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What's on Website

This website is designed to teach, and facilitate the use of, the বাংলা Bangla (Bengali) language.

On the site, you will find 3 sections

  1. Learn Bangla Section - a collection of resources for Learning Bangla
  2. Write Bangla Section - Tools for writing Bangla and many tools that a roficient writer needs like access to a dictionary English to Bengali translator and English/Bengali Word Finder
  3. Practice Bangla Section - a Portal for accessing Bangla Text, Audio and Video arranged to be useful to people who want to enjoy the Bangla Language.

This site was developed for the use of people who are fairly proficient in English and are keen on learning Bangla. For this reason, most of the instructional text is in . When is used to teach letters, words and phrases, it is always accompanied by English representation.

This means that you can learn and experience Bangla and navigate through the website, even before you have fully mastered the Bangla script.

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Learn Bangla Section

Online vs Classroom

The usual process of learning a language includes classroom time and often being surrounded by others proficient in the language.
For those who try to learn, say Bangla, over the Internet on a computer/tablet/smartphone have these factors in common:
  1. They have to be disciplined and self-motivated because there are no scheduled classes
  2. When they learn something, they cannot instantly verify comprehension because they may not have a dedicated teacher to communicate with. All learning must be self-verifiable.
  3. Study of Bangla takes 4 to 5 years in school. Online users expect to see results in weeks and months. The urgency means that the course material needs to include methods to leverage the student's understanding of other languages and the use of the computer's ability to assist the learner.
  4. Traditional books used to teach Bangla to Bengali children like BornoPorichoy (Introducing the Alphabet) by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1780) were written in Bangla and therefore needed to be taught by a parent or Bangla teacher if the student was not yet proficient in Bangla. The teaching materials for today's online student must be rethought so that students can teach themselves without knowing the Bangla alphabet. In this website, every Bangla word is accompanied by its phonetic English representation.

What do YOU mean when you say you want to "learn Bangla"?

Traditionally, native speakers grow up surrounded by Bangla speaking parents and family, then they go to school and are taught Bangla from books written in Bangla by Bangla speaking teachers. This site was expressly developed for people who want to learn Bangla over the Internet. They will probably not have a native Bangla teacher at hand. So I want to make it possible for anyone who knows English to be able to read the content on the site including Bangla words in Bangla script. This is accomplished using a technique called "transliteration". Every Bangla letter is represented by its equivalent phonetic sound in English. So the Bangla consonants and are represented by their respective sound k and kh. To read আমি বাংলা শিখব you would simply read the phonetic ami bangla shikhobo.
You will be seeing a lot of phonetic representation on this site. Reading out the phonetic English aloud will help let you "feel" the Bangla language quickly, even while you are learning the Alphabet.

Introduction to Learning Bangla

Classroom teaching of Bangla starts by teaching the Alphabet, followed by some common words and finally some simple sentences. After that, it is expected that immersion in the language will quickly get the student to start reading books written for children. More difficult words and sentence construction will follow as the student gains familiarity with the language.

On the internet, you do not have the luxury of a dedicated teacher guiding the student while they learn. Also, since the teacher is not directly supervising and since any questions cannot be immediately answered, the students' attention could waver. Online learning starts with the course material written in such a way that the student is given enough material to cover in a single session, but not too much that will cause loss of interest.
So what is the best way for someone to learn the language? On this site, I have evolved a practical way of learning Bangla, based on the learner's motivations and expected investment of time.
To get a quick positive reinforcement of your desire to learn about Bangla conversation, invest some time to learn what a 3-day tourist should know before they arrive at a Bangla speaking part of the world. You could expand this with some more words and phrases to gain some confidence.
As you read the phrases and conversation snippets, notice the structure of the sentences you are reading, and pronouncing. A grammatically correct sentence in all languages have 3 parts - a Subject, a Verb and an Object. The order of Subject, Object and Verb will vary. In English, the sequence is S-V-O as in "I eat bread" while in Bangla the sequence is S-O-V as in "আমি রুটি খাই" (ami ruTi khai). This grammatical shift is the key for an English speaker to learn Bangla.

Learn Bangla Section

  1. Posts on Bangla Learning
    "Posts" are supplementary learning material written to provide more details for parts of the instructional e-books in the Learn Bangla Section. The posts are categorized by subject matter, so that the learner can read the most relevant posts as they go through the instructional E-Books.

    Two-way Phonetic Transliteration-suborNo
    Bangla and Devanagari Alphabet Comparison
    Learning Bangla Numbers and the Numbering System
    The Minimum Vocabulary for Conversational Bangla
    Bangla Alphabet, Syllables and Word Parsing for Pronunciation
    Exceptions to Phonetic Pronunciation - Inherent vowel and some compound consonants
    Looking for words you can pronounce but cannot find
    So how IS your Bangla Spelling?
    Verbs, Conjugations and the Wizard
    Verb Conjugation Patterns
    "Verb Negation" Conjugated Patterns
    Two-for-One - Compound Verbs in Bangla
    Changes in Pronouns and Verbs for Respectful and Familiar forms of address
    Bangla Rules! 10 Rules to Perfect Conversational Sentences
    Reading and Comprehending Unfamiliar Bangla Text
    Effortlessly Writing Bangla Text
    Is your device "Unicode Compliant?"
    Registration and Login
    Turning on Cookies
  2. Intro to Common Bangla Words & Phrases
    To gain some familiarity with the sounds of common Bangla Words and Phrases, you need to read, hear and speak (by reading the Phonetic spelling). With the investment in Words and Phrases, you will begin to get a feel for the language and, I hope want to invest more effort in really learning from the material provided to learn the alphabet and then start learning Bangla to a conversational level.
  3. Guided Course-Alphabet & Conversational
    This "Guided Course" is intended to take the learner through a journey of learning the Bangla Alphabet followed by the Rules of Grammar that will allow the learner to confidently make grammatically correct sentences in Bangla.

    Videos have been added to help the learner with the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences that are used in these lessons.

    The course refers to the two e-books created for teaching the Bangla Language - The Alphabet, then the Grammar Rules for correct conversational Bangla.

    • Learn the Bangla Alphabet and Numbers
      Learn the Bangla Alphabet and their phonetic English representation using সুবর্ণ suborNo Bangla Phonetic method
    • Introduction to Conversational Bangla
      This a grammar-based approach to conversational Bangla for casual non-native learners who have a knowledge of English. 400+ word vocabulary and 12 rules of grammatical sentence construction
  4. Pronunciation Review Videoclips
    Online Learners do not have immediate access to someone who will pronounce each word they come across so that they can learn correct pronunciation. Fortunately, Bangla phonetic representation can consistently and reliably be used to pronounce any word. Once you get used to the phonetic scheme used on the site (and each Bangla word is shown with the English Phonetic representation) you will find it easy to pronounce words correctly.
    This collection of videoclips contains:
  5. Traditional Bangla Course Material
    Bengali native speakers will recognize the next two e-books, as they are used to teach Bangla to Bengali children. To make it useful to learners, these books are annotated in English and phonetic transliteration in English is provided.
  6. Quizzes
    Test yourself constantly to validate learning and help retention. Repetition and recall aid understanding of the new concepts and words you learn.

Write Bangla Section

Writing in Bangla on a PC or Mac used to require a user to memorize a keyboard layout for Bangla letters. The English keyboard that comes with most computers and smart devices, does not contain any Bangla characters. So to type Bangla with an English Keyboard, you have to memorize a keyboard layout where you may have to click on multiple keys simultaneously. The keyboard layouts are sometimes called Input Method Editors or IMEs. IMEs are different in different platforms and they have to be installed on each computer that the user uses. So if you have a PC desktop, a Mac laptop and an iPad, you will have to learn a different IME for each platform. In addition, since the IME has to be installed, you will not be able to use this method to write Bangla on, say, a library computer.

I believe that it is time to use Phonetic English to create Bangla text on computers. With Phonetic English and a set of Bangla Unicode fonts, even a casual user can easily write Bangla characters. All modern platforms let you write in Unicode. Text created in Unicode will be easily readable on all computers from powerful desktops to small smartphones.

If you have an English/European keyboard and do not want to memorize multi-finger keyboarding, this site presents two different ways of writing Bangla quickly:

    Write Bangla Section

  1. GoogVisual Bangla Writer
    If you know Bangla, can recognize proper Bangla Spelling, and want to maintain the flexibility of occasionally forming Bangla Compound consonants by yourself, the fastest input method is Googvisual.
  2. Phonetic Bangla Writer
    For the new learner, who wants to maintain the Phonetic English text and the generated Bangla, and would like to see spellcheck prediction, use this writing tool.
  3. Tools for Writers
    Writing in Bangla also requires access to tools to Spellcheck, Word Lookup in English and Bangla, an Online Dictionary (Samsad Bengali-English) and a Translator for Simple Sentences. They are gathered here, and can also be invoked from the Googvisual Editor layout.
    • Spell Check/Verify
      In Bangla, most spelling errors are due to
      • Letters used differenctly in spelling, but pronounced the same in modern usage, like
        hroswo-i or dIrgho-i? (‘ই’,‘ি’,’ঈ’,'ী’)
        hroswo-u or dIrgho-u? (‘উ’,‘ু’,’ঊ’,'ূ’)
        which jo? (‘জ’,'য’)
        which no? (‘ন’,'ণ’)
        which sho? (‘শ’,'ষ’,'স’)
        which ro? (‘র’,'ড়’,'ঢ়’)
      • Adjacent consonants that are un-aspirated and aspirated like
      • Compound Consonants where one is silent as in dbitiyo but b is voiced in kombol and durbal
      • Subtle phonetic of j-Phola
      • The sound of kShm as in lokShmi pronounced as lokhi
    • Look for Bangla Synonyms
      When you are writing Bangla, you may want to find a synonym or replacement for a Bangla Word. In a Banga to English, dictionary, you can look for Bangla Words that uses the English word in the meaning section. In this application, enter the English word and see the Bangla words that use it in their description.
    • Anubadok English to Bangla Translator
      Anubadok, an experimental machine English to Bangla translator, developed by Golam Mortuzza Hossain. I consider this more accurate than Google Translate. The webpage was designed to provide a complete translation workflow, to allow the user to tune the machine translation
    • Bangla/English Word Finder
      Quickly look for the exactly right word against a 20,000+ word English-Bangla glossary
    • Google Search for Bangla Expression Usage
      Search Google for multi-word Bangla phrases. For example, nachote na janole => নাচতে না জানলে will reveal the Bangla Proverb নাচতে না জানলে উঠান বাঁকা। which translates to A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
    • Online Samsad Dictionary
      Check the Samsad Bangla-English Dictionary for English or Bangla words
    • Bulk Transliterate Documents EN2BN BN2EN
      Convert complete documents from Bangla to Phonetic English and vice-versa
  4. Wizards
    • Verb Conjugation Wizard
      As you learn about Verbs and conjugated Verb forms, you may be overwhelmed by how many new words you have to memorize. Verbs in Bangla change forms (are conjugated) based on Person (First, Second and Third) and Tense (Past, Present and Future). There are rules that govern the conjugation. This "Wizard" is designed to show you the patterns and examples of the conjugation rules. You can select any of about 100 common verbs and see a compact table showing you all 24 conjugations of each verb. An example of a complete sentence is shown for each conjugated form.
    • Sentence Construction Wizard
      Once you have a good understanding of Verbs and their conjugations, you will want to create complete grammatical sentences. In the Learn Bangla section, we have covered the rules for using various Parts of Speech like Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives and Determiners. The Sentence Construction "Wizard" leads you step by step through constructing grammatically correct Bangla Sentences. This may be an unique functionality as I have not come across anything similar in books or websites.
    • Pronunciation Wizard
      Bangla words can be broken down into syllables. When we pronounce a word, we are speaking out the syllables in order. In standard Bangla, the primary stress falls on the initial syllable of the word, while secondary stress often falls on all odd-numbered syllables. If the syllables and pronunciation rules are applied and text shows the syllables, you will find it much easier to determine which syllables require stress when pronouncing words.
  5. Searching for Bangla Text

Practice Bangla Section

After you have learnt the Bangla Alphabet, acquired a small vocabulary and learnt how to construct and speak conversational Bangla, many Internet Learners of Bangla find that they lack access to resources to practice what they learn and continue to grow their Bangla skills.

In this section we want to get you the experience of an immersive environment by setting up access to curated multimedia content. Now you can Read Newspapers, Magazines, Books and Blogs; Hear performances of Songs, Recitations, Audiobooks and See Cartoon Clips, Videos Clips and Youtube.

As you learn Bangla, especially if you are not in an immersive environment, you need access to curated multimedia content to enhance your learning. This section of the website offers you a variety of content that can be easily accessed online.

    Practice Bangla Section

  1. Assisted Mouseover Bangla Reading
    A major innovation on this website is a public dictionary and some software that lets you see the English equivalent and the phonetic English spelling of a selected Bangla word.
    • Assisted 12 items of International News in Bangla
      , with mouseover access to +
      Mouseover the Bangla words and you will see the English meaning and the pronunciation in Phonetic English. This news is also shown on the start page. There are tabs with all the words not yet in the dictionary, a lookup panel to research words and a You can research and update the Universal Public Dictionary, so that a word you just learnt can be useful for another student later.
    • Assisted Reading of Bangla Text
      , with mouseover access to +
    • Assisted Bangla Reading List
      , with mouseover access to +
      The links below were collected and processed with the "Assisted Reading" software and are presented for you to start reading with comprehension with the Technology assistance.
  2. My Favourites
    + lyrics, Translation, /
    Includes: The Golden Boat সোনার তরী
    Where the Mind is Without Fear চিত্ত যেথা ভয় শূন্য
    If They Answer Not To Thy Call যদি তোর ডাক শুনে কেউ না আসে
    Krishnokoli কৃষ্ণকলি
    Oh My Bangla! আ-মরি বাংলা ভাষা
    I Sing in Bangla আমি বাংলায় গান গাই
    The Captive Hero বন্দী বীর
    The Goddess of Wealth for the Town নগরলক্ষ্মী nogorlokShmi
    The Tryst অভিসার obhisar
    Indian National Anthem জন গন মন
    Bangladeshi National Anthem আমার সোনার বাংলা
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ঝিক্ মিক্ ঝিক্ মিক্ ক্ষুদ্র তারা
    To Be a Hindu is Great Fun হিন্দু হওয়া বড়ই মজা
    Lullaby - There was once a Billy Goat এক যে ছিল রামচাগল
    Lullaby - Godai who lives near the Ganges গঙ্গাপারের গদাইবাবু
  3. Hear Tagore Songs & Poems
    + lyrics, Translation, /
  4. Hear Recited Bangla Bhagawad Gita
    lyrics, Translation,
  5. Great Literature in Bangla
  6. Bangla Video Collection
  7. Books and Textbooks
    • Audiobooks at
      Bangla Recitation, Sunday Suspense, Audiobooks
      Audio, Youtube can be played at slower speed
    • Text Books WB/BD-Primary School Level
      PDF files
      All textbooks used to teach in primary schools in Bangladesh and West Bengal are now available online as PDFs. A selection of the books to teach Bangla upto Grade 4 are shown here.
  8. Read Newspapers
    Newspapers are always recommended as a way to practice reading any language and to enhance vocabulary with useful words in current use. Here are links to a few newspapers, 3 in WB and 3 in BD.
  9. Read Magazines
    Magazines, through their articles, offer insights into cultural activities of Bengalis. Some of these are located in the US, and will be of interest to Bangla learners who reside in Western Countries.
  10. Cooking Blogs
    Blogs with Bengali Food Recipes
    There is an universal love for Food and Cooking. I have found a number of Blogs that discuss Bengali cooking and food. I think learners of Bengali would find these blogs interesting.
  11. Bangla Learner Blogs
    with observations of cultural interest to Bengalis
    I have found 2 blogs where the blogger recorded their thoughts in the process of learning Bangla. One of them (My Bangla Diary) has now progressed beyond being just a learner and has archived her Blog for future learners to benefit from. I hope new learners will be inspired by what they have to say.
  12. Blogs on Tagore
  13. Bangla Songs and Lyrics
  14. Bangla Movie Collection


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