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Assalam u Alaikum mera naam Afrah hai. Hi everybody! My name is Afrah. Welcome to UrduPod101.com’s “3 minat mein Urdu”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Urdu.
In the last lesson, you learned the phrase kyaa aap angrezii bolTe hain? meaning "Do you speak English?"
In this lesson you’re going to learn how to apologize in Urdu.
There are a number of ways to apologize, but in a formal situation, you should use
Maaf kiijiye
(slow) Maaf kiijiye.
The first word, maaf, literally means "forgive," and kiijiye is a polite form of the verb meaning "please do"; so, this expression actually means something like "Forgive me, please!" Now let's hear it again: maaf kiijiye.
Maaf kiijiye is used in formal situations or when you are communicating with someone you have met for the first time, with elders, and usually, also when communicating with women. It is not used among friends or people who are informal with each other.
The informal way to say "I’m sorry." is Maaf karo
[slowly] Maaf karo
Let’s review
Maaf kiijiye is the formal “I’m sorry” or “Excuse me”
Maaf karo is the informal “I’m sorry” or “Excuse me.”
These are all versatile phrases with a few different meanings, depending on the
Whether you are trying to get someone's attention for a question, or making your way through a crowded area, or apologizing for
stepping on someone’s foot, these are all phrases you could use.
Now, imagine someone says Maaf kiijiye to you after having done something wrong. How would you respond?
In this case, the proper phrase is koii baaT nahii.
(slow) koii baaT nahii.
This means something like “it doesn’t matter”
koii baaT nahii.
You might remember this from from Lesson 2. This is the same phrase you can use when responding to someone thanking you.
Now it’s time for Afrah’s Advice.
If someone bumps into you on the streets in Pakistan, don't expect an "Excuse me,"
especially in the big cities. Pakistanis are usually very friendly people, but just do not consider excusing themselves for bumping into someone as time well spent. Big crowds are very common in big cities. Unless someone pushes you over so hard you fall on the ground, keep walking.
Are you are able to count in Urdu? In the next lesson, you will learn the numbers in Urdu from one to ten!
I'll be waiting for you in our next lesson.
Phir milenge!