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22 [twenty-two]

Small Talk 3


‫22 [بایس]‬

‫مختصر گفتگو 3‬


Do you smoke?
‫کیا آپ سگریٹ پیتے ہیں؟‬
kya aap cigrette peetay hain?
I used to.
‫پہلے پیتا تھا‬
pehlay peeta tha
But I don’t smoke anymore.
‫لیکن اب میں نہیں پیتا ہوں‬
lekin ab mein nahi peeta hon
Does it disturb you if I smoke?
‫اگر میں سگریٹ پیوں تو آپ اعتراض تو نہیں کریں گے؟‬
agar mein cigrette to aap aitraaz to nahi karen ge?
No, absolutely not.
‫نہیں، بالکل نہیں‬
nahi, bilkul nahi
It doesn’t disturb me.
‫مجھے کوئی تکلیف نہیں ہو گی‬
mujhe koy takleef nahi ho gi
Will you drink something?
‫کیا آپ کچھ پئیں گے؟‬
kya aap kuch ge?
A brandy?
No, preferably a beer.
‫نہیں، بیئر‬
nahi, beer
Do you travel a lot?
‫کیا آپ بہت سفر کرتے ہیں؟‬
kya aap bohat safar karte hain?
Yes, mostly on business trips.
‫جی ہاں، زیادہ تر تجارت کی وجہ سے‬
jee haan, ziyada tar tijarat ki wajah se
But now we’re on holiday.
‫لیکن ابھی ہم یہاں چھٹیاں منا رہے ہیں‬
lekin abhi hum yahan chuttiyan mana rahay hain
It’s so hot!
‫گرمی ہو رہی ہے‬
garmi ho rahi hai
Yes, today it’s really hot.
‫جی ہاں، آج واقعی گرمی ہے‬
jee haan, aaj waqai garmi hai
Let’s go to the balcony.
‫ہم بالکونی پر جاتے ہیں‬
hum balcony par chalein
There’s a party here tomorrow.
‫کل یہاں پارٹی ہے‬
kal yahan party hai
Are you also coming?
‫آپ بھی آئیں گے؟کیآ‬
aap bhi aayenge?
Yes, we’ve also been invited.
‫جی ہاں، ہمیں بھی دعوت دی گئی ہے‬
jee haan, hamein bhi dawat di gai hai

Language and writing

Each language is used for communication between people. When we speak, we express what we are thinking and feeling. In doing so, we don't always stick to the rules of our language. We use our own language, our vernacular. It's different in written language. Here, all the rules of our language are displayed. Writing is what enables a language to become a real language. It makes language visible. Through writing, thousands of years' worth of knowledge is passed on. This is why writing is the foundation of every sophisticated culture. The first form of writing was invented more than 5,000 years ago. It was the cuneiform writing of the Sumerians. It was carved into slabs of clay. This cuneiform was used for three hundred years. The hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians existed for about as long. Countless scientists have devoted their studies to it. Hieroglyphics represent a relatively complicated writing system. However, it was probably invented for a very simple reason. The Egypt of that time was a vast kingdom with many inhabitants. Everyday life and above all the economic system needed to be organized. Taxes and accounting needed to be efficiently managed. For this, the ancient Egyptians developed their graphic characters. Alphabetic writing systems, on the other hand, go back to the Sumerians. Each writing system reveals a great deal about the people who use it. Furthermore, each country shows its own characteristics through its writing. Unfortunately, the art of handwriting is disappearing. Modern technology makes it almost superfluous. So: Don't just speak, keep writing too!

Guess the language!

Kannada is a member of the Dravidian language family. These languages are primarily spoken in southern India. Kannada is not related to the Indo-Aryan languages of northern India. Approximately 40 million people speak Kannada as their native language. It is recognized as one of the 22 national languages of India. Kannada is an agglutinating language. That means that grammatical functions are expressed by affixes. The language is divided into four regional dialect groups.

The dialect indicates where the speakers come from. Additionally, their social class can also be identified based on their language. Spoken and written Kannada differ from one another. Like many other Indian languages, Kannada has its own writing system. It is a hybrid of alphabet and syllabic writing. It consists of many round symbols, which is typical for southern Indian writing systems. And it is really a lot of fun to learn these beautiful letters.


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