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50+ Basic Punjabi Words And Phrases – Useful Guide

June 22, 2022

Besides India and Pakistan, Punjabi is spoken among a vital overseas diaspora, particularly in the United Kingdom, the U.S.A, and Canada. Learn the necessary and basic Punjabi words and phrases with their meaning in English and pronunciation.

A famous saying is that you can find two rich things anywhere in Pakistan or India: potatoes and Punjabi! Well, I don't know what potatoes are, but if it's Punjabi, I must agree! So from east, west, and north to south, you can meet this very warm and kind person anywhere in this country.

The Punjabi language is classified as one of the members of the Indo-Aryan subgroup of the Indo-European language family. The word Punjabi is derived from Panj-āb, which means "Five Rivers" in Persian and refers to the five main tributaries of the eastern Indus River. Furthermore, the name of the region was presented by the Turkish-Persian conquerors in South Asia. Therefore, it translates the Sanskrit name Panchanada in the area, which means "land of five rivers."

Basic Punjabi Words And Phrases

Basic Words

English Pronunciation Punjabi
I Main ਆਈ
He Oh ਉਹ
She Oh ਉਹ
It Eh ਇਹ
you Tu, Tui ਤੁਸੀਂ
This Ah ਇਹ
That Oh ਕਿ

Basic Punjabi Words And Phrases

Basic Punjabi Words And Phrases Used In Daily Conversation

English Pronunciation Punjabi
Hello Sata srī akāla ਸਤ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ
How are you? Tussi kiwen ho? / ki gal hai? ਤੁਸੀ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਹੋ?
I am fine Main theek haan ਮੈਂ ਠੀਕ ਹਾਂ
Pleased to meet you Tu-adey nal mil kar bahut khusi hoi ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਮਿਲ ਕੇ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਹੋਈ
Thank You Shukriā ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ
What is your name? Tuhada naan ki hai? ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਨਾਮ ਕੀ ਹੈ?
My name is  Mera naan haga …  ਮੇਰਾ ਨਾਮ ਹੈ
Where are you from? Tusi kithe dey ho? ਤੁਸੀ ਕਿੱਥੋ ਹੋ?
What Happened Ki hoya ਕੀ ਹੋਇਆ
Good morning Śubha savēra ਸ਼ੁਭ ਸਵੇਰ
Good evening sata srī akāla ਸਤ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ
Good night śubha rāta ਸ਼ੁਭ ਰਾਤ

Basic Punjabi Words And Phrases

General Words

English Pronunciation Punjabi
Home Kar ਘਰ
Come Ithy ah ਆਉਣਾ
Go Jaa ਜਾਣਾ
Sit Bah ਬੈਠੋ
Laugh Hus ਹਾਸਾ
Happy Khush ਖੁਸ਼
Inside Andar ਅੰਦਰ
Far Door ਦੂਰ
Near Paas ਨੇੜੇ
Water Panni ਪਾਣੀ
Sleep Sutte ਸੌਣਾ
Eat Khana ਖਾਉ
Drink Pinna ਪੀ
Sorry Mauf karna ਮੁਆਫ ਕਰਨਾ
Welcome Savāgata hai ਸਵਾਗਤ ਹੈ
Yes Aaho ਹਾਂ
No Nahi ਨਹੀਂ
Right Sajjey ਸਹੀ
Left  Khabbey ਖੱਬੇ
Shopping Khareedna ਖਰੀਦਦਾਰੀ
Thank you Shukriya  ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ
Understand Samajhō ਸਮਝੋ

Basic Punjabi Words And Phrases

Numbers To Learn In Punjabi

English Pronunciation Punjabi
Zero Sifar ਜ਼ੀਰੋ
One Ik  ਇੱਕ
Two Do  ਦੋ
Three Tin  ਤਿੰਨ
Four Chaar ਚਾਰ
Five Panj  ਪੰਜ
Six Chey ਛੇ
Seven Sat  ਸੱਤ
Eight Aath ਅੱਠ
Nine know ਨੌ
Ten Das ਦਸ

Basic Punjabi Words And Phrases

20 Punjabi Words And Phrases For Your Vocabulary

Basic  Punjabi Words  And Phrases
  • Khottey De Puttar

Literal meaning: Son of a donkey (idiot)

  • Geydi

Literal meaning: To wander aimlessly, mostly to check out people of the opposite sex.

  • Pind

Literal meaning: Hometown

  • Balle Balle/ Shaava Shaava

 Literal meaning: Expression of joy (but for a non-Punjabi, it is a racist way to greet any Punjabi).

  • Durr fitteh mun

Literal meaning: May your face burn in hell or keep your face away

  • Chak dey phattey

Literal meaning: C’mon or keep it up

  • Patola

Literal meaning: A hot or beautiful Punjabi girl

  • Gabroo Jawaan

Literal meaning: A young and well-built Punjabi boy or man

  • Kidaan! (Nasal expression)

Literal meaning: Wassup

  • Raula

Literal meaning: It means a bad or messed up situation

  • Boothi

Literal meaning: Face (mostly this word is used in a sarcastic way)

  • Mukk

Literal meaning: Over/finish (means something is finished or come to an end)

  • Praah!

Literal meaning: It means brother

  • Ghaint

Literal meaning: Awesome, super, or cool

  • Rab raakhaan

Literal meaning: God be with you (it’s a Punjabi variant of Khuda Hafiz, means goodbye)

  • Saanu Ki

Literal meaning: An Ultimate Answer After Hours Of Gossip

  • Siyapa


  • Changa

Literal meaning: Good or Ok

  • Jhappi!

Literal meaning: A Hug

  • Haey O Rabba!

Literal meaning: Dramatic way to call or remember God


There Are Two Common Types Of Punjabi

Punjab, Pakistan

Punjabi (all dialects) is the first language of 70% of Pakistan's population. Pakistani Punjabi is also called Lahnda/Western Punjabi. There are many types of Punjabi languages in Randa, and sometimes different languages are considered, but they are all named after Randa (Western Punjabi). Punjabi is spoken in every province of Pakistan. In Pakistan's Punjabi, 97% of people speak Punjabi. There are more than 20 Punjabi dialects in Punjab, Pakistan, and throughout Pakistan. Majhi dialect is the most uncomplicated dialect in Punjabi.

Punjab, India

2.4% of the Indian population speak Punjabi as their first language. Thus, 87% of Punjabi Indians speak Punjabi as their first language. Indian Punjabi is almost the same as Indian Punjabi, and it is easier to compare with Pakistani Punjabi.


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6 comments on “50+ Basic Punjabi Words And Phrases – Useful Guide”

  1. I am trying to teach adult Punjabi-speaking people how to speak English. Can you share with me an app or a workbook that teaches Punjabi educated adults to learn to speak English I live in Malaysia but I am trying to teach English in my village in Amritsar India
    I will appreciate advise and help

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