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Bengali: The Language and the People

[Yeah, I'm Bengali, all right.]

The language Bengali, (বাংলা; Bānlā) like many others, has been derived from Sanskrit. It is mainly spoken/used in West Bengal and Odisha in India and in Bangladesh.

West Bengal and Bangladesh used to be one single state, collectively known as Bengal. Bangladesh used to be called East Bengal. When Bengal became separated in two, West Bengal retained its name (though it's in the East of India) and East Bengal came to be known as Bangladesh.

Bengal

The Bengali script is also used by other languages like Assamese.

script

As for the people.....well, what do I have to say?

<h1>মাছ</h1>

Fish, yes. maachh Our favourite food. Maachh is an everyday thing around here. Every Bengali kid who has refused to eat fish (around 90% of them, including myself) is going to be taken by monsters, yeah.

<h1>Jokes</h1>

You don't want me to elaborate, trust me.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/shayanroy/bae-of-bengal
<h1>Food...in general</h1>

Really, the Bengali Babus can be identified by their huge potbellies. Others will go buy expensive clothes and stuff, but us? FOOD.

rasgulla

jilipi

Seriously, we're all about sweets. [Also, luchi and alur dom.]

Meals

<h1>WHY you want to use BeNgAlI</h1>

When your age is around 9-13, the classiest language ever is English. But once you grow a little older...you can't ignore Bengali, the slang is just too attractive (perhaps only Bengalis will know).

<h1>Language learning</h1>

We are basically fed on three languages practically from the time we can speak even one. Once we can speak bits and pieces of Bengali, English is thrown at us. And if, as a kid, you want to watch TV (mainly the cartoon shows), you better grasp Hindi pretty soon. If you don't, well, your bad. By the time we're around seven, we have made a habit of speaking in Hengalish: Bengali, English and Hindi.

Well, that's us. When I can remember more, I'll add to this.

And by the way,

<h1>শুভ নববর্ষ!</h1>
2 years ago

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/shardoolsingh

Nice post, have a lingot for it! Who can forget the famous Rasogulla(that yummy sweet dish - OMG) and Bengali Babus. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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Yay Bengali! I'll be excited when it comes out here, but it's possible I'll already know too much for Duolingo by then. I've had a bit of an off-again-on-again relationship with it. :P

And yes, Bengali slang is quite something... My friend who was teaching an intro to Bengali course was trying to sell people on it, and his pitch was more or less "It has an amazing literature, but if that won't get you, then learn it to order delicious Bengali food and swear in the most creative slang imaginable."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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Lovely writeup and some great jokes. I was LOL by the time I reached the Big Bang one. About the Sanskrit origin, I am not very sure that it's correct. It's a bit of a grey area though at later stages there's been good amount of loan words from Sanskrit.

And wish you a very Happy New Year 2016!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bartosh_J

Do you know that Sanskrit is very similar to Polish language? :) Here is a link showing it: http://faktopedia.pl/495781

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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"very similar"?

There are a handful of words which are similar. Because both are Indo-European languages, and some word relationships have not been obscured by sound changes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bartosh_J

I know but Sanskrit has more similarities to Polish than Polish to German, English or French.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shrikrishna1
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The similarity is not restricted to words only, but we find in using of cases, sentence structure. Such similarity one may find also in Russian and Sanskrit May be other Slavic languages too have such similarities.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bartosh_J

U're right.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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WaO!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Karole444
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: ) Funny and informative post! Looking forward to learning Bengali on Duolingo. Hope they will include some Bengali slang. Maybe you can give a useful example here?
ধন্যবাদ ! Thanks!

4 weeks ago