Word for the Travel Wise (09/16/06)

Sri Lanka FlagNot much time to point out exotic foreign affairs or make cutesy conversation about the country or word of choice so as a courtesy I will provide you with two words today. That’s what you’re reading this for anyway – right? Besides, I make up the rules.

Today’s word is a Sinhala word used in Sri Lanka:

purusha – men
sthree – women

English is spoken by ten percent of the population and Sinhala is the official and national language of the country. I’ve actually never tried to learn this one much, but judging from the alphabet it looks like a challenge. Omniglot has a great starter page on learning all the characters and use of this English to Sinhala dictionary could slowly help in distinguishing common travel words. Let’s Speak Sinhala offers lessons at a very small and reasonable fee. They appear to be one of the better Sinhala language learning websites.

Past Sinhala words: hari shook, a da, ga ma, ida netu