- Series: TY: Language Guides
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (January 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071758747
- ISBN-13: 978-0071758741
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Complete Urdu: A Teach Yourself Guide (TY: Language Guides) 3rd Edition
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David Matthews taught Urdu and Nepali at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London for more than 30 years. He takes an active part in the activities of Urdu-speaking communities of the UK and Europe, and he has a special interest in the teaching of Urdu in British schools. He is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain.
Mohammed Kasim Dalvi is Chair of Examinations (Urdu) for Edexcel and teaches at SOAS Language Centre.
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So if you have any interest in learning this important language, this book and its CD is an excellent place to start.
on the positive side this books has much more
first, the authors do understand the meaning of an introductory language book, unlike most of such books, and keep the vocabulary relatively small (~900 words) and relevant
second, as they know what they are doing the authors keep repeating same words and expression throughout the units which helps immensely to put the words into long memory and builds confidence in general
third, i like the story line,characters and culture notes ( but I think TY books are good at it in general). Short and relevant. It conveys love and interest in this culture so I feel like I want to visit it there and take a train from Karachi to Lahore :)
Fourth, the quality of sound is surprisingly good and the actors talk in almost a natural speed. Besides one female voice which kind of shrill and difficult to get through, the others are very clear and easy to follow.
My positive review , i admit, is very much affected by Teach Yourself Hindi book which I didn't find as accessible as Urdu edition.
Dont make a mistake though, as TYU alone won't take you too far away just like any language resource. Language resources just don't work on their own. Now I am about through 2/3 of the book so by the end of the last unit I am expecting some sort of solid base for further study and surely getting a very good general idea about how Urdu works.