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Word for the Travel Wise (01/19/06)
Today's word is a Sinhala word used in Sri Lanka:
hari shook - wonderful, terrific, or fine
This word can be used to describe your feelings at any time in the country and not only at games of elephant polo. Use it when someone inquires about your meal, hotel stay, trek, or day at the beach. Tell them how 'hari shook' you think Sri Lanka is and how you wish to stay forever. Just remember to keep the dramatics to a minimal. English is spoken by ten percent of the population and Sinhala is the official and national language of the country. I've actually never tried to learn this one much, but judging from the alphabet it looks like a challenge. Omniglot has a great starter page on learning all the characters and use of this English to Sinhala dictionary could slowly help in distinguishing common travel words. Let's Speak Sinhala offers lessons at a very small and reasonable fee. They appear to be one of the better Sinhala language learning websites.