Imperative

Sinhala Lesson 16 (Imperative and Places)

Duration: 30 mins

Lessons Sinhala Lessons
Linguistic Sinhala Vocabulary
Culture Sinhala Phrases
Structure Sinhala Grammar

This 16th lesson teaches the Sinhala imperative form. In addition you will find a vocabulary list about places and household objects. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Sinhala Classes.

Imperative

Knowing the imperative form in Sinhala is a powerful skill. It can make it easy to ask someone to do something, and clarify what you want done.

Below is a list of 20 imperative forms and expressions that you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Sinhala, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

The Imperative in Sinhala

Imperative Sinhala
Go!යන්න!
yanna!
Stop!නවතින්න!
navatinna!
Don't Go!යන්න එපා!
yanna epā!
Stay!ඉන්න!
inna!
Leave!පිටවෙන්න!
piṭavenna!
Come here!මෙහෙ එන්න!
mehe enna!
Go there!අරෙහෙට යන්න!
areheṭa yanna!
Enter (the room)!ඇතුල්වෙන්න!
ætulvenna!
Speak!කතා කරන්න!
katā karanna!
Be quiet!සද්ද කරන්න එපා!
sadda karanna epā!
Turn rightදකුණට හැරෙන්න
dakuṇaṭa hærenna
Turn leftවමට හැරෙන්න
vamaṭa hærenna
Go straightකෙලින්ම යන්න
kelinma yanna
Wait!රැඳී ඉන්න!
ræn̆dī inna!
Let's go!අපි යමු!
api yamu!
Be careful!පරිස්සම් වෙන්න!
parissam venna!
Sit down!ඉඳගන්න!
in̆daganna!
Let me show you!මම ඔයාට පෙන්නන්නම්!
mama oyāṭa pennannam!
Listen!ඇහුම්කන් දෙන්න!
æhumkan denna!
Write it down!ඒක ලියාගන්න!
ēka liyāganna!

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Places

Below is a list of 20 words about different places. Useful when talking about going somewhere.

Places in Sinhala

Places Sinhala
Bankබැංකුව
bæṁkuva
Beachවෙරළ
veraḷa
Desertකාන්තාරය
kāntāraya
Earthපොළව
poḷava
Forestකැලය/වනාන්තරය
kælaya/vanāntaraya
Gardenවත්ත
vatta
Hospitalරෝහල
rōhala
Islandදිවයින
divayina
Lakeවිල
vila
Moonහඳ
han̆da
Mountainකන්ද
kanda
Riverගඟ
gan̆ga
Seaමුහුද
muhuda
Skyඅහස
ahasa
Starsතරු
taru
Sunඉර
ira
I can see the starsමට තරු පේනවා
maṭa taru pēnavā
I want to go to the beachමට වෙරළට යන්න ඕන
maṭa veraḷaṭa yanna ōna
The moon is full tonightඅද හඳ හොඳට පායලා
ada han̆da hon̆daṭa pāyalā
This is a beautiful gardenමේක ලස්සන වත්තක්
mēka lassana vattak

Vocabulary List about Household Terms

Below is a list of 26 words about different household terms, including rooms, kitchen appliances ... etc.

Places in Sinhala

Household Sinhala
Bedඇඳ
æn̆da
Bedroomනිදන කාමරය
nidana kāmaraya
Carpetපාපිස්න
pāpisna
Ceilingසීලිම
sīlima
Chairපුටුව
puṭuva
Computerපරිගණකය
parigaṇakaya
Deskඩෙස් එක
ḍes eka
Doorදොර
dora
Furnitureගෘහ භාණ්ඩ
gṛha bhāṇḍa
Houseනිවස
nivasa
Kitchenකුස්සිය
kussiya
Refrigeratorශීතකරණය
śītakaraṇaya
Roofවහල
vahala
Roomකාමරය
kāmaraya
Stoveඋඳුන
un̆duna
Tableමේසය
mēsaya
Televisionරූපවාහිනිය
rūpavāhiniya
Toiletවැසිකිලිය
væsikiliya
Wallබිත්තිය
bittiya
Windowජනේලය
janēlaya

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Daily Conversation in Sinhala

Finally, here are some common expressions used to offer good wishes to someone. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Sinhala Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Sinhala

English Sinhala
Can you close the door?ඔයාට දොර වහන්න පුළුවන්ද?
oyāṭa dora vahanna puḷuvanda?
Can you open the window?ඔයාට ජනෙලය අරින්න පුළුවන්ද?
oyāṭa janelaya arinna puḷuvanda?
I need to use the computerමට පරිගණකය පාවිච්චි කරන්න අවශ්‍යයි
maṭa parigaṇakaya pāvicci karanna avaśyayi
I need to use the toiletමට වැසිකිලිය පාවිච්චි කිරීමට අවශ්‍යයි
maṭa væsikiliya pāvicci kirīmaṭa avaśyayi
I'm watching televisionමම රූපවාහිනිය බලමි
mama rūpavāhiniya balami
This room is very bigමේ කාමරය හරිම විශාලයි
mē kāmaraya harima viśālayi
Holiday Wishesනිවාඩු දින සුභපැතුම්
nivāḍu dina subhapætum
Good luck!සුභපැතුම්!
subhapætum!
Happy birthday!සුභ උපන්දිනයක් වේවා!
subha upandinayak vēvā!
Happy new year!සුභ නව වසරක් වේවා!
subha nava vasarak vēvā!
Merry Christmas!සුභ නත්තලක් වේවා!
subha nattalak vēvā!
Congratulations!සුභපැතුම්!
subhapætum!
Enjoy! (before eating)භුක්ති විඳින්න!
bhukti vin̆dinna!
Bless you (when sneezing)ආයුබොවන්
āyubovan
Best wishes!උණුසුම් සුභ පැතුම්
uṇusum subha pætum

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.❞ ‒Rita Mae Brown

Congratulations! You finished your 16th lesson in Sinhala about the imperative form, places and household items. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Sinhala Lesson 17. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Sinhala homepage.

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