Punjabi

Punjabi

Punjabi is one of the official languages of India with 30 million native speakers and is spoken by large numbers of people in Pakistan, (around 80 million native speakers) although it has no official status there.

Hello: Asalamualaikum
How are you? Ki aal hai tuadu (hey tooadoo)
I’m fine, thanks: Meh (may) teak han shukriya
What is your name? Tera nah ki hai
My name is… Mera nah…
Nice to meet you: Tere (terré) nal mi ke (kee) khushi oi
Welcome to… Jee ayanu (aiynoo)
Goodbye: Kuda fees

The words in brackets give more of an idea for an English speaker of how these Punjabi words should be pronounced, for example (may) is a representation of our word “may” (as in the month May).

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