Urdu Language Services

Working together with our experienced and qualified Urdu translators, interpreters, transcribers and subtitlers, we offer a wide range of Urdu language services including:

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WHILE YOU’RE HERE... SOME QUITE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE Urdu LANGUAGE

Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language with about 104 million speakers, including those who speak it as a second language. It is the national language of Pakistan and is closely related to and mutually intelligible with Hindi, though a lot of Urdu vocabulary comes from Persian and Arabic, while Hindi contains more vocabulary from Sanskrit. Linguists consider Standard Urdu and Standard Hindi to be different formal registers both derived from the Khari Boli dialect, which is also known as Hindustani. At an informal spoken level there are few significant differences between Urdu and Hindi and they could be considered varieties a single language.

Urdu is also spoken in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Fiji, Germany, Guyana, India, Malawi, Mauritius, Nepal, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, the UAE, the UK and Zambia.

Urdu has been written with a version of the Perso-Arabic script since the 12th century and is normally written in Nastaliq style. The word Urdu is Turkish for 'foreign' or 'horde'.

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Urdu SAMPLE TEXT

اجنبی
کھوئی کھوئی آنکھیں
بکھرے بال
شکن آلود قبا
لُٹا لُٹا انسان !
سائے کی طرح سے میرے ساتھ رہا کرتا لیکن
کِسی جگہ مل جائے تو
گبھرا کر مُڑ جاتا ہے
اور پھر دور سے جا کر مجھ کو تکنے لگتا ہے
کون ہے یہ
پروین شاکر

Urdu example video

This is intended as a language sample video - the subtitles/captions were not created by Knockhundred Translations.
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AND LASTLY, An Urdu PROVERB

اب پچھتائے کیا، جب چڑیاں چگ گئیں کھیت