It’s a subject that features on most news broadcasts, but it’s particularly timely given the snap general election that was called earlier this week here in the UK.
I’ve come across many of these words before on the daily news (in Bengali) podcast from Japan’s NHK state media. (And perhaps we should pause for a minute to consider how cool it is that NHK puts out the news in Bengali.) Continue reading
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
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
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
Looking back on my posts from last year I see I had great plans (or, plans, at least) for a programme of increasing the pace of my study of Bengali.
But, as with the best-laid plans of mice and men, my study schedule went awry, though not entirely.
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
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