Simple Phrases

sat sree akaal – Hello/Goodbye (Literally – “God is truth”)

shukria – Thanks

ki haal hai – How are you?

theek hai – I am well

theek nay – I am not well

chunga / acchaa – Well, good, OK

hukam karo – What can I do for you? (Literally: Order, please do)

nay – No (Pronounced with a high tone)

haanji – Yes

huna – Isn’t it? (as in “Your name is … isn’t it?” – this is tagged to the end of a statement to create a question)

tusee – You (Plural)

dasso / sunnow – Please tell (So, “tusee dasso” means “And you?”)

naa – name (so, “My name is …” would be “mera naa … hey”)

milke baree kushi hoi – Pleased to meet you

maaf karna – Excuse me

maaf karo – Sorry


People and Places:

meh – I

meraa – My

tuhadaa – Your

asee – We

saadaa – Our

ey – It (proximate – e.g. this, these – high tone)

eyda – Its (proximate – high tone)

oh – It (distant – e.g. that, those – high tone)

ohda – Its (distant – high tone)

vee – Also

te (atay) – And

te (uttay) – On

dhono – Both

munda – Boy

kuri – Girl

betho – Sit down

behntee – Request

dio – Please give

saab – Sir (after the name)



Pita – Father

Maa – Mother

Puraa – Brother (spoken in a low tone)

Pehn – Sister (low tone)

Thaiya – Father’s older brother

Thaiy – Father’s older brother’s wife

ChaCha – Father’s younger brother

ChaChi – Father’s younger brother’s wife

Pua – Father’s sister

Fuffar – Father’s sisters husband

Mama – Mother’s brother

Mami – Mother’s brother’s wife

Masi – Mother’s sister

Masur – Mother’s sister’s husband

Babba – Grandpa (Paternal)

Bebbe or Bibi– Grandma (Paternal)

Dadaa or Nanaa– Grandpa (Maternal)

Dadi or Nani– Grandma (Maternal)

Jija – Brother-in-law

Pabhi – Sister-in-law (low tone)

Puttar – Son

Puttari – Daughter

Pati or Aadmi– Husband

Putni or Bhoti or Theemee– Wife


Days of the Week:

somvaar – Monday
mangalvaar – Tuesday
budhvaar – Wednesday
veervaar – Thursday
shukrvaar – Friday
sanivaar – Saturday
aitvaar – Sunday



sifar – 0
ikk – 1
doo – 2
tenn – 3
chaar – 4
panj – 5
shhear – 6
satth – 7
atth – 8
naou – 9
dass – 10

giyaraa – 11
baaraa – 12
teraa – 13
chaudaa – 14
pundra – 15
solaa – 16
sataraa – 17
atharaa – 18
unni – 19
vih – 20

ikki – 21
bai – 22
tei – 23
chauvi – 24
pachchi – 25
shhabbi – 26
satai – 27
athai -28
unutti – 29

tih – 30
iktti – 31 (like 21 but with ti instead of ki)
batti – 32
teti – 33
chaunti – 34
painti – 35
shhatti – 36
sainti – 37
athutti – 38
untali – 39

chaali – 40
The numbers 41-99 continue with the same format, so I’ll just list a few examples :
iktali – 41
butali – 42
tertali – 43

pujah – 50
sathh – 60
sattar – 70
assi – 80
nabbe – 90
sau – 100

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153 Responses to Simple Phrases

  1. Vivi says:

    How can I say …you are the most handsome man in the world in Punjabi

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is good for me thanks

  3. Julia says:

    Hey! How do I say I will miss you a lot? And how do I pronounce it correctly?

  4. Easyly learning to this website

  5. Anonymous says:

    How do you say good night

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very helpful insight into Punjabi and now I can say my name in Punjabi ?

  7. raja says:

    meaning of chavaru pls

  8. Pathani says:

    I need help

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hello if u want to say hi translate in Punjab

  10. Anonymous says:

    Mari Janna

  11. Lovez1 says:

    Can someone please tell me how I say…. I love you more to my boyfriend. Please

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hi, can someone tell me how I say, I love you more to my Punjabi boyfriend? Please

  13. Anonymous says:

    The intention is good but many, if not most, of the Punjabi words are incorrect. The words/phrases are spelt in Ennglish script phonetically as they would often be wrongly pronounced by some speakers. To become a reliable reference to learn from, the correct spelling must be used. The writer needs to understand how to translate Punjabi letters into equivalent English ones. For example, “Father’s sister” is not “Pua”. The word would be ‘Bhua’, “Sister” is not “Pehn” but “Bhain”, etc…

    You need to understand what Gurmukhi letter the word starts with and how that letter is translated into English script.

    What we have here is equivalent to the kind of things you see on sites such as

  14. Kaiser says:

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Helpful website

  16. April says:

    Can anyone tell me what Babola or babula means? I’m not sure if that is how it is spelled but my neighbor calls me that and I’m just curious what it means.

  17. Hello please translate to english??

    “Kida Ki hal h chamkile

    No send kri apna yr mere ton del ho gea c

    Nd mere visa lg gea c bro”

  18. nfak says:

    wha is the meaning of punjabi word greha?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Very good website and its a great effort to help people..well done.

  20. Simaa says:

    Can someone pls tell me what Fitteh Mooh means in English as my mother-in-law is alwayz saying it

  21. Anonymous says:

    Can someone who speaks Punjabi please translate a word for me. It is apparently a condescending and demeaning word, it is pronounced like ‘Vujaree’ (although I’m 99% sure this is not the correct spelling). Could someone please tell me the English word for it.

  22. nishan says:

    my work place one guy say like this” Tu Tara pharna aa ” wt is that means

  23. Don MacWatt says:

    Looking and listening to the sounds of a new language is a window into that culture and triggers imagination of how both language and cultured evolved together over 1000’s of years of rich history.
    Visions from a child’s first words to great oratory, a soul stirring poem to a lullaby, a simple question to a person’s last request. All connected by words that I take for granted in my own language.
    Thank you for this insight.

  24. Diamond says:

    Hi there , Caan You Tell Me What This Means PLEASE (ENGLISH) .. Ehnu ta trust nahi hunda sohni mil gayi

  25. Priyanka says:

    Thank you

  26. Gulafsha Khan says:

    Translate English words in punjabi language but it should be written in punjabi

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