Feminine

Sinhala Lesson 5 (Feminine and Clothes)

Duration: 30 mins

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Linguistic Sinhala Vocabulary
Culture Sinhala Phrases
Structure Sinhala Grammar

The 5th Sinhala lesson teaches the use of the gender by creating the feminine from the masculine form. In addition to that, I included a vocabulary list about clothes and finally common phrases about origins. 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.

Feminine

Knowing how to derive the feminine from the masculine form is very useful. It can make it easy to have a conversation about family members, pets, or professions. An example would be: "man", "woman", "Cat (fem.)", "cat (masc.)" etc.

Below is a list of 12 masculine and feminine forms 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.

Masculine vs. Feminine in Sinhala

Feminine Sinhala
Boyකොල්ලා
kollā
Girlකෙල්ල
kella
Manමිනිසා
minisā
Womanගැහැණිය
gæhæṇiya
Fatherතාත්තා
tāttā
Motherඅම්මා
ammā
Brotherසහෝදරයා
sahōdarayā
Sisterසහෝදරිය
sahōdariya
Actorනළුවා
naḷuvā
Actressනිළිය
niḷiya
Cat (Masc.)බළලා
baḷalā
Cat (Fem.)බැළලිය
bæḷaliya

Now we will try to implement some of the forms above into full Sinhala sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Sinhala Gender in a Sentence

English Sinhala
He is tallඔහු උසයි
ohu usayi
She is tallඇය උසයි
æya usayi
He is a short manඔහු මිටි මිනිහෙක්
ohu miṭi minihek
She is a short womanඇය මිටි ගැහැණියක්
æya miṭi gæhæṇiyak
He is Germanඔහු ජර්මානු
ohu jarmānu
She is Germanඇය ජර්මානු
æya jarmānu
Japanese men are friendlyජපන් මිනිස්සු මිත්‍රශීලීයි
japan minissu mitraśīlīyi
Japanese women are friendlyජපන් ගැහැණු මිත්‍රශීලීයි
japan gæhæṇu mitraśīlīyi

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Clothes

Below is a list of 20 words related to clothes and wearable accessories. Memorizing them by heart can make it easy for you to shop for clothes and maybe get some good bargains.

Clothes List in Sinhala

Clothes Sinhala
Beltඉන පටිය
ina paṭiya
Clothesරෙදි
redi
Coatකබාය
kabāya
Dressඇඳුම
æn̆duma
Glassesකණ්නාඩිය
kaṇnāḍiya
Glovesඅත් මේස්
at mēs
Hatතොප්පිය
toppiya
Jacketහැට්ටය
hæṭṭaya
Pants (Trousers)කලිසම්
kalisam
Ringමුද්ද
mudda
Shirtකමිසය
kamisaya
Shoesසපත්තු
sapattu
Socksමේස්
mēs
Suitසූට් එක
sūṭ eka
Sweaterඋණුසුම් ඇඳුම
uṇusum æn̆duma
Tieකරපටිය
karapaṭiya
Umbrellaකුඩය
kuḍaya
Underwearයට ඇඳුම
yaṭa æn̆duma
Walletපසුම්බිය
pasumbiya
Watchඅත් ඔරලෝසුව
at oralōsuva

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Daily Conversation in Sinhala

Finally, these are a couple of phrases used in conversations to express where you are from or where you live etc. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Sinhala Phrases page.

Common Expressions in Sinhala

Do you like my dress?ඔයා මගේ ඇඳුමට කැමතිද?
oyā magē æn̆dumaṭa kæmatida?
I lost my socksමගේ මේස් නැතිවෙලා
magē mēs nætivelā
It looks good on youඒක ඔයාට ලස්සනයි
ēka oyāṭa lassanayi
She has a beautiful ringඇයට ලස්සන මුද්දක් තියෙනවා
æyaṭa lassana muddak tiyenavā
These pants (trousers) are longමේ කලිසම් දිග වැඩියි
mē kalisam diga væḍiyi
These shoes are smallමේ සපත්තු පොඩියි
mē sapattu poḍiyi
Where are you from?ඔයා ආවෙ කොහෙන්ද?
oyā āve kohenda?
I'm from the U.Sමම ආවෙ එක්සත් ජනපදයෙන්
mama āve eksat janapadayen
I'm Americanමම ඇමරිකානුවෙක්
mama æmarikānuvek
Where do you live?ඔයා ජීවත් වෙන්නෙ කොහෙද?
oyā jīvat venne koheda?
I live in the U.Sමම ජීවත් වෙන්නෙ එක්සත් ජනපදයේ
mama jīvat venne eksat janapadayē
Do you like it here?ඔයා මෙහෙට කැමතිද?
oyā meheṭa kæmatida?

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 5th lesson in Sinhala about masculine, feminine, and clothes. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Sinhala Lesson 6. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Sinhala homepage.

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