Numbers

Sinhala Lesson 6 (Numbers and School)

Duration: 30 mins

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

The 6th lesson teaches counting in cardinal and ordinal numbers in Sinhala. I also included a vocabulary list about school and finally common daily phrases. 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.

Numbers

Knowing how to count in Sinhala is essential and should be one of first things to learn. By simply knowing numbers from 1 to 9 you could express large numbers in a simplified way. Cardinal numbers are for counting such as "1, 2, 3 ...". Ordinal numbers represent order or rank such as "1st, 2nd, 3rd ...".

Below is a list of the first 20 cardinal and ordinal numbers 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.

Numbers in Sinhala

Numbers Sinhala
Oneඑක
eka
Firstපළමු
paḷamu
Twoදෙක
deka
Secondතත්පරය
tatparaya
Threeතුන
tuna
Thirdතුන්වැනි
tunvæni
Fourහතර
hatara
Fourthහතරවැනි
hataravæni
Fiveපහ
paha
Fifthපස්වැනි
pasvæni
Sixහය
haya
Sixthහයවැනි
hayavæni
Sevenහත
hata
Seventhහත්වැනි
hatvæni
Eightඅට
aṭa
Eighthඅටවැනි
aṭavæni
Nineනවය
navaya
Ninthනවවැනි
navavæni
Tenදහය
dahaya
Tenthදසවැනි
dasavæni
Elevenඑකොලහ
ekolaha
Eleventhඑකොලොස්වැනි
ekolosvæni
Twelveදොලහ
dolaha
Twelfthදොලොස්වැනි
dolosvæni
Thirteenදහතුන
dahatuna
Thirteenthදහතුන්වැනි
dahatunvæni
Fourteenදහහතර
dahahatara
Fourteenthදහහතරවැනි
dahahataravæni
Fifteenපහලව
pahalava
Fifteenthපහලොස්වැනි
pahalosvæni
Sixteenදහසය
dahasaya
Sixteenthදහසයවැනි
dahasayavæni
Seventeenදහහත
dahahata
Seventeenthදහහත්වැනි
dahahatvæni
Eighteenදහඅට
dahaaṭa
Eighteenthදහඅටවැනි
dahaaṭavæni
Nineteenදහනවය
dahanavaya
Nineteenthදහනමවැනි
dahanamavæni
Twentyවිස්ස
vissa
Twentiethවිසිවැනි
visivæni
Thirty three (31)තිස් තුන
tis tuna
One hundred (100)සීය
sīya
Three hundred and sixty (360)තුන්සිය හැට
tunsiya hæṭa
One thousand (1000)දාහ
dāha
Two thousand and fourteen (2014)එක්දහස් දාහතර
ekdahas dāhatara
One millionමිලියනය
miliyanaya
Onceවරක්
varak
Twiceදෙවරක්
devarak

Now we will try to implement some of the numbers 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 Numbers in a Sentence

Numbers Sinhala
I'm 30 years oldමට වයස අවුරුදු තිහයි
maṭa vayasa avurudu tihayi
I have 2 sisters and 1 brotherමට සහෝදරියො දෙන්නෙක් සහ එක් සහෝදරයෙක් ඉන්නවා
maṭa sahōdariyo dennek saha ek sahōdarayek innavā
English is my first languageඉංග්‍රීසි මගේ පළවැනි භාෂාවයි
iṁgrīsi magē paḷavæni bhāṣāvayi
Her second language is Spanishඇගේ දෙවැනි භාෂාව ස්පාඤ්ඤ
ægē devæni bhāṣāva spāñña

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about School

Below is a list of 26 words related to school and classrooms. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able communicate to a teacher/students many objects in your class.

School Words in Sinhala

School Sinhala
Answerඋත්තරය
uttaraya
Bookපොත
pota
Booksපොත්
pot
Chairපුටුව
puṭuva
Deskඩෙස් එක
ḍes eka
Dictionaryශබ්දකෝෂය
śabdakōṣaya
Laptopභාෂා
bhāṣā
Libraryපුස්තකාලය
pustakālaya
Notebook (paper notebook)සටහන් පොත
saṭahan pota
Pageපිටුව
piṭuva
Paperකොලය
kolaya
Penපෑන
pǣna
Pencilපැන්සල
pænsala
Questionප්‍රශ්ණය
praśṇaya
Schoolපාසල
pāsala
Studentශිෂ්‍යයා
śiṣyayā
Teacherගුරුවරයා
guruvarayā
Universityවිශ්වවිද්‍යාලය
viśvavidyālaya

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Daily Conversation in Sinhala

Finally, a couple bonus sentences that you might find useful. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Sinhala Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Sinhala

English Sinhala
I have a questionමට ගැටළුවක් තියෙනවා
maṭa gæṭaḷuvak tiyenavā
To listenසවන්දීමට
savandīmaṭa
To readකියවීමට
kiyavīmaṭa
To speakකථා කරන්නට
kathā karannaṭa
To thinkසිතීමට
sitīmaṭa
To understandවටහා ගැනීමට
vaṭahā gænīmaṭa
To writeලිවීමට
livīmaṭa
What's the name of that book?ඒ පොතේ නම මොකක්ද?
ē potē nama mokakda?
What do you do for a living?ඔයාගෙ රස්සාව මොකක්ද?
oyāge rassāva mokakda?
I'm a (teacher / artist / engineer)මම (ගුරුවරයෙක්/ කලාකරුවෙක්/ ඉංජිනේරුවෙක්)
mama (guruvarayek/ kalākaruvek/ iṁjinēruvek)
Oh! That's good!ඕ! ඒක නියමයි!
ō! ēka niyamayi!
Can I practice with you?මට ඔයත් එක්ක පුරුදු වෙන්න පුළුවන්ද
maṭa oyat ekka purudu venna puḷuvanda

Fun Facts

Language Quote: Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year.

Congratulations! You finished your 6th lesson in Sinhala about numbers, and school terms. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Sinhala Lesson 7. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Sinhala homepage.

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