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Facts about Urdu[edit | edit source]

Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language spoken chiefly in South Asia. It is the official national language and lingua franca of Pakistan.

In India, Urdu is an Eighth Schedule language whose status, function, and cultural heritage is recognized by the Constitution of India; it has some form of official status in several Indian states.

In Nepal, Urdu is a registered regional dialect. Urdu has been described as a Persianised standard register of the Hindustani language. Urdu and Hindi share a common Indo-Aryan vocabulary base and very similar phonology and syntax, making them mutually intelligible in colloquial speech.

  • Language code (ISO 639-3): urd
  • Autonyms (how to write "Urdu" in Urdu): اُردُو
  • Other names for "Urdu": Urdu, Islami, Undri, Urudu, Bihari, Modern Standard Urdu
  • The Urdu language is spoken in: Pakistan

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Urdu Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

UrduWord: Urdu-English dictionary (Urdu & Latin characters)

Rekhta: Urdu-Hindi-English dictionary

DictionaryUrdu Urdu > English dictionary (Latin characters) Urdu-English vocabulary by topics

Goethe-Verlag: Urdu-English common phrases & illustrated vocabulary (+ audio)

Defense language institute: basic vocabulary (+ audio) - civil affairs - medical

Student's practical dictionary containing English words with English and Urdu meanings, by Dwarka Prasad & Ram Narain Lal (1943)

Hindustani self-taught: vocabulary by topics with pronunciation, by James Fuller Blumhardt (1915) Roman characters

English-Hindustani vocabulary of 3000 words: by Douglas Craven Phillott (1911) Roman characters

Khazīna-e muhāwarāt or Urdu idioms‎, by Douglas Craven Phillott (1912)

Romanized school dictionary published by the Calcutta School Book Society (1864) Roman characters

Dictionary of Urdu, classical Hindi, and English by John Platts (1884)

Dictionary, Hindustani and English by Duncan Forbes (1866) Arabic, Devanagari & Roman characters

English > Hindustani

Smaller Hindustani and English dictionary by Duncan Forbes (1861) Roman characters

Dictionary of Oordoo and English by Joseph Thompson (1838) Roman & Arabic characters

in Roman characters (1858)

Dictionary Hindustání and English by William Yates (1847)

Dictionary Hindustani and English by John Shakespear (1849) or online search (1834)

Hindoostanee philology comprising a dictionary, English and Hindoostanee, by John Borthwick Gilchrist (1825)

The morphology of loanwords in Urdu, the Persian, Arabic and English strands, by Riaz Ahmed Islam (2011)

Eat-expressions in Hindi-Urdu (expressions with the verb khā-, "eat") by Peter Hook, in Indian linguistics (2011)

Common vocabulary in Urdu and Turkish language: a case of historical onomasiology, par María Isabel Maldonado García & Mustafa Yapici, in Journal of Pakistan (2014)

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