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Urdu-English/English-Urdu Dictionary and Phrasebook: Romanised (Hippocrene Dictionary and Phrasebook) (Urdu) Paperback – 1 Dec 2003

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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books Inc.,U.S.; Bilingual edition (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: Urdu
  • ISBN-10: 0781809703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781809702
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 9.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, one of the official languages of India, and it is spoken in the neighbouring regions of Afghanistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Urdu uses a modified version of the Arabic script, but it is presented here in the roman alphabet. The two-way dictionary and the practical, travel-oriented phrasebook pertain to everything from technology to Islamic culture. You will find an introduction to the language, useful tips for travel in Pakistan, and regional cultural information to help make your stay in the Urdu-speaking world a pleasant one.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Farooq on 20 Mar. 2006
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this is a good book but only if you have learnt the basic alphabet system and the way different letters make different sounds in different words.the phrases are good for travel but are not always spelt as they should sound resulting in some confusion my husband knows the language and i bought this just as a base to learn usefulphrase which it has taught me but only after reading some back to my husband did i realise certain words had es where it should be and a or as where there needed to be an i and so on good to start on but be prepared to struggle if you dont have help
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By nm on 29 Sept. 2012
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Book's OK but would have preferred it had the urdu word written alongside the english translation. This is what I expected from a dictionary type book. The romanised phonics don't make a great deal of sense and then you realise that the author is american....
If Amazon showed a screenshot of one of pages then I wouldn't have purchased it. You can't beat an old fashioned bookshop sometimes!
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Excellent, the of the phrasebook/dictionary is very convenient and easy to carry in a bag etc. Very simple and easy to understand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very good book for westerners 11 April 2008
By SKN - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very solid book for people who don't have the time or patience to figure out Urdu script! Covers a lot of essential material. Not sure what is going on with this other reviewer because he seems to have given a positive review but only 1 star? In any case, this probably works better than the lonely planet one if you are just interested in getting by with spoken Urdu and don't have a current need for learning other languages.
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Nice but lots of errors 14 May 2014
By Matt Glosson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book when I first started learning Urdu because it was in Roman script. However, I had also purchased several other books. I'm glad I read those first. I recently read the grammar intro and some of the words in the dictionary, and I'm glad I already knew the grammar well first, because several things are wrong or wrongly spelled in this book.

Alternatively, I would recommend any of the works of Rupert Snell. Though they are about Hindi (shares the same grammatical structure as Urdu and much of the vocabulary), they are actually accurate. "Teach Yourself Hindi Dictionary" has the Roman script as well and uses a conversational language that is more like Hindustani (the way people actually talk). If you want to learn "High Urdu" you will probably want to learn the script anyway, so having a Roman version of a dictionary that includes high Urdu seems a bit unnecessary. If you do want to learn high Urdu, a good start is "Complete Urdu" by David Matthews and Kasim Dalvi, and go on from there.
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Great way to speak practical Urdu: For chat/ phonetic phrases: 27 May 2014
By Rebecca Artus Sheffla - Published on Amazon.com
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Great way to speak practical Urdu: For chat/ phonetic phrases: Without having to also learn their alphabet (Similar to Arabic): A great place to explore speaking basic Urdu; For those who speak English and don't understand their complicated alphabet of letters/characters. HIGHLY RECCOMEND!
Good Guide 9 May 2014
By Tiffany Raza - Published on Amazon.com
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This is very helpful but if I can say one critical thing is the fact that it doesn't have all the words in the dictionary so like depending on what your trying to say or a question that someone is asking you, you will not know how to respond. It is missing some of the alphabets in the dictionary.
great for people who do not read Urdu 19 Feb. 2011
By Ela A. - Published on Amazon.com
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Very useful for people who do not read Urdu. It will definitely help you with shopping, traveling, eating, and everyday conversation in a Hindi/Urdu environment. I have bought a lot of Urdu books, but this is the most useful and valuable book I have because everything is Romanized.
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