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

On the site, you will find 3 sections - Learn, Write and Practice. Click the corresponding button to show/hide the contents of the section.

Learn Bangla

Write Bangla

Practice Bangla

    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 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          
    "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.
  • Lessons      

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My Favourites
    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
  • 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
      This includes: The Turtle's Flute
      Santa's Christmas
      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: Two Crows
      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
      Clever Donkey
      Monkeys Justice
    • Fairy Tales - 10 videos
      Includes: Little Mermaid
      The Frog Prince
      Hansel & Gretel
      The Beauty & The Beast
      Snow white & Seven Dwarfs
      Sleeping Beauty
    • 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
      The Boat
      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
      Grateful Ant
      The Mouse Maid
      The Magic Stick,
      The Lion Makers
      Wise Little Rabbit
      The Loyal Mongoose
      Three Fish
      Talking Cave
      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
      Unlucky Person
      Birbal And Singer
      Birthday Party
      A Floating Palace
      Honesty Is The Best Policy
      Test For Wisdom
      Half Light
      Half Shadow
      A Furious Horse
      Birbal's Khichuri (The Palace Light),
      A Magic Stick
      Bird Census
      All Happens For Good
      Treat For Fools
      Mother Tongue
      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)
      Mighty Elephant
      Foolish Donkey
      Hare and Tortoise
      Clever Jackal
      Lion and Jackal
      Monkey's Sacrifice
    • 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
      Hungry Horse
      Horse Free with Cat
      Ramans Clever Son
      Raman and Magician
      Precious Ring
      Thief Behind the Bush
      Nothing for Nothing
      Sharing the Reward
      Delhi Yatra
      Never Lie
      Cat Fears Milk
      Krishna Tests Ramkrishna
      Raman Steals Brinjal
      Born to be Free
      King Punishes Tenali
      A Lesson with Interest
      Free Labour
      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
      Surongo Rohosyo
      Kalitolar Baganbari
      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 Language: English 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?
      Release date 2008
      Running time 29:59
      Language English
      Director Malay Bhattacharya
    • 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"
    • Punascha-2h:13m
      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’.






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