Welcome to New to Sikhi community
No except Mama Ji and WaheGuru Ji and Shukrya I dont know much more..! :$
I was tried to learn that Gurmuki alphabet some quite while ago..., but its seems to me too difficult..! :/
ਸਤਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ everyone! I am glad to see so many inspiring stories of people accepting/learning about Sikhi. Y'all guys are my role models :) Danka Ji, you have done a commendable work by starting this group. As I have come to know more about your zeal to learn Punjabi, I wholeheartedly offer my help to assist you in learning Punjabi. Feel free to befriend me on this site as well as other social networking sites where I have quite a few English-speaking pals learning Punjabi though they are not Sikhs. I'm currently contributing to the translation of various websites into Punjabi (Wikipedia, Forvo, Facebook, Whatsapp to name a few) plus as I mentioned in another discussion, I also run a blog to teach grammar rules of Punjabi.
Looking forward to have some brilliant conversations with you :)
ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ, ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤਹਿ!
SSA Babandeep Ji,
Thanks for your kind words. Who knew this site exists for so long... I'd love to learn Punjabi and probably I do know some. I do understand Punjabi conversations but I never dared to speak...always afraid people will be laughing at me. Babandeep Ji, please stick with this site.
What would be your advice for beginners?
Gurfateh Danka Ji!
The best way to learn any new language is to immerse yourself in it. Since not everybody can afford to come live in Punjab, there are other ways for immersion. You need to start thinking in the language. For example, I learnt French, Spanish and German right at the comfort of my home but I used to practice it regularly with the native speakers (fb/skype pals) since not even websites/online courses can explain the subtle nuances in the usage of words. I'm myself a very shy person in general but once I decide to learn a language I don't get scared from making mistakes. Native speakers are mostly very understanding and patient. I hope you will be too if I start learning Latvian some day :)
If you want to be able to read/write Punjabi in addition to speaking it, my advice would be to first memorize the Gurmukhi alphabet and the pronunciation of each letter because Punjabi, unlike English and French, is completely phonetic language i.e. spoken exactly the way it is written and vice-versa (no silent letters and all). Plus one should have the basic idea of tones in Punjabi (3 in number) and how to distinguish them in speech.
"Basics of sikhi" channel on YouTube is particularly useful when it comes to grasping the concept of Punjabi alphabet plus the pronunciation/tonality of the letters. Feel free to ask anything else!
Also if you are interested in a bit advanced learning esp. the grammar, here is the link to my blog.
I speak Punjabi and would love to learn to read and write, spent my youth having to hold my ears, squatting down and arms through the legs for being a naughty boy lol.
Its never too late to learn and be able to pass the language on to others. I live a busy lifestyle travelling as part of my work and starting to learn French, Spanish, Flemish and would like to add Punjabi also. What would you all suggest is the best way I can fit and learn Punjabi