Bengali, the French language of the East is a language of our great India and Bangaladesh. In India it is spoken in West Bengal State and some part of chota Nagpur and Assam valley.
Bengali is also called Bangalabhaashaa, from the ancient name of the State. The name Bengali is familiar in India and Banglabassha in Bangladesh.
Bengali is a melodious language because of its peculiar style of pronunciation. It has no 'a' and 'v' pronunciation. In the place of 'a' and 'v', 'o' and 'b' are to be pronounced. The Bangali Language shows two clear cut dialects in the present day, the Sanskrit ridden Bengali of the educated classes, is called Sadhu Bhaashaa and the genuine vernacular of the masses, is called chalit Bhaashaa. There are sub-dialects of these with popular names like kharaathaar, koch, chaakmaa etc.
Bengali is rich in its literature. Ravindranath Tagore, a giant among Poets of writers of the era of renaissance in the world of literature had added everlasting luster to the language by his eternal works.
At the request of many we had published Learn Bengali in 30 days' through the medium of English in 1973 and of Tamil in 1977. The present new edition has been prepared with a view of meeting the requirement of all who wish to study Bengali systamatically. The rules of grammar has been given in a very simple form and in proper sequence. Sentences have been carefully graduated from simplicity in the form of easy sentences to difficulty in the form of passages.
There is a good gap between English and Bengali, Bengali contains 46 letters while English has only 26. Therefore we have given dialectical marks to the letters to pronounce them correctly.
This book has been divided into five parts. In the first part the alphabet set out and the pronunciation explained, while a few reading exercises are added for illustration. These exercises are provided with key transliteration.
The second part deals with some classified vocabularies with their transliteration on useful topics. About 500 words have been given with their transliteration and meaning.
In the third part one can learn to form simple sentences and also the form of conversation on some useful topics.
The fifth part deals with some useful sentences, simple letters, essays, small stories and conversations. In the last few pages, transliteration for the fourth part and fifth part have been given.
For the benefit of our readers we have given the method of studying under the title of 'How to study in the next pages.
Greatest care has been taken in the choice of type which shall render the printing plainly readable throughout.
Lastly, I feel that it is my duty to record here my grateful thanks to the publishers for having given me an opportunity to write this book and al of whom devoted great care to the making of this book.
Any suggestions for the improvement will be thankfully considerded.
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