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A Bilingual Dictionary of Words & Phrases


...an easy guide to Bengali words, phrases and their pronunciation






"...serendipity, in dictionaries, is a most splendid thing indeed..."[Simon Winchester]

This is a bilingual [English to Bengali (Bangla) and Bengali to English] dictionary of words and phrases with audio pronunciations and illustrations. It is unlike any printed dictionary you have seen and includes many additional features. It is recommended that to profitably use all the features of this dictionary, first time visitors may please read the instructions on the Contents page.  There is also a list of pages containing phrases. On your left is a search box to quickly look up a word or even a common phrase. However, this utility can't translate for you just any phrase.

Bengali is spoken by 200 million people in Bangladesh, in the state of West Bengal in India as well as elsewhere in India and beyond. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family and its  immediate ancestors are Sanskrit and Prakrit. Learning Bengali will provide you access to an intensely throbbing life of the teeming millions, knowledge of a rich flora and fauna, plants and animals, many of which may not be found elsewhere in the world, as well as a great literature that dates back to 1000 A.D. and a wide variety of classical and folk art forms, music and drama. The cultural tradition of Bengal derives, in almost equal measure, from the classical Sanskrit literature, later colonial contacts and indigenous folk traditions. Here's the link to a very good Handbook for those who wish to learn Bengali.

For the speakers of English and other European languages, Bengali falls under Category II in terms of difficulty of learning the language as it has significant linguistic and cultural differences for foreign speakers. However, if you have a good guide and some determination, it may not be so difficult to learn.

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Dedicated to the loving memory of my father Bijayes Ray

who left me on 21 September 2012

"You taught me language"

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