Some pointers for the Day 1 in Elementary Level Bangla classroom

In the first day of Bangla elementary level class , I always try to combine teaching 'script and sounds' of Bangla and some basic conversational skill . The problem is that Bangla has non-Roman script and unless the students learn how to read, they cannot pronounce the sounds correctly and many teachers agree that it is better to teach the script and sounds first, so the students will be familiar with 'retroflex' and ' dental', 'aspirited' and 'non-aspirited' sounds. We have three ' s' and three ' r' in Bangla, imagine how difficult for English speakers to pronounce them correctly.

Still, I think students should learn to speak seme Bangla so they can communicate at very basic level from the day one. So, I use these short conversations in the first day of Bangla class in the academic year or intensive summer program.

Segment 1 :Introduction :

apnar nam ki ? 

আপনার নাম কী ?

What is your name ?

amar nam.....

আমার নাম...।

My name is .....


Segment 2: Greetings:

apni kaemon achen ?

আপনি কেমন আছেন ?

How are you ?

ami bhalo achhi. 

আমি ভালো আছি।

I am fine.


Segment 3 :Preference:

apnar ki 'cha' bhalo lage ?

আপনার কি চা ভালো লাগে ?

Do you like 'tea' ?

hnya, amar 'cha' bhalo lage.

হ্যাঁ, আমার চা ভালো লাগে।

Yes, I like tea.

na, amar cha bhalo lage na.

না, আমার চা ভালো লাগে না।

No, I don't like tea.



apnar - your (formal)

amar-  my

nam- name

ki-  what

apni-  you ( formal)

kaemon-  how 

achen- are ( conjugates with 'apni')

ami- I 

bhalo- well, good

achi- am

cha- tea

bhalo lage- you like, I like 



Introduce one segment, have your students practice it with each other. If you are teaching one-on-one, practice with your student. Role-play. 

Then go to another segment. Role-play.

Use your knowledge about the cultural background and goals of your students you came to know in first  five or ten minutes of the class. Let the student imagine the situation where can use their first Bangla sentences. Remind them the people who they can connect with. 

Grammar/  Language Structure explanation :

I inform my students very briefly  that there are three 'you' in Bangla, 'ach' verb is conjugated with pronouns. 'bhalo lage' is an irregular expression,  'hnya' and 'na' mean 'yes' and 'no'. But not anything more, neither I present any rule before the small conversations. 

It is very tempting to explain all three 'you' and all conjugations of 'achh', in the first chance, but Bangla teachers, there is a beauty of not pouring out much information when there is no necessity of it. 

Small steps, baby steps, but steps. You know, one day these couple of  sentence will lead your students into a song, a speech, a poem. You will be proud of your students and the first day of your class. 

Note: If your students say that they want to talk to their friends,  you cannot avoid telling them about 'tumi' form. 


 You might want to read this :

Know your students well on the first day of your language class


Photo: Performance of Bangla elementary level students in South Asia Summer Language Institute  (SASLI)in the University of Wisconsin in 2015. Elementary level students are reciting a poem by Sukumar Roy, ' bhalo re bhalo/ভালো রে ভালো'

They started from the very beginning of Bangla. After one and half months, Sarita, Tim, Sam, Calynn and Scott translated this poem and recited. 

Sasli-bangla-students'performance,2015 photo





Know your student well in the first day of a language class

Knowing your  students is very important in a language class and you, as a teacher have to do it in the first day. But what kind of information you need to know ?  I am talking here in terms of Bangla/Bengali language which I have been teaching for 25 years to non-nantive speakers. 

You can teach in a regular classroom  in an University, or in a tutoring session outside of academia. You can have one student or several students in your class.  But in your first interaction with students, you have to figure out their language backgrounds and goals. Whatever you teach, the success lies in understanding your students. 

The questions you need to address are like these,  is it the first time, your student X is learning a language besides English ? If the answer is 'yes' , then you have to think about  all the possible challanges, she may have, in terms of cultue, language structure, pronunciation, writing etc. ( let's guess that X is a female student so I can use 'she' for her)

If X has learned some European languages,she will have some idea how to process a second language in her mind, what to expect from a class etc.  You will also know what to expect from her. For example, if I have a student who knows Spanish, I will immediately guess that that student is familiar with dental sounds and other irregularities of language structures.

There is a possibility that X  knows some other South Asian languages, like Hindi or Tamil. In that case, you will face different kind of blessings and challanges as a teacher. If X knows Hindi, she will catch up Bangla very quickly. But, Hindi has left some prints in her mind, like usage of 'to be' verb  and you have to help X unlearn the pronunciation of sounds of the alphabets.

Take a mental note or real note of your students' background but do not forget to ask about their goals. Ask your students why are they learning Bangla ? Some of your students will just want to talk to their family and friends. Some want to learn Bangla for their research purposes. So, this means some give emphasis on speaking and listening, somewant to read texts. You will also have some students who are not sure what they will  do with Bangla in future. Everything is okay, value every background and every goal and then start your lesson.




Bangla/ Bengali Students' project, University of Chicago,First year,2015-16

This is the final project of First Year Bangla students,University of Chicago, 2016. It is fun. You will like it. 

The First year's challange was how to coordinate. One of our First Year student , Nichole was based in Madison. We could see her only in our classroom in a big screen. So, the students came up with the idea of making a story in parts. I think the idea is brilliant. 

Students have limited resource of language skills. When they use those skills and create something, I feel that they are ready to move forward. 


1st. Part, Megha and Tanima ( Universitty of Chicago )

2nd. Part, Nichole ( University of Wisconsin)

3rd. Part, Eduardo ( University of Chicago student)


North Kolkata, উত্তর কলকাতা

A lot of activities can be done with a photo in a language class.

Elementary level students, from this picture, try to remember the name of the objects you already know. Check on the web, if you are right. Learn new words.

Intermediate level students, start a story with this picture. What is the season ? What is your guess ?

This is an old part of North Kolkata. 

Lesson plan for Bangla elementary level, Day 1

This is the lesson plan for Day 1 for my Bangla elementary course for

I use more or less the same lesson plan for my Bangla elementary course in


If you are teaching Bangla, feel free to use this template for your class.

If you are a student and is searching for online/digital Bangla courses, find me in verbling and

Happy teaching and learning.

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Articles on online teaching platforms


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So far for today.

Bangla virtual classes in

Bangla classes are going on very well in

What do you need for having a class:

Sign up for You need internet connection and 'google hangout'.

Course timing:

Very flexible. You can choose one class or a package of five classes. A package is cheaper. You can choose your days and time. The instructor's calendar is open for viewing.

No pressure to finish classes within a time period. Spread out your classes as you want. 

Are the classes on real time or pre-recorded ?

The classes are on real time. You will have the same kind of intereaction as you have in real classroom. 

Note: I am a very experienced Bangla teacher. I guarantee your success. 


For more information, look at my first upadate 



How to solve messed up Bangla fonts in Windows 10

Typically, you can share text files without worrying about the underlying details of how the text is stored. However, if you share text files with people who work in other languages, download text files across the Internet, or share text files with other computer systems, you may need to choose an encoding standard when you open or save a file.

When you or someone else opens a text file in Microsoft Word or in another program — perhaps on a computer that has system software in a language that is different from the language that was used to create the file — the encoding standard helps that program determine how to represent the text so that it is readable.

What appears to you as text on the screen is actually stored as numeric values in the text file. Your computer translates the numeric values into visible characters. It does this is by using an encoding standard.

This is an important document for you who are using Windows 10 and see that your old docs make no sense. All the vowel signs are in wrong places and make your documents unreadable. I do not want to badmouth about Windows 10. But to me, it seems like an enemy and it is not at all user friendly for the people who faithfully followed windows for ever. Anyway, I could recover my old docs using help from this article and I would like to share with you all.

Tips for learning vocabulary

What do you do when a lot of words pile up ? How will you remember all of them ? How will you use them ? What if you use them in a  wrong place and wrong time ? I think there is no easy way out. The more you take a risk of using them, whether right or wrong, the better your chance of use it correctly. 


There are some tips which may help you.  

 1. Make your own vocabulary list.

2.  Classify your words into three groups

                          High -frequency words

                          Mid- frequency words

                          Low-frequency words.

       Group them. Then study them. This will be less overwhelming for you.

 3.  Learn a word in a context. Write the sentence where you got it. Make elaborate note. Connect it with other words, and             compare it to the similar words you may know in that language or another language.

4.    Make flashcard with the word and use in a sentence.

5.    If you hear the word spoken by a native speaker, make a mental note of the situation that person used that word. That           word may demand a certain register. 

6.    Use the new word whenever you can. 

7.    Allow yourself to make mistakes. 

8.    Combine all skills related to a particular word. Learn  how to pronounce it correctly, learn how to spell it right.

Teaching Bangla online in real time

I have started teaching Bangla online in ''. In 'Verbling', the teacher meets students in google hangout.  I can post my lesson plans, handouts and link of other resources there. In 'google hangout' there is a 'chat' option, which I can use as blackboard/whiteboard . The words, sentences any other explanations are saved for the students. 

The payment through paypal is also secure. 

So, if you are interested in learning Bangla, come find me in ''. You can send me a message there, book a class and/or you can write me directly in my gmail account ''.


About me : I have been teaching Bangla for last twenty-five years. Institutes where I have taught are University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Summer Intensive Language Program ( SASLI) in the University of Wisconsin, American Institute of Indian Studies, Kolkata. I also taught many social workers, academics, nurses, travellers across the world as a privte tutor. 


Teaching Bangla in ''

Just listed elementary level two short course packs in 'verbling'. If you know anyone who will be interested, then spread the word. I will list more mini courses for elementary level and packages for Intermediate level Bangla.

Through '' I will teach Bangla online, in real time. Teachers in 'verbling' interact face to face with students in 'google hangout'.

বিদেশে বাংলা পড়ানো

অনেক অল্পবয়সী বাঙালি ছেলেমেয়ে আমাকে আজকাল জিজ্ঞেস করে কীভাবে বিদেশে বাংলা পড়ানো যায় । সত্যি কথা বলতে এর কোনো বাঁধা রাস্তা নেই । প্রথমত, বিদেশে খুব কম জায়গায় বাংলা পড়ানো হয়। তার মধ্যে আছে ভাষা পড়ানোর জন্য লেকচারার পজিশন, আর প্রফেসরের পদ। লেকচারার হিসেবে আসতে গেলে পশ্চিমবঙ্গে বা বাংলাদেশে বিদেশীদের ভাষা পড়ানোর অভিজ্ঞতা সবচেয়ে বেশি প্রয়োজন । যতই ভালো রেজাল্ট থাক না কেন, ভাষা পড়ানোর জন্য অভিজ্ঞতা এখনও দরকার। তার সঙ্গে দরকার শিক্ষা পদ্ধতির জ্ঞান। আমি তুলনামূলক সাহিত্য পড়া শেষ করে অ্যামেরিকান ইন্সটিটুট অফ ইন্ডিয়ান স্টাডিজ-এ বারো বছর বাংলা পড়িয়েছিলাম। ইন্টারভিউতে কাজে লেগেছিল আমার বি-এড পড়ার অভিজ্ঞতা । এখন ওখানে ইন্টারভিউতে কী জিজ্ঞেস করা হয় জানি না। এসব করে তবে এসেছিলাম ইউনিভার্সিটি অফ মিশিগানে। তারপর ইউনিভার্সিটি অফ শিকাগোতে । এর পর জীবন আমাকে কোথায় নিয়ে যাবে জানি না। নতুন প্রজন্মকে এই পেশায় আসার জন্য উৎসাহিত করব কিনা তাও ঠিক বুঝতে পারি না।
নীলমণি নামে একটা ছেলে তার সিভির ঝাপসা একটা স্ক্যান করে আমাকে বার দুয়েক পাঠিয়েছিল। একবার চিঠিতে লিখল, “ আমি কি বিদেশে পড়াবার যোগ্য নই ?” আমি কী করে এর উত্তর দেব বুঝতে পারি নি। উত্তর দিই নি। কিন্তু আমার বেশ মন খারাপ হয়েছিল ।
আমি যে সময় পড়াতে শুরু করি, উনিশশো একানব্বইতে, তখন শুরু করেছিলাম কোনো ট্রেনিং ছাড়াই । সে এক অভিজ্ঞতা। আমাকে আমার বস অদিতি সেন বলে দিয়েছিলেন, “ একেবারে ইংরিজি বলবে না। পুরোটাই বাংলাতে পড়াতে হবে। এমনিও ইংরিজিতে ভালো ছিলাম না, তাই ক্লাসে আসার আগে খুব আনন্দ হয়েছিল । কিন্তু ক্লাসে উনি আমাকে আনন্দবাজার থেকে কী একটা ছোটো খবর ধরিয়ে দিলেন, তাতে ‘মন্ত্রী’ আর ‘মন্ত্রীসভা’ শব্দদুটো ছিল, আমার মনে আছে। সে আমি তো ছবি এঁকে, নেচে-গেয়ে মন্ত্রীসভা’ বোঝানোর চেষ্টা করছিলাম, কিন্তু বেচারা ছাত্র-ছাত্রীরা কিছুতেই বুঝতে পারছিল না। আসলে ডিরেক্ট মেথড এলিমেন্টারি লেভেলে কাজে লাগলেও কঠিন শব্দ ও ধারণা বোঝানোর ক্ষেত্রে কতটা উপযোগী সে সম্বন্ধে আমার সন্দেহ আছে । অনেক অভিজ্ঞতার মধ্যে দিয়ে , অনেক ওয়ার্কশপ করে আজকে পড়ানোর ব্যাপারটা সহজ মনে হয়।
আমাদের হাতে লিখতে হত সবকিছু। আজিজদা সেই সব কাছের দোকান’ কপিক্যাট’-এ গিয়ে জেরক্স করে আনত। পড়াতে গিয়ে আমার হাতের লেখা ভালো হয়ে গেল। আজ প্যাকিং পর্বে সেই রকম একটা ওয়ার্কবুক হাতে পেয়ে গিয়ে অনেক পুরনো কথা মনে পড়ে গেল। তারপর কম্পিউটার এলেও বাংলা ফন্ট সহজ হল ‘অভ্র’ আসার পরে । এখন তো ইমেলও করা যায় বাংলায়। তবে অ্যাপেল বাংলা লেখার সহায়ক না। যদি ছাত্রছাত্রীরা লেখেও বা ওতে, আমি যখন সে লেখা পাই, সব আকার-ইকার ভেঙ্গে চুরে যায়।
আমার সেই হাতে লেখা অনুশীলনীর ছবি দিলাম।




Bengali online courses


I will give Bangla lessons as a second language to the non-native speakers. I am relocating to Kolkata from July,2016 .

Students can join me from around the world. One does not have to be physically present in Kolkata. I will use zoom or google hangout or skype suitable for the class. I will meet my students face to face, but virtually.

This year, I am teaching in this way in the University of Chicago, I have a distant student from the University of Wisconsin. The classes are going smooth.

I would teach in a group or one-on-one depending on the need of the students and there will be a time frame for each class. 

Spread the word, my friends. 


Contact me in this email:


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