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You have to be careful here. Are you trying to say "He teaches me" (as in question: Who teaches you? you point at the teacher and answer "HE teaches me")


are you trying to say "He IS teaching me" (that it is happening right now)? There is a difference.

ਉਹ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ l He teaches me.
ਉਹ ਮੇਨੂੰ ਪੜ੍ਹਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ l He is teaching me.

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Good reply Bhagat Singh Ji,

I was looking for the present simple tense, so "He teaches me" was the sentence I was inquiring about. "He is teaching me" is present continious tense.

So the correct sentence should be (1 or 2).

1) ਉਸਨੇ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਉਦਾ ਹੈ l

2) ਉਹ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ l

So the only thing in question is which form of "he" to use.

1) ਉਸਨੇ

2) ਉਹ

ਉਹ + ਨੇ = ਉਸਨੇ

The reason I use the postposition ਨੇ is because "teach" is a transitive verb and "he" is the nominative in this sentence. However, ਉਹ without ਨੇ would be correct if used with an intransitive verb, such as "speaks". For example, ਉਹ ਬੋਲਦਾ ਹੈ l

I understand ਨੇ can also be used as an emphasizer. However, my reason for adding it was to make my sentence grammatically correct. According to the gramnar rules, the subject of the sentence must have a case marker when it is the agent of a transitive verb.

I am learning though and I may be wrong. Personally, I like the sentence, "ਉਹ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ l" (the one Bhagat Singh Ji suggested)

Maybe the case marker ਨੇ is not applicable here.

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Nope it's not applicable. We can take these sentences and they would still be correct without ਮੈਨੂੰ.

ਉਹ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ l He teaches me. > ਉਹ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ l He teaches.
ਉਹ ਮੇਨੂੰ ਪੜ੍ਹਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ l He is teaching me. > ਉਹ ਪੜ੍ਹਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ l He is teaching.

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Great blog for new learners, talks of trials and epiphanies of learning Gurmukhi/Panjabi.


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Article on what happens in our brains when we learn a second language:


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Hello all

This is a  opportunity for all. Especially for kids. 

"Forwarding as received "


Waheguruji ka khalsa Waheguruji ki Fateh🙏🏻

*Sikhi Sikhya Gur Vichar*


Gurusaheb ji's blessings & support from all Sangat, all the volunteers are again ready for a sewa. 21st June, coming Sunday we are planning to start with the gurmat classes, but they are little change in the timings. If you are already a part of the group then it's ok, if somebody new is interested to join please join the group as per the sewa you are interested in. Classes will be only on Sundays on the said time. With every group name the timing is written so please join the whatsApp group as per the sewa you want to be a part of.

1. *Basic's Oral learning for small Kid's* 
Group timing's : *4pm to 5pm*
Volunteers : Bhagatpreet Kaur & Avleen Kaur 

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2. *Basic Oral learning for Small kids.*

Group timing's : *6 pm to 7pm*
Volunteers : Gurjas Kaur & Gurleen Kaur
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3. *Basic's of Gurmukhi Aakhar written with Matra's*

Group timing's : *5pm - 6pm*
Volunteers: Harjinder Kaur & Manjit Kaur
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3. *Nitnem Baani's*

Group timing's : *1.30 to 2.30pm*
Volunteers : Pritpal Singh 
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4. *Nitnem Baani's 😘

Group timing's : *3pm - 4pm.*
Volunteers : Arneet Kaur & Dilprit Kaur
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5. *Baani Reading Sukhmani Saheb & Aasa di Vaar*

Group timing's : *12pm - 1pm*
Volunteers : Gurmeet Kaur (Rani Didi)
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 6. *5 Granthi Baani's
Volunteers : Saheb Singh, Sarabjeet Singh.
Timings : *2.30pm - 3.30pm*
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7. *Sahejpath Santhya*

Group timing's : *4pm - 5pm*
Volunteers : Abhijyot Singh, Teja Singh Virji, Jaspal Singh & Sarabjit Singh.
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It's a request, *Please join the group where you are interested in attending the class. Please just don't join for the sake of joining* it's a request please

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In my opinion. For a complete new foreign learner (who is primarily learning for Sikhi), they should not start by learning the Punjabi language and grammar itself, but jump right into Gurbani.

They should first learn to read and write the Gurmukhi letter, and the primary sounds, which is easy. Then they can just start listening to shabads they like or gurbani online, and read alongside. After they improve and they will fast, they can start speaking alongside as well. After they can read, listen, and speak relatively well, learning what the words means is easy and the knowledge of grammar comes on its own primarily. This is a very intuitive method. All you need is consistency. 

Compare this to learning Punjabi and the grammar and the language first is quite hard, and personally I wouldn't recommend it. 

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