Urdu

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.

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Basics

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  • Salutations and Small Talk
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    Salutations and Small Talk

    • Make Small Talk with Strangers
    • Express Gratitude
    • Greet People
    • Be Introduced to Nouns, Pronouns, and Adverbs
    • Be Introduced to Postpositions: کو ، کا
    • Be Introduced to the Verb ہونا
    • Learn the Basic Sentence Structure
  • Languages and Origins
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    Languages and Origins

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

    • 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
    • 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
  • Places and Directions
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    Places and Directions

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

    • Count Up To 100,000
    • Deal with Currency
    • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
    • 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
  • Food and Drink Culture
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    Food and Drink Culture

    • Gain Insight into the Food Culture of Pakistan
    • Order Drinks and Meals
    • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants
    • Learn the Collocation of Verb چاہنا with Postposition کو
    • Learn تھا , The Past Tense of ہونا
    • Make Requests with the Subjunctive
  • Transportation and Payment
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    Transportation and Payment

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

    • Accept / Decline Help
    • Ask / Tell What Trouble You Are In
    • Ask for / Offer Help
    • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in Pakistan
    • Learn Perfective Verb Forms
    • Learn the Present Continuous "verb root" + رہا , رہا ہے
    • Practice Conjunct Verbs, Noun + کرنا
    • Use Postpositions to Describe Physical Symptoms
  • Clarification and Explanation
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    Clarification and Explanation

    • 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
    • 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
  • Compliments and Corrections
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    Compliments and Corrections

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