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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (16 Feb 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415101913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415101912
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colloquial Panjabi is easy to use and completely clear. Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Panjabi. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes Colloquial Panjabi your best choice in personal language learning?
* interactive - lots of dialogues and exercises for regular practice
* clear - concise grammar notes
* practical - useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide
* complete - including answer key and special reference section

By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in a broad range of situations.

This pack contains the book only. A pack including the book and 120 minutes of audio material, provided on CDs, is available on ISBN-10: 0415434912

About the Author

The author is a native speaker of Panjabi. He has a Ph.D. in lingustics and has many years’ experience of teaching Panjabi, Hindi, Urdu and English and of research in second language learning by adults. He is the author and co-author of several books and research papers.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "vicky_sheerness" on 6 Sep 2004
Format: Paperback
In terms of modernity, the course (the book and the recordings) is miles ahead of any competition, but it is not for the users who are afraid of exercising the muscles of their brains or wish to learn "Tourist Panjabi" only. The author seems to be inspired by the modern Generative school of linguistics. He says very clearly that the course is meant for intelligent and dedicated adult learners who wish to use Panjabi in all sorts of, and often unpredictable, situations. The dialogues and exercises deal with many different types of situations, rules of grammar and pronunciation are explained expertly and in great detail, hundreds of Panjabi words dealing with various topics are given in the Vocabulary section, a long list of Panjabi verbs is also given, and the user is actively encouraged to imagine new situations, find appropriate words from the Vocabulary section/dictionary to generate new appropriate utterances. The section dealing with the Panjabi script is the best introduction to the writing system of a North Indian script I have come across.
The course has a well-planned architecture and does not appear to consist of chunks assembled together. The lessons move from the grammatically less complex to the more complex. The cassette recordings have not only the dialogues and exercises but also explanations and exemplification of the subtleties of pronunciation, especially Panjabi tones, which could not be presented on the printed pages. The extremely natural-sounding and dramatic dialogues present real life situations and have a touch of tenderness and gentle humour. The Grammatical Summary and the Vocabulary section should be a boon to any leaner of Panjabi.
Sadly, the author does not tell the user "where to move from here" because no courses for the learning of Panjabi at a higher level exist. I have been looking for one for the last four years and have not been able to find any. What about Bhardwaj himself writing one!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GavinSingh on 4 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I am no linguist, but I love learning with this book. Within two weeks of receiving this book I was having understandable exchanges in Punjabi with non-english speakers.
This is not a phrase book, yet neither is it a dry dissitation on grammar and conjugation. The author introduces words and phrases through conversational exchanges and then breaks down the sentences to show literal and intentional translations, explaining sentence structure and how the rules differ from English. This is a very interactive way of learning.
I haven't listened to the tapes, so sometimes I get pronunciation wrong and need to be corrected. Personally I like this, since it takes the pressure off being perfect before I use a sentence and gives Punjabi speakers an opportunity to help in my education.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
ISBN 9780415434911 comprises the Book and the Audio CDs

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Book :ISBN 9780415101912

Colloquial Panjabi: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series)

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Audio CD: ISBN 0415439450

Colloquial Punjabi (Routledge Colloquials)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iris on 29 Nov 2010
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I would definitely recommend this book+CD to anyone who is a beginner in punjabi, like myself. It is exactly what I would expect from a beginner's course - definitely worth its money.
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