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Sinhalese Language Courses in Sri Lanka

Volunteer learning Sinhalese in Sri Lanka wearing traditional saris

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating Sri Lankan culture on one of our intensive Sinhalese Language Course projects.

Sinhala is the mother tongue of the Sinhalese people which make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka. Sinhala is the official and national language of Sri Lanka and due to centuries of colonial rule modern Sinhala contains many Portuguese, Dutch, and English cognates.

You can learn Sinhalese with Projects Abroad on an intensive Language Project, where you will receive an average of 15 hours tuition each week. With accommodation in the home of a Sri Lankan family, you'll learn quickly and can practice what you've learned with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a local language teacher, are tailored to your personal level, and can be adapted to your interests.

After your lessons you will, of course, have plenty of time to complete your homework and explore your region of Sri Lanka with other volunteers.

Alternatively you can undertake a short 5-hour, 14-hour, or 30-hour language course in Sinhalese. This course runs alongside your main volunteer project. If you are planning on volunteering abroad for twelve weeks or more, you could also complete a 60-hour course alongside your project. For more information please visit our Language Add-ons page.

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