Punjabi is an official and most exciting language that more than 125 million people speak in India, Pakistan, and worldwide. The Sikh religion mostly speaks the Punjabi language. It is written in two scripts. People who speak in the Punjabi language read and write using the Gurmukhi script, which Guru Angad Dev Ji developed. Those who speak Punjabi in Pakistan read and write using the Shahmukhi script. It is a version of the Urdu script.
If you want to learn how to speak Punjabi, start by learning the pronunciation of different words.
Many words are nonexistent in English. After that, you can start having basic conversations, learn and explore more about the language.
Start with the vowel sounds that are pronounced the same as in English. There are several words in the Punjabi language that are spoken the same as the English language. If you know English, you must already know how to pronounce the consonants.
The Punjabi language has several consonants.
Some of the letters are represented in text as “kh” and “dh.”
There are some blends of the consonants such as “sh,” “ch,” and “th,” that sound the same in English.
Working on consonant sounds that don’t exist in English will make your Punjabi better. However, there are also so many Punjabi consonants that don’t even exist in English at all. So if you want to learn these, you would have to make the sound you expect to make in English.
Punjabi vowels take place alone sometimes, but they are also produced in the script as occurring above, beside, and below the consonant.
“a” sounds like the “a” in the English word “sprought.”
“a” sounds like the “a” in the English word “chart.”
“i” sounds like the “i” in the English word “lit.”
“i” sounds like the “ee” in the English word “knee.”
“u” sounds like the “oo” in the English word “rude.”
“e” sounds like the “a” in the English word “bake.”
“o” sounds like the “o” in the English word “no.”
If you are learning Punjabi, start greeting people with “Sat Sri Akal Ji.” It is a way to show respect, and it is used to welcome anyone regardless of age or gender.
Just feel the language. It is enjoyable to speak Punjabi as it is one of the prominent and respectful languages.
Learn Punjabi through the help of music
These days Punjabi songs have taken over the whole world. So if you want to become a pro at speaking Punjabi, listen to Punjabi music as much as you can. Songs are an excellent way to learn any language because the lyrics’ rhythm helps you remember the words for a long time.
Try to communicate with people
Talk to people with Punjabi backgrounds, especially from Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and other cities.
You can also watch Punjabi movies with Hindi or English subtitles, including Punjabi news channels. In addition, there are plenty of videos on How to Speak the Punjabi Language over the internet. It all comes when practised.