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Hindi and Urdu are generally considered to be one spoken language with two different literary traditions. This means that Hindi and Urdu speakers who shop in the same markets (and watch the same Bollywood films) have no problems understanding each other. Bengali is spoken by approximately 220 million people, ranking it as the fourth most spoken language in the world.
This book gives you the practical phrases you need to get by in Hindi, Urdu and Bengali, as well as all the fun, spontaneous phrases that can lead to a better understanding of its speakers. Once you've got the hang of how to pronounce the language, the rest is just a matter of confidence. Local knowledge, new relationships and a sense of satisfaction are on the tip of your tongue. So don't just stand there, say something!
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Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Richard Delacy, and Shahara Ahmed.
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