The Bangla Alphabet and English Phonetic Representation

In English, the name of the letter is not necessarily an indication of how it is pronounced in a word. For example, the letter "C" can be pronounced with an "S" sound as in "cease" or with a "K" sound as in "cash".

In Bangla, the letters are pronounced in exactly the same way as they are named. This makes it easy to write Bangla letters and words phonetically.

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Phonetic Transliteration

help Each Bangla letter is represented by a sequence of 1 to 3 English letters, closely representing the phonetic sound of the Bangla letter. Note that upper and lower case English letters are used. You must use the letters exactly as specified. For example, you must use the lower case "p" to form the Bangla letter .

Example: To write আমার নাম সুপ্রিয়, you would enter amar nam supriyo.

Usage Notes

  1. Vowels and Vowel Signs (-kar)
    When a Consonant is followed by a Vowel, the diacritic version of the Vowel (or -kar) will be shown.
    e.g. ki will be shown as কি.
  2. Compound Consonants
    When a Consonant is followed by a Consonant, a Combined Consonant (or juktakkhor) will be formed.
    e.g. pr produces প+র=প্র.
  3. Negation of Automatic Juktakkhor
    Sometimes, you may have 2 Consonants next to each other, but you don't want them to be automatically combined. Insert an "o" between the Consonants to override automatic juktakkhor.
    e.g. kr would have produced the compound letter ক+র=ক্র. The letter "o" does not create a character but is used to break an automatic juktakkhor. If you want to write কর, you will want to break the automatic juktakkhor formed by kr. So you would enter "kor" to get the desired result.
  4. Virtual Vowel "o"
    All Bangla Consonants end with the "awe" sound, as in "kawe" or "ko" for the Bangla consonant . The letter "o" can be thought of as a virtual letter, and can be used at the end of a word to make the phonetic word more aesthetic. produce কর, you can write "kor" or "koro".