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English Urdu
Hello ہیلو
Hello اسلام و علیکم!
Good evening شام بخیر
Goodbye خدا حافظ
See you later بعد میں ملتے ہیں
See you later پھر ملتے ہیں۔
Yes جی ہاں
No نہیں
Please! برائے مہربانی!
Please! پلیز
Thanks شکریہ
Thanks a lot بہت شکریہ
Thank you for your help آپ کی مدد کے لیے آپ کا شکریہ
Thank you for your help آپ کی مدد کا شکریہ
Don't mention it اس کا ذکر نہ کریں۔
Don't mention it شکریے کی کوئی بات نہیں۔
Ok ٹھیک ہے
Ok اوکے
How much is it? یہ کتنے کا ہے؟
Sorry! معذرت!
I don't understand میں سمجھا نہیں
I don't understand میں سمجھی نہیں
I get it میں سمجھ گیا ہوں
I get it میں سمجھ گئی
I don't know مجھے نہیں پتہ
Forbidden ممنوعہ
Forbidden یہ منع ہے۔
Excuse me, where are the toilets? معاف کیجئے گا، بیت الخلاء کہاں ہیں؟
Excuse me, where are the toilets? ٹوائلٹ کہاں ہے؟ / واش روم کہاں ہے؟
Happy New Year! نیا سال مبارک ہو!
Happy birthday! سالگرہ مبارک!
Happy holiday! چھٹیاں مبارک
Congratulations! مبارک ہو!
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Here you will find all the words that your memory seems to have stored permanently. However, they will only stay there if you keep them in contact with them regularly, through conversations, reading, listening to radio programs or watching films, series or television programs. You can also consult this list from time to time and randomly test whether you remember the words offered to you. If not, you can remove the words you forgot from this list.

First contact

This course aims to give travelers the tools they need to quickly master essential expressions in Urdu for everyday situations, such as greeting someone, asking for directions, or ordering a dish in a restaurant. By the end of the course, learners will be able to communicate with simple words on their next trip to Pakistan or any Urdu-speaking region.
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خوش آمدید! khush amadeed! Welcome!

Welcome to this advanced conversation guide in Urdu.

We've taken a practical approach to help you learn the basics of a language quickly.

We suggest that you start by memorizing practical words and phrases that you can use every day at home and then use when you travel.

Saying vocabulary words out loud, such as numbers, is a good exercise to do at any time of day.

This is how you get used to the sounds of a language. And when your vacation starts in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Multan or anywhere else in Pakistan, India or Afghanistan, you will be surprised how familiar and easy it will be to understand the language.

Introduction to Urdu

Urdu is an Indo-Iranian language spoken mainly in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. It is written using the Persian alphabet and is closely related to Hindi, another language spoken in India. Urdu is a rich and expressive language with a rich literature of poetry, prose, and history.

Although Urdu is often associated with Muslim culture, it is spoken by people of all religions and ethnic communities in the region.

Urdu is an important language for those interested in the history, culture, and society of India and Pakistan.

Is it possible to learn Urdu on your own?

We're not going to lie to you, it's not easy to learn a language without guidance.

But it's always worth starting with an accessible, free online course if you can find success with it. It's very motivating when you can pronounce a few hundred important words after just a few weeks!

We've taken a practical and concrete approach to learning a language quickly and easily: we suggest that you start by memorizing practical words, phrases, and sentences that you can practice every day at home and that will come in handy when you travel.

Pronouncing vocabulary words out loud, such as numbers, is a good exercise you can do at any time of the day. This way you get used to the sounds of the language, it becomes familiar to you, and when your vacation in Pakistan or India begins, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it already is.

A pocket dictionary is also always useful when traveling to find translations of unfamiliar words and regularly expand your vocabulary.

Why speak Urdu while traveling?

Speaking Urdu while traveling can be very useful when traveling to India, Pakistan, or Afghanistan, where the language is widely spoken.

Learning Urdu makes it easier to communicate with locals, understand Urdu signs and instructions, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Furthermore, by speaking Urdu, you can build deeper relationships with locals and learn more about their daily lives and history.

Finally, by learning Urdu, you can also gain valuable language skills that can be useful in your professional or personal life.

Here are some famous cities in Pakistan where mastering this language will definitely be beneficial:

  1. Islamabad: The capital of Pakistan and a relatively new city that houses modern buildings, parks and monuments.
  2. Lahore: A historic and cultural city in Punjab province known for its Mughal architecture, bustling bazaars and delicious food.
  3. Karachi: Pakistan's largest city and a major economic, commercial and cultural center, located on the country's southern coast.
  4. Peshawar: A city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near the border with Afghanistan, known for its rich history and Pashtun culture.
  5. Multan: A city in Punjab province, known for its Sufi tombs, traditional handicrafts and delicious food.

How to achieve good pronunciation within a week to a month

You must start by learning the alphabet and sounds.

And then you have to repeat the same words and phrases as many times as possible, every day, until you can pronounce them perfectly.

Here are some basic rules of Urdu pronunciation:

  1. The vowels: In Urdu, there are ten vowels, of which five are short and five are long. The short vowels are a, e, i, o and u, while the long vowels are aa, ee, ii, oo and uu. The pronunciation of the vowels can vary depending on the context and position in a word.
  2. The Consonants: There are 38 consonants in Urdu. Some consonants have sounds similar to English, while others have different sounds. For example, the consonant "k" in Urdu is pronounced similarly to English, while the consonant "q" is pronounced with a deeper sound in the throat.
  3. Doubled consonants: In Urdu, some consonants can be doubled to make a louder sound. For example, the consonant "p" can be doubled in Urdu to make the sound "pp", which is louder.
  4. Conjunctions: In Urdu, words are often connected to create a natural flow of speech. Connecting sounds such as "w" or "y" can be used to form slurs.
Letter Name of letter Pronunciation
ا alif aa
ب be b
پ pe p
ت te t
ث se s
ج jim j
چ tché tch
خ khé kh
د dal d
ڈ d
ذ zal z
ر re r
ڑ r
ز z
ژ jhe j
س sin s
ش chim ch
ص sad s
ط ta t
ظ za z
ع aïn ʕ
غ gué ɣ
ف f
ق qaf q
ک kaf k
گ guaf g
ل lam l
م mim m
ن nun n
و vaw w
ہ he h

Practical Tips for Learning Urdu

1. Start with the Basics

Begin by learning the Urdu alphabet and basic pronunciation rules. This foundation will help you read and speak Urdu more accurately.

2. Build Your Vocabulary

Focus on everyday words and phrases that you are likely to use. Flashcards and language apps can be very helpful in expanding your vocabulary.

3. Practice Speaking

Speak Urdu as much as possible. Practice with native speakers or fellow learners. Use language exchange platforms to find conversation partners.

4. Immerse Yourself

Immerse yourself in the language through Urdu media. Watch Urdu movies, listen to Urdu music, and follow Urdu news. This will help improve your listening skills and familiarize you with the cultural context.

5. Use Online Resources

Youtube: Learn Urdu through English lessons for beginners.

6. Take a Language Course

Consider enrolling in a language course with a qualified teacher. Personalized instruction can accelerate your learning and help you master difficult concepts.

7. Stay Consistent

Consistency is key. Practice Urdu daily, even if only for a few minutes. Regular exposure and practice will lead to steady progress.

By following these steps and utilizing the available resources, you can start speaking and understanding Urdu in no time. Happy learning!

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