Punjabi man with a turban talking to a woman in a store.

Punjabi - Level 1


Course description

Punjabi, a vibrant Indo-Aryan language spoken by over 113 million people worldwide, resonates through the heart of the Punjab region, encompassing parts of both Pakistan and India. Its melodious sounds and long literary heritage have enriched countless works of poetry, music, and everyday conversations. Whether you're fascinated by the Bhangra dance, the soulful Qawwali music tradition, or simply seek to connect with Punjabi speakers on a personal level, this introductory course is your gateway to unlocking this captivating language.


After completing this course, students are expected to:

  • Have basic conversations on familiar topics like greetings, introductions, and expressing simple needs.
  • Navigate simple interactions in shops, restaurants, and other common settings in Punjabi-speaking communities.
  • Lay the groundwork for further Punjabi language learning.


World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)


Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, etc.

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