Have you ever heard of the language Punjabi (sometimes spelled Panjabi)? No! Well, several countries speak this language. What are some Punjabi-speaking countries? Let’s find out!
Whenever I hear the word “Punjabi,” my shoulders start moving up and down in their traditional dance move, all the while in my mind saying, “balle balle!” That means hooray or shows happiness! Punjabis are highly hilarious and fun-loving people. If you don’t believe me, check out this link of funny Punjabi phrases.
Words like “hadippa!” and “oi teri!” will come up, meaning “hooray” and “oh you.” Oi teri is more like a frustrated expression and can also be used rudely. But picture big Sikhs laughing together and saying these words – I bet you’d want to know more about the language once you are around them.
The Punjabi language is a widely spoken language and is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan, with the official language being Urdu. It is well-spoken in the Punjab province of Pakistan. In a more formal setting, Punjabi speakers usually use Urdu because it’s official, and people are taken a bit more seriously!
Long ago, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh were one nation. Together they were called Hindustan. War and division happened to create a separation between the Punjabis as well. Indian Punjabi are mostly Hindus. Their version of Punjabi is spoken similarly but written in Gurmukhi script. It is shocking how many speak Punjabi. Many have gone west and settled there for generations.
As their native language in the west, Punjabis have brought their culture, tradition, and ways to countries like Canada and Australia. Believe it or not, Punjabi is the world’s eleventh most widely spoken language!
Names Of Punjabi-Speaking Countries
Here are the names of Punjabi-speaking countries:
- United Kingdom
- United States
It is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan. The population of Punjabi speakers here is about 45%. Most are Muslims and speak Punjabi similarly to in India, but written Punjabi is different. The Shahmuki scripts look like this شاہ مُکھی. In Pakistan, Punjabi is more like a dialect.
Indian Punjabi, as mentioned earlier, has a Gurmukhi script that looks like this ਸ਼ਾਹਮੁਖੀ. The country itself has numerous dialects and official languages as it is so diverse and massive! Hindus are in high population, which is why the Gurmukhi script is followed in India.
Western Punjabi Speaking Countries
Many people of the Punjab Province, both from India and Pakistan, emigrated to other nations. Although they are widespread all over the world, most choose these particular countries to call their home.
If you happen to see Sikhs in the west, you are sure that he has brought their native language, culture, dressing, food, habits, and jokes! A Punjabi wedding, for example, can be a perfect demonstration of how grand Punjabis are – which brings diversity to the west.
In the year 2021, the population of Punjabi speakers in Canada was 0.67 million. Ontario has the most Punjabis, followed by British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba.
About 1.3 million Punjabi speakers live in Australia, most in Victoria, followed by New South Wales. Tarneit, Canning Wale, and Cairns are some of the famous suburbs with Punjabis. Needless to say, there will be wonderful food shops and groceries with several Punjabi goods for sale.
There are almost 3 million Punjabi speakers in the United Kingdom. Most live in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
0.28 million Punjabi speakers live in the USA. New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and California are some of the major cities in the USA where Punjabis reside.
Other countries also have numerous Hindi, Urdu, and Punjab speakers, which are widely spoken in these nations. They are Southeast Asian countries, the Middle East, and New Zealand. All these languages bring people and cultures together!
Introductions In Punjabi Speaking Countries
Suppose you find yourself if any of these countries, it’s best to prepare. Here are some introductions that you can make to adapt well among Punjabis.
|How are you?||ਤੁਸੀ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਹੋ?||Tusī kivēṁ hō?|
|How’s it going?||ਕਿੱਵੇਂ ਚੱਲ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ l?||Kivēṁ cala rihā hai l?|
|How’s the weather today?||ਅੱਜ ਮੌਸਮ ਕਿਹੋ ਜਿਹਾ ਹੈ?||Aja mausama kihō jihā hai?|
|What is your name?||ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਨਾਮ ਕੀ ਹੈ?||Tuhāḍā nāma kī hai?|
|I’m from London.||ਮੈਂ ਲੰਡਨ ਤੋਂ ਹਾਂ।||Maiṁ laḍana tōṁ hāṁ.|
|How is your family?||ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਪਰਵਾਰ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਹੈ?||Tuhāḍā paravāra kivēṁ hai?|
|Where do you live?||ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕਿਥੇ ਰਹਿੰਦੇ ਹੋ?||Tusīṁ kithē rahidē hō?|
|I love your food.||ਮੈਨੂੰ ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਭੋਜਨ ਪਸੰਦ ਹੈ।||Mainū tuhāḍā bhōjana pasada hai.|
|I like your dress.||ਮੈਨੂੰ ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਪਹਿਰਾਵਾ ਪਸੰਦ ਹੈ।||Mainū tuhāḍā pahirāvā pasada hai.|
|I would love to visit your country.||ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਦੇਸ਼ ਦਾ ਦੌਰਾ ਕਰਨਾ ਪਸੰਦ ਕਰਾਂਗਾ।||Maiṁ tuhāḍē dēśa dā daurā karanā pasada karāṅgā.|
|Where can I find this?||ਮੈਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਕਿੱਥੇ ਮਿਲ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ?||Mainū iha kithē mila sakadā hai?|
|How do you spell your name?||ਤੁਸੀਂ ਆਪਣਾ ਨਾਮ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਲਿਖਦੇ ਹੋ?||Tusīṁ āpaṇā nāma kivēṁ likhadē hō?|
|Do you live with your family?||ਕੀ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਪਰਿਵਾਰ ਨਾਲ ਰਹਿੰਦੇ ਹੋ?||Kī tusīṁ āpaṇē parivāra nāla rahidē hō?|
|The food is delicious.||ਭੋਜਨ ਸੁਆਦੀ ਹੈ.||Bhōjana su’ādī hai.|
|Do you like living here?||ਕੀ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਇੱਥੇ ਰਹਿਣਾ ਪਸੰਦ ਕਰਦੇ ਹੋ?||Kī tusīṁ ithē rahiṇā pasada karadē hō?|
Learn Punjabi With Ling
Punjabi speakers are fun-loving and joyful people. With their numbers increasing worldwide, understanding vocabulary, words, phrases, and scripts might become necessary, especially if they are close friends, family, or at work. Speaking like a native may need a bit of time, but it is not impossible. The correct pronunciation and words are essential. It may also be handy to write Punjabi. So, how about you use Ling?
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