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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (29 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444106058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444106053
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The best-selling complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Urdu.

This ISBN is for the paperback book. The corresponding audio support (ISBN: 9781444106978) is also available. The book and audio support can also be purchased as a pack (ISBN: 9781444106879).

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David Matthews taught Urdu at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London for over thirty years. Mohamed Kasim Dalvi is the former Chair of Examinations (Urdu) for Edexcel and teaches at SOAS language centre.


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr Konrad Schneckenhauer on 21 April 2011
Format: Paperback
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
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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.

Dialogues
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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
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr Konrad Schneckenhauer on 21 April 2011
Format: Paperback
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.

Dialogues
-------------
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.
Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By manonamission on 30 July 2012
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I am a British lad with Pakistani ethnicity. All my life I have been made fun of for not knowing a "back home" language. My mum and dad always told me off for speaking English at home as crazy as that may sound. Too bad they were never willing to teach it to me, or maybe they just didn't know how to. Recently I've realised the importance of knowing this language as part of my future job as a doctor (hopefully). People on the wards see a brown face and assume they know urdu. I made a decision to start learning urdu for myself because i knew that no one else would teach me. This book so far has explained all the grammatical questions that I have ever had about Urdu. I actually understand the masculine and feminine rules and the tenses. Finally an actual answer to my questions rather than "if you speak it then you will learn it". I'm so happy to have found this course. It's starting to make me fall in love with the language. I never realised how beautiful Urdu was before.

There are a total of 15 chapters. Each chapter has about 3 or 4 dialogues. I would recommend getting the audio CD and book in one pack. With the CD you can hear the dialgoue's proper pronunciation. Then after that the dialgoue is broken down into new words and verbs that are present in this dialgoue and any grammatical rules that come up with them. It's a really good way of teaching. They have short exercises and actually have answers in the back, unlike most learning urdu books.

So far so good. I am really enjoying the course so far. Thank you David Matthews and Mohammed Kasim Dalvi
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