Speak Urdu Instantly
Learning a new language can be the most wonderful thing you can do in your life. Some people devote their entire lives to learning a language. Some even learn a multitude of languages. They are called polyglotts. To be able to communicate with an Urdu speaking person in their own tongue is something you will never forget and this article will help you to achieve that goal.
Urdu is a Hindustani language and the national language of Pakistan as well as 6 Indian states. It's spoken by 65 million people and is mutually intelligible with Hindi. It uses the Arabic writing system and where possible I will include the script. So are you ready to Speak Urdu Instantly Using English Words To Help Pronunciation.
Exercise 1 : Hello
Let's begin with saying hello. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:
as alaam mu alaikum______السلام عليكم
Try these English words : mass alarm two a cake some.
Whenever "a" is used as a single letter in English it is always pronounced "a" as in "apple".
Urdu Phrase : as alaam mu alaikum
What it means : Hello
English words : mass alarm two a cake some.
Pronounced : ass alaam moo a lake come
Watch the videos to learn how to pronounce the words as there is no better way to learn than listening to native speakers. Throughout I will tell you where on the videos the particular phrases can be heard by minutes and seconds. For example in the next video the phrase begins at 0:30.
Thanks to the youtuber666 Start video 0:30
Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?
At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination at the airport. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now find out where the toilets are.
toilet kahan hai
Urdu Phrase : toilet kahan hai
What it means : Where Are The Toilets?
English words : toilet ha-hah may
Pronounced : toilet kahah hay
In this next video the lady speaks Urdu perfectly and will give you an excellent lesson on speaking fluent Urdu. The phrase begins at 3:34.
Thanks To Easylanguages For This Excellent Video
Exercise 3 : Thank You
This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.
Urdu Phrase : shuckria
What it means : Thank You
English words : look we are
Pronounced : shook ree-ah
In the video at exercise 2 skip to 1:26.
Exercise 4 : Excuse me
Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market.
Urdu Phrase : zara suniyeh
What it means : Excuse me
English words : para won-yeh
Pronounced : zara sun-yay
in the exercise 2 video skip to 3:17
Exercise 5 : How Much is it?
This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.
yeh kitney ka hai______کیا قدر ہے اسکی؟
Urdu Phrase : yeh kitney ka hai
What it means : How Much is it?
English words : say Whitney car way
Pronounced : yeh kit-nay kah hay
In the exercise 2 video skip to 3:14.
Exercise 6 : I Would Like
I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:
This next phrase is slightly different from the others in that it is said at the beginning and the end of the sentence. Imagine saying "I a new dress for the party want" or "I a bottle of milk want". That is how it is said in Urdu...."MUJHAY sham ki taqreeb ke lie ek naya jora CHAI HAY". Hence, mujhay and chai hay bookend the item or thing you want.
Urdu Phrase : mujhay...........chai hai
What it means : I Would Like
English words : rouge-way......car-way
Pronounced : mooj-hay...........chah hay
Thanks to English4Urduspeakers
Exercise 7 : Drinks
Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.
Urdu Phrase : coffee....chai
What it means : a cup of coffee....a cup of tea
English words : toffee....shy
Pronounced : coffee....chai
Exercise 8 : Numbers
When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.
Urdu Phrase : aik....doh....den....chah.....panj
What it means : one two three four five
English words : mick...low...tin...bar...ranch
Pronounced : aik...doh...din...chah...panch
In the video at exercise 2 skip to 0:49.
Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check
Unfortunately when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.
bill la dine
Urdu Phrase : bill la dine
What it means : The Bill, please
English words : kill a wine
Pronounced : bill, la dine
Exercise 10 : Goodbye
We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?
khuda hafiz_____خدا حافظ
Urdu Phrase : khuda hafiz
What it means : Goodbye
English words : bhudda a whizz
Pronounced : khuda hafizz
In the exercise 2 video skip to 1:18.
Unfortunately our time in the Pakistan is at an end, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to practise your Urdu language. There are many internet sites you can visit or even better you may get to know a Urdu speaking person. You may even decide to begin learning the language in it's entirety, which will bring you a lifetime of pleasure. Good luck and until next time...خدا حافظ