Wikijunior:Languages/Sinhalese

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What writing system(s) does this language use?[edit | edit source]

How many people speak this language?[edit | edit source]

About 15.6 million people.

Where is this language spoken?[edit | edit source]

Sri Lanka.

What is the history of this language?[edit | edit source]

It is believed that about the 5th century BC, settlers from north-eastern India reached the island of Sri Lanka. This group of settlers is referred to as prince Vijaya and his entourage in the chronicle Mahavamsa. These new settlers merged with the native Hela tribes known as Yakka, Naga who spoke Elu language, and a new nation called Sinhala came to exist.

Who are some famous authors or poets in this language?[edit | edit source]

What are some basic words in this language that I can learn?[edit | edit source]

What is a simple song/poem/story that I can learn in this language?[edit | edit source]

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