Sri Lanka has two official languages: Sinhala and Tamil. During the interaction with local people you might appreciate knowledge of following words of Sinhala (most commonly spoken):

HiA-yu-bovan or simply Hello
(Many) thanks(bo-ho-má) stúti
PleaseKa-ru-na ka-ra-lá
How are you?ko-ho-ma-dá?
Good morningSu-bá u-dá-sa-nak
Good eveningSu-bá san-dya-vak
Good nightSu-bá rá-try-jak
My name is ....Mage nama ....

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