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Old 26th April 2006, 19:05   #61
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Well, there sure is an equivalent of the *English* letter 'V' in Bengali,
pronounced by Bengalis like 'bh', while much of the rest of India
pronounce 'V' like 'W'. It is true that the Sanskrit letter "Wa" is
pronounced like 'ba' in Bengali (unless it is used in a composite
(not stand alone) letter). So a Bengali would be surprised that their
very own 'Bibekananda' has become 'Vivekananda' ('Bhibhekananda') in
the rest of the country ! The words/names binoy, bijoy, bikram are quite
common Bengali words, so vinay, vijay, vikram are naturally transformed
into their corresponding (familiar) Bengali versions. Even an Englishman
would not pronounce 'vikram' as 'wikram'.
You are not entirely correct on that one... though close to it. V is not Bh. That Wa sound is the hindi akshar Wa... In hindi there are two types of these... Ba and Wa.... basically Wa is stroked across around the loop to make it Wa. Now this Wa is missing in many eastern languages, like Bangla. That Bh sound that you say is actually equivalent of the bh akshar in hindi language.

So the net effect is that bongs (and other easterners) make do with Ba, both where others use Ba and Wa. Bh as in bharat is pronounced the same in bengal as much as anywhere else.

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Here is an interesting aside to what I posted earlier. While the Wa in hindi has a stroke across the loop to make it Ba and the bangla letters do not have the equivalent of Wa. It writes the Ba without the stroke (the way we write Wa in hindi). And here is the clincher... Assamese script which is very similar to Bangla writes the Ra by stroking the Ba. Go figure
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So the net effect is that bongs (and other easterners) make do with Ba, both where others use Ba and Wa. Bh as in bharat is pronounced the same in bengal as much as anywhere else.
Ehhh... i thought they spoke that way coz they have rosogulla in their mouth most of the times...
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Ok, this one actually happened in our college (NCJ-BLore.......
I have to tell this one, nothing with the languages though. happened in my class in jabalpur.

a very khadus prof shouting for a long time before an audience like us, and then " is that clear to everybody?"

a cow outside the class, "baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnhhhhhhhh"

don't even try to estimate the energy released by the collective laughter in that class after that.
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The sound is made with V. That is why Volkswagen is 'Pholkswaagun', Vater is 'Phatur' etc....
thanks for correcting, I actually meant the other way round.

and yes Zappo, the language is baangla. silly me
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What are you correcting? LOL

Vater - Father
Wasser - Water.
OOPS....My bad....You are perfectly right.
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meanwhile, JKDas continues to run amok with "teh"
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Old 27th April 2006, 10:53   #68
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meanwhile, JKDas continues to run amok with "teh"
So that was the inspiration for the original question! Believe me, after reading the question I also noticed the written as teh in three places all the posts were from JKDas. haa haa haaaaa. Of course then I found so many smilar other posts from so many members.
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Ehhh... i thought they spoke that way coz they have rosogulla in their mouth most of the times...
Lol... you are talking about the rounding effect to each word that the bongs give... like your name pronounced as 'aumitoj'. Again to give a reason to that in bangla literature unlike hindi u do not have the "a, aaa"... it goes "au, aaaa".
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While the Wa in hindi has a stroke across the loop to make it Ba
and the bangla letters do not have the equivalent of Wa. It writes the Ba without
the stroke (the way we write Wa in hindi).
Well, the Bengali script does have the letter Wa (since the script originates
from Sanskrit), -- only it is pronounced like 'ba' when it stands alone, e.g. 'bikram',
and has a strange effect (for non-bengalis) when used in a composite letter
(e.g. Saraswati --> Sarassati, Vishwa --> Bishsho).

Similarly, the letter 'Ya' is pronounced as 'Ja' when stand-alone (Yatra --> Jatra),
and differently, when used in a composite letter (Eklavya --> Aklobbo).

Pa Fa Ba Bha Ma
.
Ya Ra La Wa

Both 'Ba' and 'Wa' are written the same way.
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Ok, this one actually happened in our college (NCJ-BLore), not an urban legend. We had this chemistry lecturer who indulged in Bushism even before that term was coined. The following are the three mistakes he made during different classes, but they all fit in together. I was witness to the 3rd one.

1) Take an empty test tube full of water.
2) Heat it in the cooler.
3) You will get a colorless green precipitate.
Samurai San, I forgot the name of this person(chemistry) but am aware of a simliar person in the biology dept of NCJ who was responsible for such incidents
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ROFL!!!!
and here is another one... bear with me for the length of this one but the song itself is a long one...

On the dark GT highway
Lots of lice in my hair
Warm smell of some dhabas
Rising up in the air
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a ttharra joint
.....................
love to hear you sing this Amitoj.....
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Hey.. all south indian Team-BHPians..

I have never understood this... some of you call Maruti "Maruthi".. infact t is replaced by th in many words..

And "the".. is usually written as "teh"...

Any particular reasons??
Hey dceite...ti and thi is written in spellings depending on the way they are pronounced... for example... my Bro's name is Karthik... i had a friend also with the same name, but he used to spell his name as Kartik and another as Karthick.....

and am sure "teh" is just a typo....

have a few friends from Kerala.... you just gotta listen to them when they converse ( try to ) in english.....
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A Maths and Science teached of ours came into the class one day and said 'Open the doors of the windows and let the atmosphere flow freely'
LOL!!
There is a teacher in Central college here who says the following :
" Open the windows, let the airforce come in !!! "
" All the three of you go and stand in the four corners of this room "
" Why are you understanding the tree " - he meant why are you standing under the tree......

and the best part is that he has the highest number of degrees to his name when compared to the other teachers in the college ...

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...There is a teacher in Central college here who says the following :
" Open the windows, let the airforce come in !!! "
" All the three of you go and stand in the four corners of this room "
" Why are you understanding the tree" - he meant why are you standing under the tree...
A PE teacher in my daughter's school in Thane (Jekegram) once said...
"All boys stand to my right... all girls stand to my left... all the rest go behind...!" (by rest, he meant the school staff assisting in PE class!)

"I have two daughters... both of them are girls!"
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