The How to Learn Punjabi course is a step by step guide in learning Punjabi. It is comprised of six lessons which are designed specifically for English speaking people.
This course approaches the Punjabi language from the standpoint of an English speaking background. As a result, the main focus of the course is word order. Word order, or syntax, is the arrangement of words in a sentence.
It is vital for an English speaking person who wants to learn Punjabi to focus not only on pronunciation and vocabulary but also on learning how to order those new words into a sentence.
There are two dominant word orders in the world. The first is called SVO and includes such languages as English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese. The second is called SOV and includes languages such as Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Japanese and Korean.
This course is intended for students who speak any of the SVO languages like English.* Lesson One will explain how to form a basic sentence and then the following five lessons will gradually explain how to build larger sentences. To understand why word order is so vital, notice how confusing it is to see English words in the Punjabi word order:
“Every language in words randomly arranged not are.”
The key to the success of this course is its practice exercises. A daily practice sheet is included with each lesson so that the student can immediately apply what he is learning. It is recommended that the student continue practicing for thirty minutes each day until he feels comfortable before moving on to the next lesson. View Course»
It is also recommended that the student learn the Punjabi alphabet before beginning the course. A set of alphabet flashcards can be downloaded from our site. View Flashcards»
This course may also prove useful for those who are already familiar with the SOV word order but would like to refine their language skills, as gender and many other aspects of the language are clearly explained.
Our course is not written for linguists. It focuses on explaining ideas using as few grammatical terms as possible.
*For a complete list of SVO languages see map on the World Atlas of Language Structures site