The direct ancestors of Bengali are Prakrit, and Sanskrit.
The total number of speakers of Bengali worldwide is 189 million (Ethnologue), making it the seventh most spoken language in the world after Chinese, Spanish, English, Hindi, Arabic, and Portuguese (Ethnologue).
'Bānglā/Bôngô') is a geopolitical, cultural and historical region in Asia, which is located in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent at the apex of the Bay of Bengal.
Geographically, it is made up by the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta system, the largest such formation in the world; along with mountains in its north bordering the Himalayan states of Nepal and Bhutan and east bordering Burma.
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Bengali, also called Bangala, Bangla, Bangla-Bhasa, belongs to the Eastern group of the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family.
Along with Assamese, it is the easternmost of all Indo-European languages.
The predominant ethno-linguistic group is the Bengali people, who speak the Indo-Aryan Bengali language. Dense woodlands, including hilly rainforests, cover Bengal's northern and eastern areas; while an elevated forested plateau covers its central area.
In the littoral southwest are the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest and home of the Bengal tiger.