10 Easy Ways To Say Hello In Punjabi!

Hello In Punjabi_ling app_Girl Waving Hello

The word “hello” in Punjabi is Sata srī akāla (ਸਤ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ) and it is one of the most commonly used Punjabi greetings. It is a phrase both men and women use, and it can be said in any situation. For instance, this phrase would be appropriate if you see someone on the street or at work that you do not know very well.

As a traveler, learning this essential expression in the Punjabi language can help you in enjoying your trips more. But what if there are other expressions that you can use? Well, you’ll learn about that and more today! Let’s start!

Saying Hello In Punjabi

In the Punjabi culture, greeting someone with a warm and respectful hello is considered an essential aspect of social etiquette. When meeting someone for the first time, it is customary to use the formal greeting of Sata srī akāla. It is a traditional greeting that translates to “God is Truth.” It is commonly used as a polite way of saying hello and can also be used to say goodbye in the Indian region of Punjabi. The use of this traditional greeting does not only show respect to the person you are meeting but also a way to acknowledge and honor the Punjabi culture and its values.

Another critical aspect of the Punjabi culture of greeting is the use of physical touch to show affection and respect. In traditional Punjabi greetings, it is common to shake hands, hug, or even touch the feet of elders as a sign of respect. This physical touch is seen as a way to express love and affection for the person you greet and is often accompanied by traditional greetings. Let’s get to know more about this in the sections below!

Formal Ways Of Saying Hello In Punjabi

Here is a list of ways to greet someone hello in a formal manner.

EnglishPunjabiTransliteration
Hello (formal Sikh/ Hindu greeting in Indian Punjab)ਸਤ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲSata srī akāla
Hello (formal Muslim greeting in Pakistani Punjab)ਅਦਾਬAdāba
Hello (formal Muslim greeting in Pakistani Punjab)ਅੱਸਲਾਮ ਅਲੈਕਮAsalāma alaikama
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Informal Ways Of Saying Hello In Punjabi

Here is a list of ways to greet someone hello in an informal manner.

EnglishPunjabiTransliteration
HelloਹੈਲੋHailō
Hello (informal greeting used by Pakistani Punjabis)ਸਲਾਮSalāma
How are you?ਕਿੱਦਾਂKidāṁ
What’s up?ਕੀ ਹਾਲ ਚਾਲ?Kī hāla cāla?
How are you?ਕੀ ਹਾਲ ਆ?Kī hāla ā?
All good?ਸਬ ਚੰਗਾ?Saba cagā?

Hello For Muslim And Hindu Punjabis

To give a little background information: the magnificent Indian state of Punjab was split into two parts during the partition in 1947. The vast Indian subcontinent broke out to become Pakistan and India. Muslim Punjabis moved to Punjab, which was on the side of Pakistan and Hindu Punjabis stayed in India.

This is why you have two formal ways of saying hello in Punjabi: Sata srī akāla and Salāma. Although many speak the Punjabi language, it is one of the official language in India while that of Pakistan is Urdu. Sata srī akāla is a traditional greeting for Punjabi Sikhs in personal and professional settings. It is often used as a salutation at the beginning or end of a letter or conversation. It is also a respectful way to greet elders or spiritual leaders.

Despite war and separation, the culturally rich Punjab state remains beautiful to behold, and the people more so. Local Punjabi people find interactive techniques to communicate with groups of foreigners even if they are not Punjabi speakers yet!

It is why knowing both formal and informal ways to say Hello in Punjabi is very handy!

Hello In Punjabi_Ling app_The Golden Temple in Punjab

To Further The Conversation

It’s common to use hand gestures such as a slight bow with hands pressed together in a Namaste, similar to Hindu culture. Another common gesture to say hello in Punjabi is to place the right hand over the heart and bow slightly.

Here are some basic Punjabi words and phrases to help you get your conversations going after a “hello”:

  • Greetings/Hello: Sata srī akāla (ਸਤ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ)
  • Bless you: Ji’undē rahō (ਜਿਉਂਦੇ ਰਹੋ)
  • How are you?: Tusī kivēṁ hō? (ਤੁਸੀ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਹੋ?)
  • I am fine: Maiṁ ṭhīka hāṁ (ਮੈਂ ਠੀਕ ਹਾਂ )
  • Take care: Āpaṇā khi’āla rakhaṇā (ਆਪਣਾ ਖਿਆਲ ਰੱਖਣਾ)
  • Touch the feet of elders when meeting and before leaving: Pairī pā’uṇā (ਪੈਰੀ ਪਉਣਾ )

Although it was said early that Punjabis are not big with gestures, touching the feet of elders and letting the elder touch your head or raise their hand to you as they bless you is a significant gesture and entirely meaningful to them. This is not only done among those who are from the Punjab region but also among many of the Indian cultures and religious practices.

Learn Punjabi Greetings With Ling!

Several language learning apps available can help you learn how to say “hello” in Punjabi and other traditional greetings. Some popular apps include Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, and Memrise. These apps offer a variety of learning tools, such as interactive lessons, quizzes, and games to help you practice and improve your language skills. But did you know that there is one app that can change the language-learning process for you?

With the Ling app, you can learn a new language within 15 minutes of using the app every single day. Not only does it have interactive features, but it also comes with in-depth lessons that’ll help you master the grammar and cultural notes related to your target language! We also have a chatbot that can help you process your understanding faster.

So what are you waiting for? Try Ling today from the Play Store or App Store and start learning Punjabi the right way!

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