Punjabi Sentence Builder, Team Indic (ebook). Available from: http://howtolearnpunjabi.com/ .
Approximately 90-100 million people speak or know the Punjabi language, yet its lack of business or cultural power means there’s little interest outside of the Indian/Pakistani diaspora, and the fact that it’s a tonal language doesn’t help with the appeal.
There are plenty materials on Punjabi, however, most if not all are designed for the children of Punjabi-speaking immigrants on the assumption that Punjabi is their first language. Now, the generations are evolving and becoming more rooted in their countries of birth; there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s perfectly natural to want to belong. I can emphasise this as a child of Punjabi-speaking parents. Unfortunately, being fed a daily diet of English makes it quite difficult to assume a grasp of Punjabi. It’s no use just consuming a language: you need to know the why to be able to use it properly. It’s especially more challenging if the languages share little in common.
Punjabi Sentence Builder is, quite frankly, a saviour. Not only does it break things down easily and concisely, it enforces retention through daily exercises and timetables to ensure you stick to them! There are also flash cards that can be printed out for daily immersion.
The book is designed to help you from an English point of view. It endeavours to help you understand how Punjabi sentences are constructed and slowly builds up your ability and confidence.
There’s a little qualm. Just a little one. The ebook is thin (if the concept is possible); it’s a sinfully quick read. I found myself disappointed that it didn’t have more content since it was so effective. If Team Indic were to create a second volume, I would happily purchase it (provided it contains extra, such as extensive verb conjugations).
[You can’t see this but there’s an insane amount of elbow-nudging happening right now.]