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Alisha: Top 25 Urdu Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 25: "How much is this?" 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 "How much is this?" In Urdu this is...
Syed: یہ کتنے کا ہے؟ (Yeh kitnay ka hai?)
Alisha: The first word in the question is...
Syed: یہ (yeh)
Alisha: meaning "this" in English.
Syed: (Slow) یہ (yeh)
Alisha: Listen again and repeat.
Syed: یہ (yeh)
{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 phrase in the question is
Syed: کتنے کا (kitnay ka)
Alisha: meaning "how much"
Syed: (Slow) کتنے کا (kitnay ka)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Syed: کتنے کا (kitnay ka)
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Syed: یہ کتنے کا (yeh kitnay ka)
{Pause}
Alisha: And next is...
Syed: ہے (hai)
Alisha: meaning "is"
Syed: (Slow) ہے (hai)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Syed: ہے (hai)
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Syed: یہ کتنے کا ہے؟ (Yeh kitnay ka hai?)
{pause}
Alisha: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question "How much is this?"
Syed: پچاس روپے۔ (pachas rupay.)
Alisha: "Fifty rupees." Listen as it’s repeated again slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Syed: (Slow) پچاس روپے۔ (pachas rupay.)
{pause}
Alisha: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is...
Syed: پچاس (pachas)
Alisha: meaning "fifty"
Syed: (Slow) پچاس (pachas)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Syed: پچاس (pachas)
{Pause}
Alisha: And next is...
Syed: روپے (rupay)
Alisha: meaning "rupees."
Syed: (Slow) روپے (rupay)
Alisha: Now repeat.
Syed: روپے (rupay)
{Pause}
Alisha: Listen to the speaker say "Fifty rupees." and then repeat.
Syed: پچاس روپے۔ (Pachas rupay.)
{Pause}
Alisha: To give a different price, replace "fifty " with "two hundred and seventy."
Syed: دو سو ستر (dou sau sattar)
Alisha: "two hundred and seventy"
Syed: (slow) دو سو ستر (dou sau sattar) (regular) دو سو ستر (dou sau sattar)
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with "two hundred and seventy."
Syed: دو سو ستر روپے۔ (dou sau sattar rupay.)
Alisha: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace "fifty " with "two hundred and seventy." Now say, "Two hundred and seventy rupees."
{pause}
Syed: دو سو ستر روپے۔ (Dou sau sattar rupay.)
Alisha: To use a different phrase, replace "two hundred and seventy" with "thousand."
Syed: ہزار (hazaar)
Alisha: "thousand"
Syed: (slow) ہزار (hazaar) (regular) ہزار (hazaar)
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with "thousand."
Syed: ہزار روپے (hazaar rupay)
Alisha: It’s almost the same. Just replace "two hundred and seventy" with "thousand." Now say, "A thousand rupees."
{pause}
Syed: ہزار روپے۔ (hazaar rupay.)
Alisha: For more practice, replace "thousand" with "five."
Syed: پانچ (paanch)
Alisha: "five"
Syed: (slow) پانچ (paanch) (regular) پانچ (paanch)
Alisha: Listen to the phrase again, this time with "five."
Syed: پانچ روپے۔ (paanch rupay.)
Alisha: Here we just replace "thousand" with "five." Say "Five rupees."
{pause}
Syed: پانچ روپے۔ (Paanch rupay.)
Alisha: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you're visiting Pakistan and someone asks you how much something is. It’s fifty rupees. What do you tell them?
Syed: یہ کتنے کا ہے؟ (Yeh kitnay ka hai?) (five seconds) پچاس روپے۔ (Pachas rupay.)
Alisha: Now imagine it's five rupees. Respond to the question.
Syed: یہ کتنے کا ہے؟ (Yeh kitnay ka hai?) (five seconds) پانچ روپے۔ (Paanch rupay.)
Alisha: Imagine it's a thousand rupees. Answer the speaker's question.
Syed: یہ کتنے کا ہے؟ (Yeh kitnay ka hai?) (five seconds) ہزار روپے۔ (hazaar rupay.)
Alisha: Now imagine it's two hundred and seventy rupees. What would you say?
Syed: یہ کتنے کا ہے؟ (Yeh kitnay ka hai?) (five seconds) دو سو ستر روپے۔ (Dou sau sattar rupay.)
Alisha: You want to learn how much something is. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Syed: یہ کتنے کا ہے؟ (Yeh kitnay ka hai?)
{pause}
Alisha: This is the end of Lesson 25.

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