Bengali, also known as Bangla, is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian subcontinent, primarily in Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura, and Assam. It is the seventh most spoken language in the world, with over 250 million speakers worldwide. Bengali has a rich literary tradition and is known for its poetry, music, and art. It has borrowed words from Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, and English, and is written using the Bengali script, which is read from left to right. Bengali has a complex grammar structure, with a system of prefixes, suffixes, and inflections.