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Urdu Language

Understanding The Urdu Language & Providing Professional Urdu Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists

American Language Services ® (AML-Global) understands the importance of working in the Urdu language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services ® has worked with the Urdu language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Urdu interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Urdu language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.

Urdu Language

Urdu is one of the two standard registers of the Hindustani language, the other being Hindi. It is classified as a Central Indo-Aryan language belonging to the Indo-Aryan branch of Indo-Iranian, which is itself a branch of the Indo-European language family. It is one of the 23 official languages of India, and the national language of Pakistan. Its vocabulary developed under the influence of Persian, Arabic, and Turkic. Urdu was mainly developed in Lucknow, India and began taking shape during the Delhi Sultanate as well as Mughal Empire (1526–1858) in the Indian Subcontinent.

The Differences Between Urdu and Hindi

Because of Urdu's similarity to Hindi, speakers of the two languages can usually understand one another, if both sides refrain from using specialized vocabulary. Indeed, linguists sometimes count them as being part of the same language diasystem. However, Urdu and Hindi are socio-politically different, and people who describe themselves as being speakers of Hindi would question being counted as native speakers of Urdu, and vice-versa. Due to interaction with other languages, Urdu has become localized in many different parts and regions of the world it is spoken in, including Pakistan itself. Urdu in Pakistan has undergone small changes and has lately incorporated and borrowed many words from Pakistani languages like Punjabi, Sindhi and Pashto, thus allowing speakers of the language in Pakistan to distinguish themselves more easily.

Urdu Writing System

Urdu is written right-to left in an extension of the Persian alphabet, which itself is an extension of the Arabic alphabet. Urdu is associated with the Nasta'liq style of Arabic calligraphy, whereas Arabic is generally written in the modernized Naskh style. Nasta'liq is notoriously difficult to typeset, so Urdu newspapers were hand-written by masters of calligraphy, known as katib or khush-navees, until the late 1980's.

Who are You Going to Trust with Your Vital Urdu Language Needs?

The Urdu language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Urdu. Since 1985, AML-Global has provided outstanding Urdu interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.