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Sound Like a Native with These Advanced Urdu Phrases

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Now that you’ve mastered intermediate-level Urdu, it’s only natural for you to begin preparing for the next stage of your learning journey. 

As you continue forward, you’ll find that traditional learning methods—such as memorizing individual vocabulary words—may not be the best approach. Rather, you should begin putting together an arsenal of advanced Urdu phrases and expressions that will help you fit in with native speakers and better understand Pakistani culture as a whole. And don’t worry about translating these phrases word for word, either. Focusing on entire phrases will keep you on the path to success and ensure smooth sailing! 

In this article, you will learn a variety of advanced Urdu phrases for the academic, business, and social spheres. Memorize them and practice often to achieve a degree of excellence in Urdu.

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  1. Phrases for Academic Writing
  2. Power Phrases for Your Resume
  3. Smart Phrases for Business and Meetings
  4. Advanced Idioms, Sayings, and Proverbs for Everyday Usage
  5. Conclusion

1. Phrases for Academic Writing

No doubt, academic writing in any language opens up multiple avenues for gaining recognition across the globe. If you would like to become a strong, prolific writer in Urdu, there are a few advanced Urdu phrases you’ll have to know. We have listed some of them below, along with examples of their usage.

A Woman Writing Notes for an Academic Paper

·         مذکورہ بالا
Mazkoorah baala
Above-mentioned

مذکورہ بالا وجہ سے میں حاضر نہیں ہو سکا۔
Mazkoorah baala wajah say mei hazir nahin ho saka.
I could not attend due to the above-mentioned reason.

·         خط کشیدہ
Khat kusheedah
Underlined

خط کشیدہ الفاظ کے معانی لکھیں۔
Khat kusheedah alfaaz kay maani likhain.
Write down the meanings of the underlined words.

·         محولہ بالا
Mahoolah baala
Above-referenced

محولہ بالا مثال بہت موزوں ہے۔
Mahoolah baala misaal bohat mozoon hai.
The above-referenced example is very appropriate.

·         دوسری طرف
Doosri taraf
On the other hand

دوسری طرف وہ میری بات سننے کو تیار نہیں۔
Doosri taraf woh meri baat sun-nay to tayyar nahin.
On the other hand, he is ready to listen to me.

·         اولاً
Awallun
Firstly

اولاً تمہیں وہاں نہیں جانا چاہئے تھا۔
Awallun tumhein wahan nahin jaana chahiye tha.
Firstly, you should not have gone there.

·         قطع نظر
Qatay nazar
Regardless of

قطع نظر اس کے کہ ہم نے اسے پناہ فراہم کی۔۔۔
Qatay nazar iss kay hum nay usay panah farahum ki…
Regardless, we provided him with shelter…

·         اس کے برعکس
Iss kay bur-aks
Contrary to this

اس کے برعکس اس نے اپنے دشمن کو معاف کر دیا۔
Iss kay bur-aks uss nay apnay dushman ko maaf ker diya.
Contrary to it, he forgave his enemy.

·         دوسرے الفاظ میں
Doosray alfaaz mein
In other words

دوسرے الفاط میں وہ اس سلوک کا حقدار نہیں ہے۔
Doosray alfaaz mein who iss sulook ka haqdaar nahin hai.
In other words, he does not deserve this treatment.

·         اسی طرح
Issi tarah
Similarly

اسی طرح وہ دوسرا امتحان بھی پاس کر گیا۔
Issi tarah woh doosra imtehaan bhi paas ker gaya.
Similarly, he passed the second examination.

·         نتیجتاً
Nateejatun
As a result

نتیجتاً، وہ میچ ہار گئے۔
Nateejatun, woh match haar gaye.
As a result, they lost the match.

A Fallen King on a Chessboard, Signifying a Lost Game

·         آخرکار
Aakhir kaar
Eventually

آخرکار، وہ کامیاب ہو گیا۔
Aakhi kaar, woh kaamyaab ho gaya.
Eventually, he succeeded.

2. Power Phrases for Your Resume

A resume is your first introduction to a potential employer. Adding the following phrases to your advanced Urdu vocabulary will help you make a great first impression and increase your chances of landing the job. 

·         خالی آسامی
Khaali aasami
Vacant post

·         مجھے آپ کے ادارے میں خالی آسامی کے بارے میں معلوم ہوا۔
Mujhay aap kay idaray mein khaali aasaami kay baaray mein maloom hua.
I found out about a vacant post in your organization.

A Vacant Seat

·         میں آپ سے ــــــــــــــ کے سلسلے میں رابطہ کر رہا/رہی ہوں۔۔۔
Mei aap say _______ kay silsilay mein raabta ker raha/rahi hun…
I am contacting you about…

·         میں اپنے تعلیمی اور پیشہ وارانہ کیرئیر کی بنیادوں پر خود کو اس خالی آسامی کے لئے مناسب ترین امیدوار سمجھتا/سمجھتی ہوں۔
Mei apnay taleemi aur peshawaranah career ki bunyadon per khud ko iss khaali aasami kay liye munasib tareen umeed-waar samajhta/samajhti hun.
Based on my academic and professional career, I consider myself to be the most appropriate candidate for this vacant post.

·         اس مخصوص شعبے میں تجربہ۔۔۔
Iss makhsoos shobay mein tajurbah…
The experience in this particular sector…

·         میں آپ سے بالمشافہ مِل کر اپنی نوکری کی درخواست کے بارے میں بات کرنا چاہتا/چاہتی ہوں۔
Mei aap say bilmushafah mil ker apni naukri ki darkhwast kay baaray mein baat kerna chahta/chahti hun.
I’d like to meet you in person to talk about my job application.

·         آپ کے ادارے میں خدمات سرانجام دینا میرے لیے باعثِ عزت ہو گا۔
Aap kay idaray mein khidmaat siranjaam dena meray liye bias-e-eazat ho ga.
It will be a matter of honor for me to serve your organization.

·         آپ کے مثبت جواب کا/کی منتظر
Aap kay musbat jawaab ka/ki muntazir.
Looking forward to your positive response.

·         آپ کا مخلص
Aap ka mukhlis
Sincerely

Someone Reading a Cover Letter

3. Smart Phrases for Business and Meetings

Business meetings are instrumental in outlining objectives, measuring progress, overcoming obstacles, and making yourself heard. As such, knowing the most relevant advanced Urdu words and phrases will benefit both you and your colleagues. We have included a few of them below, along with example sentences. 

·         ایجنڈا
Ajenda
Agenda

اس اجلاس کا ایجنڈا کیا ہے؟
Iss ijlaas ka ajenda kia hai?
What is the agenda of this meeting?

·         معاملات کو قابو میں رکھنے کے لئے۔۔۔
Maamlat ko qaboo mein rakhnay kay liye…
To keep things under control…

معاملات کو قابو میں رکھنے کے لئے ہمیں ملازمین کو بونس دینا پڑے گا۔
Maamlaat ko qaaboo mein rakhnay kay liye hamein mulaazmeen ko bonus dena paray ga.
To keep things under control, we will have to give a bonus to employees.

·         مسائل کا حل تلاش کرنے کے لئے
Masayal ka hal talaash kernay kay liye
To find the solutions to problems

·         آخری تاریخ
Aakhri tareekh
Deadline

آج فارم جمع کرونے کی آخری تاریخ ہے۔
Aaj form jama kerwanay ki aakhri tareekh hai.
Today is the deadline to submit the form.

A Date Circled on a Calendar, Signifying a Deadline

·         موزوں کارکردگی
Mozoon karkardigi
Proper performance

موزوں کارکردگی دِکھانے پر اسے بونس مِلا۔
Mozoon karkardigi dikhanay per usay bonus mila.
He got a bonus for showing proper performance.

·         احکامات کی تعمیل
Ihkamaat ki tameel
Compliance with orders

احکامات کی تعمیل سب کے لئے لازم ہے۔
Ahkamaat ki taameel sub kay liye laazim hai.
Compliance with orders is mandatory for all.

·         نفع و نقصان کو مدِّ نظر رکھیں
Nafa-o-nuqsaan ko madd-e-nazar rakhein
Consider the pros and cons

4. Advanced Idioms, Sayings, and Proverbs for Everyday Usage

Using advanced Urdu sayings in your conversations will help you gain acceptability among native speakers. We have included below some highly influential Urdu proverbs and idioms for you to study.

·         زخموں پر نمک چھڑکنا
Zakhmon per namak chirakna
To add salt to injury

ناکامی کے بعد، دوستوں کی لاتعلقی اس کے زخموں پر نمک چھڑکنے کے مترادف تھی۔
Naakaami kay baad, doston ki laa-taluqi uss kay zakhmon per namak chiraknay kay mutradif thi.
After failure, the indifference of his friends was equivalent to adding salt to injury.

·         جلتی پر تیل ڈالنا
Jalti per tail daalna
To add fuel to fire

وہ پہلے ہی مصیبت میں ہے، تم اس کی شکایت کر کے جلتی پر تیل نہ ڈالو۔
Woh pehlay he museebat mein hai, tum uss ki shikayat ker kay jalti per tail nah daalo.
He is already in trouble; do not add fuel to fire by complaining against him.

·         کانوں کا کچا ہونا
Kanon ka kacha hona
To be a gullible figure

وہ کانوں کا بہت کچا ہے۔
Woh kanon ka bohat kacha hai.
He is a very gullible person.

·         مالِ مفت دلِ بے رحم
Maal-e-muft dil-e-beraham
Easy come easy go

وہ اپنے بھائی کے پیسے جوئے میں اڑا رہا ہے، سچ کہا گیا ہے کہ مالِ مفت دلِ بے رحم۔
Woh apnay bhai kay paisay juay mein ura raha hai, such kaha gaya hai kay maal-e-muft dil-e-beraham.
He is wasting his brother’s money in gambling; it is rightly said, easy come easy go.

A Man Gambling in a Casino

·         ہمّتِ مرداں مددِ خدا
Himmat-e-mardan madad-e-khuda.
God helps those who help themselves.

·         اندھا کیا چاہے دو آنکھیں
Andha kia chahay dou aankhain
Fulfillment of a wish

·         کہاں راجہ بھوج کہاں گنگو تیلی
Kahan raja bhoj kahan gangu teli
Huge difference in social status and class

5. Conclusion

Through this article, you have acquainted yourself with some of the most common and useful advanced Urdu phrases to beef up your advanced Urdu vocabulary. 

After reading this article, how do you feel about continuing your journey into advanced Urdu learning? Do you feel more prepared? If you have any questions or concerns about what we covered in this article, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, don’t forget to explore UrduPod101.com. We are a rich repository of Urdu language learning resources and practical tools, such as this Urdu-English dictionary. You’ll also find guides on Urdu pronunciation and grammar, in addition to a number of free vocabulary lists

Not sure where to start? We recommend heading over to our advanced Urdu course, which contains 25 curated lessons designed just for advanced learners like yourself. 

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Beef Up Your Vocabulary with Some Advanced Urdu Words

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Words symbolize our thoughts and emotions so that we can express them to others. However, the more complex these ideas are, the more difficult they become to communicate. This is where we can clearly see the importance of having a strong vocabulary, one that is stocked with plenty of words that convey subtle nuances in meaning.

Being equipped with a variety of advanced Urdu words will help you find greater success and acceptance in Pakistani society. After all, native Urdu speakers like to use appropriately embellished language and appreciate when foreigners can do the same.

In this article, UrduPod101.com will provide you with a list of essential advanced Urdu words to help you beef up your existing lexicon. Using these advanced Urdu vocabulary words will help you express yourself with greater clarity and open up new vistas for your triumph in specific fields.

A Young Kid with a Mortarboard and a Book, Signifying Movement Towards an Advanced Level

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  1. Advanced Academic Words
  2. Advanced Business Words
  3. Advanced Medical Words
  4. Advanced Legal Words
  5. Alternative Words for Acing Urdu Proficiency Tests and Writing Assignments
  6. Conclusion

1. Advanced Academic Words

The Urdu language is replete with academic vocabulary. Learning these more advanced Urdu words will provide you with innumerable chances to excel in the world of academia. In particular, you’ll find these words useful when it comes to reading and comprehending the masterpieces of Urdu literature. They’ll also help you discuss written works with fellow students and write compelling essays. Ultimately, familiarity with this set of vocabulary is sure to increase your understanding of Pakistani society as a whole.

Some Bookshelves Loaded with Books, Symbolizing Academia

Verbs

  • رہنمائی کرنا (rehnumai kerna) – to lead
  • تمہید باندھنا (tamheed bandhna) – to preamble
  • دلائل دینا (dalayal dena) – to argue
  • بحث کرنا (behas kerna) – to debate
  • قیاس کرنا (qayas kerna) – to infer
  • تخمینہ لگانا (takhmeenah lagana) – to assess
  • نتیجہ اخذ کرنا (nateejah akhaz kerna) – to conclude
  • وثوق سے کہنا (wasooq say kehna) – to assert
  • تردید کرنا (tardeed kerna) – to negate
  • تصدیق کرنا (tasdeeq kerna) – to validate
  • خلاصہ کرنا (khulasah kerna) – to summarize
  • جائزہ لینا (jaiza lena) – to review

Example sentence: 

اس نے اپنے ہی بیان کی تردید کی۔
Uss nay apnay he byaan ki tardeed ki.
He negated his own statement.

Nouns

  • تلخیص نگاری (talkhees nigari) – precis writing
  • مضمون نویسی (mazmoon naveesi) – essay writing
  • املاء (imla) – dictation
  • ذخیرۂ الفاظ (zakheera-e-alfaaz) – vocabulary
  • درستی (durusti) – correction
  • مقالہ (maqalah) – article
  • مباحثہ (mabahsah) – debate
  • مکالمہ (makalmah) – dialogue
  • خلاصہ (khulasah) – summary
  • مبہم (mubham) – ambiguous
  • تنازعہ (tanazaah) – controversy

Example Sentence: 

تلخیص نگاری گرامر کی درستی میں مددگار ہوتی ہے۔
Talkhees nigari grammar ki durusti mein madadgaar hoti hai.
Precis writing is helpful in the correction of grammar.

Adverbs

  • ٹھیک طریقے سے (theek tareeqay say) – precisely
  • یقیناً (yaqeenan) – certainly
  • مطلقاً (mutliqan) – absolutely
  • حرف بہ حرف (harf ba harf) – literally
  • محاورتاً (mahavaratan) – proverbially
  • عزم و استقلال سے (azm-o-istaqlal say) – resolutely

Example Sentence:

اس نے ٹھیک طریقے سے سوال کا جواب دیا۔
Uss nay theek tareeqay say sawaal ka jawaab diya.
He answered the question precisely.

2. Advanced Business Words

In the business world, we often make use of a lingua franca to ensure effective communication between parties. While this may suffice for discussing and executing business matters, remember that leaders always lead from the front. This means that the best way to set yourself apart from the crowd is to learn—and start using—advanced Urdu vocabulary related to the business world. This is especially true if you’re an entrepreneur who wants to make a name for yourself in this country of ample opportunity.

There is great fortune to be made in Pakistan, so you should certainly consider exploring the numerous business opportunities available here. You’ll find an active and well-developed Pakistani business community with an established code of ethics and principles guided by the Pakistan Business Council. Therefore, if you’re a leader or want to become one, the following list of advanced Urdu business words will get you far.

An Image of the Pakistani Flag and Coins, Signifying Business Prospects in Pakistan

 Nouns

  • معاہدہ (muahidah) – contract
  • طویل المیعادی معاہدہ (taveel-ul-meeadi muahidah) – long-term contract
  • شرحِ سود (sharhe sood) – interest rate
  • انسانی وسائل (human resources) – human resources
  • دیوالیہ پن (diwaliah pun) – bankruptcy
  • ملازمت (mulazmat) – employment / job
  • ملازم (mulazim) – employee
  • مالک (maalik) – employer
  • مرکزی دفتر (markazi daftar) – head office
  • دفتر (daftar) – office
  • اثاثہ (asasah) – asset
  • منافع (munafa) – profit
  • نقصان (nuqsaan) – loss
  • کاروبار (karobar) – business
  • کاروباری دورہ (karobari dorah) – business tour

Verbs

  • ادا کرنا (ada kerna) – to pay
  • تلافی کرنا (talafi kerna) – to compensate
  • درخواست دینا (darkhwast dena) – to apply
  • استعفٰی دینا (istifa dena) – to resign
  • ملازمت پر رکھنا (mulazmat par rakhna) – to employ
  • برخاست کرنا (barkhwast kerna) – to dismiss

Adjective

  • مستقل (mustaqil) – permanent

A Businessman Shaking Hands with a Client

3. Advanced Medical Words

Before visiting a foreign country, it’s imperative to learn some fundamental health-related words and phrases so that you can cope with any medical emergency that might pop up. If you’re an advanced Urdu learner, picking up these advanced words will allow you to converse with medical consultants and get your desired results in any medical situation. Knowing the Pakistani healthcare system would be an added advantage in such scenarios. 

Memorize the following list of unavoidable medical terms to surprise native speakers and to find yourself at an advantage.

Nouns

  • وبا (waba) – epidemic
  • عالمی وبا (almi waba) – pandemic
  • دوائی (dawae) – medicine
  • علاج (ilaaj) – treatment
  • فشارِ خون (fishaar-e-khoon) – blood pressure
  • دل کا دورہ (dil ka dorah) – heart attack
  • قوّتِ مدافعت (quwwat-e-mudafiat) – immunity
  • نظامِ مدافعت (nizaam-e-mudafiat) – immune system
  • خون (khoon) – blood
  • خون بہنا (khoon behna) – bleeding
  • نسخۂ ادویات (nuskha-e-adwiyat) – prescription
  • نزلہ زکام (nazlah zukaam) – flu
  • ماہواری (mahwari) – menstruation
  • خارش (kharish) – itching
  • دندان ساز (dandaan saaz) – dentist

Verb

  • بیہوشی دینا (behoshi dena) – to anesthetize

Adjective

  • چھوتی (chooti) – contagious

A Female Pharmacist Performing Her Duties in a Pharmacy

4. Advanced Legal Words

Though unlikely, you may find yourself in need of legal assistance while in Pakistan. While you’re not required to have extensive knowledge of Pakistani law, we recommend you get acquainted with some useful legal words, terms, and phrases in Urdu. Once you gain proficiency in using them, you’ll be better placed to deal with most situations concerning the Pakistani penal and civil code.

You should also become familiar with the rule of law. The Pakistani judicial system is a strong one, and Pakistani courts are also famous for their judicial activism. 

Now, let us move on to our list of essential legal words in Urdu without any further delay.

 Nouns

  • قانونی حراست (qanooni hirasat) – legal custody
  • پولیس کی حراست (police ki hirasat) – police custody
  • ضمانت (zamanat) – bail
  • مجرمانہ ریکارڈ (mujrimanah record) – criminal record
  • تحریری ثبوت (tahreeri sabot) – written proof
  • عدلیہ (adliah) – judiciary
  • عدالتی نظام (adalti nizaam) – judicial system
  • پروانۂ طلبی (parwanah-e-talbi) – summon
  • قانونی کاروائی (qanooni karwai) – legal proceeding
  • طبّی قانون (tibbi qanoon) – medicolegal
  • مستغیث (mustagees) – prosecutor
  • استغاثہ (istaghasah) – prosecution
  • پولیس (police) – police
  • تھانہ (thanah) – police station
  • وکیل (wakeel) – advocate
  • مجرم (mujrim) – criminal
  • جرم (jurm) – crime
  • حراست (hirasat) – custody
  • التجا (iltija) – appeal

Verb

  • مقدمہ چلانا (maqadmah chalana) – to prosecute

Adjectives

  • ناقابلِ ضمانت (na kabil e zamanat) – unbailable
  • جوابدہ (jawabdeh) – liable

An Image of a Gavel and Legal Books, Signifying the Judicial System

5. Alternative Words for Acing Urdu Proficiency Tests and Writing Assignments

One of the easiest ways to distinguish between a new Urdu learner and an experienced one is by the vocabulary they use. Now that you have achieved excellence in the beginner and intermediate levels of Urdu, it’s time to replace some of those basic words with their more sophisticated counterparts. 

Doing so will reflect your deep knowledge and mastery of the Urdu language, not to mention earn you a special place in the eyes of your teachers and interlocutors. This approach is also key to scoring well on all sorts of written and spoken examinations across Pakistan. 

In the following section, you will see several sets of two words. The first word is basic and used in casual conversations. If you replace it with the second one, it will greatly embellish your Urdu writing and speaking.

  • ابتداء کرنا / شروع کرنا (ibtida kerna / shuru kerna) – to start
  • انتہا کرنا / ختم کرنا (inteha kerna / khatam kerna) – to end
  • بولنا / مخاطب کرنا (bolna / mukhatib kerna) – to speak
  • دینا / عنایت کرنا (dena / inayat kerna) – to give
  • کھونا / محروم ہونا (khona / mehroom hona) – to lose
  • توڑنا / منقطع کرنا (torna / muqata kerna) – to break

  • سچّا / راست گو (saccha / raast go) – truthful
  • جھوٹا / دروغ گو (jhoota / darogh go) – liar
  • ضروری / لازم (zaroori / lazim) – necessary
  • مفید / کارآمد (mufeed / karaamad) – useful
  • ناقابلِ برداشت / غیر متحمّل (naqabil-e-bardasht / ghair muthammil) – unbearable
  • مناسب / موزوں (munasib / mozoon) – proper

  • ابھی ابھی / حال ہی میں (abhi abhi / haal he mein) – recently
  • تہذیب سے / شائستگی سے (tehzeeb say / shaistgi say) – politely
  • غصّے سے / برہمی سے (ghussay say / barhami say) – angrily
  • پیار سے / اُلفت سے (pyaar say / ulfat say) – lovingly
  • خوشی سے / رضامندی سے (khushi say / raza mandi say) – willingly
  • سکون سے / اطمینان سے (sukoon say / itmenaan say) – calmly

6. Conclusion

This article has helped you learn several advanced words in the Urdu language. It has also provided you with an advanced Urdu vocabulary list that you can refer back to as often as you’d like. 

Now, are you ready to benefit from this guide and achieve your goals? Or do you think that something is missing? In case of any further questions, do write to us at UrduPod101.com. We’ll get back to you at the earliest to address your concerns.

In the meantime, don’t forget to explore UrduPod101.com. We are a rich repository of Urdu language learning resources and practical tools, such as this Urdu-English dictionary. You’ll also find guides on Urdu pronunciation and grammar, in addition to a number of free vocabulary lists

Not sure where to start? We recommend heading over to our advanced Urdu course, which contains 25 curated lessons designed just for advanced learners like yourself. 

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The Latest Companion to an Urdu Language Proficiency Test

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Imagine you’ve boarded a plane and fastened your seat belt. A few moments before takeoff, an announcement is made that the pilot is extremely good at the theory of flying, but is entirely bad at practical flying with zero flying hours under his belt. 

Yes, you can very well anticipate the subsequent nightmare and the agony of the passengers. And you can probably anticipate where this is going. 

To avoid such chaotic situations, and to assess one’s practical capacity for using a language, one must take a language proficiency test (in this case, an Urdu exam). The sole purpose of any language proficiency test is to evaluate how adept a person is at using the target language in daily life, in a variety of situations and contexts. 

This is, of course, true for Urdu language proficiency tests as well. In addition, passing such a test is often a prerequisite for certain academic and professional ventures. Due to the significance and gravity of the matter, UrduPod101.com is here with the help you need. 

After going through this article and reading our tips for Urdu test preparation, you’ll be ready for your upcoming exam in Urdu when the big day comes. We’ll also share with you some advice on how to pass an Urdu exam with flying colors! 

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  1. General Information About Urdu Proficiency Tests
  2. Introduction to the Listening Section
  3. Introduction to the Reading Section
  4. Introduction to the Writing Section
  5. Introduction to the Speaking Section
  6. Some Additional Tips on Preparing for an Urdu Proficiency Exam
  7. Conclusion

1. General Information About Urdu Proficiency Tests

Language Skills

The content and expectations of an Urdu language proficiency test may vary depending on the nature of the test you’re taking. Nevertheless, there are generally four skills that a given exam will test you on: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. 

Furthermore, before taking an official Urdu proficiency test, we recommend that you practice by taking a mock test. This will give you a much better idea of what you can expect to see on a real Urdu proficiency exam and allow you to be better-prepared. 

A- Who Should Take an Urdu Language Exam?

The reasons for taking an Urdu proficiency test may differ, though there are a few reasons that are very common:  

  • Wanting to pursue a higher education at an Urdu university
  • Seeking a job in an Urdu-speaking country
  • Applying for a visa 
  • Looking for opportunities, asylum, or residence in an Urdu-speaking country

B- Things to Consider

Before you set out to take your Urdu proficiency exam of choice, there are a few things that we think you should consider. We’ll outline each one in the following sections.

1- Keep the Sole Purpose in Mind

Before sitting for your Urdu language proficiency test, don’t forget to revisit your basic purpose for taking the test and reset your priorities. This will reignite your interest and give you more motivation to do well on the exam.

An Asian Man Doing Meditation to Focus and Concentrate

2- Become Familiar with the Structure of the Test in Advance

Becoming familiar with the structure of the test will allow you to know exactly what to expect on the day of the test. In addition, keeping up-to-date with the test’s structure will ensure that you know about any recent changes the test may have undergone, saving you quite a shock! 

As mentioned earlier, an Urdu proficiency test customarily consists of four separate sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Each one has a certain time limit and is directed at evaluating the relevant linguistic competence.  

3- Dealing with Anxiety

Exam anxiety is a common experience shared by many aspiring test-takers. Under the bouts of anxiety, one can begin to lack focus and do poorly on their test. Remember to deal with your anxiety in a healthy manner, and come well-prepared by keeping the following factors in mind. 

2. Introduction to the Listening Section

A Man Trying to Listen to Sound Waves by Keeping His Hand Beside His Ear

Since listening is key to effective communication, it generally comes first in any language test. It examines one’s capacity to receive and interpret messages while listening to spoken language. Here’s what to expect in an Urdu listening exam.

A- Duration 

The ideal duration for such a test is thirty minutes. It will generally consist of twenty-five points and contain three questions.

B- Description of the Test

In the listening section, you’ll listen to three pre-recorded files. These files may contain discussions, speeches, conversations, directions, news, commentaries, etc.

At the beginning of the test, you’ll be given one minute to go through the questions. After that, you’ll listen to the first file for two minutes. Remember that you’ll have only a single opportunity to listen to the file, and it will not be repeated under any circumstances. After you’ve heard the audio file, you’ll be given three minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheets provided to you prior to the start of the test.

Before listening to the second file, you’ll have another minute to read the questions. After that, you’ll listen to the second file for six minutes, and you’ll be given three minutes to answer the questions.

In the third stage of this listening test, you’ll hear the third audio file for four minutes. You’ll have one minute to read the questions before listening, and four minutes to answer the questions.

C- Tips to Succeed

A Multitasker Person Busy in Different Task to Manage the Time

Manage your time well. This is essential for doing well on any test. One minute may not seem like enough time to review the questions, but utilizing this time well can give you incredible insight into what you should listen for. 

Wait until the audio is over to answer. Don’t fall victim to hasty judgements; listen until the end before answering. Due to the high standards of the test, the questions are often deceptive. So pay close attention to the entire audio, and don’t jump to conclusions! 

Answer cautiously and clearly. While transferring your answers to the answer sheet, be careful and write your answers clearly. Your answers should be grammatically correct and follow the guidelines. If you’re left with some time, remember to revisit your answers and fix any mistakes you find.

D- Rehearsal Strategies

Of course, the best Urdu listening exam practice is to do a lot of listening! 

UrduPod101.com is a supreme website for brushing up on your Urdu listening skills. In addition, try listening to some other audio/visual Urdu resources such as Radio Pakistan, Pakistan Television, talk shows, etc.

3. Introduction to the Reading Section

A Girl Reading a Book with the Help of a Magnifying Glass to Focus

There’s a common assumption that passing a reading test is easy. But there’s a lot more to it than one may think! 

When reading Urdu for an exam like this, you’re expected to not only showcase your rich vocabulary and decoding skills, but also to see how sentences and embedded ideas relate to each other.

A- Duration

The average duration of an Urdu reading test is sixty minutes. Such a test usually comprises three exercises for a total of twenty-five points.

B- Description of the Test

In order to evaluate your Urdu reading skills, you’ll be tested with questions that are based on three written documents. The first will be an informational document (possibly an essay or similar piece) written in the Urdu language. The second and third documents may vary in their subject matter and be expository and argumentative in nature.

C- Tips to Succeed

Have a strategy. For this section of the test, it’s good to have a strategy in place. For example, you can decide to read either the questions or the text first, depending on what you’re most comfortable with. The most important thing in this regard is to execute your plan flawlessly.

Skim and scan. In addition, use the skimming and scanning techniques to identify the answers quickly. Due to time constraints, you can’t afford to waste it on small details. 

Keep your answers neat. Last but not least, it’s always important to write down the answers in an orderly manner. In the end, it’s a test with a certain format and formalities.

D- Rehearsal

To practice for the reading portion of your Urdu language exam, we recommend that you explore all of the available Urdu language reading resources at UrduPod101.com.

Try to read as much Urdu as you can. These may include Urdu essays, fiction, non-fiction, political writings, the news, blog posts, etc. Whatever interests you! 

4. Introduction to the Writing Section

Some Students Sitting Inside an Examination Hall, Busy Writing

Writing is just as essential a skill as face-to-face communication, and Urdu writing exams are an integral part of any Urdu language proficiency test.  

A- Duration 

The total duration of an Urdu writing test will be sixty minutes, and it will comprise two writing tasks.

B- Description of the Test

For this portion of the test, you’ll need to write about two topics within the allotted time. You may be required to adopt a particular form of writing (narrative, descriptive, discursive, etc.) depending on the topics you write about.

Due to the time constraints, you should ideally spend half an hour on each topic. Each topic should also contain at least two-hundred words.

C- Tips to Succeed

Brainstorm. Don’t start writing right away; spend a little time brainstorming. This will help you craft your response in an organized manner and according to the question’s guidelines.

Keep your answers relevant. Your answers should be question-specific. This is a test of your Urdu writing skills, NOT of your personal opinions, likes, or dislikes.

Use good grammar and syntax. Use the appropriate Urdu writing system to answer the questions.

Revise your work. It’s always advisable to revise your writing after completing it. Take some time to proofread your writing and correct mistakes if there are any.

D- Rehearsal

UrduPod101.com is the number-one place to begin your writing practice, with numerous resources for aspiring language-learners. 

Further, expand your Urdu reading and become a voracious reader. This will enrich your Urdu vocabulary, increase your knowledge of Urdu grammar, and enhance your Urdu sentence formulation skills.

Try to rehearse Urdu dictation, as this will help make your expression in Urdu error-free.

5. Introduction to the Speaking Section

A Man Pronouncing Different Letters

Speaking is the most commonly used communication skill, and thus has a place in any good Urdu proficiency test. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about a typical Urdu speaking exam.

A- Duration 

The total duration of this test is thirty minutes. During this time, you’ll have to jot down certain points to prepare for an oral presentation (worth twenty-five points).

B- Description of the Test

In this section of the Urdu language proficiency test, you’ll be given a topic and asked to give an oral presentation that’s eight to ten minutes long. So you should prepare your presentation within the first twenty minutes, and present it within the remaining ten minutes. After your presentation, there will be a question-answer session too.

C- Tips to Succeed

Know your topic. Put all of your effort into comprehending the topic well; this is the first step in preparing and giving an effective presentation.

Have a clear position and argument. Take a clear line in support of or against the topic. Your position should be substantiated with solid arguments.

Use bullet points. Try to write down your presentation in bullet-list format. The time constraint won’t allow you to write it down in a proper speech format.

Include examples. Add apt illustrations, examples, and anecdotes when and where required. But remember that they should not sound far-fetched or out of context.

D- Rehearsal

You guessed it: UrduPod101.com should be your first resource for improving your Urdu speaking skills.

You should also try to have frequent conversations with native speakers (or good non-native speakers). This will motivate you and make you feel much more confident in your speaking abilities. 

In case you can’t find any good Urdu speakers, start recording your own speech and try to identify and fix your mistakes.

6. Some Additional Tips on Preparing for an Urdu Proficiency Exam

A Man Keeping His Finger on His Wristwatch Emphasizing the Significance of Being on Time

In addition to the tips we’ve given you throughout the article, there are a few more that apply to just about any test you can take: 

  • Always reach the test center well before the time of the test. This allows you to become familiar with the atmosphere and conditions well in advance.
  • Try to manage and utilize your time proportionately. This can have a huge impact on your test score! 
  • Take care of your physical and mental health before the test. Sleep tight, have a proper diet, and try to maintain a positive mindset.

7. Conclusion

You’ve made it to the end of our complete guide to the Urdu language proficiency test. We hope you’re now well-equipped with the tips and tricks you need to ace your upcoming exam! 

Did we miss any information regarding Urdu language proficiency tests? If so, don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments; we’ll do our best to answer any questions you have. 

To keep yourself abreast of all the developments in the field of Urdu language learning, become a frequent visitor of UrduPod101.com. A huge resource for all of your Urdu language-learning needs is just a click away.

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Essential Vocabulary for Life Events in Urdu

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What is the most defining moment you will face this year? From memories that you immortalize in a million photographs, to days you never wish to remember, one thing’s for certain: big life events change you. The great poet, Bukowski, said, “We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well, that death will tremble to take us.” The older I get, the more I agree with him!

Talking about significant events in our lives is part of every person’s journey, regardless of creed or culture. If you’re planning to stay in Pakistan for more than a quick visit, you’re sure to need at least a few ‘life events’ phrases that you can use. After all, many of these are shared experiences, and it’s generally expected that we will show up with good manners and warm wishes.

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Table of Contents

  1. Life Events
  2. Marriage Proposal Lines
  3. Talking About Age
  4. Conclusion

1. Life Events

Do you know how to say “Happy New Year” in Urdu? Well, the New Year is a pretty big deal that the whole world is in on! We celebrate until midnight, make mindful resolutions, and fill the night sky with the same happy words in hundreds of languages. No doubt, then, that you’ll want to know how to say it like a local!

Big life events are not all about fun times, though. Real life happens even when you’re traveling, and certain terminology will be very helpful to know. From talking about your new job to wishing your neighbors “Merry Christmas” in Urdu, here at UrduPod101, we’ve put together just the right vocabulary and phrases for you.

1- Birthday – سالگرہ (saalgirah)

If you’re like me, any excuse to bring out a pen and scribble a note is a good one. When there’s a birthday, even better: hello, handwriting!

Your Pakistani friend will love hearing you wish them a “Happy birthday” in Urdu, but how much more will they appreciate a thoughtful written message? Whether you write it on their Facebook wall or buy a cute card, your effort in Urdu is sure to get them smiling! Write it like this:

سالگرہ مبارک (Salgirah mubarik)

Older Woman Blowing Out Candles on a Birthday Cake Surrounded by Friends.

Now that you know the words, I challenge you to put them to music and sing your own “Happy birthday” song in Urdu! It’s not impossible to figure out even more lyrics, once you start discovering the language from scratch.

2- Buy – خریدنا (khareedna)

If there’s a special occasion, you might want to buy somebody a gift. As long as you’ve checked out Urdu etiquette on gift-giving (do a Google search for this!), it will be a lovely gesture. If you’re not sure what to buy, how about the awesome and universally-appealing gift of language? That’s a gift that won’t stop giving!

Two Women at a Counter in a Bookstore, One Buying a Book

3- Retire – ریٹائر (retire)

If you’re planning to expand your mind and retire in Pakistan, you can use this word to tell people why you seem to be on a perpetual vacation!

Retirement is also a great time to learn a new language, don’t you think? And you don’t have to do it alone! These days it’s possible to connect to a vibrant learning community at the click of a button. The added benefit of a Daily Dose of Language is that it keeps your brain cells alive and curious about the world. After all, it’s never too late to realize those long-ignored dreams of traveling the globe…

4- Graduation – گریجویشن (graduation)

When attending a graduation ceremony in Pakistan, be prepared for a lot of formal language! It will be a great opportunity to listen carefully and see if you can pick up differences from the everyday Urdu you hear.

Lecturer or University Dean Congratulating and Handing Over Graduation Certificate to a Young Man on Graduation Day.

5- Promotion – ترقی (taraqqi)

Next to vacation time, receiving a promotion is the one career highlight almost everyone looks forward to. And why wouldn’t you? Sure, it means more responsibility, but it also means more money and benefits and – the part I love most – a change of scenery! Even something as simple as looking out a new office window would boost my mood.

6- Anniversary – سالانہ تقریب (salana taqreeb)

Some anniversaries we anticipate with excitement, others with apprehension. They are days marking significant events in our lives that can be shared with just one person, or with a whole nation. Whether it’s a special day for you and a loved one, or for someone else you know, this word is crucial to know if you want to wish them a happy anniversary in Urdu.

7- Funeral – جنازہ (janaza)

We tend to be uncomfortable talking about funerals in the west, but it’s an important conversation for families to have. Around the world, there are many different customs and rituals for saying goodbye to deceased loved ones – some vastly different to our own. When traveling in Pakistan, if you happen to find yourself the unwitting observer of a funeral, take a quiet moment to appreciate the cultural ethos; even this can be an enriching experience for you.

8- Travel – سفر کرنا (safar karna)

Travel – my favorite thing to do! Everything about the experience is thrilling and the best cure for boredom, depression, and uncertainty about your future. You will surely be forever changed, fellow traveler! But you already know this, don’t you? Well, now that you’re on the road to total Urdu immersion, I hope you’ve downloaded our IOS apps and have your Nook Book handy to keep yourself entertained on those long bus rides.

Young Female Tourist with a Backpack Taking a Photo of the Arc de Triomphe

9- Graduate – گریجویٹ کرنا (graduate karna)

If you have yet to graduate from university, will you be job-hunting in Pakistan afterward? Forward-looking companies sometimes recruit talented students who are still in their final year. Of course, you could also do your final year abroad as an international student – an amazing experience if you’d love to be intellectually challenged and make a rainbow of foreign friends!

10- Wedding – شادی (shaadi)

One of the most-loved traditions that humans have thought up, which you’ll encounter anywhere in the world, is a wedding. With all that romance in the air and months spent on preparations, a wedding is typically a feel-good affair. Two people pledge their eternal love to each other, ladies cry, single men look around for potential partners, and everybody has a happy day of merrymaking.

Ah, but how diverse we are in our expression of love! You will find more wedding traditions around the world than you can possibly imagine. From reciting love quotes to marrying a tree, the options leave no excuse to be boring!

Married Couple During Reception, Sitting at Their Table While a Young Man Gives a Wedding Speech

11- Move – منتقل ہونا (muntaqil hona)

I love Pakistan, but I’m a nomad and tend to move around a lot, even within one country. What are the biggest emotions you typically feel when moving house? The experts say moving is a highly stressful event, but I think that depends on the circumstances. Transitional periods in our lives are physically and mentally demanding, but changing your environment is also an exciting adventure that promises new tomorrows!

12- Be born – پیدا ہونا (peda hona)

I was not born in 1993, nor was I born in Asia. I was born in the same year as Aishwarya Rai, Akon, and Monica Lewinsky, and on the same continent as Freddy Mercury. When and where were you born? More importantly – can you say it in Urdu?

13- Get a job – ملازمت حاصل ہونا (mulaazmat haasil hona)

The thought of looking for a job in a new country can be daunting, but English speakers are in great demand in Pakistan – you just have to do some research, make a few friends and get out there! Also, arming yourself with a few Urdu introductions that you can both say and write will give you a confidence boost. For example, can you write your name in Urdu?

Group of People in Gear that Represent a Number of Occupations.

14- Die – مرنا (marna)

Death is a universal experience and the final curtain on all other life events. How important is it, then, to fully live before we die? If all you have is a passport, a bucket list, and a willingness to learn some lingo, you can manifest those dreams!

15- Job – کام (kaam)

What job do you do? Does it allow you much time for travel, or for working on this fascinating language that has (so rightfully) grabbed your attention? Whatever your job, you are no doubt contributing to society in a unique way. If you’re doing what you love, you’re already on the road to your dream. If not, just remember that every single task is one more skill to add to your arsenal. With that attitude, your dream job is coming!

16- Birth – پیدائش (pedaaish)

Random question: do you know the birth rate of Pakistan?

If you’re lucky enough to be invited to see a friend’s baby just after they are born, you’ll have all my respect and all my envy. There is nothing cuter! Depending on which part of the country you’re in, you may find yourself bearing witness to some pretty unexpected birth customs. Enjoy this privilege!

Crying Newborn Baby Held By a Doctor or Nurse in a Hospital Theatre

17- Engaged – منگنی کرنا (mangni karna)

EE Cummings said, “Lovers alone wear sunlight,” and I think that’s most true at the moment she says “yes.” Getting engaged is something young girls dream of with stars in their eyes, and it truly is a magical experience – from the proposal, to wearing an engagement ring, to the big reveal!

In the world of Instagram, there’s no end to the antics as imaginative couples try more and more outrageous ways to share their engagement with the world. I love an airport flashmob, myself, but I’d rather be proposed to on a secluded beach – salt, sand, and all!

Engagement customs around the world vary greatly, and Pakistan is no exception when it comes to interesting traditions. Learning their unique romantic ways will inspire you for when your turn comes.

Speaking of romance, do you know how to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” in Urdu?

18- Marry – شادی کرنا (shaadi karna)

The one you marry will be the gem on a shore full of pebbles. They will be the one who truly mirrors your affection, shares your visions for the future, and wants all of you – the good, the bad and the inexplicable.

From thinking up a one-of-a-kind wedding, to having children, to growing old together, finding a twin flame to share life with is quite an accomplishment! Speaking of which…

2. Marriage Proposal Lines

Marriage Proposal Lines

Ah, that heart-stopping moment when your true love gets down on one knee to ask for your hand in marriage, breathlessly hoping that you’ll say “Yes!” If you haven’t experienced that – well, it feels pretty darn good, is all I can say! If you’re the one doing the asking, though, you’ve probably had weeks of insomnia agonizing over the perfect time, location and words to use.

Man on His Knee Proposing to a Woman on a Bridge.

How much more care should be taken if your love is from a different culture to yours? Well, by now you know her so well, that most of it should be easy to figure out. As long as you’ve considered her personal commitment to tradition, all you really need is a few words from the heart. Are you brave enough to say them in Urdu?

3. Talking About Age

Talking about Age

Part of the wonder of learning a new language is having the ability to strike up simple conversations with strangers. Asking about age in this context feels natural, as your intention is to practice friendly phrases – just be mindful of their point of view!

When I was 22, I loved being asked my age. Nowadays, if someone asks, I say, “Well, I’ve just started my fifth cat life.” Let them ponder that for a while.

In Pakistan, it’s generally not desirable to ask an older woman her age for no good reason, but chatting about age with your peers is perfectly normal. Besides, you have to mention your birthday if you want to be thrown a birthday party!

4. Conclusion

Well, there you have it! With so many great new Urdu phrases to wish people with, can you think of someone who has a big event coming up? If you want to get even more creative, UrduPod101 has much to inspire you with – come and check it out! Here’s just some of what we have on offer at UrduPod101:

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