Monsoon in Kolkata (Flickr: Opashona)
So far I’ve only visited India in December or January, which limits the Bengali words for weather that I need when actually on holiday.
In fact, hot, cold and fog would probably cover those needs – often within the space of the same day. Continue reading
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
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
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.
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
Nakhoda Mosque in Kolkata
দূর্গা পুজো এসে আমি ধর্ম-এর কথা শিখছি – বিষয় উপযুক্ত |
1. দেবতা, ভগবান,ঈশ্বর (Muslim) – god
2. দেবী – goddess
3. প্রার্থনা, নামাজ (Muslim) – prayer
4. প্রসাদ – offering of food
5. আশীর্বাদ – blessing, benediction
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