Bangla – A Quick Overview
Bengali, otherwise known as Bangla, is the Indo-Aryan language mainly spoken by the Bengali speaking Muslims in West Bengal and the northern Indian states of Tripura, West Bengal, Manipur and the Barak valley. Bangla was developed from the Hindi language and is spoken predominantly in North Bengal. Today, this language has its own identity and is widely used by Bengali speaking communities of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Tripura. The language has gained immense popularity not only because of its rich vocabulary but also because of the cultural values it preserves. Bangla’s history dates back to around 500 BC, when it is believed that a dialect of this language was used by the legendary Hindu Emperor Ashoka.
Bengali is a monosyllabic language, which means that there is one singular way to form each word. It has four basic genders namely masculine, feminine, neuter and plural and contains a total of thirty-six different nouns. The pronouns are masculine, feminine, neutral and neuter. The adjectives have masculine, feminine, and neuter forms.
Some of the most common nouns include people, land, house, food, animals, etc. While the pronouns can refer to a person or an object, adjectives do not have gender. The indefinite article is used to form nouns that do not have gender. The pronoun ‘ka’ is used to indicate a gender while ‘na’ is used to indicate a person.
The word ‘chandana’ means ‘belly button’ in the Hindi language. In Bangla, however, ‘cha’ is used for the same purpose as ‘a’the’.
Bangla has several different ways of ending a sentence. In Bangla, the suffixes ‘rand’ are used to end the verb. The word ‘chandana’ is often used instead of ‘ra’, and ‘cha’ is used to end the object of a sentence. The suffix ‘a’ is commonly used to end sentences that do not contain a verb.
Bangla is spoken by many people of East Pakistan, India and Bangladesh and is taught in schools in the United States, Canada, and Europe. It is also spoken at least partially in Nepal and Sri Lanka. The language is closely related to Hindi and the Tajik languages and is sometimes used interchangeably with other Indo-Portuguese languages like Khmer, Tamil and Bangla.
The language of Bangla is highly dependent on the Sanskrit language and is very close to the English language but retains many of its own unique characteristics. It is one of the few languages in the world that does not have a written orthography but uses the alphabet as an approximation for the sound represented by the letters. As it is an Indo-Portuguese language, words borrowed from other languages are commonly dropped, such as ‘karang’ or ‘mangri’ for ‘knife’.
While it is widely spoken, the language is seldom written down. This may be one of the reasons why only a small number of scholars speak the language.
It is also said to be the fastest growing language on earth because of the fact that the speakers to learn the language quickly and tend to be very skilled in grammar, phonetics and reading speed. There is no written standard for this language but there is a writing system called Devanagari which can be considered to be a national standard.