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Five interesting facts about Punjabi language

Punjabi is a widely spoken language, with 125 million native speakers around the world

Here are some interesting facts about Punjabi!


In the world of globalization, each language has a vital role to play. Connecting with the people in regional areas using their native language is the need of the hour. The Punjabi language is one of the widely spoken languages around the world. The name Punjabi is actually Persian, literally translates to “Five Waters” referring to the five tributaries of the Indus River defining the ancient Punjab region (presently split between India and Pakistan).


There is more to this language than what is shown in Bollywood movies which I bet, most of you are not aware of. In this blog, we will go through some interesting facts about the Punjabi language which support why one should consider Punjabi as a potential language to learn:


Punjabi: the connecting language

The Punjabi language is the tenth most widely spoken language in the world. It has around 125 million native speakers. More people speak Punjabi as their mother tongue than German, Korean or French. There are also sizable communities of Punjabi speakers in the United Kingdom and Canada. It is the third-most spoken language in the United Kingdom and the fourth most spoken language in Canada. So, to connect with large audiences, the Punjabi language is worth learning.


Where is Punjabi from?

From the name, most of you guessed Punjab, right? But to your surprise, it is not so. Pakistan has more speakers of this language than we have in India. In fact, it’s a common saying that Punjabis and potatoes are the most found things in Pakistan. But it is indeed disturbing that it is not recognized very well there. Neither it’s been given an official status nor is it being taught to children in school.


Origin of Punjabi

Punjabi is a descendent of “Shauraseni Prakrit”, the chief language of north Indian during the medieval period. It is also believed that it developed from

“Shauraseni Apabhramsha”, around the 11th century.


Synchronic Digraphia (the coexistence of two or more writing systems for the same language):

There are very few languages in the world that can be written in more than one script and Punjabi is one of them. The Punjabi language uses two different scripts, the Shahmukhi and the Gurmukhi. The Gurmukhi script is widely used in India whereas the Shahmukhi is predominant in the Pakistan region.


Punjabi is a tonal language

One of the features of the Punjabi language that makes it unique is to have a lexical tone. In a layman’s language, we can say that it is a tonal language where you understand the meaning even with the alteration in pitch and tone of the words. Various tones are used to differentiate the words which otherwise appear similar.


So, if you are someone who enjoys popular peppy Punjabi songs but sings them mindlessly without understanding their lyrics, or has a Punjabi friend whose slang you love and wants to learn, or as a part of your new year resolution, you decided to learn a new Indian language, consider learning Punjabi. You can use the Language Curry App to learn Punjabi through English. The app has commonly used Punjabi phrases voiced out by native speakers.

Check out this video for a short lesson in Punjabi!

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