Punjabi

Punjabi evolved from Shauraseni, a Middle-Indo Aryan language of northern India, in around the 11th century. Punjabi stands out as being the only Indo-European language that is fully tonal.

Punjabi has been written in several scripts. Gurmukhi is the script of choice for most Punjabi-speaking Indians. However, Shahmukhi, a Perso-Arabic derivative, is extensively used in the Punjabi-speaking areas of Pakistan. Although our courses are currently taught in the Gurmukhi script, we also intend to offer instruction in the Shahmukhi script in the near future.

Basic Punjabi

This course is designed for students who have never studied Punjabi. It introduces the Gurmukhi script as well as basic grammar and vocabulary. By the end of the course, students will have the confidence to communicate with other Punjabi speakers, and to engage with basic Punjabi written works.

Course MaterialsTeach Yourself Punjabi
Prerequisite(s): None
Duration: 75-90 Class Hours
Options: Private Lessons or Online Instruction
Punjabi for Native Speakers

This course is designed for native Punjabi speakers who have not been exposed to the written form of the language or do not have the confidence to speak it fluently. The focus remains on mastering the Gurmukhi script and on developing fluency in reading, writing and speaking. In this course, students will gain exposure to a wide range of historical and contemporary Punjabi literature.

Course MaterialsMaterials developed by Zabaan
Prerequisite(s): None
Duration: 30 Class Hours
Options: Private Lessons or Online Instruction

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