For this week's Mango Monday we will present Punjabi.

Punjabi is spoken by about 100 million speakers in India and Pakistan, and it is the 10th most widely spoken language in the world. It is part of the Indo-European language family, as English is. That means in the distant past the languages had the same origin. Unlike English, Punjabi is written with a different script. For ease of learning, Mango presents the language in both teh real script and a phonetic transliteration--writing it out in Latin script how it sounds to most of us native English speakers.Punjabi is truly a world language as it is widely spoken in England, Wales and Canada. With the increasing popularity of Bollywood cinema, the language will only grow into a new audience.

Here is a snapshot of Punjabi according to Mango:

This language is spoken in an incredible place that contains every kind of natural landform—waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, deserts, forests—something for everyone! The scenic vistas create the perfect backdrop for the beautiful cities. Pick up a delicious mango in the marketplace, haggle with a local over the price of the pottery, indulge your eyes at a wondrous mosque. The people are friendly and warm wherever you turn. If you are invited to a private home for a feast, don’t forget to say مہربانی (MEHr-baani), which means “thank you”, to your host!

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about asking for assistance you can learn from Unit 4, Chapter 19: Help! Please note that the examples below are written in Mango's transliteration.

  • Excuse me. I need help. maaf karna maynoo madad chaahidi ay
  • What happened? ki hoyaa ay
  • I can't find my purse and wallet. maynoo apnaa batvah tay tayla nahi mil rayaa
  • Was it stolen? ki ay chori hogaiyaa
  • I don't know. Maybe. maynoo nahi patah khabray
  • Where were you last? tusi aakhri vaar kitay si
  • I was on the subway. may subvay tay saa
  • Let's go to the station and file a report. chalo taanay jaanday aa tay rapart kaday aa

Punjabi is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.