There is usually less use of the words ‘please’ (দয়া করে) or ‘thank you’ (ধন্যবাদ) in Bengali than there is in English, but that shouldn’t be construed as rudeness.
Instead there are other ways to indicate politeness, one of them being to use phrases such as:
1. কষ্ট দিলাম – I have caused bother
2. আমি খুব খুশি হয়েছি – I am very happy
3. না, না, আমার পেট ভরে গেছে – no, I am full
4. অসুবিধা নেই – No problem
5. মাছটা খুব মজা – the fish is delicious (alt. তরকারি খুব স্বাদ হয়েছে – the curry is very tasty)
আমার পেট ভরে গেছে is one of my favourite Bengali phrases thanks to its ability to both charm members of my wife’s family by showing I know a little of their language (albeit with problematic pronunciation) and preventing my stomach from exploding from their hospitality.
1. kōstō dilam
2. ami khub khusi hōyechi
3. amar pet bhōre gaeche
4. ōsubidha nei
5. machta khub mōja (alt. tōrkari khub shad hōyeche)
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