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SportingBD
January 11, 2018, 08:30 AM
What to say to a foreigner when he/she ask about Bangladesh?

The foreigner has no knowledge/ very little about Bangladesh.

How do you start?

Would love to hear how you would answer.

SportingBD
January 11, 2018, 08:49 AM
In a professional environment if your colleague wants to know about Bangladesh, how do you give him/her a 5 minute balanced view/opinion?

Roy_1
January 11, 2018, 08:57 AM
Don't beat around the bush. Start with the liberation war and tell them about the blood, tears and sacrifices made during the language movement and why Feb 21 is observed as mother language day. Tell them about MD Younus as well, he is quite famous globally.

SportingBD
January 11, 2018, 09:13 AM
Don't beat around the bush. Start with the liberation war and tell them about the blood, tears and sacrifices made during the language movement and why Feb 21 is observed as mother language day. Tell them about MD Younus as well, he is quite famous globally.

Good point about the liberation war/language movement - it’s a must. Lot of the people I work with are Europeans, so you can imagine (most wont know about Younis), they struggle with Bangladesh. I want to provide them some good points about BD and balance that with some bad points, like how you would have a honest conversation.

I know the bad points, but lacking on the good ones....

bujhee kom
January 11, 2018, 10:55 AM
Sporty, very good thread! And ohh definitely, like Roy said, tell the Europeans/foreigners those things about BD that you two already discussed.

And then you can also add:

Amra Ghush khai naa.
Amder Boro Boro Bari achey.
Amra Goru Khai
Amra Goru-er Paya Khai
Amra Pork khai na
Amader Dash koob Shundor
Nodi-Marteek Dash Bangladesh
Amader Bonn-e Bagh-er shonkha Manoos-er thekey Beshi
Amder Maach achey, Mach-er daam khub Shostaa
AMra Formalin Khai
Peer-Fakir-er Dash Bangladesh
Amra Pora-Pani + Tabiz khai
Amader Dash-e Pijja-haat achey...Bangladesh-e Pijja pawa jai
Sylhet-e Gas pawa gechey. Amader Gas achey onek - Kintoo tomader Dash, Europe-e Gas nai!
Amder Dash-e amra Hachi diley hamrao Excuse me, thank you boltey jani.
Amra Rasta-i Hishu/soo-soo kori
In Bangladesh, there is no shortage of public toilet, Every street side and Golli is a public toilet. Hishu legeechey? No problem! Rasta-e dariye jau, arr go...shon shon shon!
In BD we do not use toilet paper...AMra Chhochu kori. SHow him/her a Bodna/Ghoti!
Amra Pan style toilet-e Hagu kori. Tomra European-ra jano Pan toilet kahakey bole?
Amder dash-eo Mod pawa jai, chintaa korio naa, miah...jodio Mod Haraam!
Amader Dash-e Molom chailey, Molom party will give you ointment for free.

I will add more a little later.

adamnsu
January 11, 2018, 01:07 PM
I get this question asked a lot. When I am with clients this is what I normally say

-I start off with the geographical location. Surrounded mainly by India. Tell them about cyclones.
- Liberation war is what defines us. Also include 21 February. Many find this shocking to be killed for a language
- The home to Royal Bengal Tiger, Sunderbans and Coxs Bazzar
- Birth place of Mirco Credit
- Dive into the garment sector and mention ship breaking.

One World
January 11, 2018, 01:22 PM
Perspective has changed a lot, at 2000 and at 2018

Yeah, general Americans are much more aware of BD, last 4/5 years most people I speak to recognizes Dr. Yunus, may be because of Clinton connection.

Here is something you can add to your discussion, just sort by 2022 both for GDP nominal and GDP ppp. You will be surprised by the positioning of BD.

http://statisticstimes.com/economy/countries-by-projected-gdp.php

aklemalp
January 11, 2018, 05:38 PM
Wow, very informative. As a foreigner.

SportingBD
January 12, 2018, 06:46 AM
Sporty, very good thread! And ohh definitely, like Roy said, tell the Europeans/foreigners those things about BD that you two already discussed.

And then you can also add:

Amra Ghush khai naa.
Amder Boro Boro Bari achey.
Amra Goru Khai
Amra Goru-er Paya Khai
Amra Pork khai na
Amader Dash koob Shundor
Nodi-Marteek Dash Bangladesh
Amader Bonn-e Bagh-er shonkha Manoos-er thekey Beshi
Amder Maach achey, Mach-er daam khub Shostaa
AMra Formalin Khai
Peer-Fakir-er Dash Bangladesh
Amra Pora-Pani + Tabiz khai
Amader Dash-e Pijja-haat achey...Bangladesh-e Pijja pawa jai
Sylhet-e Gas pawa gechey. Amader Gas achey onek - Kintoo tomader Dash, Europe-e Gas nai!
Amder Dash-e amra Hachi diley hamrao Excuse me, thank you boltey jani.
Amra Rasta-i Hishu/soo-soo kori
In Bangladesh, there is no shortage of public toilet, Every street side and Golli is a public toilet. Hishu legeechey? No problem! Rasta-e dariye jau, arr go...shon shon shon!
In BD we do not use toilet paper...AMra Chhochu kori. SHow him/her a Bodna/Ghoti!
Amra Pan style toilet-e Hagu kori. Tomra European-ra jano Pan toilet kahakey bole?
Amder dash-eo Mod pawa jai, chintaa korio naa, miah...jodio Mod Haraam!
Amader Dash-e Molom chailey, Molom party will give you ointment for free.

I will add more a little later.

Amder Dash-e amra Hachi diley hamrao Excuse me, thank you boltey jani. :lol:

SportingBD
January 12, 2018, 06:48 AM
I get this question asked a lot. When I am with clients this is what I normally say

-I start off with the geographical location. Surrounded mainly by India. Tell them about cyclones.
- Liberation war is what defines us. Also include 21 February. Many find this shocking to be killed for a language
- The home to Royal Bengal Tiger, Sunderbans and Coxs Bazzar
- Birth place of Mirco Credit
- Dive into the garment sector and mention ship breaking.

Can you please expand on birth of Micro Credit point?
Very interesting point, any documented evidence?

SportingBD
January 12, 2018, 06:50 AM
Wow, very informative. As a foreigner.

You are not a foreigner. You are like one of us.
Well.. at least it feels like that.

SportingBD
January 12, 2018, 06:58 AM
Perspective has changed a lot, at 2000 and at 2018

Yeah, general Americans are much more aware of BD, last 4/5 years most people I speak to recognizes Dr. Yunus, may be because of Clinton connection.

Here is something you can add to your discussion, just sort by 2022 both for GDP nominal and GDP ppp. You will be surprised by the positioning of BD.

http://statisticstimes.com/economy/countries-by-projected-gdp.php

British people know about Bangladesh. There’s too many of us here.
But Europeans in general have very limited knowledge of BD.

They don’t even know where it is until you say it’s near India :facepalm:
But usually I say it’s near Pakistan, as it allows you to talk about the liberation war.

adamnsu
January 12, 2018, 07:26 AM
Can you please expand on birth of Micro Credit point?
Very interesting point, any documented evidence?

In a nutshell I tell them micro credit are small loans to poor people who cant provide any collateral to start a business to help them come out of poverty. Then I go on to say that this was started by Prof Yunus and for his efforts was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Also I say how advanced and inexpensive the Telecoms sector BD is in comparison to Europe and also explain the concept of Bkash, where even a non smart phone can be used to make monetary transactions.

SportingBD
January 12, 2018, 07:32 AM
In a nutshell I tell them micro credit are small loans to poor people who cant provide any collateral to start a business to help them come out of poverty. Then I go on to say that this was started by Prof Yunus and for his efforts was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Also I say how advanced and inexpensive the Telecoms sector BD is in comparison to Europe and also explain the concept of Bkash, where even a non smart phone can be used to make monetary transactions.

Thanks :up:

Didn’t know about this. I know what micro credit is.
But the part about Yunus and birth of micro credit, very nice.

Tigers_eye
January 16, 2018, 04:46 PM
Sporty, very good thread! And ohh definitely, like Roy said, tell the Europeans/foreigners those things about BD that you two already discussed.

And then you can also add:

Amra Ghush khai naa.
Amder Boro Boro Bari achey.
Amra Goru Khai
Amra Goru-er Paya Khai
Amra Pork khai na
Amader Dash koob Shundor
Nodi-Marteek Dash Bangladesh
Amader Bonn-e Bagh-er shonkha Manoos-er thekey Beshi
Amder Maach achey, Mach-er daam khub Shostaa
AMra Formalin Khai
Peer-Fakir-er Dash Bangladesh
Amra Pora-Pani + Tabiz khai
Amader Dash-e Pijja-haat achey...Bangladesh-e Pijja pawa jai
Sylhet-e Gas pawa gechey. Amader Gas achey onek - Kintoo tomader Dash, Europe-e Gas nai!
Amder Dash-e amra Hachi diley hamrao Excuse me, thank you boltey jani.
Amra Rasta-i Hishu/soo-soo kori
In Bangladesh, there is no shortage of public toilet, Every street side and Golli is a public toilet. Hishu legeechey? No problem! Rasta-e dariye jau, arr go...shon shon shon!
In BD we do not use toilet paper...AMra Chhochu kori. SHow him/her a Bodna/Ghoti!
Amra Pan style toilet-e Hagu kori. Tomra European-ra jano Pan toilet kahakey bole?
Amder dash-eo Mod pawa jai, chintaa korio naa, miah...jodio Mod Haraam!
Amader Dash-e Molom chailey, Molom party will give you ointment for free.

I will add more a little later.I, the boss of regular people of BC, NOMINATE this post as POST of the year. :up:

Made my day!!!

aklemalp
January 16, 2018, 05:56 PM
^^ does it come with a translation?

One World
January 16, 2018, 08:04 PM
Amra Ghush khai naa.
No bribery.
Amder Boro Boro Bari achey.
Big mansions.
Amra Goru Khai
Beef
Amra Goru-er Paya Khai
Eat femur too
Amra Pork khai na
No pork
Amader Dash koob Shundor
Nice country
Nodi-Marteek Dash Bangladesh
Riverine
Amader Bonn-e Bagh-er shonkha Manoos-er thekey Beshi
More tigers in forest than total population
Amder Maach achey, Mach-er daam khub Shostaa
Lot of fish, cheap
AMra Formalin Khai
Formalin problem
Peer-Fakir-er Dash Bangladesh
Cult land
Amra Pora-Pani + Tabiz khai
Talisman/holy water believers
Amader Dash-e Pijja-haat achey...Bangladesh-e Pijja pawa jai
Pizza Hut is there
Sylhet-e Gas pawa gechey.
Amader Gas achey onek - Kintoo tomader Dash, Europe-e Gas nai!
Sylhet has gas, Europe does not
Amder Dash-e amra Hachi diley hamrao Excuse me, thank you boltey jani.
We also say excuse me, thank you after sneeze
Amra Rasta-i Hishu/soo-soo kori
In Bangladesh, there is no shortage of public toilet, Every street side and Golli is a public toilet. Hishu legeechey? No problem! Rasta-e dariye jau, arr go...shon shon shon!
We urinate on road
In BD we do not use toilet paper...AMra Chhochu kori.
SHow him/her a Bodna/Ghoti!
Spouted vessel to wash after poop.
Amra Pan style toilet-e Hagu kori. Tomra European-ra jano Pan toilet kahakey bole?
Squat toilet
Amder dash-eo Mod pawa jai, chintaa korio naa, miah...jodio Mod Haraam!
Alcohol is plenty although prohibited in religion
Amader Dash-e Molom chailey, Molom party will give you ointment for free.
Sort of criminals use ointment to rob as a gang



Disclaimer: Not all exactly true

Zeeshan
January 17, 2018, 11:03 PM
Sporty, very good thread! And ohh definitely, like Roy said, tell the Europeans/foreigners those things about BD that you two already discussed.

And then you can also add:

Amra Ghush khai naa.
Amder Boro Boro Bari achey.
Amra Goru Khai
Amra Goru-er Paya Khai
Amra Pork khai na
Amader Dash koob Shundor
Nodi-Marteek Dash Bangladesh
Amader Bonn-e Bagh-er shonkha Manoos-er thekey Beshi
Amder Maach achey, Mach-er daam khub Shostaa
AMra Formalin Khai
Peer-Fakir-er Dash Bangladesh
Amra Pora-Pani + Tabiz khai
Amader Dash-e Pijja-haat achey...Bangladesh-e Pijja pawa jai
Sylhet-e Gas pawa gechey. Amader Gas achey onek - Kintoo tomader Dash, Europe-e Gas nai!
Amder Dash-e amra Hachi diley hamrao Excuse me, thank you boltey jani.
Amra Rasta-i Hishu/soo-soo kori
In Bangladesh, there is no shortage of public toilet, Every street side and Golli is a public toilet. Hishu legeechey? No problem! Rasta-e dariye jau, arr go...shon shon shon!
In BD we do not use toilet paper...AMra Chhochu kori. SHow him/her a Bodna/Ghoti!
Amra Pan style toilet-e Hagu kori. Tomra European-ra jano Pan toilet kahakey bole?
Amder dash-eo Mod pawa jai, chintaa korio naa, miah...jodio Mod Haraam!
Amader Dash-e Molom chailey, Molom party will give you ointment for free.

I will add more a little later.

We also smell horrible you know...

Shingara
January 19, 2018, 09:15 AM
Gorib desh kintu shukhi manush.