What language do they speak in Sri Lanka?

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and can you get me a good site that will teach me it online for free???

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  1. Nitin A says:

    Sinhali is mainly what is spoken in srilanka.

    you can try

    http://www.sinhala-online.com/

    and

    http://www.lanka.info

    All the best.

  2. GrahamH says:

    The majority spean Sinhala (sometimes called Singhalese); but there is also a sizeable Tamil-speaking minority.

    Sinhala is probably more use to you if you are planning a visit to Sri Lanka on holiday; it is an Indo-European language, related to Hindi and the other languages of the North of India and, more distantly, to English and other Western European languages.

    If you want to communicate with Sri Lankans living abroad, by far the greatest number of those are Tamil-speakers; Tamil is a Dravidian language, related to the other Dravidian languages such as Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, al of which are spoken in various regions of the South of India (Tamil is also spoken in Southern India); Tamil is one of the oldest living languages and completely unrelated to Indo-European languages. It is said to be a very difficult language for speakers of Indo-European languages and, if it’s any consolation, people from the North of India whose first language is Hindi, Punjabi, Gujerati or Bengali would find it as difficult to learn as English-speakers or speakers of other Western European langugaes.

  3. ramashka_ramesh says:

    There are 3 diff. languges in Sri Lanka.

    Sinhala, Tamil and English

    Sinhala

    Sinhalese or Sinhala earlier referred to as Singhalese) is the language of the Sinhalese, the largest ethnic group of Sri Lanka. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages.

    Sinhala is spoken by about 19 million people in Sri Lanka, about 16 million of whom are native speakers. It is one of the constitutionally-recognised official languages of Sri Lanka, along with Tamil. Sinhala has its own writing system (see Sinhala alphabet) which is an offspring of the Brahmi script.

    The oldest Sinhala inscriptions were written in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE; the oldest existing literary works date from the 9th century CE.

    The closest relative of Sinhala is the language of the Maldives, Dhivehi.

    Tamil

    The earliest known Tamil inscriptions date back to at least 500 BC. The oldest literary text in Tamil, Tolkāppiyam, was composed around 200 BC. The Tamil alphabet is is thought to have evolved from the Brahmi script, though some scholars believe that its origins go back to the Indus script.

    The alphabet is well suited to writing literary Tamil, centamil. However it is ill-suited to writing colloquial Tamil, koduntamil. During the 19th century, attempts were made to create a written version of the colloquial spoken language. Nowadays the colloquial written language appears mainly in school books and in passages of dialogue in fiction.

    Notable features
    Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet
    Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
    When they appear the the beginning of a syllable, vowels are written as independent letters.
    Some of the non-standard consonant-vowel combinations are not used in official documents.
    The alphabet was originally written on palm leaves. As a result, the letters are made up mainly of curved strokes which didn’t rip the leaves.
    Used to write:
    Tamil, a Dravidian language spoken by around 52 million people in Indian, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, the USA, UK and Australia. It is the first language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and is spoken by a significant minority of people (2 million) in north-eastern Sri Lanka.

    Visit for learning singhla

    http://www.ats-group.net/languages/language-learn-sinhala.html – 18k

    http://www.audioenglish.net/dictionary/sinhala.htm – 21k –

    Visit for learning Tamil

    http://www.ats-group.net/languages/language-learn-tamil.html – 18k

  4. sting says:

    Sinhalese and Tamil.

  5. Massimiliano R says:

    Sinhala (most of the people), and then Tamil, Malaysian, English, Chinese

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