Colloquial Urdu: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) Paperback – 18 May 2000
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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.
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.
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 ›
However, there are a few things to watch out for. There are quite a few mistakes throughout the book, most commonly, spelling mistakes, inconsistencies, accents etc missed in various places. There are also a few issues of organisation. For example, many of the words used in exercises or even in dialogues used for teaching are not in vocabulary lists or the glossary/dictionary at the back of the book, which can become frustrating. Some of the grammatical explanations have inconsistencies too, for example, mixing up of similar grammatical terms that actually explicitly different meanings.
That said, if you are even half paying attention, you should be able to spot these issues and the grammar sections are generally very good and very clear. I would recommend buying a separate grammar to get a little more detail and clarification if you want to get deeper into things.
In summary, well worth it, I would absolutely recommend it for beginners. If it's a choice between this and Teach Yourself Urdu, go for this one.