Phonetic Bangla Writing

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· hroswo-i or dIrgho-i? (‘ই’,‘ি’,’ঈ’,’ী’)
· hroswo-u or dIrgho-u? (‘উ’,‘ু’,’ঊ’,’ূ’)
· which jaw? (‘জ’,’য’)
· which naw? (‘ন’,’ণ’)
· which shaw? (‘শ’,’ষ’,’স’)
· which raw? (‘র’,’ড়’,’ঢ়’)
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Attribution:The Samsad Bangla Dictionary Lookup dynamically accesses the online Samsad Dictionary at http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/biswas-bengali/.


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suborNo Phonetic Transliteration Help

help The table shows the সুবর্ণ Bangla Phonetic scheme. Each Bangla letter is represented by a sequence of 1 to 3 English letters, closely representing the phonetic sound of the Bangla letter. Note that upper and lower case English letters are used. You must use the letters exactly as specified. For example, you must use the lower case “p” to form the Bangla letter .

Example: To write আমার নাম সুপ্রিয়, you would enter amar nam supriyo.

Usage Notes

  1. Automatic selection of Vowels or Vowel Signs (-kar) based on context
    e.g. amar will be shown as আমার, with the correct form of the letter chosen
  2. Automatic generation of Juktakkhor
    e.g. pr produces প+র=প্র.
  3. Overriding Automatic Juktakkhor
    To prevent automatic juktakkhor, insert an o between the Consonants.
    e.g. pr would have produced the compound letter প্র. The letter o does not create a character but is used to break an automatic juktakkhor. If you want to write পর, you will want to break the automatic juktakkhor. So you would enter por to get the desired result. This is also the correct phonetic representation of পর.
  4. Virtual Vowel “o”
    All Bangla Consonants end with the “awe” sound, as in “kawe” or “ko” for the Bangla consonant . The letter “o” can be thought of as a virtual letter, and can be used at the end of a word to make the phonetic word more aesthetic.
    e.g. to produce কর, you can write “kor” or “koro”.
  5. Forced Hosonto
    The special sign Hosonto is sometimes necessary especially when writing foreign words. To put a Hosonto under a Bangla consonant put in a ` (reverse quote or grave accent) after the letter.
    e.g. Entering in`puT will show as ইন্পুট.


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16 thoughts on “Phonetic Bangla Writing

  1. Supriyo , you have done a great job to start with. Now , this requires a thorough revision through a cross discussion amongst the users of this site either by submissions here or by staging a workshop. Bengali , as it is written , has it’s shortcomings as far as phonetics vis-a-vis the established writing method is concerned. The writing method can truly represent the phoneticism followed only in Kolkata and Nadia district of undivided Bengal. But , we have nothing less than a dozen of distinctly different dialects which cannot be truly represented by the established print method . Additions and alterations are necessary to fill up the gaps to make this site rich enough for all Bengalees to express themselves in their own dialect . The endeavour , if at all taken up , will tremendously enrich this language .

    1. It is not possible to support more than one phonetic scheme on this site. I am consciously using the phoneticism of Kolkata and Nadia. My aim here is to attract more people who would like to learn and use “standard” Bangla. You make a very good point about the many dialects of Bangla and the need to support computer based writing of All these dialects. I think I have developed a possible solution for this dilemma.

      The general problem is that we need people to be able to enter the letters of the Bangla alphabet (including vowel signs, x-kars, and compound consonants, juktakkhor, all on their English keyboard. I call this the Universal Bangla Keyboard. You can find it at Universal Bangla Keyboard. The grey box, entitled Bangla Textarea, is where you see everything entered. Entry of any character (English and punctuation) on the keyboard will be displayed directly. Any Bangla character is entered by pressing on the appropriate button. All x-kars are entered after the consonant it modifies, e.g. ব া ড় ি . If you need to enter a juktakkhor, you would enter a hosonto between the 2 consonants, e.g. প ্ র = প্র. That’s it for rules of writing.

      So if in a dialect, a word is changed, you just type in the word you want,e.g. খাব -> খামু . If the pronunciation is different, you would enter the letters that make that pronunciation,e.g. খাইসি. If you can write something by hand, the Universal Bangla Keyboard will let you type it on the computer. You can copy the text created and paste it on an email and send it. The recipient, if he has a relatively recent computer will receive the email in Bangla.

      Thank you for visiting my site and your comment. I look forward to your feedback on the proposed solution.

  2. The more I look at your site the more I’m impressed. It’s functional as much as it’s informative. You’ve managed to incorporate so many aspects seamlessly. The multi-dictionary and spelling tools are awesome. And you’ve integrated it all into the design of your site so well.

    Great work!

  3. Simply write in English, once you press SPACE or hit ENTER you will see the phonetics of what you wrote in Bengali. Also don’t forget to check the main page for more lessons here.

  4. I would appreciate it very much if you could let me know how to write a Bengali letter with a hasonto underneath. Examples are: “m with a hasonto” and “n with a hasonto”. Thank you.

    1. You can put a hosonto under a Bangla consonant by putting in a ` (reverse quote or grave accent) after the letter. This key is usually at the top left of the keyboard next to the number 1.

      Entering “in`puT” will show as “ইন্পুট“.

      This will work with all the Consonants. Vowels and Consonant signs do not allow the use of hosonto. I have updated the Phonetic map on this page to document the hosonto.

      1. Thank you very much for your advise on using a (reverse quote symbol) after the letter to generate the equivalent Bengali script with the “hosonto”. In my HP laptop keyboard, the key for is at the bottom lefthand after the Alt key. I have written the letters with “hosonto” following your direction. Thank you again for your prompt response. Best regards.

        Kamal

    1. You will see in the table above that, in my phonetic scheme, I have designated “n^” to represent chondrabindu. Also the upper case T represents the Taw sound. So the word can be written as kan^Ta. Try writing it in the “Enter English Phonetic” section and see the result in the blue Bangla box.

      You may find 2 other useful tools here. The first is the English-Bangla word finder. In my limited dictionary, you will find “thorn” translating to kan^Ta. Similarly, in the “Bangla Spelling Aid” enter kan^Ta. As you enter each English letter, you will be presented with Bangla words that start phonetically with the entered letters.

      Finally, if you are looking for a good dictionary you can try the Samsad Dictionary in the “Write Bangla” drop down menu. I entered “prickly” and got all words that have “prickly” in their definition. Similarly, you can enter “kan^Ta” in the Bangla Phonetic and get all instances of the word in the dictionary.

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