No Bengali On Rosetta Stone: 3 Brilliant Alternatives

So now you know. There’s no Bengali on Rosetta Stone. When we found this out, it really surprised us. We often investigate languages and understand why Rosetta Stone decided to leave it out of their list of courses. One stunning fact about Bengali is that there are 210 million speakers. That makes it the 7th most spoken language globally, just behind Arabic and ahead of Russia. A staggering statistic.

Why Is There No Bengali On Rosetta Stone?

To answer this question, we need to probe some historical sources. According to the Hindustan Times, in 2000, 27% of Bengali people were below the poverty line.

As cynical as this may be, the nature of capitalism dictates that companies are looking to exploit affluent markets. At the turn of the century, when Rosetta Stone was getting off the ground, there wasn’t much investment in Bengali-speaking countries, and as a result, there wasn’t much of a market for a Bengali language app. However, things could be changing, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see more emerge.

At the moment, undoubtedly, your best option is Ling. Ling understands that every language deserves its day in the sun! As a result, we have committed to bringing 60 of the world’s lesser spoken languages to our app. Ling has a number of other Indian languages, including Tamil. But that’s not all. If you’re a native Tamil speaker and you want to learn Bengali, no problem. You can learn from a base of 60 languages, not just English.

Some Basics About The Bengali Language

Bengali is an ancient language with roots that can be traced almost 1500 years. Bengali actually has another name: Bangla. However, over at Ling, we use the term Bengali. It is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Bengal region of South Asia. Most famously, it is the national language of Bangladesh(98% of people speak it) and the Indian state of West Bengal. It also has minor status in several Indian states.

No Bengali on Rosetta Stone

Reasons To Learn Bengali

1. Economy

There are myriad economic opportunities in India and Bangladesh for any enterprising individuals. Bangladesh was declared independent in 1971, a move decried by many economists and political thinkers. For many years Bangladesh was terribly poor and relied heavily on international aid.

Bangladesh proved all of the doubters wrong and somewhat stunningly now outperforms India in terms of GDP per capita( it needs to be said that India’s total GDP dwarves Bangladesh). Bangladesh was one of those rare countries that actually grew its GDP during the pandemic.

Bangladesh’s strongest performing industry is the garment industry. It employs 4 million people in total. Because so many women are employed, it also has become a crucial part of women’s liberation.

Investing in Bangladesh would be a great idea for anyone who likes the cut and thrust life of running a business in a developing economy.

2. Authenticity

This is true of all languages, not just Bengali. However, you could argue that because Bangladeshi culture is so communal speaking the native language is even more important.

Nothing quite prepares you for how happy local people are when you put in the effort to speak their mother tongue. It is an act of tremendous empathy. It says that you value them and notice them enough to attempt to make a deeper connection.

3. Historical Literature 

There’s nothing quite like reading a book in a new language. It just so happens that Bengali is a written language that is really worth knowing. There are numerous famous Bangladeshi poets, including Alao, Chandi Das, and Daulat Kazi.

Undoubtedly the most famous Bangladeshi writer is Rabindranath Tagore. He was a multitalented man who produced songs, plays, and books. He even became famous in the west through his translations and several lecture tours. Again, when you read this in the Bengali native language, you gain a whole new level of understanding.

No Bengali on Rosetta Stone

Alternatives To Learn Bengali (No Bengali On Rosetta Stone)

So how are you going to improve your language skills and speak Bengali fluently?

YouTube

I love learning any language on YouTube. It feels like you are on the cutting edge of linguistics. The key to finding a good YouTube teacher is to see the number of videos they have, how often they upload, and the comment saturation of their videos. This is how you join a community, and there is nothing like community to motivate you.

Preply 

Preply is undoubtedly an expensive option because you’re talking to native speakers. However, one thing to consider is that you get a great deal on Bengali compared to other languages. Consider that English lessons might be 4x the price.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to practice your speaking fluently and dynamically. Several apps offer speaking practice; however, it is very difficult to replicate the spontaneity of a real conversation.

This is a sure-fire way to improve your Bengali pronunciation and learn Bengali naturally. However, this isn’t like other online courses where everything is regimented and will be more spontaneous.

Take A Bengali Course With Ling!

With its unique learning method, Ling is quickly becoming the official best app for learning lesser-spoken languages (we know that Bengali isn’t lesser spoken, rather not paid attention as much it should be).

Ling takes features that have allowed apps like Duolingo to become a cultural phenomenon and improves on them. Ling has reading, speaking, listening, writing(Bengali script), vocabulary, and grammar practice. That’s a lot of features for a low price. If you sign up for 1 year, you pay $54.99, which is only $4.58 a month. Consider that, for the price of a Starbucks coffee, you can learn a whole new language! In fact, keep the Starbucks and do your language learning over your morning coffee.

If you enjoyed this blog, why not check out some others, including blogs which review other language learning apps such as iTalki vs. Rosetta Stone and FluentU vs. iTalki.

It’s time for you to learn a foreign language now! Language learning has never been this easy.

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