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:
- They have to be disciplined and self-motivated because there are no scheduled classes
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 ক and খ are represented by their respective sound k and kh. To read আমি বাংলা শিখব you would simply read the phonetic ami bang‧la shi‧kho‧bo which are also shown here with syllable markers.
You will seeing a lot of phonetic representation on this site. Reading out the phonetic English aloud will let you to 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.
"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.
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.
- 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
- 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:
- From Youtube
- From Guided Course
All the videos in the Guided Course which includes 400+ word vocabulary, and sample sentences are gathered here. You can just play these videos and improve your pronunciation as you listen.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
12 Recent Items of International News, updated twice a day. 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
- Assisted Bangla Reading List
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.
- My Favourites
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
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
- Hear Tagore Songs & Poems
- Hear Recited Bangla Bhagawad Gita
- Great Literature in Bangla
- Bangla Video Collections
International Children's Stories with Bangla Subtitles - 3 videos
The Turtle's Flute
The Little Pianist
Stories from Grandma's Knapsack - 15 videos
These Children's stories are from the ever-popular Thakuromar Jhuli (Grandma's Knapsack). This collection has the following stories:
The Ugly Tree
The Two Beggars
The Greedy Dog
Lion and Mouse
Fox and The Crow
The Clever Crow
Fox and Grapes
Lion and Cows
The Crow Who Pretended
Hare and Tortoise
Two Silly Goats
The Clever Cap Seller
Fairy Tales - 10 videos
The Frog Prince
Hansel & Gretel
The Beauty & The Beast
Snow white & Seven Dwarfs
Tales from Panchatantra - 20 videos
The Panchatantra is an ancient Indian collection of inter-woven fables, many of which involve animals exhibiting animal stereotypes. According to its own narrative, it illustrates, for the benefit of three ignorant princes, the central principles for 'the wise conduct of life'. This collection includes:
Tortoise and Geese
The Wise Old Bird
The Stork and the Crab
Monkey and Crocodile
The Blue Jackal
The Horse and the Donkey
The Clever Bull
The King and The Noble Deer
Crow and Snake,
The Four Friends
The Mouse Maid
The Magic Stick,
The Lion Makers
Wise Little Rabbit
The Loyal Mongoose
Union Is Strength
Birbal in Akbar's Court - 19 videos
Birbal was a Hindu Brahmin advisor in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. He is mostly known for the folk tales which focus on his wit. Birbal was appointed by Emperor Akbar as a poet and singer in around 1556–1562. He had a close association with the Emperor, being part of his group of most important courtiers called the navaratna or nine jewels. This collection includes:
A True Merchant
Birbal And Mangos
Counting The Blind People
Birbal And Singer
A Floating Palace
Honesty Is The Best Policy
Test For Wisdom
A Furious Horse
Birbal's Khichuri (The Palace Light),
A Magic Stick
All Happens For Good
Treat For Fools
Tamarind Tree As A Witness
A Small Line
- Moral Stories - 8 videos
Moral Stories in Bengali Includes the following Bengali stories:
Crow and Snake (2)
Hare and Tortoise
Lion and Jackal
- Jungle Stories - 7 videos
Jungle Stories in Bengali. Includes:
The Foolish Crane
A Proud Bee
The Brahmin and the Goat
The Foolish Brahmin,
The Dog and The Donkey
The Tiger and the Traveller
The Foolish Fox
- Tenali Raman Moral Stories - 20 videos
Tenali Raman Stories in Bengali. Includes:
Jar with Seeds
Horse Free with Cat
Ramans Clever Son
Raman and Magician
Thief Behind the Bush
Nothing for Nothing
Sharing the Reward
Cat Fears Milk
Krishna Tests Ramkrishna
Raman Steals Brinjal
Born to be Free
King Punishes Tenali
A Lesson with Interest
Art Sense Common Sense
Raman Enters Court
- Fairy Tales in Bangla with English Translations - 32 videos
Faily Tales in Bangla. Includes:
সিনডরেলা। - Cinderella
লায়ন এবং মাউস গল্প - Lion and the mouse
লিটল রেড রাইডিং হুড - Little Red Riding Hood
লিটল মারমেড - Little Mermaid
ব্যাঙ রাজকুমার - Frog Prince
রাজকন্যা - স্লিপিং সৌন্দর্য - Sleeping Beauty
অরুপ হংসশাবক - The Ugly Duckling
শহরে মাউস এবং দেশ মাউস - Town Mouse and Country Mouse
জিনজার ব্রেড মানুষ - Gingerbread Man
হ্যানসেল ও গ্রেটেল - Hansel and Gretel
থাম্বেলিনা - Thumbelina
হেইডি - Heidi
নেকড়ে আর সাতটি বাচ্চা - Wolf and Seven Goats
রূপান্জেল - Rapunzel
জ্যাক ও সিম - Jack and the Beanstalk
সৌন্দর্য এবং জন্তু - Beauty and the beast
স্নো হোয়াইট ও সাত বামুন - Snow White
তিনটি ছোট শূকরছানা - Three Little Pigs
পিটার প্যান - Peter Pan
আলিবাবা ও চল্লিশ চোর - Alibaba
- Adventures of Pandob Goenda (Five Spies) - 10 videos
Pandav Goenda Adventures. Includes:
Mittir Barir Rahashyo
Jipsi Nacher Arale Part1
Jipsi Nacher Arale Part2
Jipsi Nacher Arale Part3
Brishtimukhor Sondhya Part1
Brishtimukhor Sondhya Part2
Brishtimukhor Sondhya Part3
Puri Dhame Dundhumar
- Hajabarala by Sukumar Ray
HAJABARALA is a Nonsense story by the great children's storyteller Sukumar Ray. The story starts with a child who suddenly wakes up from sleep to find strange things happening - A talking cat; a raven - Kskkeshwar, Gechodada, Heejibeeji and Byakran Shing are some of the funny and crazy characters in this unique story written by Sukumar Ray
- More Videos
- Glimpses of Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore Documentary by Satyajit Ray
This documentary details the life and work of the celebrated Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West." Rabindranath Tagore was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, born in Calcutta. He was educated at home. At seventeen he was sent to England for formal schooling, which he did not complete. Tagore was knighted by the ruling British Government in 1915, but within a few years he resigned the honor as a protest against British policies in India.
The documentary was made to celebrate Tagore's birth centenary in May 1961. Ray was conscious that he was making an official portrait of India's celebrated poet and hence the film does not include any controversial aspects of Tagore's life. However, it is far from being a propaganda film.
The film comprises dramatized episodes from the poet's life and archived images and documents.
The dramatized sequences of boy Rabi (Rabindranath Tagore) and young Tagore in his twenties are moving and lyrical. Ray has been reported to have said, "Ten or twelve minutes of it are among the most moving and powerful things that I have produced".
Awards * President's Gold Medal, New Delhi, 1961 * Golden Seal, Locarno, 1961 * Special Mention, Montevideo, 1962
- Timeless Gitanjali
Published on Jul 10, 2014
Gitanjali is a collection of 103 poems of the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore in English, translated by the poet himself. This volume became well known in the West, and was widely translated into other languages. In England a slender volume was published in 1913, with an exhilarating preface by W. B. Yeats. In the same year, Rabindranath became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize. His work, thus became a part of the English literature.
Gitanjali is a blend of a number of themes and ideas. It explores the relationship between the creator, nature, individual and humanity. The book becomes a revelation, and incantation, like mantras and the poem as a whole opens the closed petals of our lotus heart. It is an X'ray of our inner reality. The poems of Gitanjali are the offerings of the finite to the infinite. Gitanjali is Tagore's autobiography. At the same time it is the voice our own soul.
The India Bangladesh Foundation (IBF) and Shurolok Bangladesh pay tribute to the great poet through the publication of this documentary that traces the history of Gitanjali and its continued relevance in the World we live in. LM Ericsson Bangladesh Limited lent its support toward the production of the DVD for wider dissemination of Timeless Gitanjali, as a learning object for Bengalis and non-Bengali speakers alike all over the World.
The Concept designer, Director and script writer- Dr. Chanchal Khan
Duration: 47:19 Minutes
- The Story of Gitanjali: Song Offerings
Published on Aug 7, 2012
It is common knowledge that Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his Gitanjali. In what language did the Bengali poet write? The Gitanjali we know was in English, but why did Tagore almost never write any subsequent poetry in that language? When he was awarded the Nobel, the slim volume of Gitanjali was the only major literary work in English that the poet had to his credit. Yet the Nobel committee passed over luminaries like Thomas Hardy to award the prize to Tagore. What did the West find in Tagore?
- Tagore Tunes in Hindi Films
Published on Mar 25, 2013
Gitanjali is a collection of poems by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The original Bengali collection of 157 poems was published on August 14, 1910. The English Gitanjali or Song Offerings is a collection of 103 English poems of Tagore's own English translations of his Bengali poems first published in November 1912 by the India Society of London. It contained translations of 53 poems from the original Bengali Gitanjali, as well as 50 other poems which were from his drama Achalayatan and eight other books of poetry - mainly Gitimalya (17 poems), Naivedya (15 poems) and Kheya (11 poems). The translations were undertaken prior to a visit to England in 1912, where the poems were extremely well received. In 1913, Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize - specifically the Nobel Prize for Literature - largely for the English Gitanjali. The Nobel Prize was awarded to Rabindranath Tagore "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West".
Doordarshan brings to you a lyrical version of the aforesaid collection in a melodious avatar in the voices of - Jagjit Singh, Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurti, Suresh Wadkar, Vinod Rathod, Kumar Sanu, Anup Jalota, Sunidhi Chauhan. A fitting tribute to the legendary poet...
All 30 Episodes of GITANJALI are available on YouTube. This is Episode 5. The entire set of episodes can be viewed by clicking on Playlist for All Episodes of Gitanjali
- Books and Textbooks
- 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.
- 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.
- Cooking Blogs
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.
- Bangla Learner Blogs
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.
- Blogs on Tagore
- Bangla Songs and Lyrics
- Bangla Movies from Youtube
Search for "bengali full movie english subtitle"
PUNASHCHA Bengali Feature Film,Full Movie |Selected IFFI 2014|
|Story & Direction:Souvik Mitra | Music:Debajyoti Mishra |
|Cast:Soumitra Chatterjee,Roopa Ganguly,Anjana Basu,Sayani Ghosh|
Story: Mohona, a professor from Santiniketan, settles down in Kolkata after retirement. Her husband died a while ago and her young daughter, who studies at Vishwa Bharati, stays in a hostel. A long lost "friend" and renowned author Animesh Mukhopadhyay is invited to Delhi to receive an award, but he has some other plans after the event. Mohona and Animesh had decided decades ago to spend 24 hours together like a couple someday, but that dream is interrupted when it's fulfilled.
- Mr and Mrs Iyer-2h:02m
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer is a 2002 Indian drama film written and directed by Aparna Sen and produced by N. Venkatesan. The film features Aparna Sen's daughter Konkona Sen Sharma as Meenakshi Iyer, a Tamil Iyer Brahmin who is a Hindu. Rahul Bose portrays the character of Raja Chowdhury, a Bengali Muslim wildlife photographer. The story revolves around these two lead characters during a fateful bus journey amidst the carnages of a communal strife in India. Zakir Hussain, an Indian tabla maestro, composed the background score and music for the film; Goutam Ghose, a film director himself, was the cinematographer.
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and was showcased at other prominent film festivals. The film opened to Indian audiences on 19 July 2002. It was met with critical acclaim upon release, and won several national and international awards, including the Golden Maile award at the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in India. The film, which was also released as a DVD, had English as its predominant language with a sporadic use of Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali.
- Balir Niche Joler Shobdo-0h:22m
Synopsis: The film is centred on a veteran actor of film and theatre. One day he takes a short leave from his busy schedule and delves into his inner self. The film is the story of this day that portrays his entire life — his passion, philosophy and ‘lust for life’.