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Alisha: Top 25 Urdu Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 24: "Have you been to Islamabad?" in Urdu. In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Urdu learners, and then learn how to answer like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then, through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question "Have you been to Islamabad?" In Urdu this is...
Seyed: کیا آپ اسلام آباد گئے ہیں؟ (Kia aap Islamabad gaye hain?)
Alisha: The first word in the question is...
Seyed: کیا (kia)
Alisha: meaning "have" in this English Sentence.
Seyed: (Slow) کیا (kia)
Alisha: Listen again and repeat.
Seyed: کیا (kia)
{Pause}
Alisha: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Seyed: آپ (aap)
Alisha: meaning "you"
Seyed: (Slow) آپ (aap)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Seyed: آپ (aap)
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Seyed: کیا آپ (kia aap)
{Pause}
Alisha: And next is...
Seyed: اسلام آباد (Islamabad)
Alisha: meaning "Islamabad"
Seyed: (Slow) اسلام آباد (Islamabad)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Seyed: اسلام آباد (Islamabad)
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the first three words of the question and repeat.
Seyed: کیا آپ اسلام آباد (Kia aap Islamabad)
{pause}
Alisha: And next is the phrase...
Seyed: گئے ہیں (gaye hain)
Alisha: meaning "been to"
Seyed: (Slow) گئے ہیں (gaye hain)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Seyed: گئے ہیں (gaye hain)
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Seyed: کیا آپ اسلام آباد گئے ہیں؟ (Kia aap Islamabad gaye hain?)
{pause}
Alisha: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question "Have you been to Islamabad?"
Seyed: جی، میں وہاں دو بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan dou baar gaya hun.)
Alisha: "Yes, I've been there twice." Listen as it’s repeated again, slowly. Repeat the sentence.
Seyed: (Slow) جی، میں وہاں دو بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan dou baar gaya hun.)
{pause}
Alisha: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is...
Seyed: جی (ji)
Alisha: meaning "yes"
Seyed: (Slow) جی (ji)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Seyed: جی (ji)
{Pause}
Alisha: And next is...
Seyed: میں (mei)
Alisha: meaning "I"
Seyed: (Slow) میں (mei)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Seyed: میں (mei)
{Pause}
Alisha: Next is…
Seyed: گیا ہوں (gaya hun)
Alisha: meaning “have been”
Seyed: (Slow) گیا ہوں (gaya hun)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Seyed: گیا ہوں (gaya hun)
{Pause}
Alisha: Next is,
Seyed: وہاں (wahan)
Alisha: meaning "there"
Seyed: (Slow) وہاں (wahan)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Seyed: وہاں (wahan)
{Pause}
Alisha: And next is,
Seyed: دو بار (dou baar)
Alisha: meaning “twice”
Seyed: (Slow) دو بار (dou baar)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Seyed: دو بار (dou baar)
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the speaker say "Yes, I've been there twice." and then repeat.
Seyed: جی، میں وہاں دو بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan dou baar gaya hun.)
{Pause}
Alisha: To expand on the pattern, replace “twice” with “many times.”
Seyed: کئی بار (kai baar)
Alisha: "many times"
Seyed: (slow) کئی بار (kai baar) (regular) کئی بار (kai baar)
Alisha: Listen to the sentence again, this time with "many times"
Seyed: جی، میں وہاں کئی بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan kai baar gaya hun.)
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace "twice" with “many times”. Now say, "Yes, I've been there many times."
{pause}
Seyed: جی، میں وہاں کئی بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan kai baar gaya hun.)
Alisha: To give a different answer, replace "many times" with "once."
Seyed: ایک بار (aik baar)
Alisha: "once"
Seyed: (slow) ایک بار (aik baar) (regular) ایک بار (aik baar)
Alisha: Listen to the sentence again with "once."
Seyed: جی، میں وہاں ایک بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji mein wahan aik baar gaya hun.)
Alisha: It’s almost the same. Just replace "many times" with "once." Now say, "Yes, I've been there once."
{pause}
Seyed: جی، میں وہاں ایک بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan aik baar gaya hun.)
Alisha: For more practice, replace "once" with "a couple of times."
Seyed: ایک دو بار (aik dou baar)
Alisha: "a couple of times"
Seyed: (slow) ایک دو بار (aik dou baar) (regular) ایک دو بار (aik dou baar)
Alisha: Listen to the sentence again, with "a couple of times."
Seyed: جی، میں وہاں ایک دو بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan aik dou baar gaya hun.)
Alisha: Here we just replace "once" with "a couple of times." Now say "Yes, I've been there a couple of times."
{pause}
Seyed: جی، میں وہاں ایک دو بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan aik dou baar gay hun.)
Alisha: To say "no" in a simple way, just say
Seyed: نہیں، میں نہیں گیا۔ (Nahin, mei nahin gaya.)
Alisha: Which is like saying "No, I haven’t" in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Seyed: (Slowly) نہیں، میں نہیں گیا۔ (Nahin, mei nahin gaya.)
Alisha: And one more time at normal speed.
Seyed: نہیں، میں نہیں گیا۔ (Nahin, mei nahin gaya.)
Alisha: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you're visiting Pakistan and a stranger asks you if you have visited Islamabad. You want to answer that you’ve been there twice. What would you say?
Seyed: کیا آپ اسلام آباد گئے ہیں؟ (Kia aap Islamabad gaye hain?) (five seconds) جی، میں وہاں دو بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan dou baar gay hun.)
Alisha: Now you want to say yes, you’ve visited many times. Respond to the question.
Seyed: کیا آپ اسلام آباد گئے ہیں؟ (Kia aap Islamabad gaye hain?) (five seconds) جی، میں وہاں کئی بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan kai baar gaya hun.)
Alisha: You want to say yes, you’ve visited once. Answer the speaker's question.
Seyed: کیا آپ اسلام آباد گئے ہیں؟ (Kia aap Islamabad gaye hain?) (five seconds) جی، میں وہاں ایک بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan aik baar gaya hun.)
Alisha: You want to answer that you’ve visited a couple of times. How would you answer?
Seyed: کیا آپ اسلام آباد گئے ہیں؟ (Kia aap Islamabad gaye hain?) (five seconds) جی، میں وہاں ایک دو بار گیا ہوں۔ (Ji, mei wahan aik dou baar gaya hun.)
Alisha: You want to ask someone if they’ve visited Islamabad. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Seyed: کیا آپ اسلام آباد گئے ہیں؟ (Kia aap Islamabad gaye hain?)
{pause}
Alisha: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Seyed: کیا آپ اسلام آباد گئے ہیں؟ (Kia aap Islamabad gaye hain?)
{pause}
Alisha: This is the end of Lesson 24.

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