Thursday, January 6, 2011
اردو - My first introduction to Urdu, the language of Pakistan
I signed up on Live Mocha for Urdu, the official language of Pakistan. I am not sure if I will learn Urdu, but if I do, Urdu will be the first Indo-Aryan language I have ever studied. Urdu is the lingua-franka of Pakistan and a few Indian States. Urdu developed under heavy Arabic, Turkic, and Persian influences. There are so many similarities between Hindu and Urdu that at a basic level, there is mutual intelligibility.
The first part of learning Urdu, at least for me, means learning how to write the alphabet. The Urdu alphabet has 38 letters. My first task will be to write the entire Urdu alphabet everyday for at least two weeks. I am not sure if this will be enough for me. Maybe I will need to practice the alphabet for a lot longer than that.
Here is the plan - I am going to make a simple Urdu workbook. In the workbook, I can practice writing the letters over and over again until they get the hang of it. This does sound tedious, but unfortunately that is how we have to learn a lot of these foreign alphabets. Repetition.
If I do this then eventually I will be able to write the entire Urdu alphabet with greater ease. Then I will be able to connect letters together. After I write basic words, then I can write bigger, more complicated words. From there, I will be able to write little sentences. Language learning is cumulative. First, we learn to add and subtract. After we learn that, then we can learn how to multiply and divide. From there, we learn basic algebra. Then, we can perform more complex algebra.
As always, I provide links. URDU LANGUAGE LINKS. This language is on the back burner for me. If I make any progress on this one I will blog about it.