5 Bengali words – religion (part 2)

nakhoda mosque - Kolkata

Nakhoda Mosque in Kolkata

দূর্গা পুজো এসে আমি ধর্ম-এর কথা শিখছি – বিষয় উপযুক্ত |

1. দেবতা, ভগবান, ঈশর (Muslim) – god

2. দেবী – goddess

3. প্রার্থনা, নামাজ (Muslim) – prayer

4. প্রসাদ – offering of food

5. আশীর্বাদ – blessing, benediction

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Too much content, too little time

I’m listening to the new Dinosaur Jr album – up there with their best if you like that sort of thing – and wondering how I’ll ever keep up with all the, for want of a better word, ‘content’.

I bought my first Dinosaur Jr album (Green Mind – ok, but not the best one to start with) in a mall in Florida in 1992. Continue reading

Bengali is coming to Duolingo… sort of

Duolingo Bengali Bangla

I’m a big fan of the language learning website/app Duolingo, which I’m currently using to brush up on my French and pick up a bit of Spanish.

But I have long wished that Bengali would be added to the list of languages it offers, joining Vietnamese, Turkish and the usual European suspects.  Continue reading

Channel 4’s 2016 Bollywood film season

Ek Tha Tiger posterAfter 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

হাতের লেখা

Bengali bangla adjectives handwriting

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 ।

New online Bangla / Bengali course


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

You’ve got to have a plan…

Road Sign - Victory Blvd. - DSC2554

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