Bengali vocabulary – the body (part 1)

I’m learning vocabulary from a children’s Bengali word book and posting some of the word lists here.

First up is part one of Lesson 1: “About Body” (সরির সম্বম্ধিয় [sōrir sōmbōmdhiy])

Body – সরির (sōrir)

Head – মাথা (matha)

Hair – চুল (cul)

Mouth – মুখগহ্বর (mukhōgōhōbor)

Chest – বুক (buk)

Arm – বহু (bahu)

Nail – নখ (nōkh)

Hand – হাত (hat)

Lip – ঠোঁট (thot)

Tooth – দাঁত (dat)

Face – মুখমণ্ডল (mukhondōl)

Tongue – জিহ্বা (jihba)

Nose – নাক (nak)

Elbow – কনুই (kōnui)

Finger – হাতের অঙ্গুলি (hater ōnguli)

Palm – হাতের পাতা (hater pata)

Throat – গলা (gōla)

If you see the same character repeated above instead of the words in Bengali script then you need to install Bengali fonts on your computer.

N.B. গা (ga) and দেহ (dehō) also mean body, গা (ga) is the one I know. Comparing সরির (sōrir) and গা (ga), my father-in-law offered the explanation that while you might say ‘গা কেমন আচ?’ (ga kaemon achō?) the same phrase wouldn’t use সরির (sōrir). Another word for body is দেহ (dehō), though it’s similarity to সব্দেহ (sōbdehō) – corpse, makes me assume it’s another meaning of body altogether.

I use মুখ (mukh) for both face and mouth, হাত (hat) for both arm and hand.

For tongue জিভ (jibh) seems to be more commonly used – in as much as it’s the word given in the three Bengali dictionaries I have to hand.

Finally, for finger আঙ্গুল (angul) is more usual.

Part two of the list will follow next week.

2 responses to “Bengali vocabulary – the body (part 1)

  1. Pingback: Bengali vocabulary – animals | A Tangle Of Wires

  2. Pleasing you should think of somnihteg like that

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