Sinhala (සිංහල) is the native language of Sinhalese people, who constitute 75% of the population of Sri Lanka and number greater than 15 million. Sinhalese is also spoken as a second language by about three million people from other ethnic groups in Sri Lanka. It has been developed over the course of more than 2,300 years. Sanskrit and Pali are the parental languages of Sinhalese. It mainly belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages, but has influence of Dravidian languages such as Tamil and minor influences from English, Dutch, and Portuguese.