Bangladesh Languages

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The predominant language of Bangladesh is Bengali (also known as Bangla). The Chakma language is another native of Bangladesh. Other tribal languages include Garo, Meitei, Kokborok and Rakhine. Urdu has a significant heritage in Bangladesh. [1]

  • Chakma - an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the Chakma and Daingnet people. It is spoken by nearly 320,000 people in southeast Bangladesh. It is written using the Chakma script, which is also called Ajhā Pāṭh, sometimes romanised Ojhopath.
  • Urdu - the use of Urdu became controversial during the Bengali Language Movement, when the people of East Bengal resisted attempts to impose Urdu as the main official language. In modern Bangladesh, the Urdu-speaking community is restricted to the country's Bihari community.

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

  • Benimadhav Ganguli & Bhuban Mohan Mazumber, The student's dictionary of Bengali words and phrases done into English, Calcutta, 1947 - Available at WorldCat

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]



Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]


  • Golāma Muraśida, Bengali-English-Bengali dictionary, London : Ruposhi Bangla, 1992 - Available at WorldCat
  • P K Bhattacharyya, English Bengali dictionary, Brooklyn, N.Y. : Saphrograph Corp., 1981 - Available at WorldCat
  • Angela Crawley, Sārah Naqvī & Muḥammad Salīmurraḥmān, Oxford elementary learner's English Urdu dictionary, Oxford Oxford Univ. Press 2001 - Available at WorldCat
  • ʻAbdulḥaq, The standard English-Urdu dictionary, New Delhi : Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind), 2001 - Available at WorldCat

Online Dictionaries

Language Aids

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Bangladesh," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 4 Aug 2021.