A Course In Urdu
Unit One

Copyleft Notice

The Urdu-sentences on this page were taken from the marvelous book "A Course in Urdu" written by Professor M.A.R. Barker who kindly gave me permission to use this material for non profit purposes only.


  1. To view this page as intended, your browser needs to support ECMAScript (Opera or Konqueror will do fine). The preferred operating system is Linux. If you use Netscape under Linux it may be possible that to hear the sound samples you have to edit Preferences-->Navigator-->Applications-->description:audio/mpeg-->suffixes:mp3 -->handled by: /usr/lib/RealPlayer8/realplay "%u"
  2. Look at a sentence first and try to read it.
  3. Move your mouse pointer over the sentence but DON'T CLICK and watch the English translation.
  4. Look in your status bar for the ArabTeX-version of the sentence.
  5. Click on the speaker icon to hear the sentence spoken real slowly.

Mr. Smith, an American professor teaching in Pakistan meets Dr. Rahim at a party.

Smith 1
Rahim 2
Smith 3
Rahim 4
Smith 5
Rahim 6
Smith 7
Rahim 8
Smith 9
Rahim 10
Smith 11
Smith 12
Rahim 13
Rahim 14
Rahim 15
Smith 16
Rahim 17
Smith 18
Rahim 19
Smith 20
Rahim 21
Smith 22
Rahim 23
Smith 24

Continue with lesson #2

Thanks to

Klaus Lagally for developing ArabTeX, Anshuman Pandey, Shahzad Ahmad and Christina Oesterheld for helping me with correcting the sentences, Stefaan Willems for answering patiently my incessant queries concerning ECMAScript, Asman Butt and Waqar Azam for providing the sound samples, Professor Emeritus M.A.R. Barker for giving permission to use his work and last but not least Mazhaar.

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