Materials I use for Bangla script
Spell out loud (for teachers)

Bangla vowel signs

Take one step at a time. Learning vowel signs without words is very painstaking.


I would like to add a list of vowels for the teachers and students for reference. In classroom, one has to figure out how to work with each sign. 


Download Vowels and their signs


With one vowel sign, I use a bunch of words which are useful to my students. This simple looking words are absolutely necessary to me before moving to 'Epar Bangla Opar Bangla' workbook chapter, ' Script and Sound'. 

If you use these words, please remeber that no signs are attached to the vowels at the top of each page. The reason is that most fonts do not allow us to use the signs without the consonants. 

Please add the signs. 

Download Wordswithvowelsigns

The meanings are not included. I tell them after they work with the pronunciation. But a lot can be done at this stage. I will work on that.

One huge problem which students face at this time is whether they will pronounce inherent vowel with each letter or not. 

What will be the pronunciation of গরম ? garomo ? garom ? 

I tell them to think about all the possibilities when they work in pairs or group. Then we go through the words.

In Suniti Chatterjea's book, there is a list of rules regarding that. I translated that and made a shorter list for students before. Nobody used that and I lost it. 

probably I should translate that again. Probably it will be comforting for the students to have something to fall back on. 


Sam's work on board on this.


 Learning words with vowel signs is  also learning vocabulary. 

A couple of activities students do in class.

a. They play pictionary. One student draws something on the board, others guess what the word is.

(Speaking Exercise).

b. They write a couple of words in English on the board . Everybody switch places and  write the Bangla word ( Translation method).

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Then the students can check each other's words. Finally, the teacher can check them. 

This is always fun. One can not go wrong about it. 


Challenges : Students are juggling with a couple of things at this point. retroflex- dental sounds, vowel signs, three ' ro', two ' sho'. two ' no' and a lot more.