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I am interested in learning to speak Urdu fluently. My parents are Indian and speak Hyderabadi Urdu and English at home. I can usually understand what they're saying if they're talking about everyday matters, but I cannot understand, for example, the Pakistani Urdu channel my parents have, and I have little confidence in speaking Urdu myself. I took Urdu classes when I was very small (six years old and younger) but I never learned much except "Baba ayaa, aam laaya" (which is unfortunately useless to me because my dad never buys mangoes, my mom does). I also took an Urdu class for one semester in college and really enjoyed it but could not take anymore because I ran out of elective credits. I am now a graduate student and while I can take a foreign language course at my school, I have to wait two years to do it.
In my college course, we were expected to learn reading, writing, and speaking Urdu. My main objective right now is to learn to speak Urdu. Once I can speak somewhat fluently, I may attempt reading and writing. Does anyone know of any textboooks or resources or other materials that emphasize learning speaking skills? I looked at a few books - some with cassettes/CDs - on Amazon (see here
). Does anyone have any experience with any of these? A couple of the reviews for the book Spoken Urdu
said that though the book teaches reading skills, it pays off in the end. I don't know if I can find a book specifically for speaking skills, so if worst comes to worst, I'd be open to thinking about reading skills as well. I know how to read Arabic script but I remember from my college course that I did have some trouble reading some types of Urdu script.
My main focus is speaking - at least first. And I'm really looking for something that will help me learn the grammar. Much of the resources I've seen in bookstores only focus on specific phrases (mainly for travel). So any recommendations concerning that would be great. Also you may want to know that where I live now, I don't know anyone who speaks Urdu. So my main contacts with the language will be speaking to my family on the phone.
Any advice would be most helpful as I really have no idea how to go about this...!