Saturday, September 18, 2021

Language & Phrasebook in Bangladesh

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Bengali (Bengali) is the national language, and it is widely spoken. It is an Indo-Aryan language with its own alphabet, developed from Prakit, Pali, and Sanskrit. Many Bangladeshis only have rudimentary English skills, such as fundamental positive, negative, and numerical expressions. This is particularly evident in rural regions and among those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Prior to your journey, learning a few Bengali terms will come in handy.

After two centuries of British colonialism, most foreigners are mistakenly identified as British or Americans, and they are regarded with suspicion. “What is your country?” is likely to be the first thing they will ask. (In Bangla, “Desh kothay?”) If street sellers or rickshaw drivers are too envious to sell you their wares or services, say “Amar dorkar nai” (“I do not require”) or “Lagbey nah” (“It is not essential”) as a colloquial way of expressing “No, thanks.”

If you don’t want to offer money to beggars and other unfortunates, just say “Maaf Koro” (with you informal) or “Maaf Koren” (with you educated / formal), which means “Forgive me.” You may also use a more complex idea by stating “Amar bangthi poisha nai,” which means “I have no change.” Above all, do not hesitate to reject a service or product. Continue walking while saying these words. Otherwise, owing of their confusion regarding rejection, street sellers may misunderstand their persistence.