
Bon voyage / Have a good journey- subha gamanak vēvā
Do you understand? – tērenavā da?
I understand – mata tērenavā
I don’t understand- obava therum ganna baha
Please speak more slowly- (karunākarala hemin kiyanna
Please say that again – mata obava therum ganna baha
Please write it down – karunākarala mata eka liyala dhenna puluvandha?
Do you speak English? – oba ingreesi kathaa karanavadha?
Do you speak Sinhala? – oba sinhala kathā karanavadha?
Yes, a little (reply to ‘Do you speak …?’) – eya kiyanna pūl̠ūvan
How do you say … in Sinhala? – … kiyanne kohomadha?
Excuse me – samāvena / avasara – to priests
How much is this? – kiyeda? / kiyeda meka?
Sorry – mata samāvenna / kan’agāṭuuyi
Please – karunakarala
Thank you – istuti / bohoma stutiyi
Reply to thank you – ehkata kamak na
Where’s the toilet? – wasikiliya koheda thiyenne?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything – me karunawantha mahathmaya hamadetama gewai / me karunawantha kanthawa hamadetama gewai
Would you like to dance with me? – oya math ekka poddak natanna kamathida?
I love you – mama oyāṭa ādareyi
Get well soon- ikmaning sanēpa wenna
I’m lost – mata pāra waradilla / mama ataramang wella
Go away! – metanin yana!
Leave me alone! – karunakarala mata sanasillay inna denna
Help! – mata udaw ōna!
Fire! – gini gannawa!
Stop! – navatinna!
Call the police! – polisiya katā karanna!
Christmas greetings – subha natthalak
Happy New Year – suba nava vasarak
Easter greetings – subha paskuwak
Birthday greetings – subha upan dinayak
Greetings – sūbhapætūm
One language is never enough – eka bhāṣawak danagena kawadāwan madi

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