Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

Urdu / اردو


Dozent: Syed Sarwar Zahir


Urdu / اردو


Urdu belongs to the Indo-European family of languages. Urdu is the official language of Pakistan. In India it is the official language in five federal states. Hindi, the official language of India, and Urdu are almost similar in their grammar and structure and share a wide set of similar vocabulary. Therefore, speakers of the two respective languages are able to communicate well with one another. Urdu is written in a modified version of the Arabic-Persian script. Urdu is not only spoken on the indo-Pacific sub-continent but also by a wide part of migrants in the Gulf states, Saudi-Arabia, the US, Canada, England and other

European countries.



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Urdu 1

Urdu is offered beginning in the winter semester and takes place two times a week. At the end of the semester an exam will be written. Urdu 1 equals the niveau A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The Urdu script will be taught alongside the basic grammar and simple listening tasks. Conversation practice also plays a vital role during the course. At the end of the semester, students will be able to conduct simple conversations and read and write simple texts.


Urdu 2

Urdu 2 is the continuation of Urdu 1. It equals the niveau A2 of the above mentioned framework of references. This course takes place two times a week. At the end of the semester, an exam will be written.


Urdu lecture-course


In this course, periodicals and literary texts will be dealt with. An important requirement is therefore that students are well able to read Urdu texts. The course takes place once week (2 hours).