This is the language spoken in the Indian state of Punjab and is one of the 22 official languages of India. Punjabi uses different tones - high, mid and low - as well as stresses, both of which can differentiate between otherwise identical words. Indian Punjabi also uses many Hindi and English loanwords - like the English word ‘bus’ in the audio clip below. There is some mutual intelligibility with Pakistani Punjabi but interestingly they both use different scripts.Learn Indian Punjabi with uTalk
One common Punjabi saying is 'Wife and food, one should never speak ill of these two'.
Punjabi is the language of the popular Bhangra folk dance and singing.
The script used to write Indian Punjabi is Gurmukhi, which means 'from the mouth of the Guru'.
The name comes from the Persian for ‘five’ (panj) and ‘ab’ (water), referring to the five tributaries of the Punjab region.
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