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Punjabi Alphabet

Alphabet Flashcards

Learning the alphabet is easy when used with the technique of picture association. At the bottom of each flashcard, a suggestion is given as to what the letter resembles and what sound it makes. For example, the Punjabi letter for "h" resembles a hook and hook begins with the sound "h". In addition, at the top of each flashcard, the name of the letter is given and the sound it makes is given in parenthesis.

Alphabet Flashcards

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Punjabi is an alphabet based language with forty letters, which is fourteen more than in the English alphabet. The reason for this is that each sound has its own letter. In English, many letters combine to make new sounds. For example, the letter "h" is often used with other letters like "s" "c" "t" to form new sounds like "sh" "ch" and "th". In the Punjabi alphabet, each of these sounds have their own letter.

In addition to this, the Punjabi alphabet also has multiple "b" "d" "g" "j" "k" "r" and "t" letters. Each giving a slightly different pronunciation of the letter.

Words are sounded out exactly as they are written. Vowel marks appear either in front, behind, above or below the consonants. There are three vowel letters which can support the vowel marks when no consonant is available.