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Teach Yourself Panjabi (Teach Yourself Languages) [Paperback]

Surjit Singh Kalra , Navtej Kaur Purewal , Sue Tyson-Ward
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Oct 2006 0340870869 978-0340870860
This course in Panjabi has been designed for the absolute beginner who may or may not have studied the language before. The course should be useful to people who want to learn Panjabi in order to speak with their Panjabi friends and relatives, to communicate with Panjabi communitites in relation to their work, to learn about aspects of Panjabi culture and society or to travel to the Panjab itself. The course should also be useful to those who already know a little Panjabi but who may not have the confidence to speak, or to those who are fluent but need to learn to read and write the Gurmukhi script. The course is divided into two parts. The first part (units 1-10) is specifically designed for those who want to learn the basics of grammar and vocabulary in order to be able to communicate in a simple manner and to read and write simple sentences. The second part (units 11-16) aims to help you expand your knowledge of spoken Panjabi further and become proficient in the Gurmukhi script. Overall, the course introduces you to a wide range of vocabulary and covers the basic grammar of Panjabi. By the end of the course, you should be able to understand the spoken language to communicate in Panjabi in a number of everyday situations and also have a level of understanding of the written language to begin to read newspapers and write letters. The accompanying double cassette provides approximately 80 minutes of listening material.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Books (Oct 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0340870869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340870860
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.6 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,862,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This summary refers to the book+CD pack. This is a complete course in Panjabi for beginners and those wanting to improve their speaking, understanding, reading and writing skills --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Surjit Singh Kalra is founder and director of the Panjabi Language Development Board in the UK. He retired in 1992 as Head of the Community Language Service for Birmingham Education Authority.

Navtej Kaur Purewal is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Manchester. She teaches Development and South Asian Studies.

Sue Tyson-Ward was formerly Subject Officer for Community Language examinations at Cambridge Examinations Board and is now a language consultant and teacher in adult education.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good 16 Feb 2006
It looks like this course was initially written by someone who knows the language and then reworked by someone who does not. It is not consistent, there are overlaps, and contradictions. It is very difficult to follow and has left me with too many unanswered questions. I am now using another book, actually two other courses. I would not recommend this course to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Formal formal formal 19 Aug 2013
By Gauri
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have tried out some of the phrases in this book and have been told that the language is very formal and not on par with that actually used in everyday use. For example, I may as well be asking you in this day and age : 'may I purchase a bus ticket kind sir?'
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3.0 out of 5 stars The best there is... of not a lot! 28 Oct 2009
I purchased this set with the aim of improving my spoken Punjabi language skills as an occasional but not infrequent visitor to India. Overall it's quite clear and well-presented in terms of thematic sections and exercises, but I felt there was more focus on Gurmakhi script (written Punjabi) than on spoken language which was less helpful for my own purposes.

It would've been more useful to have more space and time devoted to useful phrases and conversational Punjabi rather than involving so much that was writing based. That said, it's fine for those studying Punjabi in terms of formal language study and indeed is far superior to many of the other (somewhat aged) books on the subject that are currently in print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need Audio CDs? 12 Oct 2009
By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The audio CD which accompanies this book is ISBN 0340958928

Teach Yourself Panjabi
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 14 Sep 2006
By Raj
Format:Audio CD
The Synopsis is utter crap. It tells you that you will learn so much, but what it doesn't tell you is that if you buy the audio cd as I did, then without the book its completely useless.

It refers to pages in the book and assumes you are working from it. It asks you to say things that it has assumed you have learnt from the book.

I was confused most of the way through, as I wanted it to learn in the car - not likely.

Dont buy it, its rubbish.
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