Language Family: Indo-European >> Indo-Iranian >> Indo-Aryan >> Eastern Zone >> Bengali- Assamese >>
Population of Speakers: 228 million first language speakers, 37 million second language speakers, 7th most widely used language over the world ( 5th most widely spoken native language).
Area: Bangladesh, India (provincial, 2nd most widely spoken among 22 scheduled languages)
Bengali is the language native to the region of Bengal, which comprises the present-day nation of Bangladesh and tof the Indian states West Bengal, Tripura, and southern Assam. It is written using the Bengali alphabet. With about 230 million native and about 260 million total speakers, Bengali is one of the most spoken native languages, ranked fifth in the world.
At IU, 4 levels Bengali courses are regularly offered, including introductory, elementary, intermediate and advanced levels.
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