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Google recently made some improvements to its search app that should allow Bengali dictation, raising interesting possibilities for those of us learning the language.
Whilst I can’t currently get the changes to work on my iPhone, seeing as the update is Android-only for now, if you can do so then the change could provide a useful way to work on your pronunciation. Continue reading
I’ve broadened my approach to learning Bengali since the time when I was over- enamoured by repeated listens of podcasts I struggled to understand.
I still struggle with NHK’s daily Bangla news podcast when I dip into it, but am trying to expand my knowledge of ‘newsy’, hence the recent post on political vocab and this one.
Even before the tragic recent events in Manchester and London this kind of military/warfare vocabulary features in the news from around the world all too often.
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Oh me of little faith; It turns out that Google hasn’t been dragging its feet when it comes to bringing its latest translation advances to Bengali.
The language is one of nine Indian tongues, alongside Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada, to benefit from the search giant’s ‘neural machine translation’ approach. Continue reading
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