Punjabi vs. Hindi

Difference Between Punjabi and Hindi

There are 28 states and 7 union territories in the country of India, and each state has its own language with several dialects. Panjabi is one such language spoken by the people living in Punjab, by Sikhs and also by people living anywhere else in the world who are of Punjabi in origin. On the other hand, Hindi is the National language of the country of India, and is expected to be known by each and every citizen of it, irrespective of the state of domicile, caste, creed religion etc. However, in spite of the fact that both Punjabi and Hindi languages are Indo-Aryan in origin have some similarities as regards the pronunciation of certain words etc, yet there are many differences between them.

The very first and the most basic difference between these two languages is that the script of Hindi is Devanagari and that of Panjabi is Gurumukhi. The two languages show difference in their grammar, vocabulary, punctuations etc. Punjabi language has touch of aggression in it and is a very loud language while Hindi is a much softer and politer one. In the Western part of the world, people often get confused on hearing some Indians speaking languages other than Hindi, as for them, a citizen of a particular country is expected to speak that nation’s national language only. But they fail to realise that like the Latin languages viz Portuguese, Mexican and Spanish have a lot of similarities among themselves, Punjabi and Hindi also have a lot of similarities as well as differences too in order to be given a different name. However, if a person knows Hindi properly, it won’t be difficult for him to understand Punjabi too, excepting the accent and a few extra words.

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