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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203 Responses to Simple Phrases

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey , how do you say who are you?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful family

  3. Lele says:

    Could someone please tell me how to say ‘Good luck for your life today and always’ to a little boy please.

    • Anonymous says:

      Kismath rehai. [I wish that Kismat stays with the person, you can address the parent or person directly with the same phrase]

  4. Anonymous says:

    Could someone help me ask out a Punjabi girl, I need help with pronunciations too so if you can help that would be great

  5. Michelle says:

    How does a woman say to a man in Punjabi, “I miss you”?

  6. Anonymous says:

    How do you say: “I wish her all the best”?

  7. Aman shergill says:

    What do the following mean
    nara kar mean
    Fitteh moo
    How do you say the following
    I love you
    Good luck
    Your beatiful

    • Anonymous says:

      Fitteh moo – slang – literal meaning is I hope you face splits , it has copious other meanings based on the context its not used. Generally very harmless word. Never harsh and is used in a ‘loving’ way to cuss someone

    • Anonymous says:

      Sala = brother in law from sister side, can be extended family

      So deep thought if you wish to cuss someone then you you say there goes your sala.

      Used as sala kuthe da – brother in law of a dog. So your cussing the ergo you stand next to.

      This is where Punjabi swearing and cussing is amusing. The context of use makes it funny, hilarious and stupid. It can lead to some serious arguments and outcomes depending on how people take it and / or apply it.

      The same around the world

  8. sikhchode sahib says:

    oey penchod salley gannni ganni de juban ki gannagi tu sala benchod chor sikh billayat nu phillata

  9. Anonymous says:

    How to say
    I love you Daddy, uncle, Grandma, Grandpa

  10. Krys says:

    How do you say correctly
    I love my husband and my children

  11. Krys says:

    Hi all how do you say
    I love my husband and my children in Punjabi please

  12. Anonymous says:

    I cant live without you in punjabi

  13. Anonymous says:

    It’s Punjah and not Pujah.

  14. papi says:

    thanks i learned a shit load of punjabi.

    love the culture.

  15. Anonymous says:

    How to say u r beard is awesome in punjabi

  16. Ali says:

    How to say “how many do you want” in Punjabi? Thanks.

  17. Anonymous says:

    How do I say Nigger Faggot

    • Anonymous says:

      Intelligence and respect seems to have escaped you. Or perhaps you have too much time on your hands, and have decided to disrespectfully spend it on things that do not yield any form of personal success. If you want to succeed in life, mindfully use your time, and you will profit from it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Meh bay-koof har-ram-ja-dah hey

  18. Ann says:

    What we can say pital in english? Pital is a punjabi word..

  19. Vivi says:

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

  20. Anonymous says:

    This is good for me thanks

  21. Julia says:

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

  22. Easyly learning to this website

  23. Anonymous says:

    How do you say good night

  24. Anonymous says:

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

  25. raja says:

    meaning of chavaru pls

  26. Pathani says:

    I need help

  27. Anonymous says:

    Hello if u want to say hi translate in Punjab

  28. Anonymous says:

    Mari Janna

  29. Lovez1 says:

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

    • Anonymous says:

      Mai tonu zyada pyar kardi aa

    • Anonymous says:

      Maim tuhanu apane (boyfriend) jiada piara karada ham
      Pronounce: meh Tuanu apne (boyfriend) jyda pyar karts hoo

    • Casminpreet Kaur says:

      Main tenu Pyaar kardi haan. If you want it learn Punjabi there is an app you can download on your phone that will teach you everything you need to know it’s called learn Punjabi with a blue talk bubble icon. It is very helpful to me as I am American and speak English but Married a Punjabi man our son is half Punjabi and I also had to learn to be able to communicate with our friends and family. Anything else just ask.

  30. Anonymous says:

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

  31. 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

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  33. Anonymous says:

    Helpful website

  34. 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.

  35. 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”

  36. nfak says:

    wha is the meaning of punjabi word greha?

  37. Anonymous says:

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

  38. Simaa says:

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

  39. 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.

  40. nishan says:

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

  41. 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.

  42. Diamond says:

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

  43. Priyanka says:

    Thank you

  44. Gulafsha Khan says:

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

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