Help:IPA for Bengali

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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Bengali pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. See Bengali phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of Bengali.

English approximations are in some cases very loose, and only intended to give a general idea of the pronunciation.

Consonants
IPA Examples nearest English equivalent
b beau
abhore
ado
d̪ʱ adhere
ɖ guard
ɖʱ guardhouse
job
dʒʱ hedgehog
ɡ gain
ɡʱ pigheaded
ɦ ahead
k sky
can
l leaf
m moon
n note
ŋ feeling
p spy
food
r trilled r
ɽ ড় US: larder
ɽʱ ঢ় as [ɽ] plus h
s six
ʃ shoe
stable
ʰ table
ʈ art
ʈʰ art-historian
check
tʃʰ choose
Vowels
IPA Examples nearest English equivalent
a father
e clay
ɛ festival
i see
o sole
ɔ sort
u moon
~ nasal vowel

([ãː], [õː], etc.)

Diphthongs
oj boy
ow low