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Assalam u Aalaikum! My name is Hamza, and I'll be your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this introductory course.
INTRODUCTION
Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! In this respect, Urdu is no different from other languages. So for our first lesson, we'll be teaching you simple phrases that are bound to come in handy throughout your trip to Pakistan. I can't stress this enough; a little bit of the language can take you a long way!
Oh, before we start! Let me quickly explain something that might confuse you. It is the official language of Pakistan but it is used in India as well.
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In Urdu, “Thank you” is Shukriya. Let's break it down by syllable.
(slow) Shukriya
Now let's hear it one more time.
Shukriya
Another useful phrase is Bohat Bohat Shukriya, meaning “Thank you very much.”
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Bohat Bohat Shukriya.
Once more:
Bohat Bohat Shukriya.
The phrase bohat bohat means "very, "many” or “much.”
(slow) bohat bohat
bohat bohat
Then we have the word shukriya, meaning “thanks.”
(slow) shukriya
shukriya
All together, we have “Thank you very much.” or literally “Many thanks.”
(slow) Bohat Bohat Shukriya.
Bohat Bohat Shukriya.
Another useful phrase is Har Cheez Ke Liye Bohat Bohat Shukriya, meaning “Thank you very much for everything.” or literally, word by word, “Everything for much thanks.”
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Har Cheez Ke Liye Bohat Bohat Shukriya.
Once more:
Har Cheez Ke Liye Bohat Bohat Shukriya.
The word Har means "every”.
(slow) Har
Har
The word Cheez means "thing”.
(slow) Cheez
Cheez
The word Ke liye means "for”.
(slow) Ke liye
Ke liye
Then we have the phrase meaning “Thank you very much.”
(slow) Bohat bohat shukriya.
Bohat bohat shukriya.
So the whole phrase for “Thank you for everything” is Har Cheez ke liye Bohat bohat shukriya. Now let's hear it once again.
(slow) Har Cheez ke liye Bohat bohat shukriya
Har Cheez ke liye Bohat bohat shukriya.
If you are in a formal setting, for example in a meeting with a boss or in a class at school, then you can use the phrase Shukriya sahib. It means “Thank you, sir.” Say “Thank you” or Shukriya then add the word sahib which means “sir” or “mister.” With a female speaker, you can say Shukriya madam which means “Thank you, madam.”
Again, sahib means “sir” or “mister,” and madam means “madam.”
You would use this to show your respect for older people, or people that you don’t know. Let’s listen one more time. First, “Thank you, sir.”
(slow) Shukriya sahib.
Shukriya sahib.
Next, “Thank you, madam.”
(slow) Shukriya Madaam.
Shukriya Madaam.

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Hi UrduPod101.com Listeners! Thank you for joining us at UrduPod101.com! Why are you studying Urdu? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Hi Seraphima,


Thank you so much for your comment and suggestion. We are always working on improving our materials, and your opinion is highly valuable!


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Please make the Urdu much bigger so that I do not have to enlarge the computer screen as I practise writing the script😮


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Hi Prabir,


Thank you for your comment.


The current font makes the Urdu letters more distinct from each other. Apart from you, other Urdu learners have been able to grab the font and Urdu quite well. Perhaps you are used to textbook Urdu and you find it a bit different.


Feel free to ask questions if you face any difficulty.


Cheers,

Hamza

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Prabir
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All Urdu newspapers and elementary books are written in nastaliq script which is unlike the script shown here. This impedes Urdu reading. At least I feel so.

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Hi Tareq,


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Feel free to ask questions if you face any difficulty.


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👍👍👍بہت بہت شکریہ

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Hi Rachel,


Thank you for your positive feedback!


The Survival series is ideal to prepare you to your upcoming trip!


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Rachel
Friday at 12:50 am
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This site is so great! I love the way we get a chance to repeat each phrase with the teacher, slower and then a normal pace! Planning a trip to Pakistan in December. Excited to be able to communicate some with my hosts! Thank you! Bohat bohat shukriya!

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Hi Sandra,


Thank you for posting!


The Survival Phrases is ideal to learn vital Urdu phrases for your trip.


Please also make sure to check out the Top 30 Travel Phrases You Should Know: https://www.urdupod101.com/urdu-vocabulary-lists/top-30-travel-phrases-you-should-know


Hope you have a safe and fun trip :)


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Sandra
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Hello:


So glad I found this site...I am planning a trip to Pakistan in September and would really love to know some useful simple phrases to use while I am there. I know very little Urdu so hopefully this site will help me. Everything is explained so easily on here.


Thank you, Sandra :)