=A script-learning site maintained by Hugo Coolens: [site]
script-learning site, ukindia.com: [site]
video put together by our own Tyler Williams for his
students at Columbia: [site]
up-to-the-minute Hindi/Urdu learning site that can be
viewed on cellphones and such: [site]
book, "Lessons in Urdu Script" by Mohammed Zakir,
1973: [on this site]
=And if you're vexed
by Urdu spelling-- be glad you're not learning
English. Then you'd have spelling and pronunciation
problems like THROUGH -- THOUGH -- BOUGH -- OUGHT --
TOUGH -- TROUGH.
=For ADVANCED students
only: a *handbook on
shikastah* and other more difficult script
=C. M. Naim: ==>*Naim's most important GRAMMAR and SCRIPT topics*<== from Introductory Urdu, Volume 1 (Chicago: South Asia Language and Area Center University of Chicago, 1999), online through DSAL and linked through this site
Never out of print, and never should be: M. A. R.
Barker, et al., Urdu-English Vocabulary
(Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, 1991 ): [site]. The best part of it is
the frequency count that lets you know at once how
widely used a word is.
=A special website
devoted to intermediate-level Urdu readings, housed at
Washington University: [site]
=the Bible in Urdu:
beautiful script, interesting to see how they
translate things: [site]
=S. R. Faruqi, Urdu ki na'i kitab
(1986), a literary anthology for students, with
introductory material in simple, clear Urdu: [on this
=A manual on
letter-writing, full of useful examples, highly
recommended by Amy Bard: Asan khutut-navisi
(1979) [on this site]
="Fran's Favorites," a
set of study materials (Urdu texts, translations,
commentary, background material) for some important
literary and historical works: [on this
="The Great Glossary
Fair," through which we all help each other: [on
=Ahmad, Rizwan, "Urdu in Devanagari: Shifting orthographic practices and Muslim identity in Delhi," Language in Society 40,3: [site]
=Prof. Peter Hook offers us 'Some experiments in the English ghazal'. Unpublished; made available by the author here only, for classroom use and discussion: [on this site]
=Iqbaliana: "'Allamah Iqbal: ek mahbubah, tin biviyan, char shadiyan," by Dr. Khalid Sohail, an analysis of Iqbal as a "creative personality," in beautifully readable large nasta'liq, easy for script-learners: [site]
elaborate visual and musical treatment of Iqbal's
famous nazm "Khizr-e rah," suitable for advanced
=Library of Congress
readings of their own work by six writers: [site]
=the Narang reader: Back in print and highly recommended as a basic reader: the famous "Narang reader" that my generation learned from: Gopi Chand Narang, Urdu: Readings in Literary Urdu Prose (New Delhi: National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language, 2001 [Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1968]). You can probably find it on Amazon. It has graded stories, beautiful nasta'liq, and facing-page serial glossaries. Despite the title, it's introductory and simplified rather than seriously "literary" in its scope. Here's an analysis of its good and bad features by C. M. Naim, c.1967: [on this site]. As an illustration of its structure, here's a little story from it, "Marrying a Mouse": [on this site]; with a version for Urdu script learners.
=A small book of the Persian verb forms, from an Urduized perspective: [on this site]
=D. C. Phillott (1860-1930) wrote a variety of useful and enjoyable books on Hindustani grammar and idiom: [site]
=Pratham Books provides a series of enjoyable children's stories, each read aloud in Hindi, Urdu, and English: [site].
=Yousufi, Mushtaq Ahmad, "The First Memorable Poetry Festival of Dhiraj Ganj," translated by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad (with Urdu text and oral reading): Asymptote, Jan. 2013: [site]
="Islam" by Fazlur Rahman (1966; 2nd ed. 1979), the work of a distinguished Pakistani scholar who taught at the Univ. of Chicago, translated into Urdu by Muhammad Kazim (Mash'al Books): [site]
="M. de Tassy's History of Hindi Literature," by F.E.H. (1850); for illustrations of many and various ways to misread the Urdu script (including the conversion of a beggar into a donkey), see pp. 27ff.: [site]
=NEWS SOURCES IN URDU
=The BBC (listenable news, presented in sound files): [site]
anthem: It's surprisingly hard to find the text of the
Pakistani national anthem, so here it is: [on this
site]. It could almost be in Persian, but notice
the decisive ka that tips the balance.
Compare the popularly sung Iqbal ghazal "Indian Song":
[on this site].
And here is the Indian national anthem too, followed
by the notoriously controversial "Vande Mataram": [on this site].
and Rupert Snell, Hindi-Urdu
Since 1800: A Common Reader (London: SOAS,
=John Shakespear, 1834, an early Urdu textbook: Muntakhabat-e Hindi vol. 2: [site]
==Platts, John T. (1830-1904). A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1930's impression, online through DSAL: [site]. Still peerless.
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