What writing system(s) does this language use?
How many people speak this language?
About 15.6 million people.
Where is this language spoken?
What is the history of this language?
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.
What are some basic words in this language that I can learn?
What is a simple song/poem/story that I can learn in this language?
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