English to Sinhala (Singhalese) Translation

Population: Of the approximately 20 million population of Sri Lanka in 2005, 280,000 had access to the Internet.

Search engines: http://www.google.com/intl/sihttp://www.sinhalasearch.com

Character Encodings:

Language Code: si

Charset: iso-10646

Geographical Location: Sinhala is the mother tongue of the Sinhalese, the largest ethnic group of Sri Lanka, where it is spoken by about 16 million people.

Literacy Rate: 90.4%

Dialects: A strongly divergent dialect of Sinhala is spoken by the Rodiya (Rodi) caste. Rodiya are one of the untouchable castes amongst the Sinhalese. The language of the Veddah people in Sri Lanka resembles Sinhala, although it has a large number of words that cannot be traced to another language.

Currency: The currency of Sri Lanka is the rupee (SKR), divided into 100 cents.

Language Tips: The literary and spoken versions of Sinhala vary a great deal, to the extent that children are taught the written language almost as a foreign language. Sinhala is a subject-object-verb language. The subject may be dropped if the context makes it clear what’s intended. Sinhala has its own alphabet consisting of 61 letters. There are also a number of modifiers that are used in conjunction with consonants. When they appear the beginning of a syllable, vowels are written as independent letters.

On a typical business card: Although the business language is English in Sri Lanka, business cards are essential. It’s advisable to have your card translated into Sinhala on the reverse. Include any academic qualifications and professional titles, which should be prominent and stated clearly. Logos are also very popular.

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