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The Challenges of Bengali Transcription

Bengali is the official language of Bangladesh and the second most popular language in India. Worldwide, around 200 to 250 million people speak this Indo-Aryan language.

If you have Bengali audio or video content you want to share with a wider audience, you’ll need to have it transcribed into Bengali text or English. Unfortunately, not all Bengali transcription services will provide you with the same quality. The challenges that come with transcribing and translating content can inhibit the transcriber’s ability to truly convey the message of the video or audio.

At, we provide clear, accurate Bengali transcripts. Contact us for an estimate and to learn more about our Bengali transcription services.

Here are a few of the challenges our transcriptionists are trained to handle.

Variants in the script

The Bengali alphabet dates to the 11th century and is the fifth most used system of writing in the world. It was largely standardized in 1936 by the University of Calcutta, but the standardization process continued into the early 21st century. Several institutions, from universities to publishing houses, have proposed separate sets of variations to the 1936 standardization, and some people still use archaic forms of certain letters. Why are we telling you this? Because this variation can be confusing for transcriptionists.

Romanized Bengali has not been formalized. In fact, romanization standards for Bengali are less uniform than those for many other languages, such as Japanese. Unfortunately, the group of Brahmic scripts often associated with the Bengali language do not fully represent Bengali speech sounds, but people continue to use these scripts because no better options exist.

An experienced Bengali transcription service can help you determine the best way to write the Bengali language for your project.


Bengali is spoken in Bangladesh, India, and other parts of the world. Consequently, a transcriptionist may have to decipher many accents and pronunciations in a single audio or video file. A skilled transcriptionist has the experience needed to pick up exactly what is being said.


Bengali speakers will use idioms and figures of speech peculiar to their specific region. Skilled transcriptionists have experience with a wide variety of colloquialisms, and when they encounter unknown words and phrases, they use reliable reference sources.

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