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Seraiki phrasebook

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Introduction[edit]

Seraiki is spoken mainly in the Pakistani provines of southeren punjab and sindh. Seraiki is an old language. You mostly hear it in the countryside, but people in multan and Bahawalpur mainly speak Seraiki. The language itself is usualy considered a dialect of Punjabi or Sindhi.

Sounds and Guide to Pronounciation[edit]

  • kh: Think of how the Scottish say loch or a German ch.
  • gh: A guzzle type sound from deep in the throat that's hard for westerners. Have someone from North Africa, the Middle East, or Asia to help you pronounce it.
  • au: Think "owww!"

General Conversation[edit]

How are you?: ap ka kya kal hay?(Formal to be used with strangers and the elderly). kya haal hen?(Less formal).

I'm fine: Main teek aan.

I'm bad: Kharab

Whats your name?: Tuada na kya hay?

My name is...: mera nam .... hey.

Thank you: Shukriya.

Good Bye!: khuda hafeez!

Yes: jee, or, haa. No: nahi

Directions[edit]

Forwards: agay

Backwards: pichay

Left: Khaba

Right: Sajha

Up : utty

Down: Tally

Help![edit]

Where is ...?: keeta hey....?

Bathroom:?: Ghusal khana

police:?: police

I need a doctor!: Docktor!!!

I've been hurt.: mekoon chot lagi hai!!

Stop!: ruk

Food[edit]

Water: panni

Soda: pepsi

Bread: naan (depends on what type of bread, chapati, naan, roti learn the differences)!

Chicken: murgha Lamb/Goat : ghosht?

Notes[edit]

In Pakistan, the firefighters are called the "Fire Brigade".

Most people understand the word doctor and will come to your aid.

Pepsi is just a generall term for soda; if they actaully HAND you a pepsi, tell them the brand of soda you want.

Remember, Seraiki DOES have dialects, but no matter where you speak it, even if you're from Multan and you are talking to somebody from Bahawalpur, they will understand you; it's only a slight difference.

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