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Complete Urdu, Level 4 (Teach Yourself (McGraw-Hill)) Paperback – 10 Jan 2011

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; Reprint edition (10 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071758747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071758741
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,803,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Complete Urdu

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The two best Urdu courses currently available are this one and 'Colloquial Urdu'. They are both excellent, but in different ways, so I'll make some comparisons to help you choose. I'll refer to 'Teach Yourself Complete Urdu' as 'TY' and 'Colloquial Urdu' as 'CU'.

Audio material
Both courses come with CDs containing recordings of the dialogues, and much additional audio material. Be careful when ordering - it's not always clear from the product information whether you're ordering the book, or the CDs, or the pack containing both.

The TY audio material is much better - the actors really do act, and the dialogues flow well. Some of the actors in CU speak in a halting, disconnected way, which makes it hard to get a grip on how a sentence should flow. If you decide to buy CU, beware - the old-style plastic presentation box packaging, containing book and CDs, is hopeless inadequate because the CDs become detached from their anchor points and rattle around in the packaging, which means that they can get so scratched as to be unplayable.

The TY dialogues are far more useful and practical, dealing with a wide range of everyday situations. The CU dialogues are good, but somewhat wayward in their choice of subject matter.

Writing Urdu
If you want to learn just to speak Urdu, without learning to write, then TY is not for you, because later lessons do not contain transliteration of the dialogues, and you are left to fend for yourself with the Urdu script.
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HASH(0xa03c7378) out of 5 stars A very helpful book 14 Feb. 2014
By Robert V. Rose, retired education researcher - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a number of email friends in Pakistan, so I began to read up on the history, customs, politics and language of this country. The two most important things I learned are these: First, politics in Pakistan makes our politics in America seem very tame. Secondly, I was surprised to learn that conversational Hindi and conversational Urdu are exactly the same language. It's only religion that separates the two cultures, and this book is a valuable introduction to it. I think the language should be called "Urdu-Hindi", and though the Persian alphabet is not easy to learn, India's devanagari alphabet is even worse.

So if you have any interest in learning this important language, this book and its CD is an excellent place to start.
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