Punjabi, Comprehensive

Punjabi, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Punjabi with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442336155
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

About the Punjabi Language

  • Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language of the Indo-European language family. It is unique for being the only tonal language in this family.
  • There are ten Punjabi dialects which are mostly mutually intelligible. This course teaches the Eastern Punjabi dialect as spoken in India.
  • Punjabi is spoken by approximately 110-112 million people world-wide.
  • It is an official language in the Indian states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, and is also spoken elsewhere in northwestern India. Although not considered an offical language in Pakistan, it is spoken by the majority in the Pakistani province of Punjab.
  • It is also spoken by expatriate communities in Bangladesh, Canada, Fiji, Kenya, Libya, Malaysia (Peninsular), Mauritius, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. In Canada, Punjabi is thought to be the sixth most frequently spoken language.
  • Punjabi is most commonly written using the Gurmukhi script. The reading lessons in this course teach how to read the Gurmukhi alphabet.

Pimsleur's Comprehensive Punjabi Program

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Punjabi, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you further practice in reading Punjabi using the Gurmukhi script. You'll be reading words, phrases, and short sentences using familiar vocabulary as well as new vocabulary. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

About the Punjabi Language

  • Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language of the Indo-European language family. It is unique for being the only tonal language in this family.
  • There are ten Punjabi dialects which are mostly mutually intelligible. This course teaches the Eastern Punjabi dialect as spoken in India.
  • Punjabi is spoken by approximately 110-112 million people world-wide.
  • It is an official language in the Indian states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, and is also spoken elsewhere in northwestern India. Although not considered an offical language in Pakistan, it is spoken by the majority in the Pakistani province of Punjab.
  • It is also spoken by expatriate communities in Bangladesh, Canada, Fiji, Kenya, Libya, Malaysia (Peninsular), Mauritius, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. In Canada, Punjabi is thought to be the sixth most frequently spoken language.
  • Punjabi is most commonly written using the Gurmukhi script. The reading lessons in this course teach how to read the Gurmukhi alphabet.

Pimsleur's Comprehensive Punjabi Program

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Punjabi, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you further practice in reading Punjabi using the Gurmukhi script. You'll be reading words, phrases, and short sentences using familiar vocabulary as well as new vocabulary. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included.

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PimsleurPunjabi Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (6)
  • It works (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Perfects accent (5)
  • Fun (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (6)
    • Self-improvement (5)
    • Business/work (4)
    • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Fun (4)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Learning Tool

    By SD

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Punjabi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I listen to these units in my car on my way to work. I already know a good amount of Punjabi, but this course really helps fine tune my grammar and really helps with my pronunciation. Highly recommended!

      Pimsleur, please make more advanced level courses for Punjabi!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Terrific, please add phase 2 !!!!

      By Punjabi novice :)

      from Toronto

      About Me Student

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Travel

        Comments about Punjabi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        The cd's are heard no visual aids but this actually helps you think about the words in your mind and so you learn quicker, it is a great product b/c it is interactive and slows down then speeds up which allows you to learn and then challenge yourself. What isn't great is that there is only phase 1 of 30 lessons I want to continue to learn but they have to add more to the program ! They need a demand, so start buying people you won't regret it !

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pretty great! I hope they make a 2nd :)

        By ER224

        from Atlanta, GA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • It Works
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Just for fun
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Punjabi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

          This is the second language I am learning (apart from my native English) and I find this method to be less effort than the 6 years of classes I took to learn Spanish. (Although I am sure having been through a language-learning process before makes this second experience easier)

          Some pros include: portability, use of full sentences in later lessons (unlike another very popular language leaning method I have tried in the past to learn Hindi), consideration and explaination of Muslim vs. Sikh vs. Hindu greetings and sayings for those who might not be familiar

          Cons: (and this is only a person con, it wouldn't necessarily be a con for someone who is traveling) it is very much geared towards travelers, with many lessons focusing on asking for directions, asking if people speak English, etc. Those learning for work or communication with family/friends can use this as a great starting point, but we will eventually need to learn more applicable phrases.

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          I hope a 2nd version is created! Or a version focusing on communicating in business or personal conversations is created.

           
          5.0

          Amazing!

          By Amazed

          from WA

          About Me Traveler

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          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • It Works
          • Perfects Accent
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business/Work
            • Family background/Heritage
            • Just for fun
            • Self-improvement
            • Travel

            Comments about Punjabi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

            I am amazed how the mind absorbs a new language just from listening and repeating. So easy.

             
            5.0

            Waiting forever for this - Worth it!!!!!

            By Linguist

            from Ontario, Canada

            About Me Business person, Traveler

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • Fun
            • It Works
            • Perfects Accent
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business/Work
              • Just for fun
              • Self-improvement
              • Travel

              Comments about Punjabi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

              I speak several languages all thanks to Pimsleur. Seriously, I have about 13 or 14 different language courses and at least 20 books on each language that I try to learn. Nothing....Nothing even comes close to Pimsleur's method. You will know and fully understand several sentences after just one 30 minute lesson and you will not forget them. I have actually stopped buying new programs now, only Pimsleur. Just try it yourself and see how easy and different it is from anything else you have ever tried......listed to one of the free Lesson 1 for any language you like. After 30 minutes, you will feel 50x more confident in your ability to pronounce the words like a native speaker. Don't believe me, just try it!

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