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"Bangla" in Bengali script
Region Bangladesh and India
Ethnicity Bengalis
Native speakers 250–300 million  (2017)
(L1 plus L2 speakers)
Language family
Early forms:
  • Old Bengali
    • Bengali
see Bengali dialects
Writing system Eastern Nagari script (Bengali alphabet)
Bengali Braille
Official status
Official language in  Bangladesh
 India (in West Bengal, Tripura and Barak Valley)
Regulated by Bangla Academy
Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi
Linguasphere 59-AAF-u
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Bengali speaking region of South Asia

Bengali is the most eastern Indo-Aryan 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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