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Urdu is the national language of Pakistan as well as one of its two official languages

Urdu Is Widely Used

Urdu is the 11th most widely spoken language in the world, with about 169 million speakers, including those for whom it is a second language.

Urdu Is Mutually Intelligible With Hindi

Urdu is closely related to and mutually intelligible with Hindi, though a lot of Urdu vocabulary comes from Persian and Arabic, while Hindi contains more vocabulary from Sanskrit.

Handy Urdu Vocabulary

Aap kaise (for male)/ kaisi (for female) hou? – How are you?

The word Aap here is a formal way to say you, but if you know the person well, you can replace it with the more casual Tum. In an informal setting amongst friends, one may simply say ‘Kaise (m.)/Kaisi (f.) hou’.

Mai Bilqul Theek. – I am fine.

This phrase is a term where Mai means I, bilqul means totally or completely and theek means alright or fine.

Aapko English ati hai? – Do you know English?

Many urbanites and office workers are quite fluent in English because of the country’s colonial past.

Learn More About the Urdu Language

Urdū in Pakistan

Urdū is the official language of Pakistan. It is the second or third language for Pakistanis for whom it is not a native language.

Urdū in India

Urdū is one of the twenty-two official languages of India, with official status in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh.

Dialects

Urdū is usually divided into four mutually intelligible dialects that, for the most part, are also intelligible to speakers of Hindi. They are Dakhini, Pinjari, Rekhta and Modern Vernacular Urdū.

The Languages of Pakistan

Urdu

Urdu is an official language of Pakistan. It is used in formal occasions, government administration, and taught in educational institutions. Urdu is also the national language of the country.

English

English serves an important medium of formal communication in Pakistan.

Pashto

This language is spoken by 15.42% of the entire population of the country.

Sindhi

Sindhi is spoken as a first language, primarily by Pakistanis residing in the Sindh province of the country. Nearly 14.5% of Pakistanis speak this language.

Tauheed Hameed

Founder of Surdihow Academy

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