Singhalese is the official language of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, a large island off the southeast coast of India. It is also known as Sinalese or Sinhala. It is spoken by about 14 million people living in the southern and western 2/3 of the island. It is descended from Sanskrit and was brought to Sri Lanka in the 5th Century BC by settlers from northern India.


The alphabet has rounded letters and more closely resembles the Dravidian writing systems of southern India, rather than alphabets of northern Indian languages.

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