There are around 270 million Bengali speakers worldwide, which makes it the world’s seventh most spoken language. It is the second most spoken language in India after Hindi plus there are significant amounts of Bengalis in the United Kingdom, United States, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Italy.
Despite the fact that it is spoken by around 270 million people, sadly, Bengali is studied much less compared to other major languages around the world. If you decide to study it, you may face some challenges when it comes to the availability of learning materials, as this language is not as popular among foreign language learners.
However, you will definitely stand out from the crowd and with so many speakers, you won’t have any problems finding partners to practice your language skills.
Most Bengali people will be very excited to meet someone learning their native language and happy to help you learn and practice. You will not only easily find someone to practice speaking with, but most likely make some good friends along the way.
Beautiful traditions, exciting literature, fun films - you will be able to truly immerse yourself in the Bengali culture and really enjoy it. It is not the same in translation, as many cultural nuances and subtle details are lost.
To many native speakers of languages with the Latin script, Bengali may look a bit intimidating as its alphabet is very different. And while the script may take some getting used to, Bengali, on the whole, is not as hard as it may seem: for instance, there is no category of gender as in many other European languages and the verb system is quite straightforward.
It is good for your brain - it improves memory and helps the brain stay younger longer. It gives you access to a worldview different from your own. It helps you make friends and makes traveling to some parts of the words easier.
Bengali is just fun to learn. It is a different language that not many people learn. It gives you access to a rich and diverse culture and has many speakers that you can practice with. There is amazing literature, movies, cuisine, and music. Let’s get started!