Today is International Mother Language Day

Today is a day to celebrate our native languages. Today is a day to fight the oppression based upon language. Today is a day to honour those who have fallen due to their struggle to speak their mother tongue.

On February 21, 1952, students in Dhaka, Bangladesh, protested against oppression of the Bengali Language. Those students were massacred by the ruling Pakistani police. In honour of that blood-smeared day, we move to encourage linguistic diversity and awareness of linguistic traditions.

On this day of 1952, Many Bangladeshi university students, workers, and children sacrificed their lives to protect our linguistic rights. It is because of these very very courageous and honorable people, I now have the privilege of speaking one beautiful language called Bangla. It is because of their resistance, my people were able to fight against Pakistan in 1971 and create a new, independent country called Bangladesh. It is because of their lives, now we have an international mother language day- a day to encourage all people to embrace and honor their mother language.

here’s my most fav quote of Bhasha Dibosh(language day)

“সবাই দিয়েছে অনেক, অনেকে দিয়েছে সব”

“All gave many, many gave all”

The standard Bangla sound system

The standard Bangla sound system is considered a set of 45 phonemes:

  • 8 plosives (/p b t d ʈ ɖ k ɡ/) প ব ত দ ট ড ক গ
  • 2 affricates (/cʃ ɟʒ/) চ জ/য
  • 1 flap (/ɽ/) ড়
  • 11 aspirates (/pʰ bʱ t̪ʰ d̪ʱ ʈʰ ɖʱ kʰ ɡʱ cʃʰ ɟʒʱ ɽʱ/) ফ ভ থ ধ ঠ ঢ খ ঘ ছ ঝ ঢ়
  • 3 nasals (/m n ŋ/) ম ন/ণ ঙ/ং
  • 2 fricatives (/ʃ (allophone: s) ɦ/) ষ/শ/স হ
  • 1 roll or trill (/r/) র
  • 1 lateral (/l/) ল
  • 2 approximants (/ĕ ŏ/) য় ওয়
  • 7 oral vowels (/i e æ ɑ ɔ o u/) ই/ঈ এ অ্যা আ অ ও উ/ঊ
  • 7 nasal vowels (/ɪ̃ ẽ æ̃ ɑ̃ ɔ̃ õ ũ/) ইঁ/ঈঁ এঁ অ্যাঁ আঁ অঁ ওঁ উঁ/ঊঁ