Sinhala Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Sinhala Alphabet which is also called Sinhanlese, check our courses about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Sinhala grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Sinhala. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

Sinhala Alphabet

Learning the Sinhala alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Sinhala language.

Below is a table showing the Sinhala alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Sinhala AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example

[ka]as in card

[ga]as in garage

[ʈa]as in tale

[ta]as in task

[pa]as in pan

[ɖa]as in sail

[da]as in charm

[ba]as in mark

[sa]as in last


([t͡ʃa])as in vast

[ma]as in narrow

[la]as in that

[ʋa]as in dark

[na]as in basket

[ha]as in hard

[d͡ʒa]as in Japan

[na]as in narrow

[ra]as in rat

[ja]as in yard

[la]as in laser

[a]as in apple

[e]as in elephant

[i]as in kit

[o]as in top

[u]as in cut

[æ]as in hay
inherent[a, ə]as in hair

[e]as in elephant

[i]as in ink

[o]as in opera

[u]as in but

[æ]as in late

[aː]as in rate

[eː]as in meat

[iː]as in sweat

[oː]as in pool

[uː]as in root

[æː]as in bait

[aː]as in bait

[eː]as in late

[iː]as in sweat

[oː]as in toy

[uː]as in hut

[æː]as in mate

Sinhala Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Sinhala Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Sinhala. Once you're done with the Sinhanlese alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Sinhala lessons here: Learn Sinhala. Don't forget to bookmark this page.





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