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
monsur.musa@yahoo.com
http://www.univdhaka.edu/institute/iml/index.php

Dhaka Language Club

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

Road-10, House-25,
Banani, Dhaka.
http://www.dhakalanguageclub.com/index.html

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
http://banglalanguage.org/index.html

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
www.learnbangla.org

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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