Bengali, known as Bangla in its native form, is one of the most spoken languages in the world with nearly 300 million speakers. It inherits a rich literary and cultural tradition with names like Rabindranath Tagore, Jibanananda Das and Satyajit Ray at the forehand. It stands as the primary language in Bangladesh and is the second most spoken language in India, especially in the region of West Bengal or Pashchimbanga.
The Standard Colloquial Bengali word stock features twenty-five per cent of borrowing from Sanskrit, sixty-seven per cent of native words with Sanskrit cognates and eight per cent of indigenous origin, as well as foreign words.
The sounds of Bengali, many a time pure and musical in texture, are scientifically grouped according to where and how they are produced in the mouth. The script has upstrokes, downstrokes and other shapes that hang from a horizontal line. It is important to assimilate the Bengali sounds and script in a configured manner, eventually leading the learner to an effective interaction between one and the other. Bengali for Beginners is a meaningful step towards achieving that objective and basic competency in all four skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing.
· Develop your pronunciation skills;
· Enhance your vocabulary power;
· Sharpen your listening skills;
· Attain all-around confidence in using the language in social communication.
There are no prerequisites for this course.