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About Bengali (Bangla)

Bengali, sometimes known as Bangla, is descended from Sanskrit and Prakrit. It is the official language of Bangladesh and is spoken in the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura and Assam. It is closely related to Assamese, which uses the same writing system. Spoken Bengali is quite different to formal written Bengali, which is influenced more heavily from Sanskrit. There are also some differences in the Bengali spoken between India and Bangladesh, including vocabulary differences. uTalk teaches the Indian Bengali variant.

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Fun facts — Bengali

  • Bengalis use the same word for 'to eat', 'to drink' and 'to smoke a cigarette'.
  • The phrase 'tiger on the bank, crocodile in the water' means that there is danger on all sides.
  • Bengali is the 7th most spoken language in the world.

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