Hello! West Hartford, a project of West Hartford's new Community Connections group, is a town-wide initiative to build bridges between community members. Put simply, it is saying "Hello" and "Welcome" to each other in one of the many languages spoken by West Hartford residents. There will be a different host and language chosen for each month. Please click on one of the links under "How to Participate" for more information.
Among the initiative's many supporters are: Mayor Scott Slifka, Town Manager Ron Van Winkle, School Superintendent Karen List, School Board Member Terry Schmitt, and Celebrate West Hartford Coordinator Helen Rubino-Turco.
Hear what Mayor Scott Slifka has to say »
Special Thanks to WHC-TV for producing our language video series
Bengali Fun Facts
Bengali is the official language of Bangladesh and several states in India. It is commonly ranked as one of the top five languages in terms of the number of native speakers. Bengali is also sometimes referred to as Bangla.
It is one of several languages descended from the ancient Sanskrit language.
Bengali is written in a syllabic alphabet that is very different from the English alphabet. It is similar to the alphabet used by Hindi.
There are no uppercase or lowercase forms for Bengali letters. The Bengali language is written from left to right, like English. Another notable aspect of Bengali letters is that they all have at least a partial bar at the top, which connects to the other letters in a word.
I think learning languages is just something that many of us have an interest in following. That’s why you get people learning Korean by watching jdramas. Thus there’s time spent on study methods. These are good times.
I am so excited for the celebration on April 29. It will be so fun. I attend IEA in west Hartford. My music teacher speaks Korean. Our janitor speaks Spanish and we have a student who knows ASL. Our school is very diverse as is West Hartford. I am happy to be going to School in West Hartford. It is so culturally diverse and Hello! West Hartford helps bring out the beautiful patchwork of culture. I am a big supporter of Hello! West Hartford.
ruth Lee silver
Please keep me informed about future activities. I am very interested in your programs.