Urdu

Program Coordinator:- Dr. Muhammad Azeem

We will keep uploading new resources on this page.

LIST OF COURSES

Select course by clicking on the link from following list of available courses:

  1. Urdu language course for non-native Urdu speakers (Beginner Level)

 

This page is carrying resources about Urdu language. Target audience are non-native Urdu speaker and native Urdu speakers without formal Urdu language training. Primary focus of this course is to help non-native Urdu speakers in understanding and communicating in Urdu language.

INTRODUCTION ABOUT URDU LANGUAGE

Urdu is widely spoken language. It is the language of Pakistanis and Indians. Hindi is twin sister of Urdu language – the main difference is the script. Urdu is written in Nastaliq style of the Persian or Arabic alphabet, whereas, Hindi is written in Devanagari or Sanskrit . So far as only spoken is concerned, it is very hard for a non-native Urdu or Hindi speaker to judge the difference between two languages.

Modern Urdu language is derived from Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, and English languages, and used in Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Middle East countries, Caribbean Countries, South Africa, Canada, and UK. It is the language understood and spoken by almost 100 million people around the world.

Urdu language is gaining popularity day by day. Following are the possible reasons in this case:

  1. By knowing Urdu, one can easily communicate with people in almost half of the world. And if you know English, Urdu, and Arabic, you are open to the entire world.
  2. Since the script of Arabic and Urdu is same, and most of the words used in Arabic language are also similar to the words used in Urdu language, therefore, it is very easy to learn Arabic language after learning Urdu, or vice versa, and same is true for the Persian language.
  3. Urdu language has a quality to import foreign words.  Nowadays, number of English words have become regular part of spoken Urdu. And people feel pride by merging Urdu language with that of English words. Therefore, any native English speaker,  can speak Urdu language without any hesitation or fear of embarrassment.  They can substitute English words and phrases anywhere in Urdu sentence by replacing Urdu words with English counterpart.  It is also common practice among native Urdu speakers to use complete or half English sentence during conversation.
  4. Indian Hindi movies and Pakistani Urdu dramas are very popular among non-native Urdu speakers, specially in MENA region. These media players have contributed a lot in the promotion of Urdu language outside India and Pakistan.

UAE is a multicultural society. Large proportion of Indian, Pakistanis, Bangalis are working and living in UAE. Whether you are traveling or shopping in malls, sitting in banks or running around typing centers, post offices, educational institutions, you are bound to interact with these communities.

Being Urdu Language trainer, one question is always asked by my students, and that is about the reason for the non-availability on line resources for learning Urdu language, suitable especially for the non native speakers. Frankly, speaking, I still don’t have the exact answer for this question. One simple reason could be that in both India and Pakistan English is also taught and spoken widely, therefore, instead of promoting Urdu, institutions were satisfied with the adoption of English as second language in sub-continent.

Urdu training is not my prime Job. I am doing it because I found myself a suitable and best fitted person for this case, as being Pakistani, an experienced teacher with strong passion of teaching, and my experience as a corporate Urdu language trainer. I was anticipating this gap, and wanted to do something concrete for this dire need of students by providing online learning resources in Urdu language. It was not possible for me to spare time to jump in to this gigantic task. This took many years to decide, and I ultimately set off the journey in the month of July 2013. I could allocate reasonable time and uploaded a basic version of current web site, where I have started uploading resources in systematic manner, which could not only help my existing students, but also to the wider public to take advantage from it. These resources will be open to all who visit this site without any financial embargo.

I welcome all suggestions and assistance in this project. You can communicate with us through Contact us page by sending a message. I also need serious feedback from my students and visitors on this page so that I can focus towards those areas which they really need.

I am thankful to all those who are sending me valuable suggestions and feedback.