Urdu

Urdu is spoken by over 150 million people in many parts of the South Asian continent. It is the official language of Pakistan and one of the national languages of India. It is also spoken as a first or second language in South Asian diaspora communities in the Middle East, South and East Africa, Western Europe, North America, and Australia.

The relationship between Urdu and Hindi, both sharing the same Indic base, has been described as "intimate and complex". On phonological and grammatical level they are so close that they appear to be one language. On the lexical level however, especially in formal and literary language, the differences are more distinct. Both languages have borrowed extensively from difference sources - Urdu from Arabic and Persian - Hindi from Sanskrit. In practice and usage each has developed into an independent language and marked in orthography: Urdu using the Perso-Arabic script, Hindi using the Devanagari script.


CLASSIFICATION = Indo-Aryan language (within the branch of the Indo-Iranian languages, itself a branch of the Indo-European language family), SCRIPT = Perso-Arabic script

Courses

Basic
Beginning Urdu : a complete course URD CBEG 1; URD CBEG 1(CD)
Colloquial Urdu : the complete course for beginners URD CBEG 3; URD CBEG 3:1-2(CD)
Complete Urdu URD CBEG 4(PACK)
Learn Urdu URD CBEG 2(CD-ROM)
Learn Urdu in a month URD CBEG 7
Let's study Urdu : an introduction to the script URD CBEG 6(PACKS 1-2)[†]
Let's study Urdu : an introductory course URD CBEG 5(PACKS 1-2)
Advanced
Advanced Urdu : a textbook for Urdu Higher and GCSE (AS & AL) level URD CADV 1(PACK)

Dictionaries

Gem medical dictionary : English into English and Urdu URD MED 1
Oxford English-Urdu dictionary - 9th ed. URD DICO 2
Practical dictionary : Part I, English to English and Urdu ; Part II, Urdu to Urdu and English URD DICO 1

Documentaries

Jinnah URD DOCU 1(DVD)*
Partition URD DOCU 2(DVD)

Films

Gabriel's wings URD FILM 5(DVD)
Hamara Sansar (Hamaara Sansaar) HIN FILM 25(DVD)
Man push cart URD FILM 2(DVD)*
Mughal-e-Azam URD FILM 1(DVD)*
Pakeezah URD FILM 3(DVD)
Train to Pakistan URD FILM 4(DVD)

Grammar

Urdu : an essential grammar URD GRAM 1
Urdu study materials for use with Outline of Hindi grammar URD GRAM 2

Reading

Amazing Grace URDU RFICT 1
The elves and the shoemaker URDU RFICT 2
Reading Nastaʻliq : Persian and Urdu hands from 1500 to the present PER RSKILLS 3
Urdu : readings in literary Urdu prose URDU RSKILLS 1

Writing

Read and write Urdu script URD WSKILLS 2