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UrduVocabulary0 to A1 Course → Basic Vocabulary → Numbers and Counting

Introduction[edit | edit source]

In this lesson, we will learn about numbers and counting in Urdu. Numbers are an essential part of any language, and learning them will enable you to express quantities, count objects, and engage in everyday conversations. We will cover cardinal and ordinal numbers, as well as their usage in sentences. By the end of this lesson, you will have a solid foundation in Urdu numbers and counting.

Cardinal Numbers[edit | edit source]

Cardinal numbers are used to express quantity or to count objects. In Urdu, the cardinal numbers are relatively straightforward to learn. Let's start by learning the numbers from 0 to 10:

Urdu Pronunciation English Translation
صفر sifar Zero
ایک ek One
دو do Two
تین teen Three
چار chaar Four
پانچ paanch Five
چھ chhe Six
سات saat Seven
آٹھ aath Eight
نو no Nine
دس das Ten

Now let's continue learning the numbers from 11 to 20:

Urdu Pronunciation English Translation
گیارہ gyarah Eleven
بارہ baarah Twelve
تیرہ teerah Thirteen
چودہ chaudah Fourteen
پندرہ pandrah Fifteen
سولہ solah Sixteen
سترہ sattar Seventeen
اٹھارہ atharah Eighteen
انیس unees Nineteen
بیس bees Twenty

Great! You have now learned the numbers from 0 to 20 in Urdu. These numbers serve as the foundation for counting in Urdu and will be used in various contexts throughout your language learning journey.

To continue building your knowledge of cardinal numbers, let's learn the numbers from 30 to 100:

Urdu Pronunciation English Translation
تیس tees Thirty
چالیس chaalees Forty
پچاس pachaas Fifty
ساٹھ saath Sixty
ستر sattar Seventy
اٹھاسی assi Eighty
نواسی navasi Ninety
سو so One Hundred

You now have the tools to count from 0 to 100 in Urdu! Practice saying the numbers out loud to reinforce your learning and improve your pronunciation.

Ordinal Numbers[edit | edit source]

Ordinal numbers are used to indicate the position or order of something. In Urdu, ordinal numbers are formed by adding the suffix "-واں" ("-wan") to the cardinal number. Let's take a look at some examples:

Urdu Pronunciation English Translation
پہلا pehla First
دوسرا doosra Second
تیسرا teesra Third
چوتھا choutha Fourth
پانچواں panchwan Fifth
چھٹا chhatha Sixth
ساتواں saatwan Seventh
آٹھواں aathwan Eighth
نواں navan Ninth
دسواں daswan Tenth

Note that in Urdu, ordinal numbers agree in gender and number with the noun they modify. For example, if you are referring to a feminine noun in the first position, you would use "پہلی" ("pehli") instead of "پہلا" ("pehla").

Cultural Insights[edit | edit source]

In Urdu-speaking regions, numbers hold cultural significance beyond their basic mathematical function. For example, the number 786 is considered sacred by many Muslims in South Asia. This belief stems from the fact that the Arabic letters that make up the phrase "بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم" (meaning "In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful") have a numerical value of 786. As a result, some people use the number 786 as a symbol of good luck and blessings.

In addition, Urdu poetry often incorporates numerical symbolism. Poets use numbers to convey emotions, express metaphors, and create rhythmic patterns. Understanding the significance of numbers in Urdu culture can deepen your appreciation for the language and its artistic expressions.

Exercises[edit | edit source]

Now, let's put your knowledge of Urdu numbers and counting to the test! Complete the following exercises and check your answers.

Exercise 1: Write the Urdu translation for the following numbers:

1. Twenty-five 2. Forty-two 3. Seventy-eight 4. Ninety-nine 5. Sixty-six

Exercise 2: Write the ordinal numbers for the following cardinals:

1. تین 2. چار 3. سات 4. دس 5. بیس

Exercise 3: Fill in the blanks with the correct cardinal numbers in Urdu:

1. میں ___ کتابیں رکھی ہیں۔ (I have three books.) 2. وہ ___ میں ٹی وی دیکھ رہا ہے۔ (He is watching TV in room number six.) 3. میں ___ کلمات یاد کرتا ہوں۔ (I memorize ten words.) 4. ہمارے پاس ___ کبوتر ہیں۔ (We have twelve pigeons.) 5. ایک ہزار سے ۲۰۰ تک ___ نمبرز ہیں۔ (There are 200 numbers from one thousand to twenty.)

Solutions[edit | edit source]

Exercise 1:

1. پچاس 2. چالیس 3. سترہ 4. نواسی 5. ساٹھ

Exercise 2:

1. تیسرا 2. چوتھا 3. ساتواں 4. دسواں 5. بیسواں

Exercise 3:

1. تین 2. چھے 3. دس 4. بارہ 5. نو

Congratulations on completing the exercises! Practice using numbers in different contexts to strengthen your understanding and fluency in Urdu.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

In this lesson, we explored the world of numbers and counting in Urdu. We learned cardinal and ordinal numbers, and how to use them in various situations. Remember to practice regularly to reinforce your knowledge and improve your fluency. Numbers are an essential part of any language, and mastering them will enable you to engage in conversations, express quantities, and navigate everyday situations with ease.

Keep up the great work, and soon you'll be counting in Urdu like a pro!

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