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Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by over 100 million native speakers worldwide, making it the 10th most widely spoken language in the world. It is the native language of the Punjabi people who inhabit the historical Punjab region of Pakistan and India. Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan, the seventh-most widely spoken in India, and the third-most spoken native language in the Indian Subcontinent. Punjabi is the fourth-most spoken language in the United Kingdom and third-most spoken native language (after English and French) in Canada. The language also has a significant presence in the United Arab Emirates, United States, Saudi Arabia, and Australia.
Punjabi is written in two scripts which are known as Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi. While Gurmukhi script is used in the Punjab region of India, Shahmukhi script is used in the Punjab region of Pakistan. Here, on Frazebook, Gurmukhi script is used.
The Sikh religion originated in the 15th century in the Punjab region and Punjabi is the predominant language spoken by Sikhs. Most portions of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji use the Punjabi language written in Gurmukhi script, though Punjabi is not the only language used in Sikh scriptures. The Janamsakhis, stories on the life and legend of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, are early examples of Punjabi prose literature. Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji himself composed Punjabi verse incorporating vocabulary from Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, and other Indic languages as characteristic of the Gurbani tradition.
Punjabi Sufi poetry developed under Shah Hussain, Sultan Bahu, Shah Sharaf, Ali Haider, Saleh Muhammad Safoori and Bulleh Shah.
Punjabi Sufi poetry also influenced other Punjabi literary traditions particularly the Punjabi Qissa, a genre of romantic tragedy which also derived inspiration from Indic, Persian and Quranic sources. The qissa of Heer Ranjha by Waris Shah is among the most popular of Punjabi qissas. Other popular stories include Sohni Mahiwal by Fazal Shah, Mirza Sahiban by Hafiz Barkhudar, Sassi Punu by Hashim Shah, and Qissa Puran Bhagat by Qadaryar.
Heroic ballads known as vaar enjoy a rich oral tradition in Punjabi.
Punjabi has a rich traditional, cultural and literary heritage. The phrases given in Frazebook would help you in your journey to learn Punjabi by kickstarting your learning spree by teaching you some greetings, how to get around, buy things, and some numbers. We hope you have fun learning the basics and some day in the future you'd like to learn the language further and learn about it's rich heritage.