How to Count to Twenty in Bengali

Learn to count to twenty in Bengali (Bangla). Bangla is an Indo-European language derived of Sanskrit, spoken by the people of Bengal who are also known as Bengali(s)


It is mostly spoken in Bangladesh, West Bengal and in other parts of India. Famous Bengali poets include: Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Steps

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    One - Ek (এক) (Sounds like ack!)
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    Two - Du-i (দুই) (Do-ee)
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    Three - Tin (তিন) (Bangla has 3 different T sounds - this is a soft T - theen)
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    Four - Char (চার) (same as the word Char)
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    Five - Pa(n)ch (পাঁচ) (nasal n - like in french - not pronounced)
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    Six - Chhoi (ছয়) (an extra H between CH and OI)
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    Seven - Saat (সাত) (Bangla has 3 different S sounds - closest to sh)
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    Eight - Aat (আট) (as in the English word 'Art'-without stress on the 'r')
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    Nine - Noi (নয়) (similar to boy)
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    Ten - Dosh (দশ) (with a soft d)
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    Eleven - Egaro (এগারো) (pronounced ay-gah-ro)
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    Twelve - Baro (বারো)
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    Thirteen - Tay-ro (তেরো) (with a soft t)
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    Fourteen - Choud-do (চৌদদ)
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    Fifteen - Ponero (পনেরো)
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    Sixteen - Sholo (ষোলো)
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    Seventeen - Shotero (সতেরো) (with a soft t)
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    Eighteen - Athero (আঠারো)
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    Nineteen - Oo-nish (উনিশ)
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    Twenty - Bish (বিশ). Some people say koori (COO-ree)

Tips

  • Avoid Indian subcontinental accents - they are usually mirth inspiring to western ears and can be considered mockery by some Indians.

Warnings

  • Similar words may mean something very different or even be an Insult
  • Always take precaution to pronounce other languages carefully
  • Bengali is known for "Language Purism" - speak at own risk.

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