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Learn Bangla Section
This section of this website contains instructional material to help a new student to learn Conversational Bangla. The teaching method in this site emulates how a child would learn their "Mother Tongue". A grammar framework is established early. Then vocabulary words are introduced within this framework. This approach is different from the popular Bangla textbooks/web resources used by students trying to learn Bangla. By developing rules based on patterns, and using the computer to assist in some repetitive parts, students who know English can quickly pick up enough Bangla to be able to participate in Bangla conversations.
Learning OnlineIf you are just getting started, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. The usual process of learning a language includes classroom time and being surrounded by native speakers.
For those who try to learn, say Bangla, over the Internet on a computer/tablet/smartphone have these factors in common:
Posts - Background ArticlesSome background materials are presented as Posts. Some of these may later be incorporated as part of the educational material.
Learning the Alphabet
Words, Pronunciation and Spelling
Grammar and Sentence Construction
Learning e-BooksTwo e-books have been created for teaching the Bangla Language.
Quizzes to Help Retention and Validate LearningRepetition and recall aid understanding of the new concepts and words you learn.
A Complete Course for Learning Conversational BanglaThe Learning Bangla section of this website contains instructional material to help a new student to learn Conversational Bangla.
The teaching method in this site emulates how a child would learn their "Mother Tongue". A grammar framework is established early. Then vocabulary words are introduced within this framework. This approach is different from the popular Bangla textbooks/web resources used by students trying to learn Bangla. By developing rules based on patterns, and using the computer to assist in some repetitive parts, students who know English can quickly pick up enough Bangla to be able to participate in Bangla conversation.
With intense study, and spending about 20 hours a week, I believe the curriculum can be covered in 14 weeks, at end of which the student will have a basic vocabulary and will be capable of make grammatically correct sentences to carry on a conversation. Without a teacher who can enforce discipline, it will take longer. The course has embedded quizzes in each chapter to test comprehension and learning. I have also put in videos that will help in proper pronunciation, something that is a problem with many "computer courses".
Wordlists and Phrasebooks
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:
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.
Writing Aids - Dictionary and Word GlossaryCorrect spelling and accurate word meanings are essential as you start expanding your knowledge of Bangla. These tools are the stand-alone versions of what you will find in the Write Phonetic Bangla section
Translation - English to BanglaThe Anubadok Bangla Translator is usually more accurate than Google Translate. The webpage was designed to provide a complete translation workflow, to allow the user to tune the machine translation for their own use. Google Translate was offered here as an option, but Google's current version cannot be run from an independent site, and has been removed
Software Wizards - Extending the Role of a Teacher
Verb Conjugation WizardAs 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 WizardOnce 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 WizardBangla 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.
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. The Bangla Practice Resources section of the website offers you a variety of content that can be easily obtained online.
Bangla Reading Assisted by Mouseover EnglishWhen you start reading blocks of Bangla Text, it is hard enough to recognize all the letters, vowel diacritics and conjunct consonants. To aid you in reading and comprehension, we have set up the capability to process Bangla Text so that when you move the mouse over a Bangla letter you will see its English Meaning and Phonetic representation (for pronunciation). A Public dictionary is also provided for users to add their own researched word meanings into the Public Dictionary. This is like a wiki-dictionary, with user update capability.
Great Literature in Bangla
Books, Newspapers, Magazines and Blogs
Songs and Lyrics
Bangla Text Books in PDF
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