বাংলা (Bengali)




Photo by Adrien Taylor on Unsplash
Photo by Adrien Taylor on Unsplash

With more than over a 300 million speakers worldwide (according to 2011 Census), Bengali is usually counted as the seventh most spoken native language in the world by population. Bengali is the official and De Facto national language of Bangladesh is Modern Standard Bengali. It serves as the lingua franca of the nation, with 98% of Bangladeshis fluent in Bengali (including dialects) as their first language. Within India, Bengali is the official language of the states of West Bengal, Tripura and in the district of Barak Valley in the state of Assam due to presence of Bengali population. It is also the most widely spoken language in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is spoken by significant minorities in other states including Jharkhand, Bihar, Mizoram, and Meghalaya and Odisha.

Native Speakers: 300,000,000

Region: India, Bangladesh

Writing System: Eastern Nagari script

Language Family: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Magadhi Prakrit, Eastern Zone (Magadhan), Bengali-Assamese, Bengali

Basic Phrases in Bengali

Hello Hyālō হ্যালো
Goodbye Bidāẏa বিদায়
Yes Hām̐ হাঁ
No না
Excuse me… Māpha karabēna মাফ করবেন
Please Anugraha অনুগ্রহ
Thank you Dhan’yabāda ধন্যবাদ

Books & Software for Learning Bengali

Online Resources for Learning Bengali