I’ve started working my way through the review of part two in Teach Yourself Bengali and have decided to tackle my mental block with crore and lakh.
The numbers are common in India and the surrounding countries, but for some reason I’ve never quite got my head around them, until now (hopefully).
1 Crore (10,000,000) – কোটি, ক্রোড়ে (koti, crore 1,00,00,000)
2 Lakh (100,000) – লাখ, লক্ষ (lakh, lōkkh 1,00,000)
3 Thousand – হাজার (hajar)
4 Hundred – শ (sō)*
5 One and a half, two and a half – দেড়, আড়াই (der, arai)**
* E.g. একশ (100), দুশ (200)
** Not ‘big numbers’ in themselves, these can be used for numbers such as দেড়শ (150) and আড়াইশ (250)
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