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TEACH YOURSELF URDU is a complete course in spoken and written Urdu If you have never learnt Urdu before, or if your Urdu needs brushing up, this is the book you needDavid Matthews and Mohamed Kasim Dalvi have created a practical course that is both fun and easy to work through They explain everything along the way and give you plenty of opportunities to practise what you have learnt The course structure means that you can work at your own pace, arranging your learning to suit your needsThe course contains A range of graded units of dialogues, culture notes, grammar and exercises A step by step guide to pronunciation An Urdu English vocabulary An introduction to Urdu scriptBy the end of the course you ll be able to cope with a whole range of situations and use the language confidentlyThe book is accompanied by audio material on two cassettes or CDs , and is available for purchase either separately or as packs with the book book cassette pack book CD pack

14 thoughts on “Teach Yourself Urdu Book/CD Pack (Teach Yourself Complete Courses)

  1. Tahir Usman Tahir Usman says:

    This was the recommended textbook for an Urdu course I took so it was a book I had to buy As usual had it and at a cheaper price than elsewhere We used the book all the time in class so it was a good investment The book is well set out and easy to follow There is a really useful list of Urdu numbers at the back in English and Urdu, showing how they are pronounced all the way up to 100.

  2. S. Rehman S. Rehman says:

    Clear and easy to understand Good grammar explanation and lots of phrases.

  3. Shirley awan Shirley awan says:

    Not very good I have many urdu books at home and all I wanted was some simple but it s written in Arabic and not easy to understand dialect or pronunciation

  4. Dr Konrad Schneckenhauer Dr Konrad Schneckenhauer says:

    The two best Urdu courses currently available are this one and Colloquial Urdu They are both excellent, but in different ways, so I ll make some comparisons to help you choose I ll refer to Teach Yourself Complete Urdu as TY and Colloquial Urdu as CU.Audio material 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.Dialogues The TY dialogues are far 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.Writing Urdu 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 You would do better with CU, where everything in the lessons is in transliteration, and the Urdu script versions of the dialogues are in an appendix at the back in ridiculously tiny font anyone over 45 who doesn t have a recently prescribed pair of reading glasses will struggle to read them The Urdu script in TY is also very small and sometimes indistinct Both TY and CU have good sections on learning Urdu script, but in CU these sections are totally divorced from the main body of the course You will get far practice in the script, and become far fluent in it, if you opt for TY.Grammar explanations TY is friendlier here, with easy to follow, full and lucid explanations of all grammatical points CU is very good but uses some odd terminology and could be lucid when explaining some of the difficult points TY provides fuller tabulation of grammatical forms in each lesson.Transliteration I definitely prefer the CU transliteration system, but both are absolutely consistent and clear, and it s very much a personal matter some people may prefer the TY system.Summary The choice of course depends very much on whether you want to learn the script If you don t, if you just want to learn to speak Urdu, then CU is the best choice If you want to learn the script, then go for TY Both courses are excellent in their different ways, despite any caveats above.

  5. AB AB says:

    As a language teacher myself, I really appreciate the thought that has gone into producing this course book The language structures and vocabulary are systematically and progressively introduced so that you don t get swamped by too much new stuff at a time And new language learned is recycled in later chapters so that it sticks in your head A typical chapter contains 3 dialogues the book follows the adventures of John in Karachi which are also on the CD After a translation and vocabulary glossary, a few grammar points are explained after each dialogue There are a couple of written oral aural exercises that go with each dialogue There is a word glossary at the back, as well as keys to the exercises.This is NOT an easy course But if you take it slowly, a few pages at a time, and review what you have learned often, it offers a very thorough grounding in Urdu The topics are useful, covering everyday conversation and situations In my opinion, the CD is essential as Urdu pronunciation is rather tricky for English speakers It also helps you to memorise the dialogues.I agree, the Urdu print is small for beginners and there is no guidance for handwriting As I already had a grounding in Arabic, this was no big deal for me For complete newcomers to the script, try the Teach Yourself book on this topic.

  6. Howler Howler says:

    I struggled for two weeks trying to understand Urdu script from the introductory chapter in this book I found it incomplete, not showing all possible combinations of consonants and vowels, etc., some of which can significantly change shape depending on their connection I understand that there is a separate book on Teach Yourself Urdu Script , but I was put off buying it due to the letter type in this book being so small that it doesn t convey the subtleties of the script and I needed a magnifying glass to read the characters seriously If you want a serious book on Urdu script, get Let s Study Urdu An Introduction to the Script by Ali S Asani and Syed Akbar Hyder It s clear and comprehensive and unlocks the key to the script.Having said all that, Teach Yourself Urdu dialogues are nice and clear, and useful vocabulary is introduced up front, though I feel the context of certain vocabulary could be better explained, but you will need something extra to get to grips with the script, because without that you will never be able to read Urdu.

  7. Dino da Silva Dino da Silva says:

    The book is very useful if you want to learn Urdu in self studies The lessons are not too long There are not too many new words per lesson The dialogues teach you the daily language of Pakistan The Urdu grammar which is very different from English is explained in small steps I have been looking for a book to learn Urdu in self studies for a long time but this is definitely the BEST Dies ist mit weitem Abstand dass am BESTEN geeignete Buch, um Urdu zu lernen Kurze Dialoge vermitteln realistisch die Alltagssprache Die Grammatik, die mit dem Deutschen einiges gemeinsam hat, wird verst ndlich in kleinen Schritten erkl rt Die einzelnen Lektionen sind bersichtlich aufgebaut und nicht zu lang Die Anzahl der neuen Vokabeln pro Lektion ist berschaubar Nach jedem Dialog folgt eine Liste der neuen W rter mit Angabe der Aussprache Die Schrift wird auf den ersten Seiten erl utert.

  8. Saretta Saretta says:

    Das Buch hat mir sehr geholfen und mich gut in Urdu eingef hrt Ich hatte auch noch pakistanische Freunde, bei denen ich ab und an echte Konversationen verfolgt habe plus Bollywoodfilme Aber f r die Grammatik hat das Buch richtig geholfen Dass es auf englisch ist, f llt kaum auf Die Einheiten behandeln Themen aus dem t glichen Leben und die Grammatik wird gut erkl rt Das Schreiben hab ich nicht so doll gelernt, daf r war ich zu faul Aber man kann es mit hilfe dieses Buches weit bringen und den einen oder anderen m chtig beeindrucken

  9. leese815 leese815 says:

    I am a native English speaker and I bought this book to learn Urdu at home, rather than in formal classes While I agree with many of the reviews that state this book provides a sound grounding in reading, writing and speaking Urdu, I have two major reservations 1 The book only devotes 20 pages at the start to introducing the alphabet and the various independent, initial, medial and final forms of the letters No clear guidance is given on how to construct words from these letters particularly as the Nasta liq form of the Urdu script is written on the diagonal and letters can look different when written as words rather than individually There is limited opportunities to practice writing the script and the accompanying aural exercises on the CD only give guidance on pronounication not surprisingly 2 The size of the printed Urdu script in the text is so small as to make it almost illegible This is particularly problematic when trying to identify individual letter forms in any given word I found myself getting extremely frustrated and unable to understand the relationship between letters and words This only serves to make it even difficult to learn a complex alphabet in the already limited space.My partner is a native Urdu speaker and after reading the book himself, he felt that this book was not suitable for a complete beginner unless they had experience of Arabic script as the Urdu script in this book is taught in a shorthand that is not obvious to newcomers Looking at the reviews already posted, I think that the majority of the 4 5 star reviews come from those who are already familiar with Arabic script and therefore do not need to learn in the same way as an absolute beginner.I have now purchased the Delancy book, Read and Write Urdu Script also in the Teach Yourself series , which appears to be much suitable for absolute beginners like myself as it focuses solely on learning the Urdu alphabet and numbers and how to write the script rather than jumping straight into the language proper although I still have some issues with the size of the text I would recommend that other absolute beginners start with this book and I think the Complete Course book would benefit from directing students to this book first.

  10. MipsterLanguage MipsterLanguage says:

    On the box it says that the goal of this book was to reach all around confidence It did that and This book covers a variety of subjects while following the story of John and his wife Helen as they travel through several sites Pakistan and North India There were even several situations and vocabulary words that they covered that I thought I would never need to use, but found myself using in conversation shortly after Also, the culture notes were a very nice touch as well And as a Muslim I really liked the Islamic culture notes they brought up also.I was 100% sure that the best way to learn a language was to be in a class all day, or immersion in the specific country, or among friends This book proved me wrong The content is difficult, especially after the 5th chapter because they remove the English transliteration and you are stuck reading the Urdu script and can only cheat by going to the back of the book It seemed like every five chapters it got REALLY hard and seemed not gradual enough in the level of difficulty But it took me three weeks to finish this book I will admit, I should have gone slower and after wards I was speaking and thinking in Urdu and the overall goal of all around confidence was definitely met.That being said, I want to share the downsides, which are few The errors that a lot of the reviewers talked about, I didn t notice until the last few chapters, and most of the students will probably notice this because by that point they are familiar with the Urdu script and it won t be a problem Also, I learned Arabic script first from Teach yourself Arabic Script and Very Simple Arabic Script so I can t comment on their Urdu script introduction, which is needed for the rest of the book You can t fake it past chapter five without knowing the script Finally, I would like to add that if you are really serious about learning Urdu, this is THE book to get, but still there is a long way to go I highly suggest following up by getting Urdu An Essential Grammar by Ruth Schmidt afterwards I was so confident in Urdu after this Teach Yourself course but the Grammar book will make your realize that there is still a whole bunch to learn and clear up the fuzzy spots But overall, I very highly recommended Teach Yourself Urdu Complete Course very, VERY well done.

  11. Mungojerrie Mungojerrie says:

    It is as compact as it gets I was amazed to see myself reading and understanding websites in Urdu after 3 weeks max i have to mention tho, that i am a native Turkish speaker with some knowledge of Persian. that certainly helped me memorize words much faster and eaily The topics are well chosen, giving just about info you d need for a daily conversation and survival The repetition pattern helps a lot to keep words in your mind And no matter how much I want to complain about it s load of grammar and structure, in the end, it proved successful.pros has a mini dictionary, there is no english transliteration after unit 6 but included as an appendix it pushes you to try to understand , includes info about the culture and traditions as well.cons the dictionary could ve been comprehensive a seperate verb list would be good , not enough chance to exercise what you ve learned.

  12. Ageel Alassif Ageel Alassif says:

    Good day,Lets start by saying I am an Arab, so I already know most of the letters and how the script works Also lots of Urdu words originated from Arabic I already have a head start so I decided to finally to learn the 1 language at my workplace.The book delivered by gradually warming you up to the language, starting easy and gradually increasing your level of vocabulary and grammar The audio CD is fine and clear however I would have liked if it were a menu driven program to easily navigate though the units and exercises.My main complaint is that the Urdu script in the book is small and hard to read sometimes and also the paper quality is below average.

  13. The Purple Bee The Purple Bee says:

    This book and cd are much too difficult for me as a beginner Learning a language should be listening and visually see as object or know what a phrase means Written language doesn t come to children for 5 6 years after hearing and seeing words and phrase or listening to sentences and commands.It would be nice to have a series which teaches in this manner.I once bought a children s book in Egypt that had a picture of a shoe, then a picture of a crayon.then the word was spelled below Shugron Thank You If they would have the pronunciation along with the pictures and spoken slowly for the learner to hear, we wouldn t give up so quickly.This series is not as advertised for a beginner Sorry If anyone knows where I might find children s books here in the States like the one mentioned above, i would greatly appreciate it Shugron.

  14. Rebecca Artus Sheffla Rebecca Artus Sheffla says:

    Teach yourself than just basic Urdu This set covers the following 1 The entire Urdu Alphabet2 a phonetic Urdu English dictionary3 Excercises that explain And conjugating verbs, using present past tense, feminine masculine nouns, adjectives, etc.4 2 Audio CD s To help sharpen the beginner advanced Urdu speaker s conversational pronunciation skills.