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Urdu Language Resources

tilesUrdu 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. Urdu has been written with a version of the Perso-Arabic script since the 12th century and is normally written in Nastaliq style. Resources in the Language Resources Centre
Urdu Resources Catalogue

The PDF file contains all resources for Urdu that can be found in the Language Resources Centre. It is divided into 3 categories:


  • Book
  • Audio CD/DVD
  • Films/TV

In the 'Notes' column you will find details of, for example, CDs that accompany textbooks and vice versa. Other information had been included throughout the catalogue to help identify a specific item if viewing these off-site.

Please note that these resources are offered on a reference-only basis.


A Guide to Urdu
This website is highly suitable for beginner students who want to explore basic greetings, vocabulary, grammar and orthography. The audio links are particularly helpful.

Learn Urdu
A great website for learning vocabulary and grammar with audio to help with pronounciation. Also offers romanisation and transliteration tools.
Vocabulary and example phrases listed in different categories.

A comprehensive multimedia elementary Urdu course.

Urdu Script
Detailed video on how to write the Urdu script


Dictionary & Software
Urdu dictionary and recommended software for typing in the script.

English-Urdu Dictionary and Lessons

Games Media Study Urdu at King's

Evening Language Courses
Members of the public can study Urdu at King's at beginner and intermediate levels.

Assessed Modules
Doing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree? You can take a Urdu course as part of your studies (beginner levels).

Tailor-made Tuition
We offer tailor-made courses in Urdu for individuals and groups.

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