Knowing the local language of a place you are visiting can be the greatest boon for travellers. A familiar word or phrase once said can attract a lot of people close to you. Haven’t you seen how people take special interest in people who try to communicate with them in their own language? And if it’s Bengal you’re visiting, expect added hospitality if you try and pronounce some familiar words. If you have plans of visiting West Bengal very soon, then check out these words and phrases for a lavish stay.
This means: ‘How are you?’ We Bengalis usually greet one another in this manner, be it after a long time or even after lunch. The sound of this phrase makes us feel at home. So you’re sure when and where to use it for best results. It sounds affectionate and endearing and also pleasing to the ears. Perfect the pronunciation for better results and to make a permanent position in the hearts of Bengalis.
This is the Bengali version of ‘Namaste’. It is used in formal gatherings when you tend to meet a lot of unknown and partially known faces. Say you attend a Bengali wedding; it will look appropriate and charming to use the word ‘Nomoshkar’. It shows that you are aware of the cultural intricacies of the Bengalis. Once you do this, you’re sure to be pulled inside any of the groups for further chit-chat.
‘Pronaam’ means ‘pranaam’. This phrase is a substitute for touching the feet of elders. We’ve done it a thousand times whenever we’ve met elders at social gatherings or weddings. However, when you’re not in front of the person, you can say this on the phone or through letters. And, trust us; elders love to listen to this from younger people. To be in the good books of grand people, this is the best phrase that you can use, even as you stoop to conquer.
It’s like bidding goodbye before leaving. ‘Ashi’ actually means to come inside, but in Indian culture, it is said when one is leaving. This word will surely make you a household name, as you have already understood the art of saying goodbye. It’s very tender and loving and you will be expected soon among Bengalis. Before leaving, make it a point to mention this. It will add that extra edge to your personality in Bengal.
It’s a cliché alright, but who doesn’t love to hear these three words? This phrase will translate to ‘I love you’. Might sound boring and blah to some, it can be the most wanted phrase in a certain place. You’ve heard celebrities across the world mouthing this phrase when they visit Bengal. You could even join the crew to get greater adoration and admiration. Whom to say? That’s your calling.
That translates to ‘I am hungry’. Make this phrase audible to a group of Bengali people and treat yourself to the best of Bengali cuisine. Bengalis are eternal food lovers. They can actually live to eat. And, when they find a fellow friend who is equally interested to join their interest, they happily oblige. You can get to taste some of the best in Bengali cuisine and crave for more. They’ll make sure you come back soon enough to get hold of more.
This phrase is common among similar age groups. A grandma can tell this to another grandma, and likewise, a teenager can tell this to another teenager. This translates to ‘Hey, what’s up?’ You immediately come across as someone amicable and friendly and someone who is eager to be friends with the local people. Since it is too common in Bengal, Bengalis love the sound of it anywhere. You, mouthing this in Bengal, can easily make you the cynosure of the place. The friendly Bengali will immediately take notice of it and become friends with you in no time.