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Punjabi/Vocabulary/Numbers

NumbersEdit

This session is devoted to learning numbers from one to twenty. First ten numbers are all irregular as is the case in English and will be learnt by memorizing to help in spotting the linguistic patterns in later numbers. Once you have learnt the first ten numbers you will be shown their correspondence with the next ten.

ਇੱਕ = one
ਦੋ = two
ਤਿੰਨ = three
ਚਾਰ = four
ਪੰਜ = five
ਛੇ = six
ਸੱਤ = seven
ਅੱਠ = eight
ਨੌਂ = nine
ਦਸ = ten

So you have learnt the first ten numbers in Punjabi. The interesting part realy begins now. As with English numbers one and eleven, ਇਕ and ਗਿਆਰਾਂ have no linguistic similarity. Absence of any linguistic similarity between ਦੋ and ਬਾਰਾਂ contrasts with presence of such similarity in English between two and twelve. But then onward until nineteen corrensponding pairs have similarity in both Punjabi and English. Now examine the following numbers and observe the strikingly similar features of Punjabi and English.

ਗਿਆਰਾਂ = eleven
ਬਾਰਾਂ = twelve
ਤੇਰਾਂ = thirteen
ਚੌਦਾਂ = fourteen
ਪੰਦਰਾਂ = fifteen
ਸੋਲ਼ਾਂ = sixteen
ਸਤਾਰਾਂ = seventeen
ਅਠਾਰਾਂ = eighteen
ਉਨੀ = nineteen
ਵੀਹ = twenty

Similar linguistic patterns exist for numbers upto ninety nine. Thereafter numbers get repeated both in English and Punjabi. For a more detailed information go to Appendix 2 : Numbers

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