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Bengali Braille

Bengali Braille
বাংলা ব্রেইল
Bangla Braille
Languages Bengali, Assamese
Parent systems
Print basis
Bengali alphabet

Bengali Braille is used for the Bengali and Assamese languages. According to UNESCO (2013),[1] there are slight different braille conventions for Bengali language in Bangladesh and India, this article compares Bengali Braille in the two countries. As Assamese language also shares almost a common script with Bengali language, the Bengali Braille is also used for the Assamese language.

Bengali Braille chart

Vowel Alphabets

Bangladesh ⠁ (braille pattern dots-1) ⠜ (braille pattern dots-345) ⠊ (braille pattern dots-24) ⠔ (braille pattern dots-35) ⠥ (braille pattern dots-136) ⠳ (braille pattern dots-1256) ⠑ (braille pattern dots-15) ⠌ (braille pattern dots-34) ⠕ (braille pattern dots-135) ⠪ (braille pattern dots-246) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠗ (braille pattern dots-1235) -[2]
India ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠇ (braille pattern dots-123)

Consonant Alphabets

Bangladesh ⠅ (braille pattern dots-13) ⠭ (braille pattern dots-1346) ⠛ (braille pattern dots-1245) ⠣ (braille pattern dots-126) ⠬ (braille pattern dots-346) ⠉ (braille pattern dots-14) ⠡ (braille pattern dots-16) ⠚ (braille pattern dots-245) ⠵ (braille pattern dots-1356) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)
India ⠨ (braille pattern dots-46) ⠴ (braille pattern dots-356)
⠾ (braille pattern dots-23456) ⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456) ⠫ (braille pattern dots-1246) ⠿ (braille pattern dots-123456) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠞ (braille pattern dots-2345) ⠹ (braille pattern dots-1456) ⠙ (braille pattern dots-145) ⠮ (braille pattern dots-2346) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345)
Print র / ৰ[3] [4]
Bangladesh ⠏ (braille pattern dots-1234) ⠖ (braille pattern dots-235) ⠃ (braille pattern dots-12) ⠧ (braille pattern dots-1236) ⠍ (braille pattern dots-134) ⠽ (braille pattern dots-13456) ⠗ (braille pattern dots-1235) ⠇ (braille pattern dots-123) -
India ⠘ (braille pattern dots-45) ⠧ (braille pattern dots-1236)
Print ক্ষ জ্ঞ ড় ঢ় য়[5]
Bangladesh ⠩ (braille pattern dots-146) ⠯ (braille pattern dots-12346) ⠎ (braille pattern dots-234) ⠓ (braille pattern dots-125) ⠟ (braille pattern dots-12345) ⠱ (braille pattern dots-156) ⠻ (braille pattern dots-12456) ⠷ (braille pattern dots-12356) ⠢ (braille pattern dots-26) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠞ (braille pattern dots-2345)
India ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠻ (braille pattern dots-12456) (?)[6]

Codas (Script modifiers)

 ্  ং  ঃ  ঁ
⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠰ (braille pattern dots-56) ⠠ (braille pattern dots-6) ⠄ (braille pattern dots-3) ⠂ (braille pattern dots-2) ⠲ (braille pattern dots-256)


Bengali numerals
⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠁ (braille pattern dots-1) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠃ (braille pattern dots-12) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠉ (braille pattern dots-14) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠙ (braille pattern dots-145) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠑ (braille pattern dots-15) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠋ (braille pattern dots-124) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠛ (braille pattern dots-1245) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠓ (braille pattern dots-125) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠊ (braille pattern dots-24) ⠼ (braille pattern dots-3456) ⠚ (braille pattern dots-245)

Punctuation marks

Print , ; : ? ! -
⠂ (braille pattern dots-2) ⠆ (braille pattern dots-23) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠦ (braille pattern dots-236) ⠖ (braille pattern dots-235) ⠤ (braille pattern dots-36) ⠤ (braille pattern dots-36) ⠤ (braille pattern dots-36)
Print ‘ ... ’ [ ... ] / *
⠠ (braille pattern dots-6) ⠦ (braille pattern dots-236) ⠀ (braille pattern blank) ⠴ (braille pattern dots-356) ⠄ (braille pattern dots-3) ⠠ (braille pattern dots-6) ⠶ (braille pattern dots-2356) ⠀ (braille pattern blank) ⠶ (braille pattern dots-2356) ⠄ (braille pattern dots-3) ⠸ (braille pattern dots-456) ⠌ (braille pattern dots-34) ⠔ (braille pattern dots-35) ⠔ (braille pattern dots-35)

See also


  1. ^ World Braille Usage, UNESCO, 2013
  2. ^ The braille letter for is not attested from Bangladesh. (It is an obsolete vowel in modern Bengali language.)
  3. ^ "র" for Bengali in Bangladesh and India and "ৰ" for Assamese in India only.
  4. ^ This alphabet "ৱ" is used in Assamese in India. (Similar to the "ভ" of Bangladesh standard.)
  5. ^ In other Bharati braille alphabets, this is transcribed as short vowel e.
  6. ^ The braille letter for is not attested from India.
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