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Spoken Urdu (Book I) (Urdu Edition) (Urdu) Paperback – August 1, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-0879503475 ISBN-10: 0879503475

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  • Series: Spoken Urdu
  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Spoken Language Services (August 1, 1976)
  • Language: Urdu
  • ISBN-10: 0879503475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879503475
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,645,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. E. S. Leake on August 23, 2005
Format: Audio Cassette
This is a serious investment of a course. The price is significant, and the course is rather old. It looks old - the English font looks like typescript. Why, then, do I recommend the prospective Urdu learner buy this book?

The answer is that it is perhaps the best language course I've seen. It works consistently and thoroughly. this is how it goes:

There are three volumes. Vol. 1 and 2 together make the full course, but one can make a lot of headway into the language with volume 1 alone. Each volume may be bought with six cassettes. Volume 3 contains the vocabulary and (I think - my copy's in storage) the index.

The method is simple and scientific. Text is initially introduced in transcription. The script is introduced in several chapters (the first is chapter 8) in a completely thorough manner, more throughly than I've seen it elsewhere. (This material is also sold separately as 'The Urdu Writing System'.) When you come to the script, you've already heard and assimilated a lot of Urdu, and the script comes more easily (though I have to admit to having learned Arabic long before reading these chapters). All the Urdu text is superbly written by an excellent calligrapher in the nasta'liq script (ta'liq or Farsi to Arabic-speakers).

The method. First one listens and reads through a conversation in Urdu, each sentence of which has new words introduced first. On the tape, each new word is repeated twice, and finally the sentence is is repeated, twice. And on to the next sentence.

Next, the words you've just been exposed to are discussed: how they're used, whether they're used in the same way in all dialects, etc. A bit of cultural information comes through here too.

Next, phonetic drills.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Humayun Akhtar on January 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book set is considered by professional teachers in the field to be the ultimate Grammar written on the Urdu language. Urdu grammar is straightforward yet difficult to define in a comprehensive way as it has never been attempted in a linguistic fashion, as has been done for the Arabic language in English by Peter Abboud's outstanding "Elementary Modern Standard Arabic", Cambridge Publishers. So, if you want to understand the structure of the Urdu language, this is the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Khan on February 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
No other Urdu course, can match this. Not even the college level textbook from Yale press. This is the only course designed to make the student proficient. Ideal for Pakistanis that grew up abroad. Even Indians wanting to understand Bollywood would benefit. Speaking Urdu is a sign of erudition, even if you're in Bombay or Amritsar.

But "teach yourself Urdu" or "colloquial Urdu" if you just want the absolute basics.
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