There’s no good reason for my not having written about Supriyo Sen’s website for learning Bengali other than this blog having been a bit underused recently.
But with 2017, so far, showing more than usual progress with A Tangle of Wires and my Bengali study it’s a good time to rectify that. Continue reading
Moving beyond counting in Bengali, a useful next stage is to learn ordinal numbers (first, second, third etc).
To date প্রথম (prothom) is probably the one I use/see used the most, and I’ve not really moved much beyond দিতীয় (ditiyo) and তৃতীয় (tritiyo), hence this post’s more expansive look at the subject.
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
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
The venerable Bangla Academy celebrated turned 60 in December and, having celebrated its diamond jubilee, there are plans afoot for a brand new Bengali dictionary.
As director general Samsuzzaman Khan told Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper: Continue reading
After posting my Bengali numbers (1-50) video to my recently reactivated A Tangle of Wires on Facebook page it was suggested that – as good as YouTube is – isolating the audio file of my Indian father-in-law counting from 1-50 to help me with my pronunciation would be useful.
A quick play around with the remarkably user-friendly SoundCloud and here it is in its full, downloadable mp3 glory.
Posting here, and elsewhere, over the last year and a half has been sporadic to say the least, but thankfully there are others making progress.
I would certainly include in this the Let’s Learn Bengali group on Facebook, who recently started using the social network to compile on- and off-line resources for those studying Bangla.
So head over to the Let’s Learn Bengali Guide to Resources (it’s sure to be more up-to-date than this).
HT: My Bangla Diary