Panjabi (also known as Punjabi) is spoken by the Punjabi people in India, Pakistan and other parts of the world. It is spoken by about 104 million people and it is the 11th most spoken language in the world. The most commonly used version of Panjabi is Gurmukhi (mainly spoken in Pakistan). There is another version, Shahmukhi, mostly used in religious books and, to a lesser extent, by the Panjabi speakers in India. The two versions are by and large very similar. What we will be offering is Gurmukhi but some elements of Shahmukhi will be mentioned during the course as well.
Learning Panjabi is particularly useful for those who work or wish to work in the community, such as health-care professionals or other public sector workers. Panjabi speakers form one of the most important south Asian communities in the UK, and being able to speak to people in their first language can be very helpful.
You can study Panjabi:
Undergraduates may be interested in the Study India programme.