RESOURCES FOR STUDYING SINHALA AND TAMIL

The AISLS Colombo center library has an excellent collection of textbooks, dictionaries and reference books useful for studying Tamil and Sinhala. Some textbooks include audio or audio-visual components. The following resources are also useful.

  • A Colloquial Sinhalese Reader
    Published by the late M.W. Sugathapala de Silva in 1971, and reproduced here with the permission of his heirs. It may be downloaded for personal use only. A few hard copies are available from Dr. de Silva’s heirs through amazon.co.uk
  • Cornell University Language Resource Center
    Offers for sale a range of instructional materials for Sinhala that were developed at Cornell University. The sales list includes a 2011 course package (textbook & DVD) for colloquial Sinhala and the only available textbook for literary Sinhala (1974). They also still carry the classic colloquial Sinhala course (1968).