Bengali soon to come!
There is a justified speculation that Bengali might soon show up on the incubator!
wow....feels really great to see people interested in our language and culture .... did you know that bengali is the only language in the world for which people gave their lives in 1952 in the movement against Pakistan. Later UNESCO declared 21st february as International Mother Language Day in honor of Bengali language movement and linguistic rights of people around the world.
The language possess a long history of culture, literature, lifestyle, livings, joys and sorrows of bengali people.
No, I was not aware of this. Thanks for sharing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Language_Day
You should check this out as well: http://www.unishemay.org/html/english-language.htm
Though very few people know of a similar language movement that happened in India http://www.unishemay.org/html/english-language.htm
I am an American speaker of Bangla and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see the very important, and far too often overlooked, Bengali language come to light. In the meantime, I second Andrea Mandal's list of resources and also suggest "Introduction to Bengali: Part I" by Dimmock, Bhattacharji and Chatterjee.
Please, start the course, it wasn't started it seems.
Hey guys I am a Bengali and i have taken the initiative to be the teacher , if any one of you is a bengali and can help us please join in so that we can show up bengali in the incubator. Just go in the internet and type Contribute duolingo and sign in and you will be able to help duolingo to bring up this beautiful lanuage, come on hurry up I habe already registered to contribute
Oh I hope so! ami bangla bahalobashi :P Bengali is my second favorite language after Hindi. I just love it, I have been trying to learn it but resources for it are so bad :( I think Bangla is one of the most underrated languages ever. It's so beautiful, has an amazing culture and literature, has a lot speakers and yet so few people want to learn it. :(
I agree, Bengali is one of the sweetest sounding languages of the world and has a rich culture and literature. I am reminded of some of the very old Bengali movies that I have recently watched featuring Sharmila Tagore just when she started her career.
Also, I think the Bengali script is easier to pick up for those who already know Devanagari.
I would really like to see the day when Duolingo facilitates language learning among speakers of the several Indian languages. I reckon that day cannot be too far out in the future!
Have you checked out supriyosen.net ? His site is fantastic for beginners learning from English. William Radice's book Teach Yourself Bengali is good as well, as are Hanne-Ruth Thompson's books. Also check out the Let's Learn Bengali group on Facebook. Resources are out there and multiplying fast. I would love to see Duolingo pick up Bengali but we have to show that there is demand for it. And there certainly is; worldwide demand - but we need to be better organized and visible as a group of language learners. Bengali has so much to offer the world, I believe, if only we can convince people it is worth learning!
In case you didn't yet get an answer, go to https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply - there's an English for Bengali speakers course in progress that looks like it could use help (https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/en/bn/status). No one has started a Bengali for English speakers yet, but I suspect getting the one done first will help.
And now? Any news about it?