Madura English–Sinhala Dictionary

Madura English–Sinhala Dictionary (Sinhala: මධුර ඉංග්‍රීසි–සිංහල ශබ්දකෝෂය) is a free electronic dictionary service developed by Madura Kulatunga.[1][2] It is available as computer software, an online website and an android app.[3][4] The dictionary contains over 230,000 definitions including various technical terms.[5][6] As of 2016, the dictionary has been downloaded approximately 1,000,000[7][8][9] and ranks 100th most visited sites in Sri Lanka.[10][11] The dictionary is distributed as freeware.[12][13] It was initially released on 23 November 2002.[14][15]

Madura English–Sinhala Dictionary
Developer(s)
  • Madura Kulatunga
  • Database: Thibus
Initial release23 November 2002; 19 years ago (2002-11-23)
LicenseFreeware
Websitemaduraonline.com

DevelopmentEdit

Kulatunga, a Sri Lankan computer engineer,[16][17] wrote a program in Visual Basic for an English–Sinhala dictionary, using the dictionary entries from the English–Sinhalese Dictionary of Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera.[18][19] The program was marketed from 23 November 2002.[20][21] In 2008 he started a free internet version of it, the first online English–Sinhala dictionary.[22][23] Kulatunga later admitted that he had infringed the copyright of the Malalasekera English–Sinhala dictionary in creating his software, but he said in 2015 that he no longer infringed on copyrights.[24][25]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Wickramasinghe, Kamanthi (15 July 2015). "A humble success story Madura Kulatunga". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) – Features. Wijeya Newspapers. pp. A12–A13.
  5. ^ "Effectively bridging the language gap". Ceylon Today – Hello. Ceylon Newspapers. 26 July 2015. p. 2. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ Karunamuni, Kanchana (8 August 2015). "'මේ වෙනකොට ලක්ෂ නවයක් මධුර ශබ්දකෝෂය බාගත කරගෙන' මධුර කුලතුංග" ['Up to date nine lakhs have downloaded Madura Dictionary' Madura Kulatunga]. Dinamina – Features (in Sinhala). Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. p. 20. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Madura Kulatunga's Notable Achievements". The Sunday Leader – Weekend Leader. Leader Publications. 30 August 2015. p. 2. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Madura English–Sinhala Dictionary - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com". download.cnet.com. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Madura Online – Android Apps on Google Play". play.google.com. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  10. ^ "මධුර ඉංගීසි – සිංහල ශබ්දකෝෂය නිර්මාණය කළ මධුර කුලතුංග" [Madura English–Sinhala Dictionary creator Madura Kulatunga]. Silumina – Guru Gedara (in Sinhala). Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. 27 September 2015. p. 39. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
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  12. ^ "The generosity of Madura Kulatunga". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) – Education Times 2. Wijeya Newspapers. 27 September 2015. p. 4.
  13. ^ "Madura Dictionary – Review by Software Informer Senior editor – Tyler Vidd". software.informer.com. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  14. ^ "ඉංගීසි භාෂාව සිංහලයට සමීප කළ "මධුර"" [English language made closer to Sinhalese by "Madura"] (PDF). Rajina – Loka Lama Dinaya (in Sinhala). Sumathi Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd. 2 October 2015. p. 23. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 July 2017.
  15. ^ Senanayake, Palitha (18 October 2015). "ඉලෙක්‌ටොනික මාධ තුළින් ඉංගීසි සිංහලට සමීප කළ මධුර" [Through electronic media English made closer to Sinhalese by Madura]. Divaina – Features (in Sinhala). Upali Newspapers. p. X. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018.
  16. ^ Rathnaveil, Ravi (18 October 2015). "යටත්වීම වෙනුවට සටන් කිරීමෙන් උපන් මධුර ශබ්දකෝෂය" [Instead of surrender Madura Dictionary was born fighting]. Irudina – Pitu 8 (in Sinhala). Leader Publications. p. VIII.
  17. ^ "The Story Behind 'Madura'". The Sunday Leader – Business. Leader Publications. 1 November 2015. p. 28. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018.
  18. ^ Wanninayaka, Gemunu; Liyanage, Dinithi (13 November 2015). "Nagena Ira Program With Madura Kulatunge (Madura English–Sinhala Dictionary Maker) 2015-11-13". RanOne FM. EAP Broadcasting Company Limited. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Get the word right with Madura". Business LK Magazine. 1 January 2016. pp. 92–95.
  20. ^ Muthumalie, Aruni (24 January 2016). "ගහ බලපෑම් පරදා කාටත් වැඩක් ගත හැකි On line ශබ්දකෝෂයක් තැනූ මධුර කුලතුංග" [Defeating astrology effects and developed useful online dictionary for everyone by Madura Kulatunga]. Silumina – Sithmalyaya (in Sinhala). Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. p. 28. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Madura Kulatunga Beyond the written word". The Island (Sri Lanka) – YOUth. Upali Newspapers. 11 December 2016. pp. 8–9.
  22. ^ "Madura Kulatunga Reflections on the world of dictionaries". Esteem Magazine. 1 April 2017. pp. 54–56. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018.
  23. ^ "The story of Madura". Ceylon Today – Hello. Ceylon Newspapers. 25 June 2017. p. 14. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017.
  24. ^ "මධුර ශබ්දකෝෂය නිර්මාණය කළ මධුර කුලතුංග" [Madura Dictionary creator Madura Kulatunga]. Resa – CYBER ROUNDUP (in Sinhala). Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. 29 January 2018. p. 2. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  25. ^ Devapriya, Uditha (27 September 2018). "Beyond the written word". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) – Features. Wijeya Newspapers. pp. A18. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018.

External linksEdit

Official website