The Sri Lanka page around Sinhalese (Sinhala)
Traveling to Sri Lanka is especially great when knowing the language Sinhala.
New travel and language community started! First version available at www.alooha.net
- Join us and become part of the new page. Plans are to move the sinhala page over there as well when enough features are available.
Hello at the Sinhala Page
This site is more dedicated to the sinhala language than the general www.ceylon-online.com site and we will try to give you as much information about the singhalese language as possible.
Additionally to the original site at www.ceylon-online.com I improved the rendering of the sinhala signs to make them nicer looking and try to give more info than on most other sites (and there are not many out there).
Due to I am austrian and this project is only done in my spare time, please forgive me my englisch and don't be impatient.
For our german speaking guest there is also a german version available. I hope you enjoy the page and the sinhala language and I am always happy to get some feedback and suggestions for improvement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wish you a nice day.
P.S.:If someone is wondering what singhalese (or sinhala) is - it is a language spoken by the majority of the inhabitants of Sri Lanka and especially the writing is really cute (go here to see the writing).
8.8.2006: Unicode support available
Now we have unicode support on the page available. To activate Unicode just clic ... more...
22.1.2006: New Forum Available
The forum is available now and allows to post sinhala text as well. Enjoy it and ... more...
Sinhala (also known as Sinhalese (older spelling: Singhalese) in English, also known locally as Helabasa, is the mother tongue of the Sinhalese people, who make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka, numbering about 15 million. Sinhala is also spoken, as a second language by other ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, totalling about 3 million. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages. Sinhala is one of the official and national languages of Sri Lanka, along with Tamil. Sinhala, along with Pali, played a major role in the development of Theravada Buddhist literature.
Sinhala has its own writing system, the Sinhala alphabet, which is a member of the Brahmic family of scripts, and a descendant of the ancient Indian Brahmi script.
The oldest Sinhala inscriptions found are from the 6th century BCE, on pottery; the oldest existing literary works date from the 9th century CE.
The closest relative of Sinhala is the language of the Maldives and Minicoy Island (India), Dhivehi.
Sri Lanka is a country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Known until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar, the Palk Strait, and lies in the vicinity of India and the Maldives.
As a result of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. It was an important stop on the ancient Silk Road. Sri Lanka has also been a center of the Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times, being the nation where the Buddhist teachings were first written down as well as the oldest continually Buddhist country. Sri Lanka boasts a diverse range of cultures, languages and religions. The Sinhalese people form the majority of the population; Tamils, who are concentrated in the north and east of the island, form the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include Moors, Burghers, Kaffirs, Malays and the aboriginal Vedda people.
Sri Lanka is a republic and a unitary state which is governed by a semi-presidential system with its official seat of government in Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte, the capital. The country is famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, gemstones, coconuts, rubber and cinnamon, the last of which is native to the country. Sri Lanka has been called The Pearl of the Indian Ocean.