Fantastic Friday, 19 November 2010 10:51 AM
It has been too long, finally someone with vision and strength to lead Sri Lanka out of the hole that is has come to be in. The future is bright.
sw Friday, 19 November 2010 01:51 PM
Most of the Sinhalese do not know any English, first make them Bilingual. With Bandula as Education Minister it will be all "parippu".
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 19 November 2010 11:06 AM
Good idea, but why not start with your cabinet since most of them know only how to speak in Sinhala and some are very much adept at using filth in Sinhala. Let Ministers like Maravin and Gel Wansa learn some English for a change.
Ruwan Friday, 19 November 2010 11:03 AM
IN MALAYSIA MAIN LANGUAGE IS MALAY AND THEY USE MALAY FOR ALL OFFICIAL PURPOSES. SO, ALL MALAYS, CHINESE AND INDIANS USE MALAY AS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE.
But yes, in SL, we can make English as the operational language
Vithanage Friday, 19 November 2010 11:00 AM
It seems that your suggestion for Sinhalese is to learn a more popular language like Tamil... If that is the case then it is much better for both Tamils and Sinhalese to learn either Chinese/Spanish than learning each others language.
ishi Friday, 19 November 2010 10:55 AM
who is going to teach? How many trained teachers are there to teach English at village schools???
Good if he can implement.
Raja Senanayake Friday, 19 November 2010 10:54 AM
I think that the aim to make Sri Lanka trilingual is neither practical nor economic. What is required is to provide for Tamil in the North & East in Tamil areas where the administration can be carried out in Tamil. Also in the Estate areas where the Tamils are in a majority.In other areas like Colombo it should be English with Sinhala or English with Tamil
Jix Friday, 19 November 2010 10:53 AM
:) anyway, lets give a chance and see... not like there's much of a choice anyway noh..
Yehiya-Doha Friday, 19 November 2010 04:30 PM
Closing the entire Colombo operation & made the wonder of Asia.
chris abey Friday, 19 November 2010 10:41 AM
Learning is never a waste.Most Tamils and Muslims know all three languages.The Tamils in Colombo make an effort to learn Sinhalese.It is the Sinhalese who are still stuck at one language which is also the language spoken only in Sri Lanka.
So wake up and learn English and Tamil too.Tamil is spoken in Singapore,India and Malaysia.English is spoken all over the world.
chris abey Friday, 19 November 2010 10:08 AM
Correct this should be the starting point.No Use trying to make the city beautiful like in Singapore and so on.This was the only civil war which was fought based on different language.Isnt this the same the Cardinal said on the lessons learnt commission? We should never have introduced the Sinhala only policy.The great leader of Singapore saw the struggles of Sri Lanka coming and avoided the mistake in his on country.This was stated by him in his memoirs.Sadly our politicians continued the blunder and our children and grand children are like frogs in the well.Lets hope he does as he says.Only time will tell.
Dr.Raghavan.P Friday, 19 November 2010 10:06 AM
Learning of any language is an advantage to any progressive person.Learning is a positive process in life .So please do not call it as a waste of time.I born in Sri lanka and I can speak many eastern and western languages .They really help me in mixing with various ethnic groups at different geographical zones
Dr.Raghavan.P Friday, 19 November 2010 09:57 AM
Dear excellency, your prime task would be focused on the development of economy(both in agriculture and technology) higher education and research.Then the nation will set as an example like Japan in South Asia.
Royce Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:05 AM
Evan study other languages at private institutions Gvt impose Tex. This may be the idea to make more income to Gvt.
Raman Sunday, 21 November 2010 08:08 PM
Sri Lanka .. what is it?
Nesan Sunday, 21 November 2010 12:49 PM
What about political solutions to Tamils? Why you leaders easily forget what you promised before the war?
xlntgson Sunday, 21 November 2010 09:41 AM
@No one important, I disagree with you Sinhala and Tamil have same structure, sentence pattern and function, though a few letters are from the Sanskrit and Pali. In that case a Tamil may feel that Sinhala is very difficult nonetheless the initial hiccups won't discourage him if he learns with a will and desire.
No one important Sunday, 21 November 2010 02:38 AM
I am up for English as its the easiest language to learn. I am a tamil....You guys will never learn it.....Its so hard.....good luck!
xlntgson Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:08 AM
Congratulations on your ascension to your second term; also for your sixty fifth birth day, Long live!
Your vision is clear, the trilingual formula will work, as a trilingual I can foresee your clairvoyance!
I was able to overcome some misunderstandings about Sinhalese only after I learned Sinhala well.
Roweena Saturday, 20 November 2010 10:48 AM
Ayubowan, Vanakkaim, Asalamalaikum, Good luck!
asha Saturday, 20 November 2010 10:21 AM
UDAA NOVUNU HETA....?
Oyage Podi Guru Saturday, 20 November 2010 09:40 AM
Nonsense! Most people in Europe do not comprehend 3 languages. And certainly not from childhood! The better educated people who are not English speakers in the first instance will likely know some or a lot of English. The Dutch and the Scandinavians learn English of necessity because their languages are not spoken and learned by many people outside of their countries. This country of Sri Lanka does not have enough qualified teachers to teach Sinhala and Tamil to the speakers of the other language. In fact, Sri Lanka lacks sufficiently qualified English-speaking teachers.
unl Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:04 AM
Where is SF’s best friend weather GOD. Its looks like even the weather GOD change sides. Few more buckets to SF cell please.
Vithanage Friday, 19 November 2010 09:51 AM
What is the point in teaching all three languages? two is just enough. Sinhala and English for Sinhala kids, Tamil and English for Tamil kids. When Tamil wants to speak to Sinhala then English can be used. Why waste time teaching three languages?
Oyage Podi Guru Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:38 AM
Nonsense! Most people in Europe do not comprehend 3 languages from childhood.
sinhalaya Friday, 19 November 2010 11:30 PM
Best Chintanaya yet! But train good teachers in all three languages.
Kumudu Friday, 19 November 2010 09:40 PM
Very good speech. He deserve support. He should remove his ministers. Appoint a senate.
Rajash Friday, 19 November 2010 07:20 PM
well Sri Lanka is going to be a major force, the rest of the world has to learn Sinhala
Rajash Friday, 19 November 2010 07:19 PM
he will soon claim that government policy has made everyone trilingual in the country.
so there is no need for Tamil language
carrlos Friday, 19 November 2010 05:41 PM
Good idea, first step towards this can you please release the young innocent Tamils who are in camp and give them a proper home.
Shifan Cassim Friday, 19 November 2010 07:55 AM
Very good speech he made. Country can be proud of our President.
Anver Friday, 19 November 2010 08:48 AM
THIS IS A GREAT IDEA AND NEEDS TO BE PUT IN MOTION IMMEDIATELY.
marcus fernando Friday, 19 November 2010 08:39 AM
good, if he keeps all his words
Modawasage_Balaputha Friday, 19 November 2010 08:38 AM
the older generation will not be thought???
Prof. R. Ferdinandez Friday, 19 November 2010 08:35 AM
hey hey boss, yes Champika is one minister, don't read his scripts , you are the prez. Electricity to all houses is OK but what about those who don't have houses? That's the bigger problem, not electricity.
Tony Friday, 19 November 2010 08:33 AM
My good wishes
zorro Friday, 19 November 2010 08:32 AM
there have been other visions and promises given in the past and still many of the IDPs are living in camps. If anybody find me not just just take a note of his promises and make a balance at the end of 2012.
dinnaga Friday, 19 November 2010 08:13 AM
I think its high time we must make English the main operational language, like Singapore and Malaysia this will be the start of the healing process, all equal under one flag. I hope that the leaders will have the strength to make tough changes without pandering to petty vote getting gimmicks.
NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Friday, 19 November 2010 07:57 AM
President Mahinda Rajapaksa – Congratulations! on Your Second Term.
Buraik Friday, 19 November 2010 07:57 AM
Great, if they impliment it, without showing luckwarm enthuasism.
J. Uyangoda Friday, 19 November 2010 08:54 AM
Rather than trying trilingual,wouldn't it be better to devolve power to North & East so that the majority there can engage in development actively. This will discourage unnecessary international involvements, diaspora and some local intellects' stance.
Nalin Friday, 19 November 2010 07:44 AM
So many promises left out, including power curtain, we r the citizen knows what we left to enjoy on this occasion.
kumar Friday, 19 November 2010 07:42 AM
congratulation president !
anton Friday, 19 November 2010 07:36 AM
KIYANNA KESE KEEWATH ASANNA SIHI BUDDIYEN ESIYA UTHUI!!
baila raja Friday, 19 November 2010 07:33 AM
Not a novel idea, Trilingual is like 13+, Master Mother language and English. That's most practicable and enough. Very few can master and comprehend 3 languages.
Dheen Friday, 19 November 2010 07:26 AM
We welcome your proposal to establish a Sri Lankan identity irrespective of the different communities. If you are so keen why don't you start right away in all spheres and give that feeling of oneness - just don't confine it to your words. Give life to what you say and show the world that you are a statesman on this red letter day.
looney Friday, 19 November 2010 07:24 AM
while congratulating for a second innings of success dear president i wish you could change the strategy to hit the ball hard this time. your first innings was slow and steady with so much of patience and empathy. I sincerely hope you will play the first few years as if it’s a T20 cos you have nothing to loose. The oppression is full of injured players and most of the good bowlers and batsmen are on your side now. Looking forward for a thundering start and a steady run rate during the first few overs.
Geethike Friday, 19 November 2010 07:12 AM
I like :)
Prasanna Friday, 19 November 2010 07:12 AM
Yes Mr President. This is the way forward. The public at large is with you. Don't get disheartened with what the critics say ceaselessly, merely on assumptions and fantacies. You are a seasoned politician who obviously know how depressed minds of opposition supporters and LTTE sympathisers work. Bravo...
Roland Almeida Friday, 19 November 2010 07:04 AM
Siri Friday, 19 November 2010 09:28 AM
I for one would like devolved power to Central and North central province, because I am selfish and not thinking the betterment of my small country as one unit! No, united we stand; separation is the recipe for demise.
frenchie Friday, 19 November 2010 09:47 AM
Hooray! Free Tele-prompters for all!!
PWC Friday, 19 November 2010 09:47 AM
These people are from opposition. They are taught only to oppose everything even it's good. That's it.
baila raja Friday, 19 November 2010 09:46 AM
Majority of Which European Nation master 3 languages? Germans,Italians and Frenchmen put no weight on English. Then tell what are the other 2 languages they comprehend other than their mother language.
PWC Friday, 19 November 2010 09:43 AM
Prof. ?? Why should government give every person a house. If it's so, why do people build houses by own taking loan and spending hard earned money.
spark Friday, 19 November 2010 09:41 AM
But when racism is in the blood, the tongue will not accept the language other than cursing the other race. Even MR cannot understand the tamil he berates...it is written in sinhala and he just bulldozes through it where even a tamil cannot comprehend what he is saying.
PWC Friday, 19 November 2010 09:40 AM
We should have build it in Polonnaruwa. Then hundreds of ships per day !!
Siri Friday, 19 November 2010 09:31 AM
Why ? Most people in Europe (rich and poor) can comprehend 3 languages from childhood. No reason why it can't be done here, once started.
steve Friday, 19 November 2010 09:28 AM
He made even better speach in Jaffna, excellent, what a leader... look in youtube and search for "Mahinda put the blame on Jaffna Tamils"
denisha Friday, 19 November 2010 07:03 AM
baila gamuda remix karala......baila gamuda remix karala....
spark Friday, 19 November 2010 09:26 AM
Only for speeches but no action. Of course action such as "Mihin Lanka" and a port that may have one ship per day.
Saleem Friday, 19 November 2010 09:25 AM
The plans of Mahinda Chinthana I included the abolition of executive presidency and resolution of the ethnic conflict, and in his second term the president forgot about them. Let him endeavour to catch up with tinnies Singapore and Malaysia first.
Tom Friday, 19 November 2010 09:22 AM
Correct, and the process has to start some where and I think this is the right direction. It has been initiated without hurting anyone which is a major move.
N. Komali Friday, 19 November 2010 09:21 AM
MR accepted power devolution for N&E and got the Indian support and intelligence backing to win the war. Nobody can deviate away from that truth which is extremely necessary to avoid another uprising.
spark Friday, 19 November 2010 09:19 AM
The only practical things we know so far about Mahinda and his Chinthana are (a) All mega projects to China without the use of local resources (b) Unrestraint rise in cost of living (c) Break down in rule of law including amnesty to murder convicts (d) Total chaos in the education system with O'level failure up to 52% (e) promising salary increases and not keeping to those promises (f) Almost 5 million posters of grinning Mahinda staring at us everyday from every nook and corner (g) lowering taxes for items that the rich purchase than the essential items that the poor require everyday and many more that cannot be listed here.
J. Uyangoda Friday, 19 November 2010 09:11 AM
Just reminding His Excellency's promise in the form of 13+ .
Ranjit Friday, 19 November 2010 09:03 AM
Prasanna Friday, 19 November 2010 09:02 AM
Any particular reason as to why only N & E be given special devolution of power that others don't have ? Please stop adding fuel to racism that ruined one entire generation in this country and make money and your living out of it.
baila raja Friday, 19 November 2010 08:58 AM
trilingual is like 13+. Only a few people can comprehend 3 languages. Better allow Tamils to develop their areas.
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