খারাপ আবহাওয়া – বাংলা দিনলিপি

Storm

গতকাল ঝড় হয়েছে ।পুব-এ বন্ধুদের সঙ্গে কথা বলে খুব বেশি বৃষ্টি দেখলাম, কিন্দু মেঘের ডাক শুনিনি, বিজলি দেখিনি ।

বিজলিটা জোরে ছিল – একটা কাছে শহরে লোক বলেছে ‘বিস্ফোরণ‘ ছিল! Continue reading

Beautiful prose

I was hugely looking forward to reading Tahmina Anam’s A Golden Age, which seems to have been on my ‘to read’ list for far too long, but I approached it with a sense of trepidation.

Given that it’s set in Bangladesh, in 1971, I worried it would offer a heart-breaking tale, and there were certainly elements of the story that make you catch your breath.

But where this book’s beautiful prose (held within beautiful covers) succeeds is in bringing a landscape of pain, suffering and hope down to a very personal level. It was  only with a short paragraph, which began, “throughout June, Tikka Khan’s soldiers made their way across the summer plains of Bangladesh”, that the author pulls back from the individual to encompass the scale of the horror the country endured during those months. Continue reading

Today’s the day – names of days of the week in Bengali

Days of the week in Bengali / Bangla

Days of the week, like much of my basic Bengali vocabulary, could do with a bit a bit of practice when it comes to their exact spellings.

See, I’ve been spending quite a bit of times recently working at my Quizlet Bengali flashcards and it’s become fairly apparent that while I know, for instance, that ‘tiger’ is ‘বাঘ’ I still um and ah as to whether the word begins with a ব or a ভ and if it should end with গ or ঘ. Continue reading

Bengali vocabulary – more names of animals in Bangla 

Big cats

I had no idea there was a state animal of West Bengal until researching this post, and even if I had, like most, I would have guessed it would be a tiger.

In fact, it’s the fishing cat (whose diet does indeed include fish, alongside birds, insects and small rodents). An endangered species, the fishing cat lives in dense forested regions and wetland areas. 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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How to count in Bengali – number chart in Bangla

Bengali Bangla numbers counting

Browsing for an image for a future post I once again came across this useful chart of numbers from 1-100 in Bengali on Flickr. Continue reading