Want To Learn Bengali?
Bangladesh, together with the Indian region of West Bengal, is the home of the Bengali people and language. Bordering with India and Myanmar, Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, being the 8th most populated country but 92nd in terms of area. Despite this, there is a lot to experience in Bangladesh. There is plenty of nature to see as well as sites of great cultural relevance. There are already three world heritage sites in the country with more potentially being added. All of these are great reasons to learn Bengali.
Over 230 million people speak Bengali as their first language, with 37 million more speaking it as a second language. This puts it 7th on the list of most speakers of a language. It is part of the Indo-Aryan language family, a root it shares with other prominent languages such as Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Bengali is written in its own alphabet - the Bengali alphabet. This is made up of 29 consonants and 7 vowels, with an addition 7 nasalised vowels.
Bengali does not use grammatical gender. Pronouns follow a similar system to that of English and the verbs are highly inflected, meaning that they change based on the corresponding grammatical case. The primary stress in the pronunciation of words is placed on the first syllable, with secondary stress being placed on each subsequent odd-numbered syllable. The word order of Bengali is SOV, or subject, object then verb.
Many people have taken the time to learn Bengali - there are 37 million second language speakers, after all. While many of these people live in the region surrounding Bangladesh and West Bengal in India, there is still great incentive for others to learn Bengali. The large Bengali diaspora in many countries across the globe would certainly appreciate it, as well as those in the region. With so much to experience and so many speakers, there are many reasons to give Bengali a try.