Transliterate to Sinhalese using Google Transliterate

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Google Transliterate has been available for a while, but what’s nice is that it now supports Sinhalese too. Check it out:

http://www.google.com/transliterate/sinhalese

If you type “Roshan”, it’ll transcribe exactly as it should. My surname is a bit trickier so you can’t type it as it’s normally written in English but you instead have to type “sembakuttiarachchi” to get the correct transliteration.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 come with Sinhala support out-of-the-box. Windows XP doesn’t initially support Sinhala, but there’s an extra language-pack you can install to make things work. Once you install the correct fonts, things work properly on Linux too, but it’s a different story with Mac OS X. Even with the latest version of Snow Leopard, Mac OS X has problems rendering Sinhala properly.

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