While learning any language is a time-consuming and difficult process, learning a language fast is especially difficult. With the right mindset, dedication and tools, however, learning a language quickly can be an enriching and enjoyable experience. Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, is a widely used language that influences Hindi and other North Indian languages. Learning Urdu can open new doors to explore and learn about one of the most dynamic regions in the world.
Set your goals. Given that you want to learn the language fast, decide upon the time frame, the extent to which you want to be proficient and how much you are willing to commit yourself.
Based on your goals, prioritise what you want to learn. If you simply want to learn basic phrases for a short trip to an Urdu-speaking country, plan accordingly. On the other hand, if you desire to dig deeper, alter your lesson plans to suit your goals. Investigate various options available to you for learning Urdu.
Learn basic vocabulary and phrases, which will help you understand verbs, pronouns, adjectives and grammatical nuances. Not only will this serve as an introduction to the language, but it also will serve as the foundation as you learn more.
Try for a complete immersion. If you are not able to travel abroad, use the media to soak in as much information as you can. Listen to Urdu songs, movies and news. This will orient you to the language and help you practice listening to words and phrases that you have already learnt.
Practice speaking. Use the Internet and/or a friend who speaks Urdu to do this. Repeat phrases and words to get the pronunciation right. Conversing with a friend will help you learn pronunciation while orienting you with the context of the language.
Revisit previously learnt material every day to ensure that you are not forgetting the basics and other material learnt.
Do not give up. Learning Urdu will be challenging. However, with a strong commitment and daily study, you will be able to learn the conversational basics of the language quickly.
Things you need
- Urdu to English dictionary
- English to Urdu dictionary
- A beginner's guide to Urdu
- An introductory book on Urdu grammar
- Internet access to watch and listen to Urdu shows, movies and news programs