How to learn Punjabi online
Punjabi basic course
Learning program test winner
Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, pupils, students
Scope: 1300 vocabulary (voice output), grammar, exercise texts and phrases
Prices: EUR 29.95 (basic rate), EUR 97 (complete package)
The Punjabi basic course consists of a vocabulary trainer for the Punjabi basic vocabulary (1300 words) with speech output, as well as grammar explanations and numerous exercises.
The vocabulary trainer works with a long-term memory method in which the new vocabulary is queried at ever greater intervals.
You can choose between text input, multiple choice or simply confirming whether you knew the vocabulary or not.
During the exercises there are questions about text comprehension, dictations, filling in gaps in words or simply vocabulary lists in which the German or Punjabi side is covered.
The basic course corresponds to the official language levels A1 and A2 (declaration of the CEFR language levels).
The complete package contains:
- Basic course for beginners (basic vocabulary with 1300 words)
- Advanced course for advanced learners (1800 additional words)
- Specialized vocabulary for experts (2100 words)
- Additional special vocabulary
- Covers the official CEFR language levels A1 to C2
Conclusion: Much cheaper and almost as good as the well-known Rosetta Stone. There is a free demo version to try and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Link:Punjabi basic course and complete package
Memrise Punjabi App
App with user-generated lessons
Scope: Punjabi lessons and vocabulary trainer with speech output, grammar
Prices: EUR 8.99 (1 month), EUR 60 (12 months), EUR 110 (unlimited)
With the Memrise app you can learn over 90 languages, including Punjabi.
There are also very small languages included - however, the offer is usually limited to just a few lessons.
The special thing about the Memrise language learning app is the relatively large number of lessons created by users (native speakers) depending on the language.
The quality of these lessons is very different. Usually only the basic forms of the Punjabi verbs are taught, without the conjugations. Speech output is missing for some vocabulary.
Another good idea of the Memrise app are the tips and donkey bridges created by users for each vocabulary in order to remember the words.
Overall, this app is quite similar to Duolingo and Babbel, neither of which offer Punjabi courses.
Conclusion: User-generated lessons are a good idea. In practice, however, the quality of the lessons often leaves a lot to be desired.
Ling Punjabi App
Learn Punjabi in a playful way
Scope: Punjabi lessons with voice acting
Prices: EUR 8.99 (1 month), EUR 42 (12 months),
EUR 109.99 (unlimited)
The Master Ling app offers lessons for 52 languages and is also quite similar to Duolingo or Babbel, which do not have Punjabi courses.
Ling is also about "gamified learning", that is, learning a foreign language in a playful way. There are minigames, levels, experience points and at the end of each lesson there are tests and exercises.
There is voiceover from native speakers and pictures to accompany the vocabulary.
Grammar explanations are not included and the vocabulary is limited to only 1000 Punjabi words and phrases.
Unfortunately, the translations are often inaccurate or incorrect, so that the app even has an error message button.
This app also contains an entrance test to determine your own Punjabi language level.
Conclusion: Good ideas, but rather poor implementation and too little vocabulary to justify this price.
uTalk Punjabi App
Learn Punjabi in a playful way
Scope: Punjabi exercises with voice output
Prices: 10.99 EUR (1 month and 140 languages), EUR 40 (1 language unlimited)
The uTalk Punjabi app for Android and iOS teaches approx. 2000 vocabulary (excluding grammar) and relies exclusively on playful exercises.
The 6 exercises are always the same: memory games with pictures, assigning the Punjabi word you hear to a picture, etc.
Difficult vocabulary or sentences can be saved in a phrase book.
There are vocabulary and example sentences (with speech output) on 60 topics for 140 languages. The monthly subscription gives you access to all languages.
Alternatively, you can buy unlimited access for individual languages in this Punjabi app.
Conclusion: The range of 140 languages is impressive, but the exercises and the scope (no grammar) leave a lot to be desired.
Simya Punjabi App
Not really recommended
Scope: Vocabulary trainer with voice output to learn Punjabi
Prices: EUR 9.99 (1000 words), EUR 59 (1000 words in 50 languages)
The Simya app for Android and iOS is a pure vocabulary trainer for a total of 50 languages, including Punjabi.
The free version contains 300 words and has very frequent commercial breaks. Even the paid version (without advertising) only has 1000 words and sentences.
There is voice output and you can also use the app offline.
Grammar explanations and verb conjugations are not included in this Punjabi app.
Conclusion: Other learning programs and apps for learning Punjabi offer much more for the same price.
Online language course at a premium price
Suitable for: Beginners, students, professions
Scope: Punjabi vocabulary, lessons with speech output and speech recognition
Price: EUR 120 (beginner course)
The Pimsleur learning program is similar to Rosetta Stone (Rosetta Stone does not have a Punjabi course) and does not use grammar explanations, conjugation tables, etc.
Instead, with the Pimsleur method, one should be able to learn the Punjabi language intuitively like the mother tongue - by combining pictures, reading and repeating (speech recognition).
Like Rosetta Stone, the Pimsleur online language course works without the language of instruction, so you don't have to know English to use it.
This PC and Mac tutorial also includes a mobile app for Android and iOS systems.
Conclusion: The most expensive Punjabi beginners course, although it is questionable whether the learning success is much greater with it than with the cheaper learning programs.
- Tandem: Find a language partner
At Tandem you can find other people who are interested in a free "Language Exchange" via Skype. During this exchange, the language partners teach each other.
- Colanguage: Find a Skype teacher
At Colanguage, you can arrange personal language lessons via Skype with language teachers around the world.
In addition to online language courses and apps, you should definitely look for exercises with native Punjabi speakers.
Prices: from 5-10 euros / hour
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