The languages spoken in India are as varied as its people. Officially, there are 14 languages in India. But thankfully, communication is never a big problem either in Chennai or in Kolkata because many people speak in English and are always willing to help. In Chennai, Tamil is as commonly spoken as English. Not many people speak in Hindi in Tamil Nadu. In Kolkata and in the rural areas of the West Bengal state, Bengali is the official language. Hindi is also widely spoken.
Here are the Bengali translations for some of the most commonly used questions and answers.
What is you name?: Tomar naam ki?
My name is ... : Amar naam _______
How are you?: Kamon Acho?
I am fine.: Aami bhalo Achi.
Nice to meet you.: Aapna shonge dakha kore bhalo laglo.
Thank you.: Dhonobad.
water: jall (pronounce it as you would say "ball")
Jesus loves you.: Jeeshu aapna ke bhalo bashen.
Included also are some commonly used Tamil phrases/words.
What is your name?: Unga peyer enna?
My name is ...: En peyer _______.
How are you?: Neenga eppadi irukeenga?
I am fine.: Naan nalla irukirane.
Nice meeting you.: Ungalai paarthadilae romba santhosham.
Thank you.: Nandr.
Jesus loves you.: Yesu unnai nesikirar.
elder sister: akka
younger sister: thangachi
elder brother: anna
younger brother: thambi