Bengali Gender

Welcome to the fifth Bengali lesson about gender. This time we will view a list of people, feminine and masculine, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of expressions in Bengali to help you practice your daily phrases. To hear the pronunciation, just click on the sound icon.

man
man Audio
পুরুষ [puruṣa]
woman
woman Audio
মহিলা [mahilā]
husband
husband Audio
স্বামী [sbāmī]
wife
wife Audio
স্ত্রী [strī]
boy
boy Audio
বালক [bālaka]
girl
girl Audio
বালিকা [bālikā]
father
father Audio
বাবা [bābā]
mother
mother Audio
মা [mā]

Gender Grammar Rules

In general, gender is used to distinguish between male and female, sometimes referred to as masculine and feminine. For example: my son and daughter are students the noun [son] is masculine, while [daughter] is feminine. The following examples use gender in different ways and places to demonstrate their behavior.

Grammar + Rules
Bengali + Pronunciation
my son is a student
[masculine + noun]
আমার ছেলে ছাত্র Audio
[āmāra chēlē chātra]
her daughter is a student
[feminine + noun]
তার মেয়ে ছাত্রী Audio
[tāra mēẏē chātrī]
he has a tall brother
[adjective + masculine]
তার একটি দীর্ঘাঙ্গ ভাই আছে Audio
[tāra ēkaṭi dīrghāṅga bhā'i āchē]
she has a tall sister
[adjective + feminine]
তার একটি দীর্ঘাঙ্গী বোন আছে Audio
[tāra ēkaṭi dīrghāṅgī bōna āchē]
his brothers are young
[plural masculine + adjective]
তার ভাইরা অল্পবয়স্ক Audio
[tāra bhā'irā alpabaẏaska]
his sisters are young
[plural feminine + adjective]
তার বোনেরা অল্পবয়স্কা Audio
[tāra bōnērā alpabaẏaskā]

The list below will probably provide more clarification. These are family members (males and females). I think it would be wise to memorize them as part of your important vocabulary list.

son
son Audio
পুত্র [putra]
daughter
daughter Audio
কন্যা [kan'yā]
brother
brother Audio
ভাই [bhā'i]
sister
sister Audio
বোন [bōna]
grandfather
grandfather Audio
দাদু [dādu]
grandmother
grandmother Audio
ঠাকুমা [ṭhākumā]
child
child Audio
শিশু [śiśu]
children
children Audio
শিশুরা [śiśurā]

Expressions in Bengali

Now it's time to practice expressions used in daily conversations. If you're a beginner in learning Bengali, then the phrases below are something you would want to know.

English
Bengali
Pronunciation
What do you mean?
আপনি কি বলতে চান?
[āpani ki balatē cāna?] Audio
I don't understand
আমি বুঝলাম না!
[āmi bujhalāma nā!] Audio
I don't know
আমি জানি না!
[āmi jāni nā!] Audio
What is that called in Bengali?
বাংলায় ওটা(কে) কি বলা হয়?
[bānlāẏa ōṭā (kē) ki balā haẏa?] Audio
What is this?
এটা কি?
[ēṭā ki?] Audio
What does that word mean in English?
ইংরেজীতে এই শব্দটার মানে কি?
[inrējītē ē'i śabdaṭāra mānē ki?] Audio
Sorry (if you made a mistake)
দু:খিত
[du: khita] Audio

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the gender in Bengali. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Bengali Plural   Bengali Plural

Bengali Numbers   Bengali Numbers



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