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Getting to know Bangla

Last Sunday, a Polyglots member from Bangladesh, Tawsif, introduced me to his language and its beautiful script, Bangla (and please don’t call it ‘Bengali’, he bid us!), scribbling down for me in my notebook some basic Bangla words, a small sampling of its ornate, curvilinear vowel and consonant signs, along with some notes on the history and contemporary culture of Bangladesh and Pakistan, the exact list of the countries comprising the Indian subcontinent, and even brief mention of Hindi and Urdu, of Sanskrit and Pali! 551 more words

Bangla

The 800 sounds of human language

This article (behind a paywall) in the latest issue of Scientific American notes that all human languages combined have about 800 sounds, while individual languages have about only about 40 sounds. 147 more words

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