After the disappointment of having no Spring season of Bollywood films on Channel 4 this year and then the slightly underwhelming, documentary-heavy Autumn season last year, I’m excited by this year’s Autumn line-up of Bollywood films.
Those in charge of programming have struck what looks to be a really nice mix of new/old and left-field/populist films that takes in a crime thriller, an award-winning legal drama and more besides.
Assuming I remember to record it – certainly not a given if past years are anything to go by – I’ll finally get to see Delhi 6, whose songs were playing when I first started listening to Raj & Pablo. Continue reading
অনেক দিনের থেকে আমি বাংলায় লিখিনি (অন্তত হাতের লেখা করিনি) । গতকাল আমি বিশেষণ পড়ে কিছু কথা লিখলাম । আমি আশা করি আরো বাংলা হাতের লেখে আমার বাংলা আরো ভালো থাকবে । কিন্তু আমি আপিসে এ আমার অভিধান নেই – তবে এহ্কানে সব কথা ঠিক থাকবেনা ।
It looks like a new online Bengali language course will be coming soon, if Mandira Bhaduri’s plans come to fruition.
She’s spent nine years at the University of Chicago as a lecturer in its Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations teaching first up to fourth year Bangla, but in June will take a break and is working on a way to swap the physicial classroom for a virtual one to teach students Bengali online. Continue reading
The British Council’s recent language learning drive has – so far* – inspired me to take a more methodical approach to my Bengali study, which has tended to wax and wane over the last ten years.
It’s fine when a family holiday to India looms and I know I’ll actually be able to use the language. But it’s more sporadic when there’s no such goal at the front of my mind.
Unfortunately we only go to India once every five years, so I often fall into troughs when my study is neither as consistent nor as effective as I’d like. Continue reading
The British Council recently uploaded a series of YouTube videos as part of its language learning campaign.
One of them – see below – takes aim at vocabulary and provides some practical advice on how to increase the number of foreign words you know, clearly a vital step down the path of learning any new language.
As the videos’ star, Alex Rawlings, puts it: “Learning new languages is about learning new words.”
In the flurry of New Year-themed campaigns – drink less, exercise more, be a better person, etc – there was one that particularly caught my eye this year.
International education and cultural charity the British Council put its weight behind a language-learning drive, calling on Brits (notoriously resistant to anything other than the ‘talk slowly and loudly in English’ method of communicating when abroad) to include learning a foreign language in their 2016 resolutions.
There’s no specific Bengali angle of course, but the campaign’ broader message and tips should resonate whatever language you’re studying. Continue reading
The venerable Bangla Academy celebrated turned 60 in December and, having celebrated its diamond jubilee, there are plans afoot for a brand new Bengali dictionary.
As director general Samsuzzaman Khan told Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper: Continue reading