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Complete Urdu (Learn Urdu with Teach Yourself) [Paperback]

David Matthews And Mohammed Ka , Sim Dalvi
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Book Description

29 Oct 2010 Teach Yourself

Are you looking for a complete course in Urdu which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete Urdu will guarantee success!

Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online.

The course is structured in thematic units and the emphasis is placed on communication, so that you effortlessly progress from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations, to using the phone and talking about work.

By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

NOT GOT MUCH TIME?

One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

AUTHOR INSIGHTS

Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

GRAMMAR TIPS

Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.

USEFUL VOCABULARY

Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.

DIALOGUES

Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.

PRONUNCIATION

Don't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.

TEST YOURSELF

Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Extra online articles at: www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of Urdu speakers.

TRY THIS

Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

The course is available as a book (9781444106053), as a pack comprising the book and double CD (9781444106879) and as a double CD (9781444106978).


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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (29 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444106872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444106879
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

The complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Urdu. This best-selling course comprises a book and audio support which is easy to download to your MP3 player or iPod. The book (ISBN: 9781444106053) and the audio support (ISBN: 9781444106978) are also sold individually.

About the Author

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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent course 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent course 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend 24 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
If you are a beginner learning Urdu, this is the book to get. Though I am lucky that I have an Urdu-speaking husband and spend time in Pakistan and with Pakistani relatives, this book will give you 'the ground-work', the vocabulary, the grammar.

The book comes with a CD which I did not get as my husband is able to assist with pronunciation, so I have to exclude this in my review, but would obviously say - get the CD if you don't have CONSTANT access pronunciation / speaking help.

The book starts by giving a brief history on Urdu, and than the first unit deals with the alphabet. You have work through it - it is no use trying to learn or understand Urdu in 'English(Roman) writings'. It does look daunting, but is actually not that hard. After that, 15 chapters deal with learning Urdu in the usual language book learning manner i.e. starting off easy and getting more challenging. Grammar is included from the 1st chapter, and that is good so. My experience - pay good attention to the grammar right from the start. Within a few weeks I was comfortably able to recognise words I learned in Urdu TV channels and able to apply it to my Urdu speaking (much to husband's delight). As with other language learning, you do have to stay on the ball though, and if you have a longer break away from it, you may find you have forgotten the letters, which dots to go where.... But it is easy enough to pick up.

Negative:
The book is rather small, and while this is ideal for taking with you, it can also be a challenge to properly see the Urdu writing - and this is unfortunately somewhat essential with a non-Roman script. Also, my copy fell apart after a few weeks, and I stuck the pages together with sellotape. Again and again.

All and all, I found the book invaluable with my Urdu learning and for me, it is the best one on the market (and believe me, I have lots!)
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