Look up a word or a phrase:
If you don't have a Bengali typing
software, please use the above search box and type the Bengali word using
Roman/English alphabets to find the word you intend to look up in the
drop-down list. Select the Bengali word from the drop-down menu and
press SEARCH. Write in English, Find in Bengali!
If you are typing an English word, you'll find
it at the bottom of the drop-down list. Click on the word to select it
and hit SEARCH.
If you want to look up a phrase, type each word, select it from the
drop-down list and then type the next word.
In the Search Results page, please click on the
Headings (underlined) to visit the Word Pages.
A Bilingual Dictionary
of Words & Phrases
...an easy guide to Bengali words, phrases and their
"...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
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
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.
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
Thank you for visiting the site!
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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Subhamay Ray. All rights reserved.