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A Concise Guide to Urdu Grammar

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Edgar Allan Poe believed, “A man’s grammar, like Caesar’s wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.” 

If you want to sanctify your Urdu grammar, you’re in the right place.

The structure of every language hinges upon its grammar. Having a basic understanding of a language’s grammar allows learners to fine-tune their listening comprehension and use the language clearly and accurately.

On this page, UrduPod101.com will inspire you to learn Urdu grammar in full by providing you with comprehensive overviews of the Urdu grammar basics and showing you how everything falls together.

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  1. The Urdu Script and Transliteration System
  2. Urdu Syntax and Word Order
  3. Verbs and Tenses
  4. Nouns
  5. Pronouns
  6. Adjectives
  7. Negation
  8. Interrogation
  9. Conclusion

1. The Urdu Script and Transliteration System

Urdu is a complete language with a unique script. It borrows its script from two widely popular oriental languages: Persian and Arabic. خطِ نستعلیق (khat-e-Nastaliq) is the standard Urdu writing system, which emerged from a mixture of two different writing scripts called Naskh and Talique. As a rule, you’ll find it written from right to left (instead of left to right, like in English). This writing script includes thirty-eight letters and ten vowel marks (called airaabs).


2. Urdu Syntax and Word Order

As an English speaker, you’re probably used to the SVO (Subject + Verb + Object) word order. Well, in Urdu grammar, sentences follow the SOV (Subject + Object + Verb) order, where the verb and object switch places.

Urdu is called a ‘verb final’ language because, syntactically, the verb comes at the end of the sentence.

To understand this properly, have a look at the following example:

میں چائے پیتا ہوں۔
mei chaye peeta hun.
Subject + Object + Verb

In English, this sentence would be:

I take tea.
Subject + Verb + Object

The word order will take some getting used to, but with enough practice and exposure, it will become second-nature to you.

Apple-cinnamon Tea

I take tea.

3. Verbs and Tenses

In Urdu grammar, verbs are rather complex. That said, it’s generally best to start learning the Urdu verbs in their basic (infinitive) form.

Urdu Infinitives

Urdu infinitives always end with نا (na):

  •  بولنا (bolna) – “to speak”
  • ہنسنا (hansna) – “to laugh”
  •  دوڑنا (dodhna) – “to run”

See our article on the 100+ Must-Know Urdu Verbs on UrduPod101.com to learn the most common verbs and how to use them.

The Conjugation of Urdu Verbs

Once you’ve learned a good number of Urdu infinitives, you’ll be better placed to start learning how to conjugate them. We’ll admit that Urdu verb conjugation is pretty complex, but there are several keys to it that will make the process simpler for you over time.

Urdu verbs conjugate according to the tense, person, number, gender, and mood. For the purposes of this overview, we’ll discuss the two most important factors: tense and gender.

Tenses

In Urdu grammar, tenses affect conjugation in a consistent manner. To see what we mean, study the example given below.

سونا (sona) is the base for the Urdu verb that means “to sleep.” Now, let’s have a look at how it conjugates in the present, past, and future simple tenses.

وہ سوتا ہے۔
woh sota hai.
“He sleeps.”

وہ سویا۔
woh soya.
“He slept.”

وہ سوئے گا۔
woh soye ga.
“He will sleep.”

A Baby Comfortably Sleeping in a Blanket

Gender

Gender also plays a vital role in the conjugation of Urdu verbs. Let’s see how gender affects the conjugation of سونا (sona), or “to sleep.”

Male:

میں سوتا ہوں۔
mein sota hun.
“I sleep.”

Female:

میں سوتی ہوں۔
mein soti hun.
“I sleep.”

You can see that the English translation of the sentence remains the same, while the gender of the subject has conjugated the verb in Urdu.

To learn everything about verb conjugation in Urdu, visit our Urdu Verb Conjugation article on UrduPod101.com.

The Symbols of Male and Female Genders Drawn on a Blackboard

4. Nouns

Now that we’ve talked about verbs and their conjugation, let’s spend some time discussing the Urdu nouns.

Every Noun Has a Gender 

Remember: In Urdu, every noun has a gender. This means that it’s necessary for foreigners to learn the nouns with their proper gender. 

For example:

  • کرسی (kursi) – “chair” [feminine]
  • میز (maze) – “table” [masculine]

Once you acquire the skill of using Urdu nouns properly, it means that you’ve covered a long distance in your learning and aren’t very far away from total mastery!

Chairs and a Table, Probably a Kitchen’s Furniture

Noun Types and Placement in Sentences

The two basic noun types in Urdu are: 

  • اسمِ نکرہ (isme nakirah) – “common noun”
  • اسمِ معرفہ (isme marfa) – “proper noun” 

They play the same roles in Urdu as their counterparts do in English. Normally, Urdu nouns are placed between the subject and verb of a sentence.

To know more on this topic, read our Urdu Nouns article on UrduPod101.com.

5. Pronouns

Just like English pronouns, Urdu pronouns play a significant role in the structure and function of sentences. They replace nouns that are mentioned more than once in order to avoid repetition.

Basic Types of Urdu Pronouns

Urdu uses many of the same pronoun types as English does. For example, you’ll find the following groups in Urdu:

  • ضمیر متکلم (zameer mutkallam) – “first person”
  • ضمیر حاضر (zameer hazir) – “second person”
  • ضمیر غائب (zameer ghayab) – “third person”

The Special Case of تم (tum) and آپ (aap)

In Pakistan, always be vigilant when using the second person pronoun “you,” which can be translated two ways: آپ (aap) and تم (tum). You must use the former with people you don’t know, the elderly, or those who are above you in status; it sounds the most respectful and formal. Use the latter only if you’ve developed a high level of intimacy with the other person. Otherwise, you may face some serious repercussions.

To explore this topic further, read our Urdu Pronoun article on UrduPod101.com.

A Woman Raising Her Finger to a Man in Anger

6. Adjectives

Like those in English, Urdu adjectives describe nouns and thus are a crucial element of Urdu grammar. Let’s have a cursory look at the nature and function of Urdu adjectives.

The first thing that you must learn is that the gender of an adjective is determined by the noun:  

  • گہرا دریا (gehra darya) – “deep river”
  • گہری نہر (gehri nehar) – “deep canal”

In the first example, the adjective گہرا (gehra) is used in masculine form because the noun دریا (darya) is masculine. In the second example, the adjective گہری (gehri) is used in feminine form because the noun نہر (nehar) is feminine. Thus, you can see how Urdu adjectives must agree in gender with the noun they describe.

Also remember that Urdu adjectives are normally placed before the nouns they describe. 

7. Negation

In the Urdu language, نہیں (nahi) and نہ (nah) are the most important words of negation. They are equivalent to “no” or “not” in English. Being able to use these words of negation in your own Urdu sentences is a huge milestone, as it will allow you to communicate more complex thoughts. 

Here are a couple of examples of how these words can be used:

یہ نہ کرو۔
yeh na karo.
“Don’t do this.”

میں تم سے ناراض نہیں ہوں۔
mein tum se naraz nahi hun.
“I am not angry with you.”

A Girl Gesturing to Negate and Decline Something

8. Interrogation

You can hardly imagine a conversation without questions, right? Let’s look at how to form questions in Urdu! 

Words of Interrogation

The first step is to memorize the question words in Urdu. These are:

  • کیا (kia) – “what”
  • کیوں (kyun) – “why”
  • کب (kab) – “when”
  • کہاں (kahan) – “where”
  • کیسے (kaise) – “how”

Using These Words in Questions

Got it? Great! Then let’s see how to form interrogative sentences with them. 

You can form questions by placing the appropriate question word at the beginning of the sentence or after the subject. 

کیا تم خوش ہو؟
kia tum khush ho?
“Are you happy?”

 تم کیسے ہو؟
tum kaise ho?
“How are you?”

تم کیوں ناراض ہو؟
tum kyun naraz ho?
“Why are you angry?”

تم کہاں ہو؟
tum kahan ho?
“Where are you?”

تم کب آؤ گے؟
tum kab aaoge?
“When will you come?”

A Boy Gesturing to Ask a Question

9. Conclusion

We’ve now guided you on the basic Urdu grammar rules. You can always use this concise Urdu grammar guide as a quick reference point for your Urdu learning in the future. 

How do you feel so far? If you have any questions or concerns about something we covered here, don’t hesitate to let us know! We’ll be glad to help you out. And if you feel like you need to go over this information with fresh eyes, check out our lesson Painless Urdu Grammar

If you enjoyed this lesson and want to learn more with us, feel free to explore UrduPod101.com. We are a rich repository of Urdu language learning resources designed to enhance your Urdu vocabulary, pronunciation, and other relevant skills.

Very Happy Urdu Learning! 

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The Top 30 Urdu Quotes for Language Learners

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Have you ever encountered a quote that moved you to think more deeply about something or motivated you to start walking another path in life? Quotes can be very influential, spurring individuals and even entire communities into action.

Quotes from different language backgrounds reflect the socio-cultural norms and values of different nations. Luckily for you as a language learner, the Urdu language in particular is quite rich in the field of quotes, with many Pakistani people opting to express themselves through popular Urdu quotes when the situation allows for it.

In this article, you’ll learn a variety of Urdu quotes on life, as well as life’s many aspects and experiences. 

Are you ready? Then let’s get to it.

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  1. Quotes About Wisdom
  2. Quotes About Struggle and Success
  3. Quotes About Life
  4. Quotes About Time
  5. Quotes About Love
  6. Quotes About Family and Friends
  7. Some Funny Quotes
  8. Conclusion

1. Quotes About Wisdom

In Pakistani society, wisdom and foolishness are common topics of conversation. Here are a few Urdu quotes that touch on the topic!

#1

(ہم تعلیم خرید سکتے ہیں لیکن عقل خدا کا عطا کردہ تحفہ ہے۔ (سعادت حسن منٹو 

hum taleem khareed sakte hain lekin aqal khuda ka ata karda tohfa hai. (Saadat Hasan Manto)

“We can buy education, but wisdom is the gift of God.” (Saadat Hasan Manto)

This quote by Saadat Hasan Manto—a famous Pakistani short story writer—indicates that wisdom and education are not one and the same, and that wisdom is far superior to education. While you can buy education, true wisdom is endowed by God Almighty. 

#2

عقلمند ہے وہ شخص جو انجام سوچ کر کام کرے۔ (حضرت علی) 

Aqal mand hai woh shakhs jo anjaam soch kar kaam kare. (Hazrat Ali)

“Wise is the person who thinks about the result before doing something.” (Hazrat Ali)

This is an Islamic quote by Hazrat Ali, the fourth caliph of Islam. It highlights the foresightedness of a sage, and it can be used to compliment someone who anticipates the aftermath of a deed—or to admonish those who act without thought of the future. It’s a near equivalent of the English quote, “Think before you leap.”

 #3

 مصیبت اگر انسان کو دولتمند نہیں تو عقلمند ضرور بنا دیتی ہے۔

museebat agar insaan ko dolatmand nahi to aqal mand zaroor bana deti hai.

“Adversity makes a person wise if not wealthy.”

You can use this particular quote to console someone who is facing hard times.

#4 

عقلمند اپنے عیب خود دیکھتا ہے اور بیوقوف کے عیب دنیا دیکھتی ہے۔ (شیخ سعدی) 

Aqal mand apne aib ko khud dekhta hai aur bewaqoof ka aaeb dunya dekhti hai. (Sheikh Saadi)

“A wise person looks at his vices himself and the vices of fools are seen by others.” (Sheikh Saadi)

This quote is by Sheikh Saadi, another renowned Muslim scholar. You can use it to ridicule a foolish person who is unable to identify their vices, or to applaud someone for their ability to do so.  

2. Quotes About Struggle and Success

Spend enough time in Pakistan, and you’re likely to hear a few inspirational quotes in Urdu. Life can get tough, and these uplifting words can make all the difference. 


#5

انسان کے لئے وہی کچھ ہے جس کے لئے وہ کوشش کرے۔ (القرآن)

insaan ke liye wohi kuch hai jis ke liye wo koshish kare. (Al-Quraan)

“A man gets only what he strives for.” (Al-Quraan)

This quote is perfect for boosting someone’s morale! The quote also takes precedence over the others in this section because of its religious background, being taken from The Holy Quran.

 #6

 محنت اتنی خاموشی سے کرو کہ تمھاری کامیابی شور مچا دے۔

mehnat itni khamoshi se karo ke tumhari kamyabi shor macha de.

“Work hard in silence and let your success make the noise.”

This Urdu quote is a near equivalent of the English saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” It indicates that if you keep working hard, a day will come when your success becomes obvious to others.

#7

بڑی منزلوں کے مسافر چھوٹا دل نہیں رکھتے۔ (وااصف علی واصف) 

badhi manzilon ke musafir chota dil nahi rakhte. (Wasif Ali Wasif)

“Those destined for greater destinations keep a bigger heart.” (Wasif Ali Wasif)

This quote is a near equivalent of, “Not failure, but low aim, is a crime.” It comes from the pen of famous Urdu scholar Wasif Ali Wasif. It means that one should never aim for lower goals and to keep the target and objectives high.

#8

 ذرا نم ہو تو یہ مٹی بڑی ذرخیز ہے ساقی (علامہ اقبال)

zara num ho to yeh matti bari zarkhez hai saqi.(Allama Iqbal)

“This soil is very fertile; just a drop of water is needed.” (Allama Iqbal)

This quote was penned by the national poet of Pakistan, Doctor Allama Muhammad Iqbal. It describes the presence of potential talent in someone that, with only a little circumstantial prompting, will grow into something spectacular. It’s used when someone with limited resources brings extraordinary achievements.

A Man Waving His Arm in the Air Upon Reaching the Top of a Mountain

3. Quotes About Life

The world over, people have been trying to pinpoint the meaning of life and our existence. Read through these thought-provoking quotes about life in Urdu to gain some cultural perspective on how Pakistanis view this phenomenon. 

#9

زندگی خود راستے بناتی ہے، راستے زندگی نہیں بناتے۔ (سعادت حسن منٹو) 

zindagi khud raaste banati hai, raaste zindagi nahi banate. (Saadat Hasan Manto)

“Life determines its course, courses do not determine life.” (Saadat Hasan Manto)

Saadat Hasan Manto’s quote refers to life as the driving force in determining one’s course. It doesn’t matter which way you choose to go, because life has its plans to execute.

A Straight Road Showing a Path with Some Clouds in the Sky

#10

 زندگی ریاضی کا سوال نہیں جس کا جواب معلوم ہو سکے۔ (واصف علی واصف)

zindagi riyazi ka sawal nahi jis ka jawab maloom ho sake.(Wasif Ali Wasif)

“Life is not a question of mathematics where the answer must be known.” (Wasif Ali Wasif)

This quote explains the enigmatic nature of life. It emphasizes that life is not a mathematical problem that has a definite answer. You can use this quote whenever you’re facing inexplicable circumstances.

#11

 زندگی جبرِ مسلسل کی طرح کاٹی ہے جانے کس جرم کی پائی ہے سزا یاد نہیں (ساغر صدیقی)

 zindagi jabre musalsal ki tarah kaati hai jaane kis jurm ki paayi hai saza yaad nahi. (Saghar Siddiqui)

“I have spent my life like a continuous coercion; I don’t know why I have been punished.” (Saghar Siddiqui)

In Pakistan, people often quote poetic couplets in conversation. This couplet is from the very famous Urdu poet Saghir Siddiqui. It speaks of the tyranny of life, with the poet crying about his continuous sufferings and lamenting for his punishment of an unknown crime. You can use this couplet to comment on the sufferings of someone else or to underline your own sufferings.

#12

زندگی ہے یا کوئی طوفان ہے

zindagi hai ya koi toofan hai

“Is it my life or some kind of a storm?”

This is another popular couplet, often used to comment on the cruelty of life. 

4. Quotes About Time

Time is priceless, and Pakistanis have quite a lot to say on the matter. Read through the following Urdu quotes about time to gain some cultural perspective!

An Old Solar Metallic Clock – Suggestive of Hard Times

#13

وقت اچھا بھی آئے گا ناصر غم نہ کر زندگی پڑی ہے ابھی (ناصر کاظمی) 

waqt acha bhi aaye gaa nasir gham na kar zindagi parhi hai abhi. (Nasir Kazmi)

“The time will change (Mr. Nasir), there is still a long way to go in this life.” (Nasir Kazmi)

The well-renowned Pakistani poet Nasir Kazmi penned this couplet, in which he forbids sorrow and states that the good times will soon follow, and that life is very long. You can use this quote whenever you want someone to be more hopeful and optimistic.  

#14

 وقت تو وقت پر بدلتا ہے لیکن انسان کسی بھی وقت بدل سکتا ہے۔

waqt to waqt per badalta hai lekin insaan kisi bhi waqt badal sakta hai.

“Time changes at its time but a person can change any time.”

This Urdu quote is used to complain about the transient nature of human beings. It accentuates the fact that time changes over a specified period, but human beings are fickle and may change spontaneously. You can use this quote when someone betrays or disappoints you.

#15

 مشکل وقت سبھی پر آتا ہے کوئی بکھر جاتا ہے کوئی نکھر جاتا ہے۔

mushkil waqt sabhi per aata hai koi bikhar jaata hai koi nikhar jaata hai

“Everyone passes through hard times; some get scattered while the others survive to shine.”

This is the type of quote a leader may use to console an audience and encourage them to pass through an ordeal with dignity to come out victorious.

#16

وقت، اعتبار اور عزت ایسے پرندے ہیں جو اڑ جائیں تو واپس نہیں آتے۔

waqt, aitbaar aur izzat aisay parinde hain jo udh jayain to wapas nahi aate.

“Time, trust, and respect are like those birds that do not return after they fly away once.”

This quote means that you can trust someone only once; after you have been betrayed or let down, that trust vanishes forever.

5. Quotes About Love

Love is universal, and you’ll find a huge collection of love quotes in the Urdu language. Here are just a few of our favorites.


Two Heart-Shaped Balloons Flying in the Skies Signifying Love

#17

مانگی ہوئی محبت کا مزہ بگڑی ہوئی شراب جیسا ہوتا ہے۔ (بانو قدسیہ) 

mangi hui mohabbat ka maza bigdhi hui sharaab jaisa hota hai. (Bano Qudsia)

“If you beg for love, it will taste like a spoiled wine.” (Bano Qudsia)

This Urdu quote on love is often used to admonish someone who is ready to start begging for love. It reminds that person of how distasteful such love is.

#18

ستاروں سے آگے جہاں اور بھی ہیں ابھی عشق کے امتحاں اور بھی ہیں (علامہ اقبال) 

sitaron se aagey jahan aur bhi hain abhi ishq ke imtihaan aur bhi hain. (Allama Iqbal)

“There are other worlds beyond the stars, and there are still more tests to go in love.” (Allama Iqbal)

Pakistanis often utter this couplet when they see a lover struggling in a romantic relationship.

#19

 زمین کے سفر میں اگر کوئی چیز آسمانی ہے تو وہ محبت ہے۔

zameen ke safar mei agar koi cheez aasmani hai to woh mohabbat hai.

“The only heavenly thing in this journey of earth is love.”

This quote touches on the heavenly nature of love and declares it to be something that doesn’t actually belong on earth.

#20

 عشق ایک مرض ہے اور جب تک طول نہ پکڑے، مرض نہیں ہوتا۔ محض ایک مذاق ہوتا ہے۔ (سعادت حسن منٹو)

ishq ek marz hai aur jab tak tool na pakdhe marz nahi hota. Mahaz ek mazaaq hota hai. (Saadat Hasan Manto)

“Love is a disease and if it is not protracted it is just a joke.” (Saadat Hasan Manto)

This phrase differentiates between temporary infatuation and the permanence of real love. It suggests that only long-term love is real.

#21

محبت لین دین نہیں محبت صرف دین ہے۔ (ممتاز مفتی) 

mohabbat lein dein nahi mohabbat sirf dein hai. (Mumtaz Mufti)

“Love is not give and take, it is only to give.” (Mumtaz Mufti)

Mumtaz Mufti was a highly celebrated Urdu novelist and short story writer. In this quote, he clarifies that love is not a deal that involves giving and taking, but rather one that calls for sacrifice.

6. Quotes About Family and Friends

Love of family and friends is an inseparable part of human nature. Let’s go over a few Urdu quotes on friendship and family to help you gain some cultural insight into how Pakistanis view these topics.


#22

 ہر اس دوست پر بھروسہ کرو جو مشکل میں تمھارے کام آیا ہو۔ (حضرت علی)

her uss dost par bharosa karo jo mushkil mei tumhare kaam aya ho. (Hazrat Ali)

“Trust every friend who helped you in hard times.” (Hazrat Ali)

Here’s another Islamic quote by Hazrat Ali, the fourth caliph of Islam. It guides us to trust a friend who remains helpful in difficult situations.

#23

 رشتے نبھانے کا ظرف نہ ہو تو رشتے بنانے سے پرہیز کریں۔

rishte nibhane ka zarf na ho to rishte banane se perhez karain.

“If you do not know how to maintain relationships, avoid making them.”

You can use this phrase when a person is unable to meet your expectations regarding the maintenance of your relationship.

#24

 تین رشتے تین وقتوں میں پہچانے جاتے ہیں۔ اولاد بڑھاپے میں، بیوی غربت میں، دوست مصیبت میں

teen rishte teen waqton mein pehchane jaate hain. Aulad budhapey mei, biwi ghurbat mei, dost musibat mein

“These three relations are tested three times. Children in your old age, wife in your poverty, and friends while you are in trouble.”

This quote emphasizes the need for caring children in old age, a cooperative wife in poverty, and a helpful friend in times of need.

Family Members Showing Concern for the Old Mom

#25

 اچھے لوگوں کا ملنا ہی اچھے مستقبل کی ضمانت ہے۔

ache logon ka milna hi ache mustaqbil ki zamanat hai.

“Meeting good people is the guarantee of a good future.”

This quote can be used as an Urdu greeting upon meeting someone for the first time, especially if you see this person being in your future.

#26

 کسی رشتے کو کتنی بھی محبت سے باندھا جائے لیکن اگر عزت اور لحاظ چلا جائے تو محبت بھی چلی جاتی ہے۔

kisi rishte ko kitni bhi mohabbat se bandha jaye lekin agar izzat aur lihaaz chala jaye to mohabbat bhi chali jati hai.

“It does not matter how much you love a relationship; if respect and forbearance departs, they take away the love with them.”

This Urdu quote highlights the importance of respect in maintaining a solid relationship.

#27

برے دوست سے بچو ایسا نہ ہو کہ وہ تمھارا تعارف بن جائے۔ (امام مالک)

burey dost say bacho aisa na ho ka woh tumhara taaruf ban jaaye. (Imam Malik)

“Avoid a bad friend lest he become your introduction.” (Imam Malik)

This is another Islamic quote from Imam Malik, asking us to refrain from being in the company of bad friends. It is nearly equivalent to the English adage, “A man is known by the company he keeps.”

7. Some Funny Quotes

To close, let’s digress from the serious business with some comic relief.

#28

 سمجھدار آدمی نظر ہمیشہ نیچی اور نیت خراب رکھتا ہے۔ (مشتاق احمد یوسفی)

samajhdar aadmi nazar hamesha neechi aur niyyat kharab rakhta hai. (Mushtaq Ahmad Yousafi)

“A wise man always keeps his eyes down and intentions bad.” (Mushtaq Ahmad Yousafi)

This quote is often used in reference to a person who pretends to be noble but, inwardly, is lecherous.

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محبت انسان کو اندھا کر دیتی ہے اور پھر شادی یہ بینائی لوٹاتی ہے۔ (ڈاکٹر محمد یونس بٹ) 

mohabbat insan ko andha kar deti hai aur phir shaadi yeh beenai lotathi hai. (Dr. Muhammd Younis Butt)

“Love makes a person blind, but his eyesight returns after marriage.” (Dr. Muhammd Younis Butt)

In Pakistan, many married men enjoy taunting their wives with this quote.

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خاوند کے لئے بیوی کو سمجھنا کوئی مشکل نہیں، بشرطیکہ وہ دوسرے کی ہو۔ (ڈاکٹر محمد یونس بٹ) 

khawand ke liye biwi ko samjhna koi mushkil nahi, bashart ye k woh doosre ki ho. (Dr. Muhammd Younis Butt)

“It is not difficult for a man to know a wife, but the only pre-condition is someone else’s wife.” (Dr. Muhammd Younis Butt)

Now it’s the married women’s turn! They often use this quote to make fun of their husbands who fail to understand their own wives, but claim to understand the miseries of other women.

8. Conclusion

In this article, you learned several Urdu quotes about love and life in a variety of categories and gained lots of cultural insight that will further benefit your language studies.

Do you feel better placed to choose and use any of these quotes? Or do you have questions about something we covered? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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The Ultimate Guide to Urdu Time: How to Tell Time in Urdu

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It’s a universally acknowledged truth that time and tide wait for none. Yes, if you want to enjoy a good productive stay in an Urdu-speaking country, knowing how to effectively communicate time will be your vantage point. In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about Urdu time so you can be prepared and on time, all the time!

P.S.: Once you’ve gotten the hang of telling the time in Urdu, be sure to check out our vocabulary list Talking about Days for more useful words and phrases.

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  1. Why is it Important to Study How to Tell the Time in Urdu?
  2. How to Ask the Time in Urdu
  3. The Hours in Urdu
  4. Understanding How to Use Minutes in Urdu
  5. General Time Reference of the Day
  6. Adverbs of Time in Urdu
  7. Time Proverbs and Sayings
  8. Conclusion

1. Why is it Important to Study How to Tell the Time in Urdu?

Time

Depending on your personal needs or inclinations, your reasons for learning Urdu may differ. But the essentiality of learning the art of asking or telling the time correctly remains the same. Whether you want to set up a business appointment or need to coordinate with someone about a recreational tour, you’ll always have to ask or tell the time. Here, in this article, we’ll guide you through how to ask/tell the time in Urdu immaculately and with ease. 

2. How to Ask the Time in Urdu

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While staying in Pakistan, it’s quite normal to need to ask the time from someone. If you haven’t learned how to ask the time in Urdu, below are a few simple sentences which will enable you to easily ask the time from someone in Urdu.

  • وقت کیا ہوا ہے؟

waqt kia hua hai?

What time is it?

  • آپ کی گھڑی پر کیا بجا ہے؟

aap ki gharri per kia baja hai?

What is the time on your watch?

  •  کیا آپ مجھے وقت بتا سکتے ہیں؟

kia aap mujhay waqt bata saktay hain?

Could you please tell me the time?

1- Cultural Tip about the Usage of “You” in Urdu

Always remember that in Urdu, there are two words used for the second person pronoun “you.” The two words are تم (tum) and آپ (aap). Both of them mean the same thing: “you.” People use the first one in an informal sense, whereas they use the second one in formal conversations. We suggest that you use the second word, as it sounds more polite and courteous compared to the first word.

2- A Must-Know List about Periods of Time in Urdu

Before proceeding further, boost your knowledge with a practical and useful list of must-know Urdu words about periods of time! 

  • ایک سیکنڈ

ek second

One second

  • ایک منٹ

ek minute

One minute

  • ایک گھنٹہ

ek ghanta

One hour

  • ایک دن

ek din

One day

  • ایک ہفتہ

ek hafta

One week

  • ایک مہینہ

ek mahina

One month

  • ایک سال

ek saal

One year

  • ایک دہائی

ek dihai

One decade

  • ایک صدی

ek saddi

One century

3. The Hours in Urdu

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1- Understanding the Use of Hours in Urdu:

You can’t afford to wait until the eleventh hour to learn the exact word for “hour” in Urdu, which is گھنٹہ (Ghanta). If you look at the clock, you can easily see that it contains twelve hours. Without sound knowledge about these hours and their corresponding Urdu numbers, you really can’t move forward with learning how to ask or give the time in Urdu.

2- گھنٹہ (ghanta) — “hour”

In Pakistan, the usual format people use for telling the time is the twelve-hour format. Thus, you need to familiarize yourself with the idea of a.m. and p.m. in Urdu. 

For the first twelve hours—from twelve o’clock midnight to twelve at noon—the words قبل دوپہر (qabal dopehar) or صبح (subah) are used. These equate with the term a.m. in Urdu. 

The exact word synonymous with p.m. in Urdu is بعد دوپہر (baad dopehar). You can’t use a single word like subah for this. 

If you want to give a time reference instead, you’ll have to use words like “afternoon,” “evening,” or “night” accordingly. We’ll discuss these time references later on in this article.

3- How to properly use hours in Urdu

First, let’s learn how to say “o’clock” in Urdu. The Urdu word بجے (bajay) is the nearest translation available for this word. You’ll see later in this article how significant learning about, and using, “o’clock” in Urdu is. 

Below is a list which will introduce you to telling the time in Urdu vocabulary efficiently. 

ایک بجے     (aik bajay)         One o’clock

دو بجے       (dou bajay)        Two o’clock      

تین بجے      (teen bajay)      Three o’clock

چار بجے     (char bajay)       Four o’clock

پانچ نجے    (panch bajay)    Five o’clock

چھ بجے      (chay bajay)       Six o’clock

سات بجے    (saat bajay)        Seven o’clock

آٹھ بجے      (aath bajay)        Eight o’clock

نو بجے      (nou bajay)         Nine o’clock

دس بجے    (das bajay)          Ten o’clock

گیارہ بجے  (gayarah bajay)   Eleven o’clock

بارہ بجے   (barah bajay)       Twelve o’clock

After having a look at the twelve hours in Urdu, let’s learn a few valuable sentences to see how they’re used.

  •  اس وقت نو بجے ہیں۔

iss waqt nou bajay hain.

It is nine o’clock right now.

  •   کرکٹ میچ صبح دس بجے شروع ہو گا۔

 cricket match subah das bajay shuru ho ga.

The cricket match will start at ten o’clock in the morning.

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4. Understanding How to Use Minutes in Urdu

1- منٹ (minute) — “minute”

In the hunt for the translation of the English word “minute” in Urdu, you require no extra effort—the pronunciation of the word is exactly the same as in English. To master telling the time in Urdu using minutes, you must also achieve proficiency in Urdu numbers as suggested earlier.

One of the simplest ways of telling the time in Urdu is to say the numbers you see on a clock or watch. Here are some examples:

A Digital Clock Displaying the Time of 5 A.M.

3:18

تین بج کر اٹھارہ منٹ    (teen baj kar athara minute)          Three eighteen

12:45

بارہ بج کر پنتالیس منٹ  (barah baj kar pantalees minute)   Twelve forty-five

03:28

تین بج کر اٹھائیس منٹ  (teen baj kar athaees minute)        Three twenty-eight 

Sentence:

لیکچر دس بج کر تیس منٹ پر شروع ہو گا۔

lecture das baj kar tees minute per shiru ho ga.

The lecture will start at ten-thirty.

2- Hours Divided into Minutes

Now let’s expand our knowledge and concentrate on the division of hours into minutes before proceeding further. A very basic division of the clock reading is given below. It will also introduce you to the art of how to read time in Urdu.

  • سوا (sawa) Quarter past
  • ساڑھے (sarrhay) Half past
  • پونے (ponay) Quarter to

Here are some sentences to show you how these words are actually used:

  • میٹنگ سوا ایک بجے شروع ہو گی۔

meeting sawa aik bajay shuru ho gi.

The meeting will start at a quarter past one.

  • لنچ ساڑھے تین بجے دیا جائے گا۔

lunch sarrhay teen bajay diya jaye ga.

The lunch will be served at half past three.

  • وہ پونے دو بجے روانہ ہوں گے۔

woh ponay dou bajay rawana hon gay.

They will leave at a quarter to two.

5. General Time Reference of the Day

Basic Questions

Now that you have a better idea of how to say the time in Urdu and answer questions like “What time is it there?” in Urdu, we’ll acquaint you with some words and phrases about the general time of day. 

  •          وقت (waqt) — Time
  •          صبح (subah) — Morning
  •          دوپہر (dopehar) — Noon
  •          سہ پہر (seh pehar) — Afternoon
  •          شام (shaam) — Evening
  •          رات (raat) — Night
  •          صبح سویرے (subah saweray) — Early morning
  •          طلوع آفتاب (tuloo-e-aaftaab) — Sunrise
  •           ( آدھا دن (نصف النہار) (aadha din [nisaf-un-nihaar]) — Midday
  •          غروب آفتاب (ghuroob-e-aaftaab) — Sunset
  •          آدھی رات (adhi raat) — Midnight

Sentence:

  • سورج مشرق سے نکلتا ہے اور مغرب میں غروب ہوتا ہے۔

suraj mashriq say nikalta hai aur maghrib mei gharoob hota hai.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

6. Adverbs of Time in Urdu

To talk about time more fluently, you need to know some adverbs about time in Urdu. Adverbs in Urdu, like those in English, modify the meaning of a verb, adjective, or another adverb. 

The following list introduces a handy list of adverbs that will always be helpful when asking or telling time in Urdu. Knowing these words will also improve your skills at reading time in Urdu .

  •          بالکل ابھی (bilkul abhi) — Right now
  •          حال ہی میں (haal hi mein) — Recently
  •          اسی دوران (issi doraan) — In the meanwhile
  •          پہلے (pehlay) — Before
  •          بعد میں (baad mei) — After
  •          جلد ہی (jald he) — Soon
  •          تقریباً (taqreeban) — Almost
  •          تھوڑی دیر میں (thori der mein) — In a little while
  •          لمبے عرصے کے لئے (lambay arsay kay liye) — For a long time
  •          کسی بھی وقت (kisi bhi waqt) — Anytime
  •          جلد از جلد (jald az jald) — As soon as possible

Sentence:

  • اسی دوران اس نے کہا کہ وہ کسی بھی وقت آ سکتے ہیں۔

issi doraan uss nay kaha kay woh kisi bhi waqt aa saktay hain.

In the meanwhile, he said that they could come anytime.

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Is there an adverb of time in Urdu that we missed? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll do our best to help! 

7. Time Proverbs and Sayings

To emphasize the significance of time, myriads of proverbs are frequently used in every culture. Now, we’ll discuss a few widely used Urdu proverbs in this category. The importance of time in Urdu-speaking countries is clearly shown through these proverbs, sayings, and quotes about time in Urdu. Let’s take a look! 

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  • وقت ایک دولت ہے۔

waqt aik dolat hai.

Time is money.

  • وقت سب سے بڑا مرہم ہے۔

waqt sab say bara marham hai.

Time heals all wounds.

  • وقت کسی کا انتظار نہیں کرتا۔

waqt kisi ka intizaar nahi kerta.

Time and tide wait for none.

  • وقت پر ایک ٹانکا نو کا کام کر دیتا ہے۔

waqt per aik tanka nau ka kam kar deta hai.

A stitch in time saves nine.

8. Conclusion

UrduPod101.com has made an effort to introduce you to everything you should know about time in Urdu. By now, you should have a clearer idea of how to tell time in Urdu using a variety of words and methods. 

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The Urdu Calendar: Talking About Dates in Urdu

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Did you know there are many different types of calendars?

As you probably know – a calendar is a system of organizing days in weeks and months for specific purposes, according to Wikipedia.

Worldwide, most countries use the Gregorian calendar. Some just work on the same framework, meaning that time is divided into units based on the earth’s movement around the sun – the “solar calendar”. Other calendars keep time by observing the moon’s movements, a combination of the moon and the sun’s movements, and seasons.

Through UrduPod101, you can learn all about this and so much more! Our themed, culturally relevant lessons are skillfully designed so you can do your planning perfectly for a holiday or a date.

Having a good plan for a visit or a trip is like studying well for an exam. You’re just so much better prepared! For that, you could well need specific phrases to plan around appointments and such, especially on business trips. Make sure to use the charts we provide here with the days of the week in Urdu, as well as the months in Urdu to navigate your way as you plan. Great resources!

Also – always remember to have fun!

Table of Contents

  1. Why Will It Help To Know How To Talk About Dates in Urdu?
  2. Talking About your Plans
  3. Can UrduPod101 Help You In Other Ways Too?

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1. Why Will It Help To Know How To Talk About Dates in Urdu?

Days of the Week

Well, that’s not a difficult question to answer. No matter why you’re travelling, it would be best to at least know the names of days and months in Urdu. You don’t want to miss your flight or an appointment because you confused “جمعہ” (“Juma,” Friday) with “ہفتہ” (“Hafta,” Saturday)! Or maybe you planned a holiday for “جولائی” (July, literally romanized as “July”), but you booked a flight for “جون” (June, also literally just “June”) by accident!

Avoid this confusion by learning the Urdu calendar before you leave.

Now, as promised, the 15 phrases to help you make and discuss plans.

2. Talking About your Plans

Months of the Year

Perhaps you’re working in Pakistan, or maybe you’re enjoying a prolonged holiday. Fabulous! Memorize these phrases so you can be sure to successfully negotiate meetings, appointments, dates, events, the list goes on!

1. آپ اس ہفتے کے آخر میں کیا کر رہے ہیں؟

aap iss haftay kay aakhir mei kya kar rahay hai?
“What are you doing this weekend?”

This question is usually a preamble to inviting someone somewhere. Given that it’s over the weekend, it probably means a casual get-together or another social event. (But not necessarily! A manager or boss could also ask this for entirely different reasons.)

It’s a handy phrase to know when you’ve made Pakistani or expat friends in the country. Or, be the one doing the inviting. Then train your ear to learn the following phrases so you can understand the response.

2. میں اس ہفتے کے آخر میں سفر کر رہا ہوں.

Mei iss haftay ky aakhir mein safar ker raha hun.
“I am traveling this weekend.”

This could be a reply if you’re not available because you’re doing other fun stuff.

No matter why you are visiting Pakistan, do take the time to explore the country! It’s beautiful and it has so many wonderful, interesting spots ready to be visited.

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3. میں گھر پر رہنے کا منصوبہ بنا رہا ہوں.

Mei ghar per rehnay ka mansuba bana raha hun.
“I am planning to stay at home.”

Maybe you feel unwell, but don’t want to give too much information? Or maybe you have work to do? Perhaps you just need some quiet gardening time…it doesn’t matter. This response is polite and honest without oversharing.

It could also be a slightly open-ended response, depending on how you deliver it. Because hey, being home could still mean your plans are flexible, right?

That said – depending on your relationship with the inviter, nuances like these will probably not be so apparent in a foreign culture. So, best to use this excuse for declining an invitation only if you are truly set on staying in.

Woman Doing Gardening

4. اس ہفتے میں مصروف ہوں.

Iss haftay mei masroof hun.
“This week I am busy.”

Another polite phrase that gives a reason for declining an invitation but without oversharing details.

Don’t decline too many invitations, though! You don’t want people to think that you’re too busy to hang out with them. They will stop inviting you out, and you know how the saying goes – all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…! Being social is good for the soul.

5. میں کل فارغ ہوں.

Mei kal farigh hun.
“I am free tomorrow.”

Yay! Perhaps you were approached by that person and they asked about your availability for a date. This would be a fine reply. Not too eager, but still indicating that you’re interested.

Or maybe you’re just replying to a colleague or manager’s request for a meeting. Polite, honest and clear.

Alternatively, you’re just busy right now, and plans are not going the way they were…well, planned. Compromise is a lovely thing! And this phrase sounds just like that.

Use it to indicate that you want to accommodate an invitation or the inviter’s plans, despite your current unavailability. Only if you are really free, of course.

6. کیا ہم اس کو دوبارہ شیڈول کرسکتے ہیں؟

Kia hum iss ko dobara schedule ker saktay hain?
“Can we reschedule this?”

So, life happened and you are unable to meet obligations or attend a planned meeting. This is a suitable question to ask if you wish to indicate your willingness to still engage with whatever is on the table.

Obviously you should (ideally) not ask to reschedule a party or big meeting! (Unless you’re the boss or it’s your own party, of course.) But if there’s reasonable wiggle room regarding arrangements, then this one’s your question.

Business Man Sitting with Schedule

7. میرے پاس مہینے کے آخر میں کافی وقت ہوگا.

Meray pas mahinay ky aakhir mein kafi waqt hoga.
“I will have enough time at the end of the month.”

A go-to phrase when events or activities are likely to take up a lot of your time, such as going away for a weekend, spending the day at a local market, or writing your manager’s quarterly report (with 20 flow-charts in Powerpoint) – anything that won’t only take an hour or two.

8. آپ کو کون سا وقت سب سے ذیادہ مناسب لگتا ہے؟

Aap ko kaun sa waqt sab say ziada munasib lagta hai?
“When is the best time that suits you?”

Remember phrase #5? That was a possible reply to this question. Asked by your crush, very possibly! Or, it could be asked by any other person for any other reason, doesn’t matter.

If this is addressed to you, it usually means that the person respects your time and schedule, which is a good thing. It probably also means that their own schedule is flexible, another good thing.

This is also a polite question to ask when a manager or senior colleague wants to meet with you. Let them decide on the time, and be as accommodating as possible. This attitude shows respect for seniority – good for career building. (Within reason, of course. You don’t need to postpone your wedding or your paid-up holiday to Australia because your manager wants to see you.)

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9. کیا یہ تاریخ آپ کے لیے ٹھیک ہے؟

Kia yeh tareekh aap ky liye theek hai?
“Is this date OK with you?”

But – if the other party insists that you choose a time for a meeting, appointment, or date etc., then do so! Respond with this nice, somewhat casual question that leaves space for negotiation, but only needs a simple reply.

Suitable for friends, and casual acquaintances and colleagues.

10. کیا آپ اس دن دستیاب ہیں؟

Kia aap uss din dastiyab hain?
“Are you available on that day?”

This is the a-bit-more-formal version of the previous question. Again, it has room for negotiation, but only needs a simple response – nice and neat!

Maybe this is the go-to question when you’re addressing your seniors at work, or a person much older than you.

11. کیا ہم اسے جلد از جلد کر سکتے ہیں؟

Kia hum isay jald az jald ker saktay hain?
“Can we do it as soon as possible?”

This question has an urgency to it that should preferably be responded to with the same. A simple reply will be good – yes or no. Less negotiable, this is still polite because it’s a question that gives you a choice.

But stand ready with one of the phrases in this article to help tie down a time and date!

Couple Getting Engaged on a Bridge

12. میں ہر شام دستیاب ہوں.

Mei har sham dastiyaad hun.
“I’m available every evening”

If you’re going to reply with this phrase, context is everything.

– If it’s your manager asking you to put in a bit of overtime, and you are available to – great reply! When deadlines are tight and everybody is stressing, your willingness to go the extra mile can only improve your relationship with your boss.

(Still, no need to be a doormat! If you get asked to work overtime too often, or if everyone else is goofing around while you have to graft, then re-evaluate the situation. And if you feel you’re being exploited a bit, don’t stress! Equip yourself with the diplomatic, yet assertive responses right in this article.)

– If it’s an old friend or longtime significant other asking to hang out – good reply. You know one another and appearances don’t matter any longer.

– If it’s a new crush who just asked when you’d be available for a date – stop. Not such a great reply. Tone down a bit! “Interested but not overly eager” is what you’re going for here.

Refer back to response #5, or use a counter-question, such as #1. Whatever suits you.

But if they – or anyone else – invite you to scale the Himalayas with them, then the next phrase will probably be the only sane response!

Mountaineer in Snow

13. مجھے اس کی بہت پہلے منصوبہ بندی کرنی ہو گی.

Mujhay iss ki bohat pehlay mansuba bandi kerni hogi.
“I need to plan this well in advance.”

So, as said under #9, perhaps you’re invited to join someone conquer the Himalayas.

Or your company manager wants you to plan the Party that Tops All Year-End Parties Forever.

Simply – if you get asked to do something that you know will need a lot of thorough planning, this is a good phrase to respond with.

It’s an assertive phrase that demonstrates two things regarding your attitude:

a) That you know your own abilities, and respect your own schedule.
b) That your respect other people’s time and schedule too.

Then just be sure to actually do that planning well in advance!

14. ہمیں کوئی اور تاریخ تلاش کرنے کی ضرورت ہے.

Humein koi aur tareekh talash kernay ki zarurat hai.
“We need to find another date.”

So, you’re in negotiations regarding a date.

This is an assertive statement that should probably not be used with a “My way or the highway” attitude.

That stuff only works in the movies – think sharp-tongued Samuel L. Jackson. Or fierce Kristen Stewart. Yea, they can be scary, so tone down that tone.

Also, be mindful that fickle people who change plans all the time don’t keep friends! Taking others’ needs into consideration, while simultaneously having your way is a delicate art that takes proper cultivation. Use this phrase sparingly – we have better ones here to negotiate with.

Rock Concert Hands in the Air

Of course, if your planned trip to the dentist falls on the same day as the only Billie Eilish concert close by…well, priorities are priorities. Feel free to call the dentist with this phrase. Or even better, use the next one.

15. میں یہ اس دن نہیں کر سکتا.

Mei yeh uss din nahin ker sakta.
“I cannot do it on that day.”

This is the low-key-but-still-firm cousin of the previous phrase. You’re stating a personal fact, and depending on your tone, this can be as non-negotiable as you prefer.

Again, only use this when you really mean it, if you’re visiting Pakistan or any other foreign country.

So, that’s it, folks! Which phrase did you find the most helpful? Let us know in the comments!

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A Set of Urdu Travel Phrases to Make Your Tour Awesome

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The reasons behind your journey to Pakistan may vary but the significance of our set of Urdu travel phrases does not. Regardless of the factors that have triggered your travel, you will find these Urdu phrases for travelers highly beneficial.

Whether the growing Pakistani business sector has attracted you or the developing tourism industry of Pakistan, your need to equip yourself with some easy Urdu travel phrases  and selected Urdu travel words remains unaltered as these can make your stay productively enjoyable.

In this article, you will learn about some inevitable basic Urdu travel phrases along with a list of travel words in English and Urdu. It will also guide you about certain must-know Urdu travel words and phrases that can surely be regarded to be the Urdu survival phrases containing some useful Urdu travel tips when traveling in an Urdu-speaking country.

The Famous Lahore Fort – A Famous Tourists’ Place in Pakistan

Log Table of Contents
  1. Basic Expression
  2. Transports
  3. Shopping
  4. Restaurants
  5. Asking for and Giving Directions
  6. Emergencies
  7. Flattery Phrases
  8. Useful Phrases to Go Through Language Problems
  9. Conclusion

1. Basic Expression

To start with, the basic expressions that can help you in plenty of situations emerge to be a good approach invariably. In this section of the article, you will find an assortment of selected basic Urdu expressions that can help you get the maximum out of a situation in Pakistan. Let us go through them without any further delay.

  •          السّلامُ علیکم (Assalam-u-alaikum) – hello/peace be upon you
  •          شکریہ (shukriah) – thank you
  •          معاف کیجیے گا۔ (maaf kijiye ga۔) – sorry
  •          معذرت چاہتا/چاہتی ہوں۔ (maazrat chahta/chahti hun۔) – excuse me
  •          براہِ مہربانی (barah-e-meharbani) – please
  •          خدا حافظ (Khuda hafiz) – goodbye
  •          آپ سے مِل کر خوشی ہوئی۔ (Aap say mil ker khushi hui.) – Nice to meet you.
  •          خوش آمدید (khush aamdeed) – welcome
  •          آپ کا نام کیا ہے؟ (Aap ka naam kia hai?) – What is your name?
  •          ہاں (haan) – yes
  •          نہیں (nahin) – no
  •          مجھے یہ پسند ہے۔ (Mujhay yeh pasand hai.) – I like it.
  •          مجھے یہ پسند نہیں ہے۔ (Mujhay yeh pasand nahin hai.) – I don’t like it.

You may also want to see our article on how to say hello in Urdu

2. Transports

Knowing how to talk about frequently used means of transportation will be a sigh of relief for you in any foreign country. In Pakistan too, if you can develop such vocabulary in its official language i.e. Urdu, your traveling will become worth cherishing. Find below some important Urdu words, phrases, and expressions that can help you make your journey comfortable.

  •          ریلوے سٹیشن (railway station)
  •          بس  (bus) – bus
  •          ٹیکسی (taxi) – taxi
  •          ہوائی اڈّہ (hawai addah) – airport
  •          میں ریلوے سٹیشن پر جانا چاہتا ہوں۔  
    (Mei railway station per jaana chata hun.)
    I would like to go to the railway station.

  •          کیا آپ مجھے بتا سکتے ہیں کہ ریلوے اسٹیشن کہاں ہے؟
    Kia aap mujhay bataa saktay hain kay railway station kahan hai?
    Could you please tell me where the railway station is?

  •          کیا میں ٹکٹ خرید سکتا ہوں؟
    Kia mei ticket khareed sakta hun?
    Can I buy a ticket?

  •  قریب ترین ٹیکسی سٹینڈ کہاں ہے؟
    Qareeb tareen taxi stand kahan hai?
    Where is the nearest taxi stand?

  •          لاہور تک کا ٹکٹ کتنے کا ہے؟
    Lahore tak ka ticket kitnay ka hai?
    How much is the ticket to Lahore?

  •          لاہور کے لیے ٹرین کتنے بجے چلے گی؟
    Lahore kay liye train kitnay bajay chalay gi?
    When will the train to Lahore leave?

  •          کیا یہ بس اسلام آباد میں رُکے گی؟
    Kia yeh bus Islamabad mein rukay gi?
    Will this bus stop in Islamabad?

  •          مجھے ٹکٹ گھر کی تلاش ہے۔
    Mujhay ticket ghar ki talaash hai.
    I am looking for the ticket counter.

  •          کیا میں ٹھیک پلیٹ فاارم پر ہوں؟
    Kia mei theek platform per hun?
    Am I on the right platform?

A Fleet of Yellow-cab Taxis on the Road

3. Shopping

While traveling to Pakistan, a need to raise your shopping budget may arise as the country has a wide variety of exotic desi items that you may want to buy and keep in your drawing room for decoration or gifting them to your beloved ones. Therefore, for the sake of shopping, you should be equipped with some good shopping vocabulary in Urdu. The following section of the article will be a good advance in this regard.

  •          یہ کتنے کا/کی ہے؟
    Yeh kitnay ka/ki hai?
    How much does it cost?

  •          میں رقم نقد ادا کروں گا/گی۔
    Mei raqam naqad ada karun ga/gi.
    I will pay in cash.

  •          کیا آپ کریڈٹ کارڈ قبول کرتے ہیں؟
    Kia aap credit card qabool kertay hain?
    Do you accept credit cards?

  •          ایک کلو کتنے کے ملیں گے؟
    Aik kilo kitnay kay milain gay?
    How much will one kilo of it cost?

  •          کتنے روپے کی رعایت مِل سکتی ہے؟
    Kitnay rupay ki re-ayat mil sakti hai?
    How much discount can I get?

If you need additional vocabulary, please check out our article on numbers in Urdu.

A Couple Buying the Groceries and Filling Their Shopping Carts with Grocery Items

4. Restaurants

Without tasting and testing the food of a foreign land, the journey to that country cannot be said to be completed. To enjoy the desi cuisine, you should know a few rudimentary Urdu expressions given below. Let us move to these expressions straight away now.

  •          براہِ مہربانی، مینیو لائیں۔
    Barah-e-meharbani, menu laaein.
    Please, bring the menu.

  •          میرے لیے ایک گلاس پانی لائیں۔
    Meray liye aik glass paani laaein.
    Bring a glass of water for me.

  •          براہِ مہربانی، دو چائےکے کپ۔
    Barah-e-meharbani dou chaye kay cup.
    Please, two cups of tea.

  •          آج خاص کیا ہے؟
    Aaj khaas kia hai?
    What is today’s special?

  •          کھانا بہت مزیدار اور معیاری تھا۔
    Khaana bohat mazaydaar aur mayaari tha.
    The food was very tasty and up to the standard.

Chappal Kabab – A Desi Delicacy

5. Asking for and Giving Directions

It is not uncommon to go astray at unknown places. In such situations, if you already know how to ask for direction or vice versa, you can minimize your frustration. Given below are some extremely useful expressions to deal with the said scenarios.

  •          چڑیا گھر کہاں ہے؟
    Chirya ghar kahan hai?
    Where is the zoo?

  •          میں لارنس باغ میں کیسے پہنچ سکتا ہوں؟
    Mei Lawrence Baagh mein kesay pohanch sakta hun?
    How can I reach Lawrence Garden?

  •          دائیں مُڑیں۔
    Daaein murein.
    Turn right.

  •          بائیں مُڑیں۔
    Baaein murein.
    Turn left.

  •          کہیں مُڑے بغیر سیدھے جائیں۔
    Kaheen murey baghair seedhay jaaein.
    Go straight without taking any turn.

A Station Guide Showing the Directions with the help of arrows

6. Emergencies

Emergencies may emerge anywhere. Although we wish that you never face any emergency in Pakistan; however, we would recommend you to learn the following Urdu phrases and sentences to get rid of any emergency or seek the required help at an appropriate time without facing any difficulty. You can have a list of such helpful Urdu expressions underneath here.

  •          مجھے مدد چاہیے۔
    Mujhay madad chahiye.
    I need help.

  •          براہِ مہربانی، ایمبولینس بلائیں۔
    Barah-e-meharbani, ambulance bulaaein.
    Please, call for an ambulance.

  •          کیا مجھے ہنگامی حالات کے لیے کوئی نمبر مِل سکتا ہے؟
    Kia mujhay hungaami halaat kay liye koi number mil sakta hai?
    Can I have an emergency number?

  •          کیا یہاں کوئی ڈاکٹر ہے؟
    Kia yahan koi doctor hai?
    Is there any doctor here?

  •          کیا قریب میں کوئی دواخانہ ہے؟
    Kia qareeb mein koi dawaa-khaanah hai?
    Is there any pharmacy nearby?

An Emergency Sign with an Ambulance in the Background

7. Flattery Phrases

Praise always pays back. You are also recommended to use the praise or flattery phrases that can win the favors of the natives for you as it is thought to be a good gesture to praise others when required. Use the following sentences, you will find them effective by all means.

  •          مجھے پاکستانی لوگ پسند ہیں۔
    Mujhay Pakistani log pasand hain.
    I like Pakistani people.

  •          مجھے دیسی کھانے پسند ہیں۔
    Mujhay desi khaanay pasand hain.
    I like desi cuisine.

  •          کیا آپ میرے دوست بن سکتے ہیں؟
    Kia aap meray dost ban saktay hain?
    Can I have a friendship with you?

  •          مجھے آپ کا مُلک بہت پسند ہے۔
    Mujhay aap ka mulk bohat pasand hai.
    I like your country very much.

  •          کیا آپ فیس بُک استعمال کرتے ہیں؟
    Kia aap facebook istemaal kertay hain.
    Do you use Facebook?

8. Useful Phrases to Go Through Language Problems

It is not guaranteed that you cannot face any linguistic barrier even after getting command over a set of useful Urdu travel phrases; therefore, we have brought the following Urdu sentences for you to cope with such barriers. They will work for you for sure.

  •          کیا آپ انگلش بولتے ہیں؟
    Kia aap English boltay hain?
    Do you speak English?

  •          اس کا مطلب کیا ہے؟
    Iss ka matlab kia hai?
    What does it mean?

  •          مجھے سمجھ نہیں آئی، کیا آپ دوہرا سکتے ہیں۔
    Mujhay samajh nahin aaei. Kia aap dohraa saktay hain.
    I did not get it. Could you please repeat it?

  •          آپ اسے اردو میں کیا کہتے ہیں؟
    Aap isay Urdu mein kia kehtay hain?
    What do you call it in Urdu?

  •          آپ اسے اردو میں کیسے بولتے ہیں؟
    Aap isay Urdu mein kaisay boltay hain?
    How do you say it in Urdu?

9. Conclusion

Through this article, you have not only learned about a few common Urdu travel phrases but also some quite essential and famous Urdu travel phrases. It has also helped you learn such travel phrases in the Urdu language that can easily be categorized as extremely useful Urdu phrases for travel. The article has introduced certain common phrases in Urdu too which will boost your vocabulary to learn Urdu words and phrases concerning the act of traveling in an Urdu speaking society. 

After going through this guide, now are you prepared to visit Pakistan and use these travel phrases effectively? Whether your answer is yes or it is a no, just write your response to us at UrduPod101.com, we will get back to you at the earliest to address your queries and concerns.

Besides that, forget not to be a frequent visitor of UrduPod101.com. It is a rich repository of Urdu language learning resources such as Urdu dictionary, Urdu pronunciation, Urdu vocabulary, Urdu grammar, etc. that will help you hone your integrated Urdu language learning skills eventually.

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How to Say Happy New Year in Urdu & New Year Wishes

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How to Say Happy New Year in Urdu

Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March – December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

So, how do you say Happy New Year in Urdu? Let a native teach you! At UrduPod101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Urdu New Year wishes!

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Celebrate New Year in Pakistan
  2. Must-Know Urdu Words & Phrases for the New Year!
  3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Urdu
  4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
  5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
  6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
  7. How UrduPod101 Can Help You Learn Urdu

But let’s start with some vocabulary for Urdu New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

1. How to Celebrate New Year in Pakistan

How to Celebrate New Year

Pakistan has many regional calendars that are slightly different from one another but generally, the Pakistani calendar follows the lunar year. The New Year celebration varies from region to region with varying rituals, but most celebrate it with spring and a good harvest since it falls around March and April. Because it follows the lunar year, the dates do not always sync with the Gregorian Calendar, which is the contemporary calendar used in most of the world.

Happy New Year!
نیا سال مبارک ہو!
Naiya saal mubarak ho!

“Happy New Year” in Urdu is Naiya saal Mubarak ho. The first word is Naiya and it means “new.” The second word is saal. It means “year.” And Mubarak ho means “greetings.” All together, we have Naiya saal Mubarak ho. This literally means “New Year’s greetings.”

2. Must-Know Urdu Words & Phrases for the New Year!

Urdu Words & Phrases for the New Year

1- Year

سال
saal

This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Pakistan could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

2- Midnight

آدھی رات
aadhi raat

The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

3- New Year’s Day

نئے سال کا دن
nae saal ka din

In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

You can do it!

4- Party

دعوت
daawat

A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

5- Dancing

رقص
raqs

Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

6- Champagne

شیمپین
shampain

Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

7- Fireworks

آتش بازی
aatish baazi

These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

Happy Near Year!

8- Countdown

الٹی گنتی
ulti ginti

This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts – a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

9- New Year’s Holiday

نئے سال کی چھٹی
nae saal ki chutti

In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday – to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

10- Confetti

کانفیٹی
kaanfetti

In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

11- New Year’s Eve

نئے سال کی شام
nae saal ki shaam

This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

12- Toast

دعوت
daawat

A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

13- Resolution

قرارداد
qaraardaad

Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

14- Parade

پریڈ
parade

New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At UrduPod101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Urdu New Year celebrations are like!

3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions List

So, you learned the Urdu word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at UrduPod101 – what are yours?

Learn these phrases and impress your Urdu friends with your vocabulary.

New Year's Resolutions

1- Read more

مزید پڑھو
mazeed Parho

Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Urdu in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Urdu language skills!

2- Spend more time with family

خاندان کے ساتھ زیادہ وقت گزاریں
Khandan kay saath ziada waqt guzaarain

Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

3- Lose weight

وزن کم کرنا.
Wazan kum kerna

Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

4- Save money

پیسے بچاؤ
paise bachao

Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to UrduPod101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year – it will be money well spent!

5- Quit smoking

تمباکو نوشی چھوڑنا.
Tambakoo noshee chorna

This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

6- Learn something new

کچھ نیا سیکھنا.
Kuch naya seekhna

Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess – no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

7- Drink less

کم پیو
kum piyoo

This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

8- Exercise regularly

باقاعدگی سے ورزش کرو
Baqaidgi say warzish karo

This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

9- Eat healthy

صحت افزا کھائیں۔
Sehat afzaa khayen.

If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

10- Study Urdu with UrduPod101

اردو پاڈ ایک سو ایک ڈاٹ کام کے ساتھ اردو پڑھنا
urdu pod aik so aik daat kaam kay sath urdu parhna

Of course! You can only benefit from learning Urdu, especially with us! Learning how to speak Urdu can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. UrduPod101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Urdu new year greeting!

Make decorative notes of these in Urdu, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Urdu incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

Language Learning Quotes

Still undecided whether you should enroll with UrduPod101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

Click here to read the most inspirational Language Learning Quotes!

As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Urdu could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Urdu – it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Urdu – learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

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How to Say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Urdu

How to Say Merry Christmas in Urdu

Do you know any ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Urdu? UrduPod101 brings you easy-to-learn translations and the correct pronunciation of Urdu Christmas phrases!

Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

Christmas is the annual commemorative festival of Christ’s birth in the Western Christian Church. It takes place on December 25th and is usually celebrated with much food and fanfare! However, not all cultures celebrate Christmas. In some countries, Christmas is not even a public holiday! However, many countries have adapted Christmas and its religious meaning to tally with their own beliefs, or simply in acknowledgment of the festival’s importance to other cultures. If you want to impress native Urdu speakers with culturally-appropriate Christmas phrases and vocabulary, UrduPod101 will teach you the most important ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Urdu!

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Table of Contents

  1. Holiday Greetings and Wishes
  2. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary
  3. Twelve Days of Christmas
  4. Top 10 Christmas Characters
  5. How UrduPod101 Can Help You

1. Holiday Greetings and Wishes for the Holiday Season

Christmas Words in Urdu

1- Merry Christmas!

کرسمس مبارک!
Christmas mubarak

Do you know how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Urdu? Learn here how to pronounce it perfectly! ‘Merry’ means to be joyful, to celebrate and generally be in good spirits. So, with this phrase you are wishing someone a joyful, celebratory remembrance of Christ’s birth!

2- Happy Kwanzaa!

کوانزا مبارک !
Kwanzaa Mubarak !

Surprise your African-American, or West African native friends with this phrase over the Christmas holidays! Kwanzaa is a seven-day, non-religious celebration, starting on Dec 26th each year. It has its roots in African American modern history, and many people celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas!

3- Have a happy New Year!

نیا سال مبارک ہو!
nea saal mubaarik ho!

In countries where Christmas is not officially celebrated, but a Gregorian calendar is observed, this would be a friendly festive-season wish over New Year.

4- Happy Hanukkah!

ہانوکا مبارک !
Hanukka mubarak!

Hanukkah is the beautiful Hebrew festival over November or December each year. It is also called the ‘Festival of Lights’ and is celebrated to commemorate the Jewish freedom of religion.

5- Have a great winter vacation!

بہترین سردیوں کی چھٹیان گزارو !
behtareen sardiyon ki chuttiyan guzaro !

This is a good phrase to keep handy if someone doesn’t observe any religious festival over the Christmas holidays! However, this will only be applicable in the Northern hemisphere, where it is winter over Christmas.

6- See you next year!

اگلے سال ملیں گے!
Aglay saal milain gay

Going away on holiday over Christmas season, or saying goodbye to someone about to leave on vacation? This would be a good way to say goodbye to your friends and family.

7- Warm wishes!

نیک تمنائیں!
naik tamanaen!

An informal, friendly phrase to write in Urdu Christmas cards, especially for secular friends who prefer to observe Christmas celebrations without the religious symbolism. It conveys the warmth of friendship and friendly wishes associated with this time of year.

8- Happy holidays!

چھٹیاں مبارک!
chuttiyan mubarak !

If you forget how to say ‘Merry Christmas!’ in Urdu, this is a safe, generic phrase to use instead.

9- Enjoy the holidays!

چھٹیاں مناؤ
Chutteyan manaoo!

After saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in Urdu, this would be a good phrase with which to wish Christmas holiday-goers well! It is also good to use for secular friends who don’t celebrate Christmas but take a holiday at this time of the year.

10- Best wishes for the New Year!

نئے سال کے لئے نیک تمنائیں!
nae saal kay liye nayek tamanaen!

This is another way of wishing someone well in the New Year if they observe a Gregorian calendar. New Year’s day would then fall on January 1st.

2. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

Christmas is associated with many traditions and religious symbols in multiple countries across the world. It originated centuries ago in the West with the birth of Christianity, and the celebrations are often embedded with rich cultural significance. So, by now you know how to say Merry Christmas in Urdu! Next, learn pertinent vocabulary and phrases pertaining to Christmas, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. At UrduPod101, we make sure you sound like a native speaker!

1- Christmas

کرسمس کا دن
krismas ka din

This is the Urdu word for ‘Christmas’. Most happy Christmas wishes in Urdu will include this word!

2- Snow

برف
baraf

In most Northern-hemisphere countries, Christmas is synonymous with snow, and for Christmas, the snowman is often dressed as Santa Claus.

3- Snowflake

سنوفلیک
snowflake

Snowflakes collectively make up snow. A single snowflake is small, white, light like a feather and icy cold! When put under a microscope, the snowflake reveals itself to have the most beautiful, symmetrical patterns. These patterns have become popular Christmas decorations, especially in Western countries.

4- Snowman

برفانی پتلا
Barfani putla

As you guessed – a snowman is only possible to build if it is snowing! What a fun way to spend Christmas day outside.

5- Turkey

ٹرکی
Turkey

Roast turkey is the traditional main dish on thousands of lunch tables on Christmas day, mainly in Western countries. What is your favorite Christmas dish?

6- Wreath

پھولوں کا ہار
phoolon ka haar

Another traditional Western decoration for Christmas, the wreath is an arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring. Many families like to hang a Christmas wreath outside on their houses’ front doors.

7- Reindeer

قطبی ہرن
qutbi hirn

Reindeer are the animals commonly fabled to pull Santa Claus’ sled across the sky! Western Christmas folklore tells of Father Christmas or Santa Claus doing the rounds with his sled, carrying Christmas presents for children, and dropping them into houses through the chimney. But who is Santa Claus?

8- Santa Claus

سانتا کلاز
saanta claus

Santa Claus is a legendary and jolly figure originating in the Western Christian culture. He is known by many names, but is traditionally depicted as a rotund man wearing a red costume with a pointy hat, and sporting a long, snow-white beard!

9- Elf

ایلف
elf

An elf is a supernatural creature of folklore with pointy ears, a dainty, humanoid body and a capricious nature. Elves are said to help Santa Claus distribute presents to children over Christmas!

10- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

سرخ ناک والا قطبی ہرن روڈولف
surkh naak wala qutbi hirn rodolf

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is a Christmas song based on an American children’s story book with the same name. Rudolph is one of Santa’s reindeer. The song became more famous than the book, and can still be heard playing in many shopping malls over Christmas time across the globe!

11- North Pole

قطب شمالی
qutub e shumaali

The cold North Pole is where Santa Claus is reputed to live with his reindeer!

12- Sled

چھکڑی
chakrri

A sled is a non-motorised land vehicle used to travel over snow in countries where it snows a lot, and is usually pulled by animals such as horses, dogs or reindeer. This one obviously refers to Santa’s sled! Another word for sled is sleigh or sledge.

13- Present

تحفہ
tohfa

Gift or present giving is synonymous with Christmas Eve and the greatest source of joy for children over this festive time! This tradition signifies that Christ’s birth was a gift to mankind, but not all people who hand out presents over Christmas observe the religious meaning.

14- Bell

گھنٹی
ghanti

On Christmas Day, or Christmas Eve, many religious celebrants enjoy going to church for a special sermon and Christmas rituals. The start of the sermon is often announced with bells or a bell, if the church has one. For this reason, the sound of ringing bells is often associated with Christmas Day.

15- Chimney

چمنی
chimney

The chimney is the entrance Santa Claus uses to deliver children’s presents on Christmas Day, according to folklore! Wonder how the chubby man and his elves stay clean…?!

16- Fireplace

چمنی
chimnee

In most countries where it snows, Christmas is synonymous with a fire or burning embers in houses’ fireplaces. Families huddle around its warmth while opening Christmas presents. Also, this is where Santa Claus is reputed to pop out after his journey down the chimney!

17- Christmas Day

کرسمس کا دن
krismas ka din

This is the official day of commemorative celebration of Christ’s birth, and falls each year on December 25.

18- Decoration

سجاوٹ
sajaawatt

Decorations are the colourful trinkets and posters that make their appearance in shops and homes during the Christmas holiday season in many countries! They give the places a celebratory atmosphere in anticipation of the big Christmas celebration. Typical Christmas decorations include colorful photographs and posters, strings of lights, figurines of Santa Claus and the nativity scene, poinsettia flowers, snowflakes and many more.

19- Stocking

سٹاکنگ
staaking

According to legend, Santa Claus places children’s presents in a red stocking hanging over the fireplace. This has also become a popular decoration, signifying Christmas.

20- Holly

ہولی
Holly

Holly is a shrub native to the UK, and parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. It is characterised by glossy, spiny-toothed leaves, small, whitish flowers, and red berries. Ironically, its significance for Christmas relates to Christ’s crucifixion and suffering rather than his birth. However, the leaves’ distinctive shape and image have become popular Christmas decorations.

21- Gingerbread house

جنجربریڈ کا گھر
gingerbread ka ghar

According to legend, the gingerbread house synonymous with Christmas is related to Christ’s birth place, Bethlehem. Bethlehem literally means ‘House of Bread’. Over centuries, it has become a popular treat over Christmas time in many non-religious households as well.

22- Candy cane

کینڈی کین
candy cane

According to folklore, Christmas candy canes made their appearance first in Germany in the 16th century. A choir master gave children the candy canes to suck on in church in order to keep them quiet during the Christmas sermon! Apparently, the candy is shaped like a cane in remembrance of the shepherds who were the first to visit the baby Jesus. Today, like gingerbread houses, they are still a popular sweet over the festive season!

23- Mistletoe

امر بیل
amar bail

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on certain trees. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the mistletoe has magical powers, and could protect a household from evil if hung above a door during December. The belief didn’t last but the habit did, and the mistletoe is another popular Christmas decoration!

3. Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

Wow, you’re doing extremely well! You know how to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Urdu, and you learned pertinent vocabulary too! The Twelve Days of Christmas is not very well known in modern times, so, you’re on your way to becoming an expert in Christmas traditions and rituals. Well done!

The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a traditional festive period of 12 days dedicated to celebrate the nativity of Christ. Christmas Day is, for many who observe Twelvetide, the first day of this period.

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is also a popular Christmas song about a series of gifts given on each day of Twelvetide. According to experts, these gifts were created as a coded reference to important symbols in the Christian church. Here is a list of those gifts mentioned in the song! Do you recognise them?

4. Top 10 Christmas Characters in American Culture

Top 10 Christmas Characters

This is fantastic, you know how to explain almost everything about Christmas in Urdu! However, do you know the most popular Christmas characters in American culture? Your knowledge will not be complete without this list.

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How To Say ‘Thank you’ in Urdu

How to Say Thank You in Urdu

In most cultures, it is custom to express gratitude in some way or another. The dictionary defines gratitude as follows: it is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Giving a sincere, thankful response to someone’s actions or words is often the ‘glue’ that keeps relationships together. This is true in most societies! Doing so in a foreign country also shows your respect and appreciation for the culture. Words have great power – use these ones sincerely and often!

Table of Contents

  1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Urdu
  2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes
  3. Infographic & Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases – Thank You
  4. Video Lesson: ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages
  5. How UrduPod101 Can Help You

So, how do you say ‘Thank you’ in Urdu? You can learn easily! Below, UrduPod101 brings you perfect translations and pronunciation as you learn the most common ways Urdu speakers say ‘Thanks’ in various situations.

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1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Urdu

1- Thank you.

شکریہ
shukria

The magical words that can bring a smile to any face. For one day, truly mean it whenever you say these words, and see how this lifts your spirit too!

2- That’s very kind of you.

آپ کی بہت مہربانی!
Aap ki bohat meharbani!

This phrase is appropriate when someone clearly goes out of their way to give good service, or to offer you a kindness.

3- Thanks for your kind words!

آپ کے اچھے الفاظ کا شکریہ!
aap ky achay alfaaz ka shukriya!

Someone paid you a compliment and made you feel good? That is kind of him/her, so express your gratitude!

4- Thank you for coming today.

آج آنے کے لئے آپ کا شکریہ.
Aaj aanay ky liye aap ka shukriya!

This welcoming phrase should be part of your arsenal if you’re conducting more formal meetings with Urdu speakers. If you’re hosting a party, this is also a good phrase when you greet your Urdu guests!

5- Thank you for your consideration.

غور کرنے کے لیےآپ کا شکریہ.
Ghor karne ky liye aap ka shukriya!

This is a more formal, almost solemn way to thank someone for their thoughtfulness and sensitivity towards you. It is also suitable to use when a native speaker has to consider something you submit, like a job application, a project or a proposal. You are thanking them, in essence, for time and effort they are about to, or have spent on your submission.

6- Thanks a lot!

بہت شکریہ!
Bohat shukriya!

This means the same as ‘Thank you’, but with energy and enthusiasm added! It means almost the same as ‘thank you so much’ in Urdu. Use this in an informal setting with your Urdu friends or teachers.

7- Teachers like you are not easy to find.

آپ جیسے اساتذہ تلاش کرنا آسان نہیں ہیں.
Aap jaise asaatza talash karna aasaan nahin hai.

Some phrases are compliments, which express gratitude by inference. This is one of them. If you’re particularly impressed with your UrduPod101 teacher, this is an excellent phrase to memorize!

8- Thank you for spending time with us.

ہمارے ساتھ وقت گزارنے کے لئے آپ کا شکریہ.
Hamaray sath waqt guzarne ky liye aap ka shukriya!

Any host at a gathering with Urdu speakers, such as a meeting or a party, should have this under his/her belt! Use it when you’re saying goodbye or busy closing a meeting. It could also be another lovely way to thank your Urdu language teacher for her time.

9- Thank you for being patient and helping me improve.

صبر اور میری اصلاح میں مدد کرنے کے لیے آپ کا شکریہ!
Sabar aur meri islaah main madad karne kay liye aap ka shukriya!

This phrase is another sure way to melt any formal or informal Urdu teacher’s heart! Teaching is not easy, and often a lot of patience is required from the teacher. Thank him/her for it! It’s also a good phrase to use if you work in Pakistan, and want to thank your trainer or employer. You will go a long way towards making yourself a popular employee – gratitude is the most attractive trait in any person!

10- You’re the best teacher ever!

آپ سب سے بہترین استاد ہیں!
Aap sab se behtreen ustaad hain!

This is also an enthusiastic way to thank your teacher by means of a compliment. It could just make their day!

11- Thank you for the gift.

تحفے کے لئے آپ کا شکریہ. تحفے کے لئے آپ کا شکریہ.
Tohfay ky liye aap ka shukriya!

This is a good phrase to remember when you’re the lucky recipient of a gift. Show your respect and gratitude with these words.

12- I have learned so much thanks to you.

میں نے آپ کی بدولت بہت کچھ سیکھا ہے۔
Main ne aap ki badolat bohat kuch seekha hai!

What a wonderful compliment to give a good teacher! It means they have succeeded in their goal, and you’re thankful for it.

2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes

On the run to Pakistan? Wait! You can’t go without some basic language phrases under your belt! Especially if you’re heading to meet your prospective employer! Either in person or online, knowing how to say ‘Thank you’ in the Urdu language will only improve their impression of you! UrduPod101 saves you time with this short lesson that nevertheless packs a punch. Learn to say ‘Thank you’ in Urdu in no time!

3. Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases – Thank You

5 Ways to Say Thank You in Urdu

Perhaps you think it’s unimportant that you don’t know what ‘Thank you’ is in Urdu, or that it’s too difficult a language to learn. Yet, as a traveler or visitor, you will be surprised at how far you can go using a little bit of Urdu in Pakistan!

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At UrduPod101, we offer you a few ways of saying ‘Thank you’ in Urdu that you have no excuse not knowing, as they’re so simple and easy to learn. The lesson is geared to aid your ‘survival’ in formal and informal situations in Pakistan, so don’t wait! You will never have to google ‘How do you say thanks in Urdu’ again…!

4. ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages

For the global traveler in a hurry, here are 31 ways to say ‘Thank you’! These are the first words you need to learn in any foreign language – it is sure to smooth your way with native speakers by showing your gratitude for services rendered, and your respect for their culture! Learn and know how to correctly say ‘Thank you’ in 31 different languages in this short video.

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Thank You

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