7 Words and Phrases You Should Know Before Travelling to Sri Lankaby Ram Vaas Travel Blogger
few words in the Sri Lankan vernacular with a smile can induct you into the
fraternity of worthy tourists which might be quite difficult otherwise. The
areas that attract heavy footfall of globetrotters don’t really require you to
know Sinhalese words that can help you with your dealings. However, there are
few places where you might need to summon your powers of linguistics to
communicate. A hearty greeting in Sinhala will help you make good friends with the
staff of the hotels in Bambalapitiya
and other suburban areas of Colombo. Here are a few words/phrases you should
learn before visiting Sri Lanka:
things first, it is always helpful and necessary to know the counterpart of
Hello in the local language. Using ‘Aayu-bo-wan’ is a respectable way to greet
a local or to ask someone’s attention. Moreover, it will ease your way into
speaking the rest of the words of the language.
communication is incomplete without verbs like ‘Please’. Adding please to the
end of each sentence will get the service or product for which you are looking.
‘Karunakar’ will get you all the help you need and it is simply a good word to
add while asking for a coffee refill or something.
Bohoma Istuti (Thank
you very much):
someone for their services or any help is essential and speaks laurels about
your manners. Saying ‘Thank you very much’ in Sinhala will please the Lankans.
You can’t end your thoughts in a better way with any other word.
Oyate Ingrisi Katha
Karanna Puluwanda? (Do you speak English?):
touristy areas in Sri Lanka, you will be able to find English speaking locals,
but not everywhere. You should inquire before assuming that they are
well-versed in English. You might be better off using sign-language or pointing
at the stuff or services for which you are looking.
visiting another country, food is one of the most common things to look for. You will always be able to get food as
long as you know ‘Kaama’. Locals might be able to point you towards eateries or
serve you with food in case you’re famished.
Mata Terinneh Neh (I
do not understand):
will be instances when you won’t understand what the locals are saying because
of the dialect or the accent. Saying ‘Mata Terinneh Neh’ will convey the
message and urge them to slow down or speak English.
Meeka Kiyadha? (How
much is it?):
in Sri Lanka, you will be buying a lot of stuff. Whenever there’s shopping,
bargaining and haggling are involved. With ‘Meeka Kiyadha’, you can not only
inquire the price but start negotiating as well. You may be able to avoid
paying exorbitant amounts of money for basic stuff if you use this phrase.
these basic phrases and avail the best services when staying at one of the accommodations in Sigiriya or
other famous destinations in Sri Lanka.
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