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1. Mild Interest
|May be a visitor to "Bengal" or being a friend of a Bengali. You may not want to invest a lot of time and effort, but you want to pick up some conversational snippets to gain some confidence with the sounds of the language.||We now have the words and phrases taught by the US Army for troops deployed in Bengali speaking areas or with Bengali speaking soldiers. We also have a more practical phrasebook that was given to US Peace Corp volunteers. I am building a third phrasebook with situational phrases. All of these lists come with audio so that you can hear and rehear the Bangla, preparing you for the immersive environment.|
2. Interest in the Script
|This is important even for reading shop and street signs in a Bengali speaking area. To learn the Bangla script, the letters and words need to be presented so that the learner can hear and learn at the same time.||I have provided phonetic English representation for all the Bangla on the site. So the learning continues even as you tackle the more complex constructions like Compound Consonants.|
3. Learning the Grammar and Making Grammatically Correct Sentences
|At this stage, people usually enrolled in classrom courses that were available at least in London and Chicago, conducted by teachers who were proficient in the language and were often textbook authors. No with the advent of internet learning, many of these courses for Bangla are being dropped.
This site was developed to cater to the new generation od Bangla learners. The new learners want to learn quickly, learn actively and not by memorization, and expect the teaching method will be enhanced by their computer proficiency. This is why this site even exists
|Grammar is taught using simple English grammar as the base. Grammar determines how to reply words in a sentence. For example, the concept of Subject, Object and Verb are still valid, but their order varies between English and Bangla. The Parts of Speech like Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives are the same in both languages, although Conjugation or Different Verb forms are often confusing for learners. This is where technology can be applied and the assistance of the software results in the Verb Conjugation Wizard and the Sentence Construction wizard.|
4. Fast generation of Bangla Text for native speakers and advanced students
|Considerable effort is spent creating Bangla text using the universal English ("Latin") keyboard. Most people learn a way ( using a software key mapping ) to type Bangla text. These Input Method Editors (IMEs) are different across computers, so your carefully learned Mac scheme will not be usable when you use the PC in the local Public Library.||
There are two methods, both phonetic, available on the site to universally create Bangla text. I am aware that many people hate phonetic methods, but I see Bengali youngsters merrily writing Twitter messages, Facebook posts and emails using phonetic representations of Bangla in English.
Also. any serious writer will want immediate access to dictionaries, translators etc, without leaving their writing. These have how been integrated. There are now 3 Bangla authors who are using the Writing capability to write and publish Bangla books, articles, Facebook posts and Emails.
5. Finally, how do you keep your hard-earned knowledge active and growing
|If you went to live in Bangladesh or West Bengal, your knowledge of Bangla would surely grow through the process of immersion. But most people have lives to lead and have to find some other way. I have tried to create a portal of Bangla links so that you can create an immersive environment all around you.||
You can read a Bangla newspaper every day. Unfortunately, most people think that newspapers use very difficult (but precise) words. After a few days of understanding 40% of the words in every sentence, most people give up. The "Assisted Bangla" for reading the news will provide greater comprehension and help to improve your vocabulary. This concept of pre-processing Bangla text to make Bangla more accessible, has been applied to a few articles from Ichchhamoti, a webzine for children (an presumably new learners), some Tagore poems,and a few compositions by Satyajit Ray's grandfather.
Links are provided to Complete Works of Tagore and other famous Bengali authors, Videos, Newspapers, Magazines, Foodie Blogs, Song Lyrics and textbooks used in Bangladesh and West Bengal.
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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