Category Archives: Resources

Google improves translation for nine Indian languages, including Bengali

Google Translate Hindi Bengali Marathi

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

An excellent online resource for learning Bengali / Bangla

Online Bengali / Bangla course

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

How to say first, second etc in Bengali – ordinal numbers in Bangla 

Number One by Meena Kadri @ Flickr
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.
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Bengali is coming to Duolingo… sort of

Duolingo Bengali Bangla

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

New online Bangla / Bengali course

Day of Multilingual Blogging

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

New Bengali dictionary in the works


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

Bengali numbers (1-50) [audio only]

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.