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Assalam u Alaikum mera naam Afrah hai. Hi everybody! I’m Afrah.
Welcome to UrduPod101.com’s “3 minat mein Urdu”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Urdu.
In the last lesson, we learned the numbers from one to ten. Do you remember them? Just in case you have forgotten, I'll tell you again:
aik, Dou, Teen, chaar, panch, chay, saaT, aath, naw, Das.
And now let’s continue from eleven.
[slowly] gayarah
[slowly] barah
[slowly] Tairah
[slowly] chodah
[slowly] panDrah
[slowly] soolah
[slowly] saTrah
[slowly] atharah
[slowly] unnees
Urdu numbers from 1 to 100 are quite irregular with no definite pattern. So the only way to learn them is to memorize them. It might seem daunting at first, but you’ll soon recognize a rough pattern.
Now, here are the rest of the tens!
[slowly] bees
(slowly) Tees
(slowly) chalis
(slowly) pachas
(slowly) saath
(slowly) saTTar
(slowly) assi
(slowly) nave
While you have to memorize many of the numbers, there is a trick that will make memorizing them easy!
Notice that “thirty” is tees and “forty” is
chalis. Do you remember what “three” and “four” are in Urdu? Well, let me remind you. “Three” is teen and “four” is char. As you can see, the sound tee of teen which is “three” is used in Tees or “thirty”.
[slowly] Teen
[slowly] Tees
Similarly, the sound cha in chaar which is “four” is used in chalis or “forty”.
[slowly] chaar
[slowly] chalis
Do you see other similarities? “Five” in Urdu is panch, while “fifty” is pachas. The common sound is pa.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to all numbers. “Sixty” in Urdu is sath while “six” is chah. As you can see, there is no common sound.
The last thing to learn in this lesson is how to form compound numbers above twenty. You already know that the number patterns in Urdu are quite irregular. So, you might be wondering if you have to memorize each and every compound number. The answer is, yes, you do. However, we’re going to make your life a bit easier with this brilliant tip!
For any number between 20 and 99, you’ll say a variation of the numbers 1-9, followed by the tens. Let’s try it out!
How would you say “thirty-four” in Urdu?
You first say a variation of four followed by a variation of thirty. So, “thirty-four” is literally read as “four - thirty” which is chaunTis. Here, chaun is a variation of the number 4 or char and Tees is a variation of 30.
[slowly] chaun-Tees
“Sixty one” is iksath which is literally read as one- sixty. ik is a variation of ek for 1, while sath is a variation of saath for 60.
[slowly] ik-sath
Let’s look at one more number, “ninety-five”. In Urdu, it is pachanave which is literally read as five-ninety. Pacha is a variation of panch for “five” and nabe is a variation of nabbe for “ninety.”
[slowly] pachanave
Now it’s time for Afrah’s Advice.
Did you get until number 99? Here is another number you might want to know: sau
(slowly) sau
That’s one hundred in Urdu.
Congratulations! Now, you’re able to count to a hundred in Urdu!
In the next lesson we are going to put your number knowledge to use! Do you have all the skills you need to go shopping in Pakistan? If not, I'll be waiting for you in our next “3 minat mein Urdu” lesson. Phir milenge!