Punjabi, the language of the land of five rivers, is the official language of the state of Punjab in northwestern India and is spoken in various parts of Pakistan. In addition, it is the language of the holy scriptures of the Sikhs. Created about 400 years ago by the second Sikh guru, Guru Angad Dev Ji, the script is called Gurmukhi and has a total of thirty-five letters.
Punjabi has been taught at Cal for the last several years. We offer courses at two different levels, beginning and intermediate. These courses are designed not only to create a strong foundation for the beginning Punjabi student and sharpen the skills of the intermediatePunjabi student, but also to provide a basic cultural comprehension of the various Punjabi societies in India, Pakistan, and here in the U.S. Therefore, by learning Punjabi you will learn much more than a language. You will learn about the rich culture of the Punjabis and their religious beliefs. In fact, those who learn Punjabi often find themselves enamored by the poetic, universal works in Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs.
|Introductory Punjabi (PUNJABI) 1A|
|Intermediate Punjabi (PUNJABI) 100A|