Bengali language facts for kids

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বাংলা Bangla
The word "Bangla" in Bengali script
Native to Bangladesh, India (mainly in West Bengal); significant communities in United Kingdom, United States, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Burma, Canada
Native speakers 205 million  (2010)
Language family
Writing system Bengali alphabet (Brahmic)
Bengali Braille
Official status
Official language in  Bangladesh,
 India (West Bengal, Tripura and Barak Valley) (comprising districts of south Assam- Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi)
Regulated by Bangla Academy (Bangladesh)
Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi (West Bengal)
Linguasphere 59-AAF-u (including Sylheti etc), 30 varieties: 59-AAF-ua...59-AAF-uk
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Bengali-speaking area

Bengali is the most eastern Indo-Iranian language from South Asia. It developed from a language called Pali.

Bengali is spoken in Bangladesh and in the Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura.

There are about 220 million native speakers and about 250 million total speakers of Bengali. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, ranking seventh.

Almost all of the people in Bangladesh speak Bengali, and many famous books and poems are written in Bengali. Rabindranath Tagore was a famous poet who wrote in Bengali. Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The national anthems of both India and Bangladesh were written in this language.

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