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Language method for Sinhala?

Postby puppha » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:44 pm

Dear All,

I would like to learn a bit of Sinhala. I naively thought that Assimil would have something, but no...
Could anyone advise me a decent language method to learn Sinhala?

Many thanks!

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Re: Language method for Sinhala?

Postby daverupa » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:49 pm

Peruse the following website, which may be of help in furthering your research. In particular, the links near the bottom offer some good immersion resources such as radio.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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Re: Language method for Sinhala?

Postby puppha » Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:20 pm

Thank you, daverupa. It's a good start point.

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Re: Language method for Sinhala?

Postby BKh » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:04 pm

It's not a method, but An Introduction to Spoken Sinhala by Professor W.S. Karunatillaka seems to be quite good. There is a PDF version on Scribit, but the scan quality is very low. It's good enough to get a sense of the book though.

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Re: Language method for Sinhala?

Postby puppha » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:35 am

Dear BKh,

BKh wrote:It's not a method, but An Introduction to Spoken Sinhala by Professor W.S. Karunatillaka seems to be quite good. There is a PDF version on Scribit, but the scan quality is very low. It's good enough to get a sense of the book though.

Do post back if you find anything else.

Thank you, that looks interesting indeed.

I found other things on the internet:
On the wikipedia page for the Sinhala language, I found a link at the bottom for the USA Foreign Institute which has a basic course in Sinhala (3 rather large PDF documents).

The SOAS post-graduate course in Sinhala also lists some books:
http://www.soas.ac.uk/courseunits/15PSAC310.html

With all that, I think I can get started.

It's quite interesting to see that it is more difficult to find books or resources to learn Sinhala than to learn Pali!

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