So far this year I’ve managed to be surprisingly disciplined with my Bengali study – something that usually only happens in the immediate run-up to one of our every-five-years trips to Kolkata.
One of the things I’ve found particularly helpful for is an iPhone app I’ve dabbled with before.
It’s not, sadly, a really great mobile app for learning Bengali, though I suppose Duolingo for Bengali may one day be available and that could fit the bill.
Instead, it’s the Quizlet flashcard app/website that’s proved perfect for regular study and – given that it’s innately unforgiving about whether you use a গ or a ঘ, for example, has improved my spelling no end.
As well traditional flashcards (‘Cards’) it offers fairly self-explanatory Learn, Write, Match and Test options, all of which can be refined to test just the words you highlight with a star as needing more work.
I’ve created a number of Bengali decks that I’m studying at the moment, most of which have been covered in posts on this blog, though unfortunately they’re not easily embedded on a WordPress blog, so links will have to do.