Where to learn Bengali/Bangla language in Bangladesh

Learning Bengali Language for foreigners could be handy while traveling Bangladesh. Most educated people at Bangladesh can understand and speak English. So it will not be any problem in your travel if you can’t speak Bengali. But if you can speak a little Bengali/Bangla, you can win the heart of any local people here in less then a minute. So if you have any plan to stay longer at Bangladesh, it is advisable that you learn some Bengali.

Here are some of the institutes where you can learn Bengali very well:

Institute of Modern Language, Dhaka University

This institute has short and long course on Bengali for the foreigners. A library and five language labs are available for the students. Being a public university, it is also cheap.  You can contact:

Prof. Monsur Musa
Bengali Language Department

Dhaka Language Club

They have 2 campus at Banani & Dhanmondi. Provide short course on Bengali language for foreigners.

Road-10, House-25,
Banani, Dhaka.

Heed Language Center

They provide several short courses on Bengali whole year long.

House # 96, Road # 13/C, Block # E, Banani, Dhaka-1213
Phone: +88-02-8812390, +88-02-9896028, +88-01199022281
E-mail: suptisusan@yahoo.com

LearnBangla Bangla learning center

They have language course from beginners to advance level. Have good materials to assist learning.

House # 57, Road # 7/A, Block # H
Banani, Dhaka-1213

Know about any other language center? Let us know in the comment.

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Purchasing US Dollar in Bangladesh

There are lots of govt. approved money exchange companies at Dhaka city, mostly at Matijheel, Fakirapool, Dilkusha, and Gulshan area from where foreigners can purchase USD in exchange of Tk.

It is not possible to purchase USD from any bank for a foreigner unless they can prove that they have exchanged the dollars to taka from their bank earlier on. This applies to only tourists and volunteers. As an expat, if you’ve paid in USD to a Bangladeshi foreign currency bank account, you are allowed to withdraw that dollar amount without limitations but only when you can prove you are leaving the country.

Some people reported of being success with waiters at high end hotels willing to exchange USD out of Tk. that they had received in tips. Worth a try.

Also you can give a call to the US embassy. May be they can suggest you some place to get USD. But be extremely careful about any unauthorized person in exchanging currency. Recently some case has been reported about making false USD here. You can be easily cheated.

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Where to purchase pet at Bangladesh

The hobby of keeping pet is becoming more and more popular in Bangladesh. In Dhaka, lots of people keep dove in their building roof in wooden boxes. Keeping aquarium in the drawing-room is also become a commonplace. To meet the demand, there established a big market for trading every kind of birds and animals in Kataban at Dhaka. It is very close to New Market and Shahbag area.

You can purchase many kinds of local and foreign birds and animals in this market. Here is an average price range for common birds and animals you can purchase at this market:

    Where   to purchase pet at Bangladesh

  • Love birds: There are different kinds of love-birds at the whole world. 3/4 types of them you’ll find at the Kataban market. A pair of love-bird is sold here for 400-5,000 Tk.
  • Bargarika bird: 300 Tk/pair.
  • Prince bird: 200-400 Tk/pair.
  • Cockatoo: 800-1,600 Tk/pair
  • Myna: 1,500-5,000 Tk/pair
  • Parrot: Different kinds of parrots are sold at 200-1,000 Tk/pair
  • Pigeon: Different kinds of pigeons are available in the market. Price of them very. A pair of Lakha is sold at 2,000 Tk, Siraji – 2,500 Tk, Magfy – 2,500 Tk, and King pegion 8-10,000 Tk.
  • Rabbit: 400 Tk/pairPet market at Dhaka
  • Dogs of many species are available here. Alsesian – 15-16,000 Tk, Spece – 7-10,000 Tk, Dobarman – 20-25,000 Tk, Boxar – 20-25,000 Tk, Labour dog – 10,000 Tk, Lasa – 8-10,000 Tk.
  • Among the expensive dogs, Fointer – 80-120,000 Tk, Gray and Black hound – 40-70,000 Tk, Red roller – 50-70,000 Tk. Expensive dogs are not kept at the shops for display. After you give order, they’ll supply it within 1-2 weeks.
  • Net for birds are also available here. You’ll find them in the price range of 150-3,000 Tk. Also available is every kind of food for your birds and animals.

Wish this will help you finding your pet in Bangladesh. Have you recently purchased anything from the market? Let us know.

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International schools at Bangladesh for expatriates

Australian International School – Offers the Western Australian curriculum and is supervised by the government of Western Australia, located at Gulshan. Phone: +88-02-9881259, +88-02-8831904 Email: admin@ausisdhaka.net

Canadian international school – Only school in Bangladesh offering a Canadian curriculum as per the rules and regulations set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, located at Banani. Phone: +88-02-8860306, +88-02-9899638 Email: info@canadaeducationbd.com

American International School – An independent, coeducational day school which follows curriculum of the U.S. general academic public schools. Most of the faculties are from USA. Located at Gulshan. Phone: +88-02-8822452 Email: info@ais-dhaka.net

French International School – Curriculum of this school is in accordance with the French Official Directives of National Education, accredited by the French Ministry of National Education. Located at Baridhara. Phone: +88-02-8824056 Email: efid@bol-online.com

Bangladesh International Tutorial – Curriculum complies with London Board for the Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations. Located at Gulshan, Dhaka. Phone: +88-02-8810044, +88-02-9886016

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33+ Leading daily newspaper of Bangladesh – Updated list

Leading English newspapers

Online English news sites

Leading Bangla newspapers

Online Bangla news sites

Locally Published Bangla newspapers

  • Sonali Songbad – সোনালী সংবাদ ( রাজশাহী)
  • Sunshine – সানশাইন (রাজশাহী)
  • Noakhali web – নোয়াখালী ওয়েব (নোয়াখালী)
  • Shibchar Sangbad – শিবচর সংবাদ (মাদারীপুর)
  • United News 24 – ইউনাইটেড নিউজ ২৪ (চুয়াডাঙা)
  • Azadi – আজাদী (চট্টগ্রাম)
  • Purbachal – (খুলনা)
  • Barisal News – বরিশাল নিউজ (বরিশাল)

Know any other good newspaper from Bangladesh?

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