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46 [forty-six]

In the discotheque


46 [ਛਿਆਲੀ]

ਡਿਸਕੋ ਵਿੱਚ


Is this seat taken?
ਕੀ ਇਹ ਸੀਟ ਖਾਲੀ ਹੈ?
kī iha sīṭa khālī hai?
May I sit with you?
ਕੀ ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਲ ਬੈਠ ਸਕਦਾ / ਸਕਦੀ ਹਾਂ?
Kī maiṁ tuhāḍē kōla baiṭha sakadā/ sakadī hāṁ?
ਜੀ ਹਾਂ।
Jī hāṁ.
How do you like the music?
ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕਿਹੋ ਜਿਹਾ ਸੰਗੀਤ ਪਸੰਦ ਕਰਦੇ ਹੋ?
Tusīṁ kihō jihā sagīta pasada karadē hō?
A little too loud.
ਥੋੜ੍ਹਾ ਜਿਹਾ ਉੱਚਾ।
Thōṛhā jihā ucā.
But the band plays very well.
ਪਰ ਬੈਂਡ ਵਾਲੇ ਚੰਗਾ ਵਜਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ।
Para baiṇḍa vālē cagā vajā rahē hana.
Do you come here often?
ਕੀ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਇੱਥੇ ਅਕਸਰ ਆਉਂਦੇ ਹੋ?
Kī tusīṁ ithē akasara ā'undē hō?
No, this is the first time.
ਜੀ ਨਹੀਂ,ਇਹ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਵਾਰ ਹੈ।
Jī nahīṁ,iha pahilī vāra hai.
I’ve never been here before.
ਮੈਂ ਇੱਥੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਕਦੇ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਇਆ / ਆਈ।
Maiṁ ithē pahilāṁ kadē vī nahīṁ ā'i'ā/ ā'ī.
Would you like to dance?
ਕੀ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਨੱਚਣਾ ਚਾਹੋਗੇ?
Kī tusīṁ nacaṇā cāhōgē?
Maybe later.
ਸ਼ਾਇਦ ਥੋੜ੍ਹੀ ਦੇਰ ਬਾਅਦ।
Śā'ida thōṛhī dēra bā'ada.
I can’t dance very well.
ਮੈਂ ਓਨਾ ਚੰਗਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਨੱਚ ਸਕਦਾ / ਸਕਦੀ।
Maiṁ ōnā cagā nahīṁ naca sakadā/ sakadī.
It’s very easy.
ਬਹੁਤ ਆਸਾਨ ਹੈ।
Bahuta āsāna hai.
I’ll show you.
ਮੈਂ ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਦਿਖਾਵਾਂਗਾ / ਦਿਖਾਵਾਂਗੀ।
Maiṁ tuhānū dikhāvāṅgā/ dikhāvāṅgī.
No, maybe some other time.
ਜੀ ਨਹੀਂ, ਸ਼ਾਇਦ ਕਦੇ ਫੇਰ।
Jī nahīṁ, śā'ida kadē phēra.
Are you waiting for someone?
ਕੀ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕਿਸੇ ਦੀ ਉਡੀਕ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹੋ?
Kī tusīṁ kisē dī uḍīka kara rahē hō?
Yes, for my boyfriend.
ਜੀ ਹਾਂ, ਮੇਰੇ ਦੋਸਤ ਦੀ।
Jī hāṁ, mērē dōsata dī.
There he is!
ਲਓ ਉਹ ਆ ਗਿਆ!
La'ō uha ā gi'ā!

Genes influence language

The language we speak is dependent on our ancestry. But our genes are also responsible for our language. Scottish researchers have come to this conclusion. They examined how English differs from Chinese. In doing so they discovered that genes play a role, too. Because genes influence the development of our brain. That is to say, they shape our brain structures. With this, our ability to learn languages is determined. Variants of two genes are crucial to this. If a particular variant is scarce, tonal languages develop. So tonal languages are spoken by people without these gene variants. In tonal languages, the meaning of words is determined by the pitch of the tones. Chinese is included in the tonal languages, for example. If this gene variant is dominant, however, other languages develop. English is not a tonal language. The variants of this gene are not evenly distributed. That means they occur with differing frequency in the world. But languages only survive if they are passed down. In order to do this, children must be able to imitate the language of their parents. So they must be able to learn the language well. Only then will it be passed down from generation to generation. The older gene variant is the one that promotes tonal languages. So there were probably more tonal languages in the past than there are today. But one mustn't overestimate the genetic components. They can only add to explaining the development of languages. But there isn't a gene for English, or a gene for Chinese. Anybody can learn any language. You don't need genes for that, but rather only curiosity and discipline!

Guess the language!

Thai is a member of the Tai-Kadai language family. It is the native language of 20 million people. In contrast to most western languages, Thai is a tonal language. In tonal languages, the pronunciation of syllables changes their meaning. Most Thai words consist of only one syllable. A word takes on a different meaning depending on the pitch in which a syllable is spoken. Altogether Thai distinguishes between five pitches. Thai society was strictly divided over many centuries.

As a result, Thai still recognizes at least five different levels of speech today. These range from a simple vernacular to a very polite form of speech. Furthermore, Thai is divided into many local dialects. The language's semiotic system is a hybrid of an alphabet and syllabic writing. The grammar construction is not very complex. Because Thai is an isolating language, there are no declensions or conjugations. Learn Thai - it is really a fascinating language!


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