Born and brought up in the city of Kolkata, I've been surrounded by people who speak Bengali almost all my life. We speak a different language at home and my schooling has been in a different language, again.

I can speak Bengali fluently, and my grammar, when it comes to speaking, is better than even native Bengali speakers, at times.. I don't know how to read and write the language yet but need to learn it for an upcoming exam, where I'd be asked to translate a few things from (printed) Bengali to English.

What's the best way to go about it?

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    What languages can you read and write? (English, obviously, but also Hindi? Urdu? Any of the regional languages?) It is easier to adapt to a script if you are already famliar with a related script, so it is easier to transition from Latin script to Cyrillic than from Latin to Devanagari. – James K Mar 27 at 17:00

Assuming you are familiar with the Bengali script:

  • Re-read the Bengali translations of your favorite books (start with kids books and move up from there)
  • Re-copy random Bengali texts, one page per day, with a pen on paper.

Be methodical and persistant about it. Make it a daily routine that you will keep up for as long as you can, and the connections between oral and written languages will make themselves.

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