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Beginning Urdu [Urdu]
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About Beginning UrduHow to Use This Book: For TeachersHow to Use This Book: For StudentsAbout the Urdu Language The Sound System and Script of UrduPart I: The Sound System of UrduLesson 1: Sounds Similar to EnglishLesson 2: The Consonants r, l, v and the Vowels e and oLesson 3: Aspirated and Unaspirated ConsonantsLesson 4: Dental and Retroflex ConsonantsLesson 5: The Consonants r and rh and the Vowels ai and auLesson 6: The Consonants q, x, and ghLesson 7: Nasalized Vowels and Doubled ConsonantsExercise Answers Part II: The Urdu ScriptLesson 8: Introduction to the Urdu Script: The be SeriesLesson 9: The j m Series, suk n and ta d dLesson 10: The d l and re SeriesLesson 11: The s n and su d SeriesLesson 12: The Vowels v o, cho ye, and ba yeLesson 13: fe, q f, k f, g f, and l mLesson 14: M m, cho he, do ca m he, and n n ghunnaLesson 15: The to and ain SeriesLesson 16: Additional SignsThe Arabic Definite ArticleExercise Answers Unit 1: Me and My School 1. IntroductionsMeeting Somebody NewIdentifying Classroom ItemsAsking and Answering QuestionsYes-or-No QuestionsGreeting an Acquaintance 2. Me and My ClassmatesExchanging Basic Personal Information 3. My ClassroomListing Items: There Is and There AreNoun Types and FormsIndefinite Words: ko and kuch4. Describing Classroom ItemsDescribing Items by Their Qualities: AdjectivesAdjectival Question WordsPlurality and Respect with Adjectives and Nouns 5. Giving Commands and Making RequestsThe InfinitiveThe Imperative 6. Unit 1 Review Activities Unit 2: My Family and My Home 7. Locating Places and ObjectsLocating Places in the CityLocating Places within CountriesLocating Objects in the HomeUsing Postpositions: Oblique Forms 8. Identifying Family MembersUsing the Possessive Postposition k Possessive PronounsStating the Number of Siblings You Have 9. Describing Family MembersDescribing a Person's Physical AppearanceStating a Person's AgeOblique Adjectives 10. My Home, My BelongingsFeatures of One's HomeExpressing What one Has: Physical PossessionsSummary of Constructions for Expressing Possession 11. Making ComparisonsComparative ConstructionsOblique Pronoun FormsThe Superlative Construction 12. Unit 2 Review Activities Unit 3: Daily Life 13. My Daily Routine 1Saying Where You Live and WorkDescribing Routine ActivitiesClock TimeUsing Postpositions with Verbs 14. My Daily Routine 2Uses of the InfinitiveReflexive Pronouns 15. Describing Events in ProgressThe Present Continuous Verb TenseConjunct Verbs 16. Weather and ClimateDescribing the WeatherDescribing the Climate 17. Unit 3 Review Activities Unit 4: In the Market 18. Expressing Likes, Needs, and DesiresExpressing Likes and NeedsContracted ko Pronoun FormsAdditional Uses of the Infinitive 19. Choosing Items and Expressing MeasuresUsing v l to indicate an ItemMeasures 20. Discussing PricesPrice Constructions 21. Unit 4 Review Activities Unit 5: My Childhood 22. My Childhood HomeDescribing Past Circumstances 23. Describing One's ChildhoodThe Past Habitual Verb Tense 24. Describing a Scene in the PastThe Past Continuous Verb Tense 25. Expressions of TimeClock-Related Time ExpressionsNon-Clock Based Time Expressions 26. Unit 5 Review Activities Unit 6: Rules and Responsibilities 27. Rules and RegulationsThe Verb sakn V-ne den The verb p n 28. Expressing CompulsionExpressions of Compulsion 29. Giving and Following InstructionsThe Subjunctive: IntroductionExpressing What One Wants Others to Do 30. Unit 6 Review Activities Unit 7: A Trip to South Asia 31. My PlansThe Future Verb TenseInvitations and Plans 32. My Travel Plans: Definite and PossibleUsing the Subjunctive with Subordinating Expressions 33. Arranging Transportation and LodgingHow Long It Takes and How Much It CostsImminent Events 34. Finding One's WayGiving and Following Directions 35. Seeking Information for Travel Plans The Conjunction ki36. Unit 7 Review Activities Unit 8: Past Events and Experiences 37. My WeekendThe Perfective Verb TenseTransitive and Intransitive VerbsThe Perfective of Transitive Verbs 38. Narrating a StoryThe Past PerfectThe kar Construction 39. My Experience and AccomplishmentsThe Present Perfect Verb TenseStating How Long You Have Been Doing SomethingThe verb cukn 40. At the DoctorAilments and Physical ConditionsExpressing the Beginning of an ActionCompound Verbs 41. Unit 8 Review Activities Appendix 1: NumbersCardinal NumbersHigher NumbersOrdinal Numbers Appendix 2: Grammar SupplementCausative VerbsRelative-Correlative ConstructionsThe Contrafactual Verb FormAdditional Meanings and Uses of hon The Passive VoiceParticipial Forms Appendix 3: Additional Information for TeachersUrdu-English GlossaryEnglish-Urdu GlossaryAppendix 3: Additional Information for Teachers Urdu-English Glossary English-Urdu Glossary

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Beginning Urdu is a welcome addition to the study of South Asian languages. I commend this book for its accuracy, thoroughness, and usefulness. Going through the book, one can clearly see that the authors have a meticulous understanding of language pedagogy principles and a knack of presenting materials with great sensitivity to learners' needs. One feels a fresh breeze in the selection of content and methodology here. -- Surendra Gambhir, University of Pennsylvania

About the Author

Joshua H. Pien is a faculty researcher and Hindi-Urdu language specialist at the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. Previously he was an assistant professor of Hindi at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. He has also taught Hindi at the University of Wisconsin. Fauzia Farooqui teaches Urdu and Hindi at Princeton University. She has also taught Urdu-Hindi at various other institutions, including the University of Virginia, the Defense Language Institute, University of Michigan, and the American Institute of Indian Studies in Lucknow, India. Her other publications include a monograph on the prose poem in Urdu and various original pieces of poetry, short fiction, and literary criticism, which have appeared in leading Urdu literary journals.

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