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Learn Urdu through conversations

Urdu it is the official language of Pakistan and it is widely spoken in six Indian states. Over 40 million people worldwide speak Urdu, and nearly twice that are native speakers. As the native language of one of the world’s most ancient and compelling regions, its influence is long-reaching and constantly changing. Plus, it’s the language of countless literary works; from poetry and prose to literature and philosophy. Learn Urdu and embark on a fascinating journey across one of the most complex and nuanced cultures of our time.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Urdu language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Urdu culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Urdu culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

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Course Overview

Learn Urdu language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Urdu

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Basics
  • Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk
  • Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins
  • Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions
  • Chapter 4 - Places and Directions
  • Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting
  • Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture
  • Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment
  • Chapter 8 - Help and Requests
  • Chapter 9 - Clarification and Explanation
  • Chapter 10 - Compliments and Corrections

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk

Conversational Goals

  • Make Small Talk with Strangers
  • Express Gratitude
  • Greet People

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Nouns, Pronouns, and Adverbs
  • Be Introduced to Postpositions: کو ، کا
  • Be Introduced to the Verb ہونا
  • Learn the Basic Sentence Structure

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Tell If Someone Knows a Language
  • Ask / Tell Where Someone is From
  • Get Someone's Attention

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Negation: نہیں
  • Be Introduced to the Question Marker کیا
  • Learn the Postposition سے
  • Learn the Verb آنا
  • Use Nouns, Pronouns, and Adverbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Someone's Name
  • Become Familiar with Urdu Names
  • Introduce Yourself and Another Person
  • Respond to Introductions
  • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Proper Nouns
  • Learn the Coordinating Conjuction اور
  • Use کیا as an Interrogative Pronoun
  • Use یہ as Demonstrative Pronoun
  • Use یہ as Personal Pronoun

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Places and Directions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Directions
  • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
  • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around
  • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Compound Verb مڑ جائیں
  • Learn اِس : The Oblique Case of Demonstrative Pronoun یہ
  • Practice the Interrogative Adverb کہاں
  • Use the Oblique Plural Suffix وں
  • Use کوئی and کافی as Adjectives

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting

Conversational Goals

  • Count Up To 100,000
  • Deal with Currency
  • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Attributive Adjectives
  • Be Introduced to Cardinal Numbers
  • Be Introduced to the Verbs: کم کرنا ، بیچنا ، لینا ، دکھانا
  • Practice the Participles: کا ، کی ، کے
  • Use اُس : Oblique Case of Demonstrative Pronoun وہ

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture

Conversational Goals

  • Gain Insight into the Food Culture of Pakistan
  • Order Drinks and Meals
  • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Collocation of Verb چاہنا with Postposition کو
  • Learn تھا , The Past Tense of ہونا
  • Make Requests with the Subjunctive

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Tell Whether You Can Use Something
  • Deal with Large Numbers
  • Handle Currency of Pakistan with Ease
  • Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare

Grammar Goals

  • Express Ability with the Verb سکنا
  • Learn the Future of the Verb لگنا to Inquire About Cost
  • Use the Adverb of Manner جلدی
  • Use the Suffix والا to Form Occupational Nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Help and Requests

Conversational Goals

  • Accept / Decline Help
  • Ask / Tell What Trouble You Are In
  • Ask for / Offer Help
  • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in Pakistan

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Perfective Verb Forms
  • Learn the Present Continuous "verb root" + رہا , رہا ہے
  • Practice Conjunct Verbs, Noun + کرنا
  • Use Postpositions to Describe Physical Symptoms

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Clarification and Explanation

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Answer What a Word or Phrase Means
  • Ask / Answer What a Written Word or Phrase Says
  • Communicate Your Ability to Understand Something
  • Express Gratitude for a Past Deed
  • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Another Use of the Postposition کو
  • Practice Compound Verbs With سمجھ جانا
  • Practice Perfective Participles With لکھا ہے
  • Practice کا
  • Use the Verb کہنا to Say/Ask What Something Means

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 10 - Compliments and Corrections

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Tell How Your Performance Is
  • Ask / Tell What Something Is
  • Give / Respond to a Compliment
  • Request / Agree to Speak in a Particular Language
  • Tell Someone that You Are Learning Something

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Various Usages of the Postposition سے
  • Practice Noun-Adjective Agreement
  • Practice Present Continuous: Verb Root + رہا ہے

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