To Learn Punjabi in Punjab

#1 Jun 2nd, 2010, 17:05
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Hi guys,

I'm new here and very new to the idea of living in India temporarily, but I'd like to do so with the aim of learning Punjabi well enough to understand most of it and be able to hold a Punjabi conversation with someone.

Hope you guys can help me with a few questions. But first some background:

I'm a UK born Punjabi male living in London.

Able to take time out of the rat race and travel due to redundancy. Got a couple months salary to tide me over and no massive bills to pay etc.

I've never spoken Punjabi at home and always felt I lacked a massive part of the culture because of it, so I've decided to take some time out and look in to living in Punjab or thereabouts for 3 to 6 months in the hope of cracking this.

So that's the background. Here is my rough plan which hopefully you guys can confirm sounds reasonable or not:

Couple of ideas -

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Plan to find a homestay in Punjab with a view to learning Punjabi.

Problem I'm having is finding more than 2 odd adverts on the internet so wondering if I'm looking in the right places.

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Joining a Sikh based retreat in order to live and learn as cheaply as possible.

Again, cant find much online that fits.

I guess I could just turn up in Chandigarh or Ludhiana and find my way in to something like this but because I don't have the language at all, may find myself out of my depth and on may way back to London with my tail between my legs.

I've been to India once before; Mumbai and Goa but that was a completely different type of trip.

Thanks so much for reading and hope to hear from some of you
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Hi,

I think your plan can not be executed purely on the basis of internet search. You need to find some local contacts. Two ways:

1) Find some in UK. There are many many Punjabi's Families there. Get some local contacts details from them in Punjab. Staying in a rented accommodation won't cost you much in most cities of Punjab. Punjabi culture is very open so you will find hell lot of people ready to talk to you whole day and teach you Punjabi language and culture.

2) If you can not find any contacts through UK then land up in a hotel here for few days. Make some local friends and shift to rented accommodation.

Better to stay in rural/older part of the cities to get more open culture. People will be more friendly and have time to spend with you.
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Can someone write Punjabi ?

Hi all,

I want to surprise my wife by writing a letter in punjabi and giving her. I dont want to learn Punjabi but trying to find some one who can translate my english to punjabi... May sound a wierd request but hoping to get some help from fellow IMers....
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Originally Posted by Traveller on wheels View Post Hi all,

I want to surprise my wife by writing a letter in punjabi and giving her. I dont want to learn Punjabi but trying to find some one who can translate my english to punjabi... May sound a wierd request but hoping to get some help from fellow IMers....
Gurumukhi ?
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Originally Posted by Traveller on wheels View Post Hi all,

I want to surprise my wife by writing a letter in punjabi and giving her. I dont want to learn Punjabi but trying to find some one who can translate my english to punjabi... May sound a wierd request but hoping to get some help from fellow IMers....
Hi,

Yes, let us know if you want in Gurmukhi?? If you want to write using English alphabets I can help you out..I know Gurmukhi but I don't have keyboard that support so..or if any other way I don't know..
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Yes, let us know if you want in Gurmukhi?? If you want to write using English alphabets I can help you out..I know Gurmukhi but I don't have keyboard that support so..or if any other way I don't know..
Simple - There are two options to using gurumukhi using english keyboard.

1. Load Gurumukhi/Qwerty soft keyboard
2. Use Gmail's punju/gurumukhi facility

Look at the screenshot below:

ਜਾ ਜਾ ਵੇ ਤੇਨੁ ਦਿਲ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਅਲ੍ਲਾਹ ਵਾਸਤੇ
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Thanks for the reply guys..

Can I get this software installed free online ?
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Originally Posted by Traveller on wheels View Post Thanks for the reply guys..

Can I get this software installed free online ?
1. Builtin into the Mac
2. Gmail is free

But then you still have to learn punju Mind you, very few punjs know how to read and write in gurumukhi. So do find if your spouse does.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post 1. Builtin into the Mac
2. Gmail is free

But then you still have to learn punju Mind you, very few punjs know how to read and write in gurumukhi. So do find if your spouse does.
She is a hardcore Punjabi, studied language till 10th.. I think she would be good at it..

The problem is with me writing in punjabi.. Let me try gmail.. Hope it is accurate. I dont want a situation when I want to write.. "You are nice" and in confusion land up writing "I hope you were nice"
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post 2. Use gmail's punju/gurumukhi facility

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quillpad

its for free - on any system.
but like the gent said - you still have to know gurmukhi.



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Valid point

I guess will have to think something else... If someone with a keyboard and knows gurmukhi cannot write for me..
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Originally Posted by Traveller on wheels View Post Valid point

I guess will have to think something else... If someone with a keyboard and knows gurmukhi cannot write for me..
just have rachi write it out for you, TOW
heck - i'm sure your girlfriend would be delighted!!

its the thought that counts - or so they say!



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I guess will have to think something else... If someone with a keyboard and knows gurmukhi cannot write for me..
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Originally Posted by brishti View Post just have rachi write it out for you, TOW
heck - i'm sure your girlfriend would be delighted!!

its the thought that counts - or so they say!



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Yes sure she will be.. Actually there is a bit of history involved with this so its more special than it looks...

It will be great if rachi can write in english and then I can use gmail as nycank suggested.

PS : You guys are awesome
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