Urdu is the official language of North India, Pakistan, and Fiji.
Pimsleur's Urdu teaches "Hindustani," promoted by Mahatma Gandhi,
and only focuses on the Urdu register/dialect of Hindustani. While
Standard Urdu may be spoken in Pakistan, most Pakistanis and Indian
Muslims speak Hindustani.
The Pimsleur] Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new
language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of
fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat "Urdu,
Comprehensive" includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and
one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.
- In the first 10 lessons, you'l cover the basics: saying hello,
asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting,
asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You'll be
able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of
what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with
near-native pronunciation skills.
- In the next 10 lessons, you'll build on what you've learned.
Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general
to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money,
refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary
items. You'll understand more of what you hear, and be able to
participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
- In the final 10 lessons, you'll be speaking and understanding
at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given
in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new
plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a
restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about
family. You'll be able to speak comfortably about things that
happened in the past and make plans for the future.
Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you
with an introduction to reading Urdu. These lessons, which total
about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with
correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with
the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
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