This synopsis refers to the double CD pack, which provides audio support to the course book ISBNThe coursebook and CDs are also available as a pack ISBNTEACH YOURSELF URDU is a complete course, comprising a book andCDs, in spoken and written Urdu If you have never learnt Urdu before, or if your Urdu needs brushing up, this is the course you need David Matthews and Mohamed Kasim Dalvi have created a practical course that is both fun and easy to work through They explain everything along the way and give you plenty of opportunities to practise what you have learnt The course structure means that you can work at your own pace, arranging your learning to suit your needs The course contains A range of graded units of dialogues, culture notes, grammar and exercises A step by step guide to pronunciation Urdu English and English Urdu vocabularies An introduction to Urdu script By the end of the course you ll be able to cope with a whole range of situations and use the language confidently As a language teacher myself, I really appreciate the thought that has gone into producing this course book The language structures and vocabulary are systematically and progressively introduced so that you don t get swamped by too much new stuff at a time And new language learned is recycled in later chapters so that it sticks in your head A typical chapter contains 3 dialogues the book follows the adventures of John in Karachi which are also on the CD After a translation and vocabulary glossary, a few grammar points are explained after each dialogue There are a couple of written oral aural exercises that go with each dialogue There is a word glossary at the back, as well as keys to the exercises.This is NOT an easy course But if you take it slowly, a few pages at a time, and review what you have learned often, it offers a very thorough grounding in Urdu The topics are useful, covering everyday conversation and situations In my opinion, the CD is essential as Urdu pronunciation is rather tricky for English speakers It also helps you to memorise the dialogues.I agree, the Urdu print is small for beginners and there is no guidance for handwriting As I already had a grounding in Arabic, this was no big deal for me For complete newcomers to the script, try the Teach Yourself book on this topic. Not very good I have many urdu books at home and all I wanted was some simple but it s written in Arabic and not easy to understand dialect or pronunciation The two best Urdu courses currently available are this one and Colloquial Urdu They are both excellent, but in different ways, so I ll make some comparisons to help you choose I ll refer to Teach Yourself Complete Urdu as TY and Colloquial Urdu as CU.Audio material Both courses come with CDs containing recordings of the dialogues, and much additional audio material Be careful when ordering it s not always clear from the product information whether you re ordering the book, or the CDs, or the pack containing both.The TY audio material is much better the actors really do act, and the dialogues flow well Some of the actors in CU speak in a halting, disconnected way, which makes it hard to get a grip on how a sentence should flow If you decide to buy CU, beware the old style plastic presentation box packaging, containing book and CDs, is hopeless inadequate because the CDs become detached from their anchor points and rattle around in the packaging, which means that they can get so scratched as to be unplayable.Dialogues The TY dialogues are far useful and practical, dealing with a wide range of everyday situations The CU dialogues are good, but somewhat wayward in their choice of subject matter.Writing Urdu If you want to learn just to speak Urdu, without learning to write, then TY is not for you, because later lessons do not contain transliteration of the dialogues, and you are left to fend for yourself with the Urdu script You would do better with CU, where everything in the lessons is in transliteration, and the Urdu script versions of the dialogues are in an appendix at the back in ridiculously tiny font anyone over 45 who doesn t have a recently prescribed pair of reading glasses will struggle to read them The Urdu script in TY is also very small and sometimes indistinct Both TY and CU have good sections on learning Urdu script, but in CU these sections are totally divorced from the main body of the course You will get far practice in the script, and become far fluent in it, if you opt for TY.Grammar explanations TY is friendlier here, with easy to follow, full and lucid explanations of all grammatical points CU is very good but uses some odd terminology and could be lucid when explaining some of the difficult points TY provides fuller tabulation of grammatical forms in each lesson.Transliteration I definitely prefer the CU transliteration system, but both are absolutely consistent and clear, and it s very much a personal matter some people may prefer the TY system.Summary The choice of course depends very much on whether you want to learn the script If you don t, if you just want to learn to speak Urdu, then CU is the best choice If you want to learn the script, then go for TY Both courses are excellent in their different ways, despite any caveats above. The book is very useful if you want to learn Urdu in self studies The lessons are not too long There are not too many new words per lesson The dialogues teach you the daily language of Pakistan The Urdu grammar which is very different from English is explained in small steps I have been looking for a book to learn Urdu in self studies for a long time but this is definitely the BEST Dies ist mit weitem Abstand dass am BESTEN geeignete Buch, um Urdu zu lernen Kurze Dialoge vermitteln realistisch die Alltagssprache Die Grammatik, die mit dem Deutschen einiges gemeinsam hat, wird verst ndlich in kleinen Schritten erkl rt Die einzelnen Lektionen sind bersichtlich aufgebaut und nicht zu lang Die Anzahl der neuen Vokabeln pro Lektion ist berschaubar Nach jedem Dialog folgt eine Liste der neuen W rter mit Angabe der Aussprache Die Schrift wird auf den ersten Seiten erl utert. I struggled for two weeks trying to understand Urdu script from the introductory chapter in this book I found it incomplete, not showing all possible combinations of consonants and vowels, etc., some of which can significantly change shape depending on their connection I understand that there is a separate book on Teach Yourself Urdu Script , but I was put off buying it due to the letter type in this book being so small that it doesn t convey the subtleties of the script and I needed a magnifying glass to read the characters seriously If you want a serious book on Urdu script, get Let s Study Urdu An Introduction to the Script by Ali S Asani and Syed Akbar Hyder It s clear and comprehensive and unlocks the key to the script.Having said all that, Teach Yourself Urdu dialogues are nice and clear, and useful vocabulary is introduced up front, though I feel the context of certain vocabulary could be better explained, but you will need something extra to get to grips with the script, because without that you will never be able to read Urdu. Das Buch hat mir sehr geholfen und mich gut in Urdu eingef hrt Ich hatte auch noch pakistanische Freunde, bei denen ich ab und an echte Konversationen verfolgt habe plus Bollywoodfilme Aber f r die Grammatik hat das Buch richtig geholfen Dass es auf englisch ist, f llt kaum auf Die Einheiten behandeln Themen aus dem t glichen Leben und die Grammatik wird gut erkl rt Das Schreiben hab ich nicht so doll gelernt, daf r war ich zu faul Aber man kann es mit hilfe dieses Buches weit bringen und den einen oder anderen m chtig beeindrucken Clear and easy to understand Good grammar explanation and lots of phrases.