Learn to Speak Urdu
Urdu is the national language of Pakistan. It is also a recognized language in India. Urdu started developing in the 12 century around Delhi, and was influenced greatly by Arabic, Persian and Turkish. Urdu is written in the Persian-Arabic script and is read from left to right. Notably, Urdu sounds similar to Hindi, but there are differences. This is mainly in how they are written. Today, Urdu is spoken in numerous countries around the world including, the USA, Canada, Britain and the Middle East.
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Interesting Facts About the Urdu Language
The term ‘Urdu’ is said to originate from a Turkish word ‘Ordu’ which means ‘Army Camp or ‘Laskar’.
Urdu is recognized as one of the 22 languages known in the constitution of India.
The Urdu language developed from the Khariboli dialect which was spoken in North India.
History of Urdu
Urdu is a member of the Indo-Aryan branch within the Indo-European family of languages. It is a first language spoken by almost 70 million people and as a second language for over 100 million people, primarily in Pakistan and India. It borrows many of its vocabulary words from Persian, Turkish and Arabic. Urdu is considered to be a beautiful language that thrives in literature. It is known to touch a person’s soul due to the various hidden meanings in its words.