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Speak Urdu Instantly

Updated on March 31, 2016

Pakistan

اُردُو

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

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.

shuckria______شكريه

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.

zara suniyeh________سنیٔے

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:

mujhay...........chai hai

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.

coffee....chai_____القهوة والشاي

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.

aik....doh....den....chah.....panj

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

Dina, Pakistan

Source

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.

خدا حافظ

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

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