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Teach Yourself Urdu [Paperback]

Mohamed Kasim Dalvi
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28 Dec 2007 Teach Yourself

This synopsis refers to the coursebook. A double CD pack accompanies the book and is available for purchase either separately (ISBN 9780340958865) or as a pack with the book (ISBN 9780340958858).

TEACH YOURSELF URDU is a complete course in spoken and written Urdu. If you have never learnt Urdu before, or if your Urdu needs brushing up, is the course you need.

David Matthews and Mohamed Kasim Dalvi have created a practical course that is both fun and easy to work through. They explain everything along the way and give you plenty of opportunities to practise what you have learnt. The course structure means that you can work at your own pace, arranging your learning to suit your needs.

The course contains:

- A range of graded units of dialogues, culture notes, grammar and exercises

- A step-by-step guide to pronunciation

- Urdu-English and English-Urdu vocabularies

- An introduction to Urdu script

By the end of the course you'll be able to cope with a whole range of situations and use the language confidently.

Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 4th Revised edition edition (28 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340958847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340958841
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

This summary refers to the paperback textbook version.

This is a new and fully updated edition of the popular Urdu course in the Teach Yourself range, a course in spoken and written Urdu for beginners or for those who want to brush up on rusty skills. The course is carefully graded, with the Urdu script being introduced gradually. There are explanations of Urdu grammar, realistic conversations and many exercises.

About the Author

David Matthews taught Urdu and Nepali at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London for over thirty years. He has written 17 publications on aspects of Urdu and Nepali language and literature and also worked towards his own PhD on the Urdu of the medieval Deccan. 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 and examining of Urdu in British schools. He is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain.

Mohamed Kasim Dalvi has been Head Urdu and co-ordinator for Community Languages for a London Borough. He is currently Chair of Examinations (Urdu) for Edexcel and teaches at SOAS Language Centre.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand and well layed out. 16 Sep 2001
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My opinion of this book is quite mixed. I like the way that the chapters and pages are layed out. The dialogues are great. The only real problem that I had with this book is that the Urdu script is very small. For a person who can already read Urdu I am sure it is fine but for someone who is trying to learn it can be difficult to distinguish the similar looking letters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars clear and invaluable self study tool 7 Nov 2008
By Alice
As a language teacher myself, I really appreciate the thought that has gone into producing this course book. The language structures and vocabulary are systematically and progressively introduced so that you don't get swamped by too much new stuff at a time. And new language learned is recycled in later chapters so that it sticks in your head. A typical chapter contains 3 dialogues (the book follows the adventures of John in Karachi) which are also on the CD. After a translation and vocabulary glossary, a few grammar points are explained after each dialogue. There are a couple of written/oral/aural exercises that go with each dialogue. There is a word glossary at the back, as well as keys to the exercises.

This is NOT an easy course. But if you take it slowly, a few pages at a time, and review what you have learned often, it offers a very thorough grounding in Urdu. The topics are useful, covering everyday conversation and situations. In my opinion, the CD is essential as Urdu pronunciation is rather tricky for English speakers. It also helps you to memorise the dialogues.

I agree, the Urdu print is small for beginners and there is no guidance for handwriting. As I already had a grounding in Arabic, this was no big deal for me. For complete newcomers to the script, try the Teach Yourself book on this topic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but forget it for learning Urdu script 5 Jun 2010
By Anton
I struggled for two weeks trying to understand Urdu script from the introductory chapter in this book. I found it incomplete, not showing all possible combinations of consonants and vowels, etc., some of which can significantly change shape depending on their connection. I understand that there is a separate book on "Teach Yourself Urdu Script", but I was put off buying it due to the letter type in this book being so small that it doesn't convey the subtleties of the script and I needed a magnifying glass to read the characters (seriously!). If you want a serious book on Urdu script, get "Let's Study Urdu - An Introduction to the Script" by Ali S. Asani and Syed Akbar Hyder. It's clear and comprehensive and "unlocks the key" to the script.

Having said all that, Teach Yourself Urdu dialogues are nice and clear, and useful vocabulary is introduced up front, though I feel the context of certain vocabulary could be better explained, but you will need something extra to get to grips with the script, because without that you will never be able to read Urdu.
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