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Did you know that only some reptiles and birds don’t parent their offspring? Except for crocodiles, all reptiles (and one family of bird species called megapodes) hatch from eggs and grow up alone, without any family.

The rest of us need family if we are to survive and thrive - humans and animals alike!

At UrduPod101, we know how important family is. Therefore, we take care to teach you all the important vocabulary and phrases pertaining to family.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Is It Important to Know Urdu Vocabulary about Family?
  2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first
  3. How UrduPod101 Can Help You Learn Urdu Family Terms

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1. Why Is It Important to Know Urdu Vocabulary about Family?

Lioness with Cub

Well, if you’re serious about studying any new language, then learning about the most important social unit in Pakistani culture would be a crucial part of your education.

What is family, though? Strictly speaking, it’s a group of people who live together and are supposed to take care of one another. Some of them are genetically linked.

Family isn’t just about who we’re related to by blood, of course. It’s also one of the main influences in shaping every child’s life.

Family is Important for Children’s Healthy Development

Phrases Parents Say

Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. Children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs from the day they were born.

Primary caregivers, which usually comprise parents and family, form a child’s first relationships. They are a child’s first teachers and are role models that show kids how to act and experience the world around them.

By nurturing and teaching children during their early years, families play an important role in making sure children are ready to learn when they enter school.

Families Can Take All Shapes and Sizes

However, the way families are put together is by no means standard.

Mom and Daughter

Single-parent and same-gender households have become a new norm the past few decades, and there’s no shame in this. When there is love, connection and proper care, a child can thrive anywhere.

Everyone also knows that sometimes friends can become like family and remain with us for life, because it’s all about human connection.

After all, we share many commonalities simply because we’re human, and we are programmed to connect with one another and belong to a group. This is very important for our well-being and survival.

It’s All About Feeling Connected

As John Northman, a psychologist from Buffalo, NY, told WebMD - feeling connected to others contributes to mental as well as physical health.

He pointed out that when people feel connected, they feel better physically, and they’re also less likely to feel depressed.

Couples Chatting

Or, if they do feel depressed, they’d be in a better position to get out of it when they feel they are connecting with others. This is because they would be psychologically supported too, Northman said.

There has even been some links drawn between addiction and feeling disconnected from others. According to an article in Psychology Today, research indicates that addiction is not solely a substance disorder, but also affected by people feeling insecurely attached to others.

It showed that securely attached individuals tend to feel comfortable in and enjoy life, while insecurely attached people typically struggle to fit in and connect.


2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first

So, it’s clear that for most of us, family is our entry point into connection and belonging. This is true of every culture, so in every country, family takes prominence.

For this reason, UrduPod101 offers culturally-relevant lessons that will equip you well to understand families in Pakistan.

Here are some of the most important Urdu vocabulary and quotes about family and parenting!

A) Urdu Family Vocabulary

Let’s start with the basic vocabulary. Without this collection of words, you’ll have a hard time describing any member of your family at all.

Family Terms
Family
خاندان (khaandaan)
Great grandfather
پردادا (Pardada)
Mother
ماں (maa)
Grandmother
دادی, نانی (daadi, naani)
Father
باپ (baap)
Grandfather
دادا, نانا (daada, naana)
Wife
بیوی (biwi)
Grandchild
پوتا (poota)
Husband
شوہر (shohar)
Granddaughter
پوتی (pooti)
Parent
والدین (walidein)
Grandson
پوتا (poota)
Child
بچہ (bacha)
Aunt
چاچی (chachi)
Daughter
بیٹی (beti)
Uncle
چچا (chacha)
Sister
بہن (behan)
Niece
بھتیجی (bhatijay)
Brother
بھائی (bhai)
Nephew
بھتیجے (bhatijay)
Younger sister
چھوٹی بہن (choti behan)
Younger brother
چھوٹا بھائی (chota bhai)
Older brother
بڑا بھائی (bara bhai)
Great grandmother
عظیم دادی (azeem dadi)
Cousin
کزن (cousin)
Mother-in-law
ساس (saas)
Father-in-law
سسر (susar)
Sister-in-law
سالی (saali)
Brother-in-law
بہنوئی (behanoi)
Partner
ساتھی (sathi)

Family of Three

B) Quotes About Family

Urdu Family Quotes

One of the ways to improve your Urdu language skills is by memorizing quotes from books, or poems.

Either source some from Urdu literature, or make use of ours!

آپ اپنے خاندان کا انتخاب نہیں کرتے. وہ خدا کی طرف سے آپ کو تحفہ ہیں، جیسے آپ ان کیلئے۔

aap apnay khandaan ka intikhab naheen kertay. Woh Khuda ki taraf say aap ko tohfa hain, Jaysay aap unkay liye.
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” - Desmond Tutu

خاندان کے ایک اہم چیز نہیں ہے. یہ سب کچھ ہے۔

Khandaan aik aihum cheez naheen hay, ye sab kuch hay.
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” - Michael J. Fox

خاندان کا مطلب ہے کسی کو پیچھے چھوڑنا یا بھولنا نہیں

Khandaan ka matlab hay keh kisi ko pechay chorna ya bhoolna naheen.
“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” - David Ogden Stiers

میرا خاندان میری طاقت اور میری کمزوری ہے.

Mera khandan meri taaqat or meri kamzouri hay.
“My family is my strength and my weakness.” - Aishwarya Rai

خاندان قدرت کے کریشموں میں سے ایک ہے.

Khandan qudrat kay karishmon main say aik hay
“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” - George Santayana

جب مصیبت آتی ہے تو یہ آپ کا خاندان ہوتا ہے جو آپ کو سہارہ دیتا ہے

jab museebat aati hai to yeh aap ka khaandaan hota hai jo aap ko sahaara deta hai
“When trouble comes, it’s your family that supports you.” - Guy Lafleur

خاندان انسانی معاشرے کی پہلی ضروری اکائی ہے.

Khandan Insaani muaashray ki pehli zaroori eekaee hay.
“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” - Pope John XXIII

پورے خاندان کے ساتھ ہنسی مذاق سے بڑھ کر کوئی چیز ہو ہی نہیں سکتی

pooray khaandan ka sath hansi mazaq se barh kar koi cheez ho hi nahin sakti
“There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.” - Jerry Seinfeld

آپ کو اپنے اعزاز کا دفاع کرنا ہے، اور اپنے خاندان کا بھی۔

aap ko apnay aayzaaz ka difaa kerna hay. or apnay khandaan ka.
“You have to defend your honor. And your family.” - Suzanne Vega

تمام خوش و خرم خاندان ایک جیسے ہوتے ہیں؛ تمام ناخوش خاندان اپنے اپنے طریقے سے ناخوش ہے۔

tamaam kushokhurram khandan aik jaysay hotay hain; tamam na khush khandan apnay apnay tariqay say nakhush hay.
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” - Leo Tolstoy

C) Test Your Knowledge!

Do you feel you have learned a lot in this blog? Let’s quickly test that!

In the table below, match the Urdu vocabulary on the left with the definition of the relative in the right column.

MY RELATIVES
Relative Name Definition
1. خاندان a. My male child
2. ماں b. My older male sibling
3. باپ c. My female sibling
4. بیوی d. My child’s child
5. شوہر e. My child’s female child
6. والدین f. My female parent
7. بچہ g. My grandparent’s mother
8. بیٹی h. Mother to one of my parents
9. بیٹا i. Relatives
10. بہن j. My female child
11. بھائی k. My younger male sibling
12. چھوٹی بہن l. Male spouse
13. چھوٹا بھائی m. The father of one of my parents
14. بڑا بھائی n. My child’s male child
15. عظیم دادی o. My children’s father or mother
16. پردادا p. The sister of one of my parents
17. دادی, نانی q. The brother of one of my parents
18. دادا, نانا r. My male parent
19. پوتا s. My sibling’s female child
20. پوتی t. My sibling’s male child
21. پوتا u. My male sibling
22. چاچی v. My parents’ sibling’s child
23. چچا w. Female spouse
24. بھتیجی x. The grandfather of one of my parents
25. بھتیجے y. The person I am a parent to
26. کزن z. My younger female sibling

How did it go? Don’t worry if you had trouble with it - you’ll get there! With a bit of practice, and our help at UrduPod101, you’ll soon have these family terms under the belt.

Family Shopping


3. How UrduPod101 Can Help You Learn Urdu Family Terms

We hope that we helped you expand your family in Urdu vocabulary!

UrduPod101, with its innovative online learning system, stands out among online learning platforms to help you master Urdu easily.

Our lessons are tailored not only to increase your language skills, but to also inform you of Pakistani culture, including the Pakistani family structure.

When you sign up, you will get instant access to tools like:

1 - An extensive vocabulary list, regularly updated
2 - A new Urdu word to learn every day
3 - Quick access to the Urdu Key Phrase List
4 - A free Urdu online dictionary
5 - The excellent 100 Core Urdu Word List
6 - An almost limitless Lesson Library for learners of all levels

Further speed up your learning with the help of a personal tutor, who will first assess your current Urdu language abilities to personalize your training and tailor it to your needs.

Hard work always pays off, and to help you in this, UrduPod101 will be there every step of the way toward your Urdu mastery!

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UrduPod101’s Essential Urdu Travel Phrase Guide

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Traveling to foreign countries is nearly always an exciting, enriching, and beneficial experience. Yet, some things can be real downers, such as boredom on a lengthy flight to Pakistan. Really, binge-watching onboard movies can only be interesting for so long! And jet lag - another huge downer. Did you know that jet lag is more severe when you travel from the West to the East?

Well, we won’t know how to beat that, but there are fortunately plenty of remedies around to investigate.

To beat flight boredom, though, we may have the answer for you at UrduPod101! Why don’t you take the time to study Urdu travel phrases? We make this super easy and fun, with great downloadables, like our PDF Cheat Sheets. Quickly memorize these, and impress your Pakistani friends or travel guide with your flawless Urdu!

Table of Contents

  1. Importance Of Learning Travel Phrases
  2. 13 Must-Have Travel Phrases and Words
  3. Good-To-Have Travel Phrases
  4. Ways To Improve Communication in a Foreign Country
  5. UrduPod101 Can Help You Master Travel Phrases Easily and Effortlessly!

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1. Importance Of Learning Travel Phrases

Impressing Pakistani people or your travel partners will be the least of the benefits you reap from learning these helpful phrases. These are greater ones:

1) Eliminate Travel Frustration: First of all, you’ll be able to cut out a good chunk of travel frustration and inconvenience due to language barriers.

Know how to pronounce and use at least the basic Urdu phrases, and then just look foreign. This should go a long way to help you get by and win you friends, because locals would be more inclined to help someone who took the trouble to learn a smidgen of their language.

Injured Woman In An Ambulance

2) Emergency Readiness: In case of an emergency, you will be able to get help a lot quicker if you know how to ask for what in Urdu. Imagine miming to a doctor or nurse that you have a sore ear but that you’re allergic to penicillin. Not so easy, right?

Rather, you should know basic emergency travel phrases, especially if you suffer from a serious condition. Also, information about life-threatening allergies you have should always be on your person in the language of the country you’re visiting.

3) Sight-Seeing Readiness: Hopefully, you also travel to learn more about a country’s culture. Visiting the main tourist sites in Pakistan will be more interesting if you know how to ask pertinent questions in Urdu.

In this blog, we’ll also be giving you important travel phrases to consider - from the 13 essential must-have phrases to ones that are just generally useful and good to know.

Let’s get cracking!


2. 13 Must-Have Travel Phrases and Words

Preparing to Travel

Seasoned explorers of multiple countries will tell you that certain words and phrases are absolute must-knows in anyone’s travel vocabulary. Learning from them, we collated some of the most essential ones here for you.

If you know these travel phrases and words by heart in Urdu, you will be much better equipped for your visit than most of your movie-binging travel mates.

1) شکریہ / shukria (Thank you)

As a tourist, you will be relying on the kindness of strangers to get by. Repay them with a small acknowledgment of their friendly generosity - know how to say “thank you” in Urdu.

2) آپ انگریزی بولتے ہیں؟ / Aap angrezi boltay hain? (Do you speak English?)

While it may be a bit of a cop-out, sometimes you just can’t figure out how to communicate. Maybe you’re blanking on one specific word you need, maybe they’re speaking with a heavy accent, or maybe it’s just really late and you really want to get to the hotel. In that case, try asking if they speak English, and hopefully you can make things a little bit simpler for yourself.

Don’t abuse this phrase, though! If you just try to get by without learning any of the local language, not only will you not learn anything - you’ll be out of luck if they can’t speak English!

Man Greeting Someone

3) کیا ایرپورٹ سے شہر کی طرف کوئی بس جاتی ہے؟ / Kia airport say shehar ki taraf koi bus jati hai? (Is there a bus from the airport to the city?)

Public transit is usually cheaper, if slower, than taking a taxi or rideshare. Use this phrase to see if you can get where you’re going when you’re strapped for cash, or just when you’d like to take the scenic route into town!

4) کیا یہ ہوائی اڈے کے لئے صحیح بس ہے؟ / Kia yeh hawai aday ky liye sahih bus hai? (Is this the right bus for the airport?)

Likewise, if you’re the kind of person who can get themselves moving early (or maybe you just have a late flight), maybe you want to take the bus to the airport rather than taking a cab. If that’s the case, you’ll want to be sure you’re actually heading the right way! You wouldn’t want to end up at a lookout point half an hour away, watching your flight take off in the distance, would you?

5) مجھے معاف کیجئے گا، کرایہ کیا ہے؟ / Mujhay maaf kijiye ga, kiraya kia hai? (Excuse me, what’s the fare?)

If you are paying for a cab, you’ll want to know how much. Most legal taxis will have meters, but when dealing with a currency you’re not familiar with, it can be worth asking just to double check that you’re paying the right amount - especially if the currency has cents.

6) میری ریزرویشن ہے / Meri reservation hai (I have a reservation)

This one you can expect to use at least a few times throughout your trip, unless you’re the kind of person who travels by the seat of their pants and just goes to whatever hotel, motel, or hostel has rooms available.

7) آپ کے پاس آج رات کوئی خالی جگہ ہے؟ / aap kay paas aaj raat koi khaali jagah hai? (Do you have any vacancies tonight?)

If that’s the case, you’ll definitely be using this phrase instead. Quite possibly a lot, depending on how lucky you are!

Couple with a Map

8 ) ٹرین سٹیشن کہاں ہے؟ / Train station kahan hai? (Where is the train station?)

If you’re in a country with an expansive commuter rail system (or maybe just a fan of other types of locomotives), you may want to know where the closest station is. Just don’t go looking for pennies on the rails!

9) میں مونگ پهلی سے الرجک ہوں / Mei moong phali say allergic hun (I am allergic to peanuts)

Replace “peanuts” with whatever the word for your allergen may be. If your allergy is serious, you probably already know the importance of stating this very clearly in Urdu.

If the condition is life-threatening, be sure to have a letter or prescription from a medical professional in Urdu on your person at all times. Consider getting a medical alert bracelet specially made in Urdu if your stay will be longer than a month or so.

Person Declining Meat

10) آپ کےپاس کوئی سبزی والی ڈشز ہیں؟ / aap kay paas koi sabzi wali dishes hain? (Do you have any vegetarian dishes?)

If you dislike eating certain things, or you have certain dietary restrictions, it would be best if you knew how to convey this clearly in Urdu.

Remember, though, that saying “I’m vegan” or “I’m diabetic” may not be enough to get you what you want. The rules for veganism and vegetarianism are not standard everywhere in the world. Also, your patron might not understand what “diabetic” means. If you have a medical condition, it would be best to research some in-depth vocabulary beforehand.

11) کیا مجهے ایک نقشہ مل سکتا ہے؟ / Kiya mujhy aik naqsha mil sakta hai? (Could I get a map?)

Planning on exploring your destination? Hopelessly lost? Maybe just an amateur cartographer? No matter the reason, this phrase is sure to come in handy. That said, you’re more likely to get use out of it at some sort of tourist or travel center than you are asking a random passerby on the street.

12) یہ کتنے کا ہے ؟ / Yeh kitnay ka hai? (How much is this?)

Even if you’re not a big shopper, you’re probably going to need this phrase at some point. Knowing how to count in Urdu will, of course, help a lot with purchases too.

13) کیا آپ کریڈٹ کارڈ لیتے ہیں؟ / Kia aap credit card letay hain? (Do you take credit card?)

This is another travel phrase that will smooth your monetary transactions considerably.

Man Giving Credit Card to a Clerk


3. Good-To-Have Travel Phrases

Travel Verbs

Unlike the previous phrases, these are not really essential so much as they are useful. Yet, knowing these will still smooth over some bumps on your journey, more than just knowing the crucial phrases would.

1) کیا وائی ​​فائی مفت ہے؟ / Kia wi fi muft hay? (Is the Wi-Fi free?)

If you’re abroad, your normal cellular plans probably won’t have any service, and you’ll be totally reliant on publically available Wi-Fi while you’re out and about. Just ask a server, clerk, or attendant, and they’ll be happy to let you know. Just make sure you’re paying attention when they tell you the password!

2) براہ مہربانی کیا آپ میری ایک تصویر لے سکتے ہیں؟ / Barah e meharbani kia aap meri aik tasveer lay saktay hain? (Could you take a picture of me please?)

What would a trip be with no photos to commemorate the event? Just be sure to ask this of someone who actually looks like they’d be willing to, unless you’re willing to risk being given the cold shoulder or worse. If you’re at a tourist attraction, you’ll find that most people are more than happy to take one for you, so long as you take one of them as well!

3) آپ کےپاس کوئی بھی سفارشات ہیں ؟ / Aap kay pas koi bhi sifarishaat hain? (Do you have any recommendations?)

Eating alone in a restaurant? Or going out with new Pakistani friends or business colleagues? Let them help you decide what to have.

4) براہِ مہربانی میں ایک غیر تمباکو نوشی والی نشست لینا پسند کروں گا۔ / barahe meharbai main ek ghair tambaaku noshi wali nashist lena pasand karun ga (I’d like to have a non-smoking seat, please)

Though smoking has gone out of fashion in some places, it’s still popular in others. In the event you’re at a restaurant where smoking is allowed on premises, you can always ask this question to the staff and be seated elsewhere.

5) براہ کرم پانی دیں۔ / Barah e karam pani dain (Water, please)

If you’ve emptied your glass, or are cutting yourself off after a few drinks, you can always ask for some water. It can be especially useful if the restaurant is busy to the point you need to call out to someone to get service.

6) کیا میں چیک لے سکتاهوں؟ / Kia mei check le sakta hun? (Could I have the check?)

To finish off the restaurant related phrases, if you’re eating with friends or really want to impress your colleagues, taking the bill can be a nice treat for them. Of course, this phrase could come in handy as well if you’re eating alone and you’re just impatient to leave.

7) آپ تحفے کے لئے کیا تجویز کرتے ہیں؟ / Aap tohfay ky liye kia tajweez kertay hain? (What do you recommend for a souvenir?)

Now that your trip is over, what better way to cap it all off than a memento, or maybe a gift for friends and family at home? It’ll be nicer to have something recommended by the locals than a cheap bauble from the airport store, so go ahead and ask someone you’ve met what they think.


4. Ways To Improve Communication in a Foreign Country

Survival Phrases

When traveling, it’s possible to keep communication smooth when you don’t share a language.

Do so by keeping these five tips in mind. They are aimed to help you communicate with those who cannot speak English very well, and also to keep your traveling experience pleasant!

1. Keep your English simple and easy to understand.
If the person you are talking to speaks very little English, use basic verbs, adjectives, and nouns, and keep sentences short.

However, don’t patronize them by talking in pidgin or like you would address a child. Keep your speech simple but natural, and use the correct grammar.

For instance, don’t say: “You come when?”. If you say: “When will you come?”, you will very likely be understood, and may even help someone who wants to improve their English.

2. Ask someone to write information down.
Apply Rule 1 first at your hotel, where the staff is very likely to be able to speak some English. Get them to write down, in their native language, things like: “I would like to go to the airport, please,” “Please take me to the beach,” or “Where is the closest bathroom?”

These written questions are something you can then give to taxi drivers or any other people who are willing and able to help you. This simple step could make your life a lot easier when you travel to a foreign country!

3. Avoid asking leading questions!
If you want the correct information from a non-native English speaker, that is.

When you need directions, for instance, don’t ask: “To get to the bus stop, do I need to turn left here?” If the person didn’t really understand you, you will probably just get a smile and a “Yes,” which could possibly make you miss your bus.

Rather, you should ask: “Where is the bus stop?” If they understand you, you will get the correct directions.

4. Pick the right person to ask for help.
Time to look at people and think a bit about their appearance! A younger person who looks like they might be a student is more likely to have English skills than the friendly but ancient lady smiling at you from a fruit stall.

If you don’t see anyone like that, head into town to the nearest bank, hospital, pharmacy, or hotel. The staff at those places usually speak a bit of English.

5. Know when to quit.
If you stuck to the above rules, but the person you are talking to only stares at you blankly, say thank you and leave. Hanging around hoping someone will suddenly understand and respond is just wasting your time, and may irritate them as well. Go find someone else.


5. UrduPod101 Can Help You Master Travel Phrases Easily and Effortlessly!

So, reader, have you found this article helpful?

Do you feel comfortable enough to use some essential travel phrases in Urdu? We’d also love to hear if you think we left out important travel phrases. Leave your suggestions and opinions in the comments!

UrduPod101 takes the lead with many free learning tools to help you master Urdu reading and speaking easily, and in fun ways.

These tools include:

- An extensive vocabulary list, regularly updated
- A new Urdu word to learn every day
- Quick access to the Urdu Key Phrase List
- A free Urdu online dictionary
- The excellent 100 Core Urdu Word List
- An almost limitless Lesson Library for learners of all levels

You will also have access to topic-specific recordings like our Before You Travel: Survival Phrases lesson.

Learn even more efficiently with the help of a personal tutor, after taking an assessment test to personalize and tailor your training.

Getting a tutor is also a good option if you meet challenges in your learning, or need to fast-track correct pronunciation and diction. Your very own friendly, Urdu-speaking teacher will be only a text away on a special app, anywhere, anytime - an excellent option for business persons!

Using a guided learning system that was developed by experts in language and online education, you’ll receive personal feedback and constant support to improve in no time. You’ll also be tasked with weekly assignments in reading, writing, and speaking to hone your Urdu speaking skills.

Imagine how impressed your Pakistani friends or colleagues will be when you display your excellent conversational skills! With UrduPod101, getting there will be easy and fun.

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The Prophet’s Birthday: Eid Milad un Nabi

Eid Milad un Nabi

Each year, a number of Muslims living in Pakistan and around the world celebrate the Prophet’s birthday. While not one of Islam’s two official holidays (which are Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha), Muslims usually take advantage of this holiday to show their love and devotion toward the Prophet (Peace be upon Him).

In this article, you’ll learn all about Eid Milad un Nabi (also called Eid Miladun Nabi), most especially the modern traditions and perceptions surrounding it.

At UrduPod101.com, we hope to make every aspect of your language-learning journey both fun and informative! Let’s get started.

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1. What is Eid Milad un Nabi in Islam?

The birthday of the prophet (Peace be upon Him) is a public holiday with government approbation in most Muslim countries, including Pakistan, and countries that have a significant Muslim population. The day honors the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

But did you know that not all Muslims celebrate this holiday? We’ll go into that more later in this article.

2. Eid Milad un Nabi Date

Islam

The Birthday of Nabi (Peace be upon Him) is celebrated on the twelfth day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which is Rabi al-Awwal. The date of Eid Milad un Nabi varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. For your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years.

  • 2019: November 10
  • 2020: October 29
  • 2021: October 20
  • 2022: October 9
  • 2023: September 28
  • 2024: September 17
  • 2025: September 6
  • 2026: August 27
  • 2027: August 16
  • 2028: August 4

3. How is the Birth of Muhammad Celebrated?

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1- Common Traditions

Celebrations for Eid Milad un Nabi in Pakistan are some of the world’s largest, aimed at extolling the prophet (Peace be upon Him).

All public buildings in Pakistan fly Pakistan’s national flag, and in the capital city of Islamabad, a 31-gun salute is done at dawn. The provincial capitals perform a 21-gun salute at the same time. Many Muslims also decorate with festive lights.

Further, instead of showing secular movies on the eleventh and twelfth of the month, movie theaters show religious films.

2- The Minar e Pakistan Celebration

Minar e Pakistan in Lahore hosts the world’s largest gathering for the Birthday of Nabi at Minar-e-Pakistan on the night of the eleventh, into the twelfth. Hundreds of people attend the gathering, of which some Muslims become cheerfully fervent as they honor the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

They sing and chant hymns and praise songs, and read poems in honor of the prophet’s (Peace be upon Him) birth. Further, certain texts about the prophet’s life are typically read and recited.

3- The Eid Milad un Nabi Holiday in Other Countries

In other countries which observe the Birthday of Nabi (Peace be upon Him), the celebrations can vary widely. For example, Indonesia seems to place more importance on this holy day than on Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

4. Why Don’t All Muslims Celebrate?

Do you know why not all Muslims celebrate this holiday? Read the Urdu text below to find out, and check your reading skills against the English text directly below it.

مذہب کو ماننے والے سبھی مسلمان میلاد النبی کے جشن کی حمایت نہیں کرتے ہیں، وہ اسے غیر مستند اور غیر معتبر مانتے ہیں کیونکہ قرآن میں اس کا کوئی ذکر نہیں ہے۔ چند اسلامی فرقے ان وجوہات کی بنا پر اپنے ممبران کو عید میلاد النبی منانے سے منع بھی کرتے ہیں۔ نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے مسلمانوں کو خبردار کیا ہے کہ مقدس کتاب میں کوئی اضافہ نہ کریں جیسا کہ دیگر مذاہب نے کیا ہے۔ تاہم، وہ لوگ جو میلاد النبی کو چھٹی کا دن نہیں مانتے وہ بھی اپنی محبت کا اظہار کرنے کے لئے نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی ولادت کا جشن منانے کے بجائے آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی یاد میں کچھ وقت صرف کرتے ہیں

Not all espousing Muslims support the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, seeing it as apocryphal at best because it isn’t mentioned in the Quran. A handful of Islamic denominations even forbid their members to observe the Birthday of Nabi for these reasons. The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) warned Muslims not to add to the holy writings as other religions have done. However, those who don’t necessarily see the Birthday of Nabi as a holiday still spend the day focused on the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) for the purpose of demonstrating their love rather than marking his birthday.

5. Essential Vocabulary for Eid Milad un Nabi

Sweets for Holiday

Here’s some Urdu vocabulary for you to memorize before Eid Milad un Nabi!

  • اسلام (Islam) — Islam
  • سالگرہ (saalgirah) — birthday
  • مسجد (masjid) — mosque
  • سجاوٹ (sajaawatt) — decoration
  • چهٹی (Chutti) — holiday
  • نماز (Namaz) — prayer
  • پیغمبر (Peghambar) — prophet
  • عقیدت مند (Aqeedat mand) — devotee
  • مٹھائی (Mithai) — sweets
  • مذہبی واعظ (Mazhabi waaz) — religious sermon
  • برکتیں (Barkatein) — blessing

You can hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, and read them alongside relevant images, by visiting our Eid Milad un Nabi vocabulary list!

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are varying perceptions and opinions about the Eid Milad un Nabi holiday in Pakistan. Does your country have a special holiday to celebrate a prominent historical figure, religious or secular? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Use Urdu Numbers for Daily Usage

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Especially if you’re planning a prolonged visit to Pakistan, using the correct Urdu numbers for counting in Urdu could be very important! Number systems are the other alphabet in any language. In fact, it is a language all of its own, and it serves a multitude of excellent purposes.

Table of Contents

  1. A Brief History of Counting and Number Systems
  2. Why is it Important to Learn Urdu Numbers?
  3. Learning Urdu Numbers
  4. Why Choose UrduPod101 to Learn all about Urdu Numbers?

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1. A Brief History of Counting and Number Systems

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1. The Ishango Bone

The origin of counting, and with it numbers, is not clear to historians. While their art showed that prehistoric man had a concept of numbers, the first indication of a formal system was found to be only between 20,000 and 35,000 thousand years old. This discovery came around 1960 in the form of the so-called Ishango Bone found in the Congo, Central Africa.

The 10cm/4 inch piece of bone was a fibula from a baboon. It showed markings with a neat, unified pattern of small lines - far too organized and sophisticated to have formed spontaneously. Archeologists believe that those thin markings were carved to keep score of, or count, something. The lines seemed to represent a sequence of prime numbers and a series of duplications. Some even called it the first-ever pocket calculator!

2. Mesopotamia and Greece

Yet, evidence suggests that it wasn’t until about 4,000 years ago that humans truly started counting and using numbers. Together with the development of civilization came developed agriculture, and the need for measurement and score-keeping was increased.

For this reason, a formal number system and mathematics were developed first in the Middle East, in what was then called Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia was roughly situated in the area of modern-day Iraq and Kuwait. Allegedly, the system was pretty simple at first. Citizens used tokens that represented a certain number of items, such as one token equalling four goats, etc. This eventually evolved into a system of score marks pressed into clay, which ultimately went on to influence Greek mathematics.

3. Hindu-Arabic Numbers

Zero, meanwhile, was conceived later and elsewhere. Inspired by the Hindu religion, which allows for the concept of infinity and eternity, the Indians invented a symbol to represent nothing. The magic of the zero lies not in itself but its combination with other numbers.

The Indians were also the creators of today’s numbers, which are often referred to as Hindu-Arabic numbers. These comprise one or a combination of just ten symbols or digits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0.

Europe learned of this numeric system only around 1200 A.D., when they were introduced to it by an Italian mathematician called Leonardo Pisano Bigollo.

Pisano, also known as Fibonacci, is famous for the discovery of a mathematical sequence with countless applications. Yes, math buffs, it’s the well-known Fibonacci sequence, also called the Golden Mean.

The Roman numeric system, which was clumsy next to the newer inventions, gradually lost popularity in the West. It’s from here that they “slowly spread to conquer the world,'’ as Steven Law puts it.


2. Why is it Important to Learn Urdu Numbers?

For us at UrduPod101, this is an easy question to answer! Because we know that numbers are a global unifier.

Counting and numbers have made our lives easier since they were first formulated, even in their most primitive forms.

Numbers in Industry

Without knowing your numbers, you can’t properly communicate about or deal with the following:

1) Your date/time of birth, i.e., your age: This is vital information to be able to give to people like doctors, employers, law enforcement, and so forth.

2) Banking: Worldwide, our monetary systems are built on numbers. Interest, credit scores, and loans all rely on math beyond simple finger counting.

3) Time: Without knowing how to say numbers, you can’t talk or ask about the time and expect to get a useful response. You don’t want to miss an appointment or schedule something for the wrong hour!

4) Ordering data: Numbers bring order to a mostly random life! Scientists even say that numbers and the way they are organized underpin the whole universe. From using them to count your meals’ calories and the number of likes your posts get on social media, to drawing up intricate data charts and explaining existence itself - numbers are what makes these things possible.

All of the above and more are reasons why it is important to know your numbers if you plan on travelling or becoming a foreign worker abroad, in Pakistan or anywhere else!

Little Girl Counting


3. Learning Urdu Numbers

Now, let’s explore the Urdu number system a bit more! Take a look at this infographic.

Language Numbers

Can you make out for yourself what the Urdu numbers between one (1) and nine (9) look and sound like? Easy, right?

Or, if you struggled a bit, no problem. Why not listen to how Urdu numbers one (1) through ten (10) sound when pronounced by our native Urdu speaker and friendly UrduPod101 teacher?

Then, share with us in the comments your native language’s romanized pronunciation of your number system. We’d love to see all the different ways the same numbers can be pronounced!

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When you have mastered the first ten numbers, you have basically nailed the most significant part of the number system. Well done! Curious to learn the numbers from eleven upward? No problem! Why not subscribe and enroll with us now to immediately enjoy this lesson, teaching you all about Urdu numbers eleven (11) to one hundred (100)?

Finally, if you’re curious how the numbers look once you’ve broken one hundred, why not check out our Urdu number vocabulary page? You can see the numbers we’ve just covered, all the way up to four thousand (4,000). Plus, you can also see the Urdu words for different numbers used in example sentences, to get an idea of how you can use them in your day-to-day conversations!


4. Why Choose UrduPod101 to Learn all about Urdu Numbers?

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How to Say Sorry in Urdu

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Table of Contents

  1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Urdu
  2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Urdu
  3. Audio Lesson - Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”
  4. Why You Will NOT Be Sorry For Learning Urdu through UrduPod101


1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Urdu

3 Ways to Say Sorry

Nobody’s perfect, not anywhere in the world. Everybody makes mistakes, and does and says regrettable things. Then it’s time to apologize, as saying ‘I’m sorry’ is not in vain. It can be very healing! Did you know that hearing a sincerely-meant apology can have a noticeable effect on a person’s body? Research has shown that it slows down breathing and heart rate, and even causes a drop in blood pressure.

Sometimes we cannot fix what’s broken, but we can make the experience a bit easier for anyone who suffered on account of our thoughtless actions or words.

Here are a number of ways to say sorry in Urdu. In any language, just make sure you really mean it! An insincere apology will not go down well with anyone.

Woman Apologizing

میں معافی چاہتا ہوں (Main maafi chahta hoon).
I’m sorry

These words should precede anything else you have to say. Use them sincerely and whenever you are clearly in the wrong. Acknowledging your guilt and apologizing for any wrongdoing will lift your spirits too! Often, remorse can eat away at us, and a simple ‘I’m sorry’, in Urdu or any other language, can open the door for forgiveness and resolution of a bad situation. It can be a true gift!

میں معذرت کرنا چاہوں گا (Main maazrat karna chahun ga).
I would like to apologize.

This is a slightly more formal way to say ‘I’m sorry’ in Urdu. Use this phrase if you’re addressing your superiors and/or elders.

میں صدق دل سے معذرت خواہ ہوں (Main siqd-e-dil se maazrat khwaah hoon).
I sincerely apologize.

If you feel strongly about your apology, this is another slightly more formal phrase to use. Keep it handy for graver errors, or you might come across as insincere!

میں آئیندہ ایسا نہیں کروں گا (mei aainda aisa nahi karoonga).
I won’t do it again.

A promise you can only make if you intend to keep it! Few things feel as bad as having to hear repeated apologies from someone for the same behavior - it means the ‘sorry’ is not sincere. Don’t be that person!

میں یہ غلطی دوبارہ نہ کرنے کو یقینی بناؤں گا۔ (Main yeh ghalti dubara na karne ko yaqeeni banaun ga).
I’ll make sure not to make this mistake again.

A beautifully strong phrase! Again, say this only if you mean it - not just in the moment, but always! A bit more formal, this is an especially good phrase to use when apologizing to superiors and/or elders. It will make an especially good impression at the workplace, where accountability is an excellent quality to display!

میرا یہ مطلب نہیں تھا (mera yay matlab nahi tha).
I didn’t mean that.

This is a tricky one… What did you mean, then?! Clear up any confusion with sincerity. Also, use this phrase only if the harm done or mistake made was due to an accident, and then admit to thoughtlessness on your part, if appropriate.

یہ میری غلطی ہے (Yeh meri ghalti hai).
It’s my fault.

If the fault is really yours, own up to it. You will gain respect in the eyes of others! However, don’t take the blame when it’s not truly yours. It won’t be good for you, and ultimately you will not be respected much for it.

میں خودغرض ہونے کے لیے معذرت خواہ ہوں۔ (main khud gharz hone kay liye maazrat khwaah hoon).
I’m sorry for being selfish.

This is a good phrase to keep handy, especially for your close relationships. It is difficult to admit you’re selfish, isn’t it?! However, it’s good to know when to be honest. We get used to our loved ones, which often means we forget that they need our good manners and unselfish behavior just as much as strangers do.

مجھے آپ سے معافی کی امید ہے۔ (Mujhe aap say maafi ki umeed hai).
I hope you will forgive me.

This is a polite and gentle wish that can smooth over many harsh feelings. It also shows that the other person’s opinion and forgiveness are important to you.

میں پوری ذمہ داری لیتا ہوں (Mei poori zimadari leta hun).
I take full responsibility.

This strong statement is similar to admitting that an error or transgression was your fault. It speaks of courage and the willingness to take remedial action. Good one to use…if you mean it!

مجھے ایسا نہیں کرنا چاہئے تھا (Mujhay aisa nahin karna chahiye tha).
I shouldn’t have done it.

This phrase is fine to use if you did or said something wrong. It shows, to an extent, your regret for having done or said what you did, and demonstrates that you understand your role in the mistake.

دیر سے آپ کے پیسے واپس کرنے کے لئے معذرت (Dair se aap kay paise wapis karne kay liye maazrat)!
Sorry for giving your money back late.

It’s rotten to have to loan money! Yet, it’s equally rotten to have to ask for the repayment of a loan. So, do your best not to pay late in the first place, but if it can’t be helped, this would be a good phrase to use!

براہِ مہربانی مجھ پر غصہ نہ ہوں (Barahe meharbani mujh par ghussa na hon).
Please don’t be mad at me.

Well, this is not a very advisable phrase to use if you are clearly in the wrong. If someone is justifiably angry with you, asking them not to be mad at you would be an unfair expectation. However, if you did something wrong by accident, and if the consequences were not too serious, this request would be OK.

معاف کیجئے گا مجھے دیر ہو گئی (Maaf kijiye ga mujhe dair ho gai).
Sorry I’m late.

Punctuality is valued in most situations, but if you really cannot help being late, then apologize! This way you show respect for your host, and win their approval.

میں آپ سے مطلبی ہونے کے لئے معذرت خواہ ہوں (Mei aap se matlabi honay ky liye maazrat khwah hoon).
I apologize for being mean to you.

Acknowledging your own meanness towards someone is no small thing, so good for you! Use this apology only if your intention is to seriously address your mean tendencies, or these words could become meaningless over time.


2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Urdu

Woman Refusing

Congratulations! Now you know how to apologize in Urdu! After you have apologized for a mistake, focus on fixing whatever you can, and don’t punish yourself over something that cannot be taken back or reversed. That’s healthy for you! Regret can eat away at the soul, and even destroy it. It is ultimately a useless emotion if it consumes you.

However, in language, we use apologies not only when we’ve transgressed or made mistakes. They come in handy in other situations too, when there has been no wrongdoing. Sometimes we need to express regret for having to refuse a gift, an offer, or an invitation. This can be somewhat tricky. Learn from specialists at UrduPod101 about how to use the correct Urdu words for this kind of ‘sorry’!


3. Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”

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On the run and need a quick lesson on how to say sorry in Urdu? Don’t fret, just listen and repeat! Click here for a recorded short lesson and learn how to give the perfect apology, with perfect pronunciation in Urdu. A little can go a long way, and you will sound like a native!


4. Why You Will NOT Be Sorry For Learning Urdu through UrduPod101

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Online learning is here to stay, that’s a fact. In 2015, the Digital Learning Compass Partnership released a report based on surveys to determine online enrollment trends in US institutions for higher education. Thirty percent of all their students learned online! And the number is growing! However, how can you be sure you will not regret your choice of an online language learning school? First, look at the school’s credentials and what it has to offer…

  • Fun and Easy Learning: It’s a commonly-known fact that when learning is made easy and fun, student motivation rises. And as motivation rises, so does the effort to learn - what a beautiful cycle! UrduPod101’s language learning system is designed to get you speaking from the onset. Learn at your own convenience and pace with our short, effective and fun audio podcast lessons. Our Learning Center is comprehensive and state-of-the-art, with a vibrant user community to connect to! Our lessons are recorded with native hosts and voice actors, providing a diverse range of dialects in your lessons. You can be confident that native speakers will understand you when speaking Urdu!
  • Innovative Learning Tools and Apps: We make it our priority to offer you the best learning tools! These include apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac OSX; eBooks for Kindle, Nook, and iPad; audiobooks; Roku TV and so many more. This means that we took diverse lifestyles into account when we developed our courses, so you can learn anywhere, anytime on a device of your choice. How innovative!
  • Free Resources: Sharing is caring, and for this reason, we share many free resources with our students. For instance, start learning Urdu with our basic online course by creating a lifetime account - for free! Also get free daily and iTunes lessons, free eBooks, free mobile apps, and free access to our blog and online community. Or how about free Vocabulary Lists? The Urdu dictionary is for exclusive use by our students, also for free. There’s so much to love about UrduPod101…!
  • Live Hosts and One-on-One Learning: Knowledgeable, energetic hosts present recorded video lessons, and are available for live teaching experiences if you upgrade. This means that in the videos, you get to watch them pronounce those tongue-twisters, as if you’re learning live! Add octane to your learning by upgrading to Premium Plus, and learn two times faster. Your can have your very own Urdu teacher always with you, ensuring that you learn what you need, when you need to - what a wonderful opportunity to master a new language in record time!
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After this lesson, you will know almost every ‘sorry for’ in Urdu, but don’t let it be that you’re sorry for missing a great opportunity. Learning a new language can only enrich your life, and could even open doors towards great opportunities! So don’t wonder if you’ll regret enrolling in UrduPod101. It’s the most fun, easy way to learn Urdu!

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The Ashura Holiday: Meaning & Traditions

The Ashura Holiday

Did you know that the Ashura religious holiday, one of the most significant Muslim holidays, actually holds slightly different meanings to the various Muslim groups? In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common beliefs and traditions associated with Ashura, from Ashura holiday meaning to the vocabulary for Ashura processions, from the perspective of multiple groups, so that you can get a multi-faceted glance at Pakistan culture and Muslim religions. In turn, this will make your language studies much more effective and fascinating!

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1. What is the Ashura Holiday in Pakistan?

When it comes to Ashura (both the Ashura holiday in India and in Pakistan), mourning is the main focus among Muslim groups. The holiday is the culmination of the Remembrance or Mourning of Muharram and is multifaceted in nature depending on which denomination of Islam a person espouses. Different Islamic sects observe the Day of Ashura in different ways, with each having their own reasons to honor the day and their own set of events they are commemorating on the holiday.

Shiite Muslims observe the Day of Ashura as a day of mourning for Husayn ibn Al, martyred during the Battle of Karbala. A group of his closest associates and family members were exterminated with him. Since those killings, Shi’a Muslims have looked upon the Day of Ashura as a day for lamentations and sorrow.

Pakistan and some other Middle Eastern countries have made the Commemoration of Husayn ibn Ali a national holiday which most religious and ethnic groups in those countries partake in.

Sunni Muslims, on the other hand, observe the Day of Ashura as a day of victory to mark the day when the Israelites were liberated from the Egyptian pharaoh.

2. When is Ashura?

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Each year, Muslims celebrate Ashura on the tenth day of the Islamic month Muharram. For your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s date on the Gregorian calendar for the next ten years.

  • 2019: September 10
  • 2020: August 29
  • 2021: August 19
  • 2022: August 8
  • 2023: July 28
  • 2024: July 16
  • 2025: July 5
  • 2026: June 25
  • 2027: June 15
  • 2028: June 3

3. Reading Practice: Ashura Holiday Traditions

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To find out how different Muslim groups commemorate Ashura, and more about the Ashura holiday Pakistan pbserves, read the Urdu text below. You can find the English translation directly below it.

روایتی طور پر یوم عاشورہ کے لئے شیعہ مسلمانوں کی رسومات میں شامل ہیں خود اذیتی ، جس میں اکثر اپنے گناہوں کے لئے خود کو سزا دینا شامل ہوتا ہے کیونکہ اصل توجہ ماتم پر ہوتی ہے، اگرچہ حال ہی میں بہت سے مذہبی اہلکاروں نے ان اعمال کی مذمت کی، اور انہیں غیر اسلامی قرار دیا ہے۔

کچھ سنی مسلم یوم عاشورہ کو روزہ رکھتے ہیں اور کربلا تقریبات کو بھی مانتے ہیں اگرچہ سنیوں کے لئے تہوار کے طور یہ اصل توجہ کا مرکز نہیں ہوتی ہیں۔

شیعوں کے لئے یوم عاشورہ شاید سنیوں کے مقابلے میں کہیں زیادہ اہم ہے۔

Traditionally, the ritual ceremonies of Shiite Muslims for the Day of Ashura were masochistic in nature, often involving self-flagellation because of the focus on mourning, although more recently, many religious officials decried those practices, declaring them un-Islamic.

Some Sunni Muslims fast on Ashura and also recognize the Karbala events even though they are not the focus of the holiday for Sunnis.

For Shiites, the Day of Ashura is arguably more important than it is for Sunnis.

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Why is Husayn ibn A such an important Muslim figure?

Husayn ibn A was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. Husayn ibn A is also known for being the third Shia Imam, and is highly revered for refusing to give his loyalty to the Umayyad leader Yazid—an outward display of his negative opinions toward the Umayyad rule.

5. Essential Ashura Vocabulary

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Here’s some vocabulary you should know for Ashura!

  • اسلام (Islam) — Islam
  • پانی (paani) — water
  • شہید (shaheed) — martyr
  • محرم (muharram) — Muharram
  • جلوس (jaloos) — procession
  • ماتم (maatam) — mourn
  • خلیفہ (khaleefa) — caliph
  • حسین (Hussain) — Hussain
  • کربلا (Karbala) — Karbala
  • پیاس (Peyas) — thirst
  • شیعہ (Shia) — Shia
  • روزہ رکھنا (roza rakhna) — fast

To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, visit our Ashura vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio file of its pronunciation, and a relevant image.

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Urdu Self-Introductions: “My Name is” in Urdu & More!

An appropriate and friendly introduction in the Urdu language to the natives can allow you to rub elbows with them without much effort. People always take pleasure and pride in speaking their language. To hear the local language from a foreigner’s mouth is a real-time exotic experience which evokes the interest of the locals and serves as the key to rapport-building with them.

Introducing yourself in Urdu won’t be a problem anymore; this article will trigger your first flight to the journey of Urdu-learning by familiarizing you with things like “My name is” in Urdu. Whether you need to learn how to introduce yourself in interview in Urdu or just talking about yourself in Urdu, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re asking, “How can I talk about myself in Urdu language?” learning a few basic Urdu introductory sentences or lines to introduce yourself in Urdu can prove to be a good beginning for you. However, before proceeding further into how to introduce yourself in Urdu language, you’ll greatly benefit from firsthand knowledge about Pakistani Urdu culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Some Do’s and Don’ts in Pakistanti Urdu Culture
  2. Seek Attention with Greetings
  3. Inquiring After Someone’s Well-Being in Urdu
  4. Identifying Yourself
  5. Placing Yourself in Society
  6. Express Gratitude at the End of the Discussion
  7. Practice and Exercise: Write a Sample Essay to Introduce Yourself in Urdu
  8. How UrduPod101.com Can Help You

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1. Some Do’s and Don’ts in Pakistani Urdu Culture

Before beginning, be sure to check out our “Urdu in Three Minutes: Introducing Yourself in Urdu” video above!

When visiting an Urdu-speaking society like Pakistan, you must keep some social, cultural, and religious factors in consideration. These factors will help you win the confidence of the natives and enjoy your stay there. Let’s have a cursory look at some of the salient factors in this regard.

  • Avoid having consistent eye-contact with the opposite gender. It’s not advisable in Pakistani society, and is almost an offense in some cases.
  • Avoid shaking hands with the opposite gender.
  • Keep a reasonable physical distance from the opposite gender while talking.

In short, the list above indicates that you should always be considerate enough to use different body language for different genders, as this is a significant aspect of Pakistani Urdu culture.

Now that we’ve discussed a few important do’s and don’ts, below are a few magical sentences and phrases to equip you with answers to the most common questions. Here’s how to introduce yourself in the Urdu language, from self-introduction in Urdu for interviews to talking about where you are from in Urdu!


2. Seek Attention with Greetings

How to introduce yourself to someone in Urdu (or any language) begins with hello.

  • السلام علیکم
    Assalam-o-Alaikum.
    “Hello.”

السلام علیکم (Assalam-o-Alaikum) is the most widely used greeting in Pakistan to seek attention and start a discussion with someone to introduce yourself in Urdu. It literally translates to: “Peace be upon you.” Although it doesn’t translate to the English greeting “hello” exactly, it’s the near equivalent to it. It’s the biggest icebreaker in the Urdu language. Once you can pronounce it properly, you’ve taken your first step toward mastering the best way to introduce yourself in Urdu.

Subsequently, to conclude a conversation with the phrase خدا حافظ (Khuda Hafiz) is the most appropriate ending. Literally, it means, “May God protect you.” It will always leave a good taste in the mouth of the person you’ve talked with. You may use these greetings for males and females both, without any gender discrimination.

Remember! During self-introduction in Urdu language, shaking hands with the same gender is desirable; however, always avoid shaking hands with the opposite gender.

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3. Inquiring After Someone’s Well-being in Urdu

How to inquire about someone’s general well-being or health in Urdu is another thing which may be on your mind after meeting a native Urdu speaker. Following are the key sentences you can use to ask about someone’s well-being (or talk about your own).

If inquiring about the health of a male, you’ll use:

  • آپ کیسے ہیں؟
    Aap kaisay hain?
    “How are you?”

If inquiring about the health of a female, you’ll use:

  • آپ کیسی ہیں؟
    Aap kaisi hain?
    “How are you?”

Here’s the most suitable answer to the question:

  • میں بالکل ٹھیک ہوں، شکریہ۔
    Mein bilkul theek hun, shukriya.
    “I am perfectly alright. Thank you.”

تم کیسے ہو؟ (Tum kaisay ho?) when asking a male, and تم کیسی ہو؟ (Tum kaisi ho?) when asking a female, or “How are you?” is another sentence to ask about the well-being of someone while introducing yourself in Urdu. However, this sentence is an informal way of inquiring after people of your own age group or who are younger than you. If spoken to an elder or a senior, it’s taken as a sign of disrespect.

For new learners, the informal way of inquiring after someone isn’t recommended. Thus the tip of the day is to be as formal as you can at the beginning, for it will save you many embarrassing situations.


4. Identifying Yourself

The universal practice of naming is important to all human beings across the globe. Therefore, beginning to introduce yourself in Urdu by disclosing your name is the best possible strategy.

1- Talking About Your Name in Urdu

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How to say my name in Urdu may be the most pertinent question in your mind after the greeting session. Here are three widely used ways of stating your name in Urdu, along with the question you can use to ask someone else’s name.

Let’s start with the question.

  • آپ کا نام کیا ہے؟
    Aap ka naam kya hai?
    “What is your name?”

There are three popular ways to state your name in Urdu.

1. میرا نام ۔۔۔۔۔ ہے۔
Mera naam …..hai.
“My name is ……”

2. مجھے ۔۔۔۔۔ کہتے ہیں۔
Mujhe …… kehty hain.
“I am known as ……”

3. میں ۔۔۔۔۔ ہوں۔
Mein ….. hun.
“I am …..”

In all three cases, fill the blank space with your first name. If you’re wondering how to introduce yourself in an interview in Urdu, or about any other informal occasion of introducing yourself in Urdu, the above examples are a good way to go about this.

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The first one is the most popular and recommended answer. Also, keep in mind to introduce yourself with your first name because it’s normative in Pakistan to call someone by their first name.

Now, let’s look at another advantageous sentence: the “Please introduce yourself,” meaning in Urdu. This is roughly equivalent to “Tell me about yourself,” in Urdu.

  • مہربانی فرما کر، آپ اپنا تعارف کروائیں۔
    Maharbani farma kar, apna taaruf karwain.
    “Please, introduce yourself.”

2- Talking About Your Age in Urdu

Telling your age or asking another’s is another way of keeping the discussion going and engaging someone in your introduction in the Urdu language. An Urdu-speaking person may ask your age as follows:

  • آپ کی عمر کتنی ہے؟
    Aap ki umer kitni hai?
    “How old are you?”

Here’s the most recommended way to reply:

1. میں ۔۔۔۔۔ سال کا ہوں۔
Mein …… ka hun
“I am …… years old.” [Male]

2. میں ۔۔۔۔۔ سال کی ہوں۔
Main …… ki hun
“I am …… years old.” [Female]

You can fill in the blank space with the exact digit or number in Urdu of your age. Please, keep in mind that the first sentence is for the masculine gender, and the second for the feminine gender. The Urdu words کا (ka) and کی (ki) show the masculine or feminine possession of something, respectively.

3- Nationality

If you find it necessary to disclose your nationality in Urdu, you can always benefit from the following sentences.

  • آپ کون سے ملک سے ہیں؟
    Aap kon say mulk say hain?
    “Which country are you from?”

1. میں جاپان سے ہوں۔
Mein Japan say hun.
“I am from Japan.”

2. .میں جاپانی ہوں
Mein Japani hun.
“I am Japanese.”

Someone Holding Miniature Japanese Flag

Here, once again, we have two sentences to state our nationality; however, these sentences aren’t gender case sensitive. The basic difference between them is that if you want to use the name of your country in Urdu without any change, then you can opt for the first sentence.

However, if you want to state your nationality, go with the second sentence by mentioning your nationality in the blank space.


5. Placing Yourself in Society

1- Occupation: Talking About Your Job in Urdu

To state your profession or occupation in Urdu helps you to open new vistas for discussion, while simultaneously accelerating the process of socialization. Below are some sentences you can use to state your profession in the Urdu language.

1. میں پیشے سے ۔۔۔۔۔ ہوں۔
Mein peishy say ….. hun
“By profession, I am a ……”

2. میں ایک ۔۔۔۔۔ ہوں۔
Mein aik ….. hun
“I am a ……”

In both cases, you need to write down your exact profession, without any change (e.g. doctor, engineer, lawyer, etc.). This will clearly indicate your profession to the questioner.

2- Marital Status

Now, if you’ve become intimate enough with someone, it may be time to share your personal details with him/her. Telling about your marital status is one such personal share. Here are some phrases you can use to talk about your marital status in Urdu:

  • کیا آپ شادی شدہ ہیں؟
    Kya aap shadi shuda hain?
    Are you married?”

1. جی ہاں، میں شادی شدہ ہوں۔
Jee haan, mein shadi shuda hun
“Yes, I am married.”

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2. جی نہیں، میں شادی شدہ نہیں ہوں۔
Jee nahi, mein shadi shuda nahi hun.
“No, I am not married.”

The first reply affirms that you’re married, while the second one negates.

3- Talking About Your Family in Urdu: Family Details

If you want to extend the conversation and share some more information about your family members in Urdu, this is the right moment. Ask about the other person’s children, or tell about your own, as follows.

  • آپ کے کتنے بچے ہیں؟
    Aap kay kitnay bachay hain?
    “How many children do you have?”
  • میرے ۔۔۔۔۔ بچے ہیں۔
    Mery ….. bachay hain.
    “I have ….. children.”

In the blank space, plug in the number of children you have.

4- Hobby

Finding someone with a mutual hobby is a very good omen in a foreign land. Always go for a hunt by discussing hobbies in the following manner.

  • آپ کا مشغلہ کیا ہے؟
    Aap ka mashghala kya hai?
    “What is your hobby?”
  • میرا مشغلہ ۔۔۔۔۔۔ ہے۔
    Mera mashghala ۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ hai.
    “…… is my hobby.”

Fill in the blank space with your hobby, and you’ve hit the bull’s eye!


6. Express Gratitude at the End of the Discussion

Giving a proper ending to your introduction is quite significant; it determines the nature of the future relationship between you and the other speaker. Don’t make haste, and rather try to give proper closure to the discussion.

  • آپ کو یہاں آ کر کیسا لگا؟
    Aap ko yahan aa kar kaisa laga?
    “How do you feel here?”
  • مجھے یہاں آ کر بہت خوشی ہوئی۔
    Mujhe yahan aa kar bohat khushi hui.
    “I am very happy to be here.”

Don’t forget to respond to thanks with thanks. This is the best available conclusion in Urdu. Besides the following expression, remember to have a look at the common ways to say thank you on UrduPod101.com, as well.

!شکریہ Shukriya! “Thank you!”

Reciprocate the compliment with the same vigor and grace, as this is considered courteous.

!شکریہ Shukriya! “Thank you!”

Yes, you have concluded your conversation perfectly!

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7. Practice and Exercise: Write a Sample Essay to Introduce Yourself in Urdu

No one can undermine the significance of a good introduction, because it’s your first impression on others. Here, you’ve been informed with a few tips, techniques, and sentences that may help you in leaving a good, sound, and memorable impression on native Urdu speakers.

To become fully confident in answering the question of how to introduce yourself to someone in Urdu, try to do different exercises with the help of our website: UrduPod101.com.

Now, how to go about introducing yourself in Urdu?

Initially, writing an essay titled “Myself in Urdu” is a workable suggestion to start with. Practice saying “My name is” in Urdu, and much more in your essay. Here’s a sample essay to provide you with a road map to writing your comprehensive introduction.

1- Sample Essay

میرا نام ہاروکی موراکامی ہے۔ میں ایک جاپانی لکھاری ہوں۔ میں کیوٹو، جاپان میں پیدا ہوا۔ میں ایک جاز بار اور کافی ہاؤس کا مالک ہوں۔ میری عمر ستر سال ہے۔ میں نے ٹوکیو میں واقع وسیڈا یونیورسٹی سے تعلیم حاصل کی۔ میراتھن ریس میرا مشغلہ ہے۔

Mera naam Haruki Murakami hai. Mein ek Japani likhari hun. Mein Kyoto, Japan mein paida hua. Mein ek jazz bar aur coffee house ka malik hun. Meri umer sattar saal hai. Mein nay Tokyo mein waqay weseda university say taleem hasil ki. Marathon race mera mashghala hai.

“My name is Haruki Murakami. I am a Japanese writer. I was born in Kyoto, Japan. I am the owner of a Jazz bar and coffee house in Tokyo. I am seventy years old. I studied drama at Waseda University located in Tokyo. The marathon race is my hobby.”


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How to Say I Love You in Urdu - Romantic Word List

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  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Urdu Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Urdu Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Urdu love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Urdu word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Urdu date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Urdu Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • آپ میرے ساتھ رات کے کھانے کے لئے باہر جانا پسند کریں گی؟
  • Aap meray sath raat ky khanay ky liye bahir jana pasand kerein gi?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Urdu is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • کیا اس ہفتے کے آخر میں آپ فارغ ہیں؟
  • Kia iss haftay ky akhir mei aap farigh hain?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • کیا آپ میرے ساتھ باہر جانا پسند کریں گی؟
  • Kia aap meray sath bahir jana pasand kerein gi?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

Where shall we meet?

  • ہم کہاں ملیں؟
  • Hum kahan milein?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • آپ بہت زبردست لگ رہی ہیں.
  • Aap bohat zabardast lag rahi hain.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • آپ بہت پیاری ہیں.
  • Aap bohat piyari hain.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • آپ کا اس جگہ کے بارے میں کیا خیال ہے؟
  • Aap ka iss jagah ky baray mei kia khayal hai?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Urdu language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • میں آپ سے دوباره مل سکتا ہوں؟
  • Mei aap say dobarah mil sakta hun?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • ہم کہیں اور چلیں؟
  • Hum kahin aur chalein?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • میں ایک اچھی جگہ جانتا ہوں.
  • Mei aik achi jagah janta hun.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • میں آپ کو گھر چهوڑ دوں گا.
  • Mei aap ko ghar chor dun ga.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • وه ایک بہترین شام تھی.
  • Woh aik behtreen sham thi.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • میں آپ کو دوبارہ کب دیکھ سکتا ہوں؟
  • Mei aap ko dobarah kab daikh sakta hun?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • میں آپ کو فون کروں گا / گی.
  • Mei aap ko phone karun ga / gi.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Urdu phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Urdu below!

Date Ideas in Urdu

candlelit dinner

  • شمع بردار رات کا کھانا
  • Shama bardar raat ka khana.

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • چڑیا گھر جانا
  • Chirya ghar jana

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • طویل پیدل چلنے کے لئے جانا
  • Taweel paidal chalnay ky liye jana

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • اوپرا کے لیے جانا
  • Opera ky liye jana

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • مچهلی گهر جانا
  • Machli ghar jana

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • ساحل سمندر پر چلنا
  • Sahil e samundar per chalna

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • پکنک پر جانا
  • Picnic per jana

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • ایک دوسرے کے ساتھ کھانا پکانا
  • Aik dusray ky sath khana pakana

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

museum

  • عجائب گھر
  • Ajaaib ghar

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

have dinner and see a movie

  • رات کا کھانا کھانا اور فلم دیکھنا
  • Raat ka khana khana aur film daikhna.

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Urdu

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Urdu - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Urdu Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Urdu yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Urdu? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Urdu love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Urdu

You mean so much to me.

  • تم میرے لیے انتہائی اہم ہو
  • tum mere liye intehai aihem ho

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • کیا تم میری ویلنٹائن بنو گی؟
  • kia tum meri velentine bano gi?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • آپ بہت خوبصورت ہو.
  • aap bohat khubsurat ho.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Urdu, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • میں تم کو ایک دوست سے بڑھ کر سمجھتا ہوں
  • main tum ko aik dost say barh kar samajhta hoon.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Urdu dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • تمھارے لیے میری محبت کو تھامنے کے لئے سو دل بھی کم ہوں گے
  • Tumharay liye meri tamaam muhabbat ko thamnay kayliye soo dil bhi kam hongay.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • محبت صرف محبت ہے. اس کی وضاحت نہیں کی جا سکتی.
  • Muhabbat sirf muhabbat hai, is ki wazaahat nahin ki ja sakti.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • تم بہت خوبصورت ہو.
  • Tum bohat khoobsoorat ho.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Urdu love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • میں تمھارا دیوانہ ہوں
  • Main tumhara dewana hoon.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • تم مجھ میں ایک بہتر انسان بننے کی چاہ پیدا کرتی ہو
  • tum mujh main ek behtar insan ban’ne ki chah paida karti ho

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Urdu girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • جو کچھ بھی آپ کریں اسے محبت میں کریں
  • jo kuch bhi aap karain usay muhabbat main karain

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • میرا پیار تم ہی ہو، جانم
  • mera piyar tum hi ho , jaanum

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • آپ کے لئے میری محبت کو الفاظ بیان نہیں کر سکتے
  • aap kay liye meri muhabbat ko alfaaz byan nahin kar sakte

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • ہمیں ایک ساتھ ہونا چاہیے تھا
  • hamain aik saath hona chahiye tha

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • اسے پڑھنے کے دوران اگر آپ کسی کے بارے میں سوچ رہے ہیں، تو یقناً آپ محبت میں مبتلا ہیں
  • Isay purhnay key doran aker aap kisi kay baray main sooch rahay hain , to aap yaqeenan muhabbat main mubtala hain

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

I love you.

  • میں تم سے پیار کرتا ہوں
  • main tum se pyar karta hun

Saying ‘I love you’ in Urdu carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

5. Urdu Quotes about Love

Urdu Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Urdu lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Urdu that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Urdu Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Urdu lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Urdu custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Urdu Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • I need my space.
    • مجھے تنہا چھوڑ دو
    • Mujhay tanha chor do.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    We need to talk.

    • ہمیں بات کرنے کی ضرورت ہے.
    • hamain baat kernay ki zaroorat hay

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • یہ تم نہیں. یہ میں ہوں.
    • Ye tum naheen, Ye main hoon.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Urdu lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • میں بس اس قسم کے تعلق کے لئے تیار نہیں ہوں
    • main bus iss qisam kay taalluq kay liye tayyar naheen hoon.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • چلو ہم دوست بن جائیں
    • Chalo ham dost ban jaain.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Urdu, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • میرے خیال میں ہمیں ایک وقفے کی ضرورت ہے
    • meray khayal main hamain aik waqfay ki zaroorat hay.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • تم بہتر کے مستحق ہو
    • Tum behtar kay mustahiq ho.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • ہم دوسرے لوگوں سے ملنا شروع کرنا چاہیے
    • hamain doosre logon se milna shuuru karna chahiye

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • میرے خیال میں ہم بہت زیادہ تیز جا رہے ہیں
    • meray khayal main hum bohat zayada taiz ja rahay hain.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • میں اپنے پیشے پر توجہ مرکوز کرنے کی ضرورت ہے.
    • Mujhay apnay payshay per tawajjoh markooz karnay ki zaroorat hay.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • میں آپ کے لئے بہت اچھا نہیں ہوں
    • main aap kay liye bohat achcha naheen hoon.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • میں مزید آپ سے محبت نہیں کرتا۔
    • main mazeed aap say muhabbat nahi kerta

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • ہم صرف ایک دوسرے کے لئے ٹھیک نہیں ہیں.
    • hum aik dusray kay liye theak naheen hain.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • یہ اچھے کے لیے ہے.
    • yeh achay kay liye hai

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • ہم علیحدہ ہو گئے ہیں
    • hum alehda ho gae hain

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Urdu faster?

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    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Urdu Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Urdu speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    UrduPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Urdu, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Urdu even faster.

    2- Having your Urdu romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Urdu language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Urdu lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Urdu partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Urdu is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at UrduPod101 is translated into both English and Urdu. So, while your partner can help you learn Urdu faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Urdu Culture
    At UrduPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Pakistan. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Urdu partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

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    Secret Revealed: The Best Way to Learn a Language on Your Own

    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Urdu Alone?

    Learning a language on your own or without traditional classroom instruction may seem quite daunting at first. What if you run into questions? How do you stay motivated and on track to achieving goals?

    Don’t worry, not only is it possible to learn Urdu or any language without traditional classroom instruction: UrduPod101 has created the world’s most advanced and extensive online language learning system. Not only is UrduPod101 specifically designed to help you with learning a language on your own, it’s actually faster, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom options!

    Let’s look at some of the benefits of learning Urdu or any language alone.

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

    Learning Alone

    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Urdu alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

    2. Learning a Language on Your Own Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Urdu alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Urdu and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

    3. Learning Urdu Alone Helps Improve Cognitive Function and Overall Success

    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with UrduPod101

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    1. Access to the World’s Largest Collection of Urdu Audio & Video Lessons

    The best way to learn a language on your own is to study from native speaking instructors. Ideally, you want audio and/or video lessons that teach vocabulary, grammar, and provide actual Urdu conversations and dialogue to help you with pronunciation. UrduPod101 has hundreds of hours of HD audio and video lessons created by real Urdu instructors and every lesson is presented by professional Urdu actors for perfect pronunciation. Plus, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 via any mobile device with Internet access. And, if you download the PDF versions of each lesson, you can even study without Internet access once the lesson is stored on your device!

    2. “Learning Paths” with Urdu Courses Based Upon Your Exact Needs & Goals

    Although UrduPod101 has more than thousands of video and audio lessons, you need not review each and every one to learn the language. In fact, UrduPod101 has developed a feature called “Learning Paths”. You simply tell us your goals and we will identify the best courses and study plan to help you reach them in the shortest time possible. So even though you are technically learning a language on your own, our team is always here to help and make sure you reach your goals FAST!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

    When you have the right tools and Urdu learning resources, it’s actually easy to teach yourself a language! In the past 10+ years, UrduPod101 has developed, tested, and refined more than 20 advanced learning tools to boost retention and reduce learning time, including:

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    Armed with our growing collection of advanced learning tools, it’s truly a breeze to learn Urdu alone and reach your goals!

    Conclusion

    Learning a language on your own is not only possible, it’s actually easier and more beneficial for you than traditional classroom instruction. In fact, when you learn Urdu on your own you can study at your own pace, eliminate stress, and actually increase cognitive function.

    UrduPod101 is the world’s most advanced online language learning system and a great resource to help you teach yourself a new language. With the world’s largest collection of HD audio and video lessons, more than 20 advanced learning tools, and customized “Learning Paths”, UrduPod101 makes learning a new language easier, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom instruction.

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

    Yes, even beginners can quickly learn conversational Urdu well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language. But, just knowing a few tips like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers! But before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real Urdu conversations is so vital to your mastery of the language.

    Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language

    Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation is almost second nature in our native tongue. For beginners or anyone learning a new language, conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple Urdu greetings can be intimidating and awkward.

    However, there are 3 vital reasons why you should learn conversational Urdu as quickly as possible:

    • Avoid Awkward Silences: Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
    • Improve the Flow of Conversation to Make a Better Impression: When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener.
    • Master the Language Faster: Nothing will help you learn to speak Urdu faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers. Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!

    But how can you possibly have real conversations with real Urdu people if you are just starting out?

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners

    Conversation

    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

    For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to learn to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more Urdu conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

    You don’t need to memorize 10,000’s of words to learn conversational Urdu. In fact, with just a couple hundred Urdu words you could have a very basic Urdu conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, ordering in restaurants, and even getting directions.

    3. Study Videos or Audio Lessons that You Can Play and Replay Again and Again

    If you want to know how to carry a conversation in Urdu, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.

    UrduPod101 Makes it Easier and More Convenient Than Ever to Learn Conversational Urdu

    Learning Urdu

    For more than 10 years, UrduPod101 has been helping students learn to speak Urdu by creating the world’s most advanced online language learning system. Here are just a few of the specific features that will help you learn conversational Urdu fast using our proven system:

    • The Largest Collection of HD Video & Audio Lessons from Real Urdu Instructors: UrduPod101 instructors have created hundreds of video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you Urdu vocabulary and grammar, they are designed to help you learn to speak Urdu and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
    • Pronunciation Tools: Use this feature to record and compare yourself with native speakers to quickly improve your pronunciation and fluency!
    • 2000 Common Urdu Words: Also known as our Core List, these 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!

    In all, more than 20 advanced learning tools help you quickly build vocabulary and learn how to carry a conversation with native speakers—starting with your very first lesson.

    Conclusion

    Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational Urdu. By learning a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going, just a little practice and exposure to real Urdu conversations or lessons is all it really takes. UrduPod101 has created the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus loads of advanced tools to help you learn to speak Urdu and carry a conversation quickly.

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