Greetings in Bengali

In Bangladesh, and other predominently Muslim countries where Bengali (aka. "Bengla") is the primary language spoken, greetings typically only take place between members of the same sex. Men rarely greet women directly, and hand shakes between men are common--although rather limp compared with Western standards. The traditional greeting for Muslims is "Asalamu alaikum". The traditional response is "wa alaikum salam". Knowing how to properly greet people in countries where Bengali is spoken is an essential part of their culture. Below we'll review the traditional Bengali phrases and words people use to greet each other. To hear a greeting, click on any blue button. Then repeat the greeting out loud.
English
Bengali
Hello (general greeting for Hindus)
নমস্কার
nômoshkar
Hello (general greeting for Muslims)
স্লামালিকুম
slamalikum
Hello (on phone)
হ্যালো
hyālō
How are you? (formal singular)
আপনি কেমন আছেন?
Āpani kēmana āchēna?
I am fine
আমি ভালো আছি।
Āmi bhālō āchi
What is your name? (formal)
আপনার নাম কি?
apnar nam ki?
My name is _____.
আমার নাম ______.
amar nam _____.
Good morning
সুপ্রভাত
shuprobhat
Good evening
শুভ সন্ধ্যা।
shubho shondha
Good night
শুভরাত্রি।
Śubharātri.
Where are you from?
আপনি কোথা থেকে আসছেন
apni kotha theke ashchhen?
I am from _____.
আমি _____ থেকে আসছি
ami _____ theke ashchhi
It's a pleasure to meet you.
আপনার সাথে পরিচিত হয়ে খুশি হয়েছি৷
āpanāra sāthē paricita haẏē khuśi haẏēchi
See you later
আবার দেখা হবে
Abar dêkha hôbe
Good-bye (stay well)
ভালো থাকেন।
bhalo thaken
Good luck
সৌভাগ্যবান হও!
saubhāgyabāna ha'ō!
Congratulations
অভিনন্দন
abhinandana
I'm American
আমি মার্কিনি
āmi mārkini