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This site has 3 main sections that can be accessed using the menubar.
The 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.
Some background materials are presented as Posts. Some of these may later be incorporated as part of the educational material.
Is your device "Unicode Compliant?"
What is the Minimum Vocabulary for Conversational Bangla
সুবর্ণ suborNo Two-way Phonetic Transliteration
Bangla and Devanagari Alphabet Comparison
Learning Bangla Numbers and the Numbering System
Words, Pronunciation and Spelling
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?
Reading and Comprehending Unfamiliar Bangla Text
Grammar and Sentence Construction
Verbs, Conjugations and the Verb Conjugation Wizard
"Verb Negation" Conjugated Patterns
Two-for-One - Compound Verbs in Bangla
Bangla Rules! 10 Rules to Perfect Conversational Sentences
Wordlists and Phrasebook
Names of Relatives in Bangla (West Bengal)
Language Survival Guide adapted from US Army pamphlet
Jana Gana Mana-Complete Song
Two e-books have been created for teaching the Bangla Language.
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
Learn the Bangla Alphabet — the Bangla alphabet and their phonetic English representation using সুবর্ণ suborNo Bangla Phonetic method
Introduction to Conversational Bangla — 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
Quizzes to Help Retention and Validate Learning
Repetition and recall aid understanding of the new concepts and words you learn.
A Complete Course for Learning Conversational Bangla
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".
Guided Course Curriculum — Guided Course including 'Learning the Bangla Alphabet' and 'Introduction to Conversational Bangla'
Vocabulary - Glossary of Words in English and Bangla
Learn Bangla Words, understand spelling rules, pronounce the words with the Phonetic English transliteration
Writing in Bangla on a PC or Mac used to require a user to memorize a keyboard layout for Bangla letters. With Phonetic English and a set of Bangla Unicode fonts, even a casual user can easily write Bangla characters. Bangla Vowels, Vowel Diacritics (called -kars), Consonants and Compound consonants (called Juktakkhor).
The English keyboard that comes with most computers and smart devices, does not contain any Bangla characters. On the current Apple iPhone and iPad, an option is provided to display Bangla characters on the builtin keyboard. Pressing the appropriate key will type the correct Bangla character on the screen. Unfortunately, there is no standard keyboard definition across Windows, Mac,Linux, iOS and Android. Casual users don't want to memorize keyboard layouts. On this site, two methods of writing Bangla are
Google Phonetic & Visual Keyboard
Google lets you write Bangla using Phonetic English and comes with an extensive dictionary that minimizes spelling errors. The Universal Visual Bangla Keyboard
software lets you type in Bangla characters in the same way on ANY computer.
Phonetic Bangla Writing
The second method of writing on this website is for learners who want to see the Bangla rendered as they enter each English Phonetic letter. The Bangla writing page also provides a Spelling Assistant, a Word Finder, access to the Bangla-English Online Samsad Dictionary and a set of Tools to go from English Phonetic to Bangla and vice-versa.
Writing Aids - Dictionary and Word Glossary
Correct 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
Anubadok Bangla Translator — Anubadok, an experimental machine English to Bangla translator, developed by Golam Mortuzza Hossain. The Anubadok Bangla Translator is usually more accurate than Google Translate.
Bangla Samsad Dictionary — Check the Samsad Bangla-English Dictionary for English or Bangla words
Bangla Word Finder — Quickly check spelling against a 16,000+ word English-Bangla glossary
Transliterate Documents — Convert complete documents from Bangla to Phonetic English and vice-versa
Software Wizards - Extending the Role of a Teacher
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.
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.
Bangla words can be broken down into syllables. When we pronounce a word, we are speaking out the syllables in order. In standard Bengali, 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.
Bangla Practice Resources
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.
- My Favourites
- Read Complete Works:Tagore, Bankim, Sarat, Swami Vivekanada ... Online
- Hear/Download Bangla Audiobooks Online
- Bangla Recitation, Sunday Suspense, Mobile Audiobooks at bengali-mp3.com
- Read Newspapers
- Ananda Bazar Patrika, Bortoman, Songbad Protidin
- Prothom Alo, Ittefaq, Amar Desh
- Read Magazines
- Parabaas, Maadhukari, Abasar, Ichchhamoti Children's Mag, Joydhak
- Kather Nouko, Ishaner Punjomegh, Mukhomukhi, Journey90s, Guruchandali
- Sristi, Maaskabari, Sachalayatan
- Read Bangla Song Lyrics
- Banglasonglyrics.com, Banglasonglyrics.wordpress.com
- Banglaganlyrics.wordpress.com, BDsonglyrics.blogspot.com
- Read some Bangla and Cooking Blogs
- Spice and Curry, Bong Mom's Cookbook, Kichu Khon
- Appyayan, Cook a Doodle Do, Cooking in Calcutta
- The Bengali Gourmet, Cook Like a Bong
- Devotee & Chronicler of South Asian Food
- My Bangla Diary (archival), A Tangle of Wires
- Animikh Rabindranath
- Bangla Videos
- International Children's Stories with Bangla Subtitles - 3 videos
- Stories from Grandma's Knapsack (Thakuromar Jhuli) - 15 videos
- Fairy Tales in Bengali - 10 videos
- Tales from Panchatantra (an ancient Indian collection of fables) - 20 videos
- Birbal, a Hindu Brahmin advisor, in Mughal Emperor Akbar's Court - 19 videos
- Moral Stories in Bengali - 8 videos
- Jungle Stories in Bengali - 7 videos
- Tenali Raman Moral Stories - 20 videos
- Video Clips for Tagore Songs and Poems
Tagore Songs - 11 videos from Youtube
- Bangla Movies with English Subtitles on YouTube - 2 Movies
- Bangladesh-Bangla Reading List by Grade Level
The National Curriculum & Textbook Board, Bangladesh, specifies a set of Text Books for Teaching various subjects. The books for Teaching Bangla, by Grade Level, for 2013 are available as PDF files.
Daily Bangla Practice - Reading Bangla with English Meaning Support
When 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. Two such applications are provided below