Bengali at laundromat. Mon, Oct 25, 2010.
10/25/2010. 1258. A couple from Bangladesh was using the washer next to mine, and I struck up a conversation with them. Later, I helped them use a dryer, as they seemed unfamiliar with the temperature setting, and how many dryer sheets to use.
Before I was done folding my laundry, they were sitting around waiting, so I offered them the Book of Mormon in Bengali. The husband agreed to receive it, and was enthusiastic about getting something to read in Bengali. I made him aware that it was Christian material from church, and he didn't have a problem with that. Almost all people from Bangladesh are Muslim.
I retrieved the Bengali copy and an English copy from my car and presented the books to them. They immediately started flipping through it, and they continued to read while I finished folding my laundry. We chatted some more and had a nice conversation. They helped me practice a few words and phrases in Bengali (aka "Bangla"), and I learned that there are regional differences in pronunciation.