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59 [fifty-nine]

At the post office


৫৯ [ঊনষাট ]



Where is the nearest post office?
সবথেকে কাছের ডাকঘরটি কোথায়?
sabathēkē kāchēra ḍākagharaṭi kōthāẏa?
Is the post office far from here?
ডাকঘরটি কি এখান থেকে অনেক দূরে?
Ḍākagharaṭi ki ēkhāna thēkē anēka dūrē?
Where is the nearest mail box?
সবথেকে কাছাকাছি ডাক বাক্স কোথায়?
Sabathēkē kāchākāchi ḍāka bāksa kōthāẏa?
I need a couple of stamps.
আমার কিছু ডাক টিকিট চাই ৷
Āmāra kichu ḍāka ṭikiṭa cā'i
For a card and a letter.
একটা কার্ড এবং একটা চিঠির জন্য ৷
ēkaṭā kārḍa ēbaṁ ēkaṭā ciṭhira jan'ya
How much is the postage to America?
আমেরিকার জন্য ডাক শুল্ক কত?
āmērikāra jan'ya ḍāka śulka kata?
How heavy is the package?
প্যাকেটের ওজন কত?
Pyākēṭēra ōjana kata?
Can I send it by air mail?
আমি কি এটা হাওয়াই ডাকের (এয়ার মেইলের) মাধ্যমে পাঠাতে পারি?
Āmi ki ēṭā hā'ōẏā'i ḍākēra (ēẏāra mē'ilēra) mādhyamē pāṭhātē pāri?
How long will it take to get there?
এটা ওখানে পৌঁছাতে কত সময় লাগবে?
Ēṭā ōkhānē paum̐chātē kata samaẏa lāgabē?
Where can I make a call?
আমি কোথা থেকে ফোন করতে পারি?
Āmi kōthā thēkē phōna karatē pāri?
Where is the nearest telephone booth?
সবথেকে কাছের টেলিফোন বুথ কোথায়?
Sabathēkē kāchēra ṭēliphōna butha kōthāẏa?
Do you have calling cards?
আপনার কাছে কলিং কার্ড আছে কি?
Āpanāra kāchē kaliṁ kārḍa āchē ki?
Do you have a telephone directory?
আপনার কাছে টেলিফোন ডাইরেক্টরি (টেলিফোন বুক) আছে কি?
Āpanāra kāchē ṭēliphōna ḍā'irēkṭari (ṭēliphōna buka) āchē ki?
Do you know the area code for Austria?
আপনি অস্ট্রিয়ার এরিয়া কোড জানেন?
Āpani asṭriẏāra ēriẏā kōḍa jānēna?
One moment, I’ll look it up.
এক মিনিট, আমি দেখছি ৷
Ēka miniṭa, āmi dēkhachi
The line is always busy.
লাইনটা সবসময় ব্যস্ত থাকে ৷
lā'inaṭā sabasamaẏa byasta thākē
Which number did you dial?
আপনি কোন নম্বর ডায়াল করেছেন?
āpani kōna nambara ḍāẏāla karēchēna?
You have to dial a zero first!
আপনাকে প্রথমে একটা শূণ্য ডায়াল করতে হবে!
Āpanākē prathamē ēkaṭā śūṇya ḍāẏāla karatē habē!

Feelings speak different languages too!

Many different languages are spoken around the world. There is no universal human language. But how is it for our facial expressions? Is the language of emotions universal? No, there are also differences here! It was long believed that all people expressed feelings the same way. The language of facial expressions was considered universally understood. Charles Darwin believed that feelings were of vital importance for humans. Therefore, they had to be understood equally in all cultures. But new studies are coming to a different result. They show that there are differences in the language of feelings too. That is, our facial expressions are influenced by our culture. Therefore, people around the world show and interpret feelings differently. Scientists distinguish six primary emotions. They are happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, fear and surprise. But Europeans have different facial expressions to Asians. And they read different things from the same expressions. Various experiments have confirmed this. In them, test subjects were shown faces on a computer. The subjects were supposed to describe what they read in the faces. There are many reasons why the results differed. Feelings are shown more in some cultures than in others. The intensity of facial expressions is therefore not understood the same everywhere. Also, people from different cultures pay attention to different things. Asians concentrate on the eyes when reading facial expressions. Europeans and Americans, on the other hand, look at the mouth. One facial expression is understood in all cultures, however… That is a nice smile!

Guess the language!

______an is a South Slavic language. It is primarily spoken in ______a and Herzegovina. Groups of speakers can also be found in Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Montenegro. ______an is the native language of approximately 2.5 million people. It is very similar to Croatian and Serbian. The vocabulary, orthography, and grammar of the 3 languages only differ slightly. A person who speaks ______an can also understand Serbian and Croatian very easily. Therefore, the status of the ______an language is discussed often.

Some linguists doubt that ______an is a language at all. They claim that it is just a dialect of the Serbo-Croatian language. The many foreign influences in ______an are interesting. Earlier the region belonged to the Orient and to the Occident on a rotating basis. Because of this, there are many Arabic, Turkish, and Persian terms in the vocabulary. That is actually very rare in Slavic languages. It makes ______an very unique though.


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