Once upon a time, printed reference works kept useful knowledge trapped in libraries, but computers and the Internet changed all that. Now smartphones are doing to desktop PCs what they did to paper books by making that information even more useful by making it even more accessible. One example is Sachith Dassanayake's Sinhala Tamil English Dictionary. This free Android app not only offers an excellent English-to-Sinhala/Sinhala-to English Dictionary and Thesaurus, but it also now supports English-to-Tamil and Tamil-to-English translations. Sinhala (sometimes spelled Sinhalese or Singhalese) is one of Sri Lanka's official languages; Tamil is another. For travelers, business contacts, scholarship, and language learning, it's a great tool to have (literally) in hand.
This app opened with the English-Sinhala Dictionary displayed as well a keypad, search field, and a toolbar accessing a Help file as well as some significant settings. A button labeled Abbreviations brought a useful page of common English abbreviations; we could also view and clear our search history. The dictionary is easy to use. We typed in a common word and received five definitions -- all nouns, including one geographical term, and all rendered in lovely Sinhala script. If you can't read Sinhala or Tamil words, not to worry; the app's settings include an Enable Transliterations option that displays Sinhala or Tamil words transliterated into English. After we enabled transliteration, our Search results displayed both English and Sinhala (or Tamil) script. The Settings also includes a (default) Word Suggestions option. Under Dictionary Mode, we could select English, Sinhala, or Tamil as our dictionary's base language. We could also customize our dictionary's look by changing the background color or the Sinhala or Tamil fonts.
Like most free Android apps, Sinhala Tamil English Dictionary displays ads on its interface, but they're unobtrusive. Voice search makes this free language tool even more versatile since you can simply speak into it to translate words, though it's not a translation engine; it's a dictionary/thesaurus. It won't translate speech or sentences or speak results out loud. But for a versatile, easy-to-use, handheld reference for travelers, scholars, and others, Sinhala Tamil English Dictionary is the tool of choice.
From Sachith Dassanayake:
Are you an Android user, vising Sri Lanka and or residing there, looking for translation help with Sinhala, Tamil and English? Then, Sinhala Tamil English Lexicon is the best answer for you. Welcome to the first Sinhala English dictionary on the Android Market, including translations of English to Tamil / Tamil to English too. Quick and easy reference to carry on your Android device, with over 150, 000 translations accessible within seconds. Be best equipped to make the most of your translating and communicating experience in Sinhala, Tamil and English. Below are some ways the Sinhala Tamil English Lexicon can make your life easier: Sinhala /Tamil definitions for over 150, 000 English words. Spelling suggestions / corrections. Display the meaning in Sinhala / Tamil. No font installation required. Sinhala Transliteration. Tamil Transliteration. Type Sinhala / Tamil words phonetically using Roman characters (with real time character suggestions). Requires an Internet connection. Kindly provide your feedback whenever you use this app and support me to make it just the way you need it. Hope to get back to you soon with more to help your translations further. Please share any comments, suggestions or questions on: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SinhalaDictionaryForAndroidGoogle+: https://plus. google.com/112197821030544248197/Twitter: http://twitter.com/sinhaladic.
4. 2Bug fixes for Android KITKAT4. 1Fixed bug that caused "Not responding" when opening "Settings"4. 0New user interfaceSwipe to change the dictionary modeSinhalese / Tamil character suggestionsImproved performanceCopy, Share definitionsFixed bugs, font issuesand lot more3. 6Now compatible with android 1. 5 and aboveSD Card support (From android 2. 2 and up) Smaller file sizeImproved performance.