U is for … Urdu

I hope you’ve been following Lynne Fellows’ series of posts on a language for every letter of the alphabet. Wordsmiths and history buffs will be fascinated. Click on over to Ms.Fellows’ blog and catch up any posts you missed. Thanks, Lynne Fellows, for an engaging and educational series.

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Theme: Languages of the World

Urdu

Urdū belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken as a first language by 64 million people in Pakistan and India, and by 94 million people as a second language in Pakistan.

It is also spoken in urban Afghanistan, in the major urban centers of the Persian Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia. There is a large Urdū-speaking diaspora in the United Kingdom, the United States,Canada, Norway and Australia.

Fascinating facts about Urdu

Urdu is distinguished slightly from Hindi in terms of its script and vocabulary and is thus one of the official languages of India.

Urdu has a way of saying things that mark the courteous from the unlearned and the noble from the ordinary. It is known to touch the soul the way it imparts hidden meanings in a prose or poetry like…

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