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28 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Can I Help You?
In this episode Nadia and I show you how you can offer help to someone who has invited you to their home. Vocabulary words in this episode include sāf (clean), madad (help), isrār karnā (to insist), and magar (but), to name a few. Check it out and leave your questions on the page for this episode. www.urduseekhiye.com/e24 Download the PDF for this episode HERE.Did you know that Shireen and Arslan recently released a Complete Course on Urdu Handwriting? Check it out here: www.bit.ly/UrduHandwriting Be sure to follow us on social media: @UrduSeekhiye
4 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Urdu Handwriting Course
As salām 'alaikum! Thank you for listening to this episode. This episode was released to make you aware of the amazing Urdu Handwriting course that we have developed in partnership with Handwriting Universe. The link to register: www.bit.ly/UrduHandwritingSorry the discount is no longer valid. It expired on July 02, 2021. However, if you cannot afford the full price, please email me and we can discuss. I don't want to stop anyone with a true interest in improving their handwriting to miss the opportunity to do so. :)Let us know if you have any questions: Shireen@urduseekhiye.com! Thank you again!
29 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
A Spider and a Fly - Part 6
In this final episode we come to learn of the sad fate of the fly. Vocabulary words covered in this episode include khaṭkā (suspicion), xūšāmad (flattery), pasījī (to soften), uṛāyā (to enjoy with delight; to be wasteful) and SO much more. The past tense of hona is also discussed and more examples of the past tense are available on the free handout so be sure to download that from the website. Additionally, we have begun putting exclusive content on our Patreon page and for as little as $1.00/month, you could support Urdu Seekhiye. Be sure to check out our Patreon page to see the additional examples we provide from this episode. If you're enjoying the podcast, please consider leaving us a review on iTunes or Facebook! Thank you!
17 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
A Spider and A Fly - Part 5
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook @UrduSeekhiye. Be sure to leave us a review us if you're enjoying the podcast. The free PDF for this handout coming soon. Check the website in the coming days to download it! Thank you!
29 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
A Spider and A Fly - Part 4
Aamir and I join forces again to bring you part for of this poem by Allama Iqbal - Ek Makra aur Makhi (A Spider and a Fly). Do let us know how you're enjoying the poem and learning new vocabulary words by leaving us a review on iTunes. Feel free to also ask any questions that you may have by visiting our website for this episode: www.urduseekhiye.com/e25. Thank you very much for listening!!
23 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
A Spider and A Fly - Part 3
In this episode further learn about the makra's manipulative ways and how the makhī sees through them. As always, this episode is full of great vocabulary such as to fly, to decorate, to stay, to appear, guests, comfort, tools, things, present/available, and bedding. A few questions are asked in this episode, so be sure to go to our website to post your answers: www.urduseekhiye.com/e25. If you are enjoying our podcast, please leave us a review on iTunes so others can more easily find this podcast. If you know of others who might benefit from our podcast (or YouTube channel) help spread the word! Thank you for listening!Intro & Outro Music - Mugal-e-Funk (Babar): https://open.spotify.com/album/11Hldw1EsZoRSgUMOjVF9z?si=vx2-3CvFT5-00wi-PF5XMg
28 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
A Spider and A Fly - Part 2
In the second part, we learn a bit more about the makhī. Looks like she won't be falling in the spider's jāl. Aamir (the host of Urdu.Daan) joins Shireen to bring you part 2. Be sure to download the free PDF for this episode from the website: www.urduseekhiye.com/e25. Also be sure to subscribe so you don't miss part 3 of Ek Makṛā aur Makhī. Have questions? Let us know in the discussion section of the website or feel free to email Shireen (Shireen@UrduSeekhiye.com).
32 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
A Spider & A Fly - Part 1
This is part 1 of 6 of the poem a Spider and a Fly (ek makṛā aur makhī). It has a good lesson, but more importantly it's full of tons of great vocabulary words. Though a bit difficult, if you return to it again and again, it'll start to make sense and even be fun to listen to. This nazm (poem) is written by Alama Iqbal - a famous Urdu poet. Mahwash from Bachpan ki Kahaniyan, joins me to bring you this poem. Be sure to also check out her podcast. She has also covered this poem, but directed at children soif you have kids you can share this nazm with them too!! Here is the YouTube video which I referred to in this episode: Be sure to download the free handout for this episode.
18 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
At the Dentist's
In this episode learn to express pain and state where you are feeling pain. The request for this episode came from one of our listeners, so if you have a special request let Shireen know! To download the free handout for this episode (or to leave a comment) go to the page for this episode: www.urduseekhiye.com/e23. And as always - thank you for listening! The music in the intro and outro is by Jiill - check them out here: https://youtu.be/d7zG3ib9VRc
32 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Gender of Nouns
In this episode, learn how to figure out whether a noun in Urdu is feminine or masculine. Listen until the end to see if Shireen passes Travis' quiz of some really difficult nouns in Urdu. We realize there are some really difficult words in this episode so be sure to download the free PDF that comes with this episode.
14 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
Forms of Jo
In this episode Travis and Shireen focus on grammar, specifically the relative pronouns in Urdu. Can you provide example sentences of your own from this lesson? Be sure to share below them with us on our website: www.urduseekhiye.com/jo. Make sure to download the free handout as it contains various examples mentioned in the episode. Plus you can find out how to say the numbers 52 and 64, which we clearly didn’t know how to say during the episode. Also, stay tuned for a short lesson on how to say all the numbers in Urdu.
24 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
I Can't Breathe
This episode does not fit into our theme of beginner episodes, but with all that's happening in the United States, we had to include this poem on the subject of the Black Lives Matter movement. This poem is by Aslam Gurdaspuri (a living poet). He can be found on Facebook if you want to learn more about him and see the complete poem.The YouTube video of the news anchor reciting the poem can be found HERE. (he starts around 2:36)The music in the intro & outro is by Mughal-e-Funk, the track is called Babar.A special thank you to Naeema for her translation of this poem and for sharing her insightful interpretations which we hope will spark your interest in Urdu.We would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please feel free to go to the website www.urduseekhiye.com/e20 or find us on any of our social media pages. Of course you can also email Shireen directly at Shireen@UrduSeekhiye.com.
38 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
How Much is This?
In this episode Shireen and Travis show you how to haggle with shop keepers, a practice very common in South Asia. You'll hear key vocabulary such as too expensive, show me, how much, price, to buy, and many more. Be sure to download the handout for this episode from our website: www.urduseekhiye.com/e19.Have any questions, post them on the discussion section of the website or email Shireen directly: email@example.com.Be sure to also check out the Kingtox episode that goes more deeply into the word "vālā."
18 minutes | May 24, 2020
Extended Oblique Case of Pronouns in Urdu
In this episode we learn how to work with object pronouns in Urdu using the extended oblique case. If you're not a fan of grammar (like myself) then you'll find this lesson very helpful as we use several examples to break down the grammar concept. Be sure to download the handout from episode 18's page. www.urduseekhiye.com/e18 otherwise you might find yourself a bit lost. Also be sure to show us some love by rating us on iTunes and commenting in the discussion boards! Thank you for listening!!
21 minutes | May 9, 2020
What time is it?
In this episode we partner with Mahwash Rehman from Bachpan ki Kahaniyan, a podcast retelling children's stories in Urdu. It's a great resource for those who already have some exposure to Urdu, but want to improve their vocabulary (like Shireen).Want to learn more about the women's cricket team in Pakistan? Check out Mahwash's book: Women in Green. If you want to hear Mahwash in her element check out her reciting poetry in Urdu. ~*~In this episode Mahwash and Shireen talk about the time. The vocabulary in this episode includes time (waqt), quarter past (savā), morning (subh), to get up (uṭhnā), to fill (bharnā), and much more. Be sure to answer the questions from this episode (in the discussion section on our site). How would you say the following?I have to get up in half an hour.It's six forty-five PM....but first, I have to eat breakfast. (download the free handout to learn how to say breakfast)I eat lunch from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.Be sure to visit the website to download the handout for E18. https://urduseekhiye.com/e18To watch the video on how to tell time in Urdu click HERE. Also, remember to fill out the SURVEY. The next 50 people will get a free invitation to our Urdu Seekhiye online community. bahot šukria sun-ne kā (Thank you very much for listening!)
23 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
How is your Health
We are living in different times right now. This episode will better prepare you to ask others how they are doing health-wise and whether they are washing their hands and doing their part by staying home. Vocabulary from this episode includes, health, social distancing, with care, with caution, flu, cough, and fever among many others. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the discussion section of the episode page: https://urduseekhiye.com/e17/ Also visit the page to download the extremely helpful PDF guide. Did we mention it's FREE?Thank you for learning Urdu with US!
20 minutes | Feb 15, 2020
Why are you late?!
In this episode I'm joined by a loyal listener, Alessia. Listen to this episode to learn more about why she's learning Urdu. Did I mention she's Italian!? She's a great example of how no language is too difficult to learn - she speaks at least three other languages. In this episode we show you how to ask someone why he/she is so late, and how to apologize when you are late. Remember to visit the website to let us know how you like the episode. www.urduseekhiye.com/e16
16 minutes | Jan 1, 2020
Happy New Year!
Nayā sāl mubārak ho! In this episode learn how to wish someone a happy new year. In this episode Sara joins me again, and since she's just returned from Pakistan she shares a bit about her trip to Pakistan. Do you want to know more about her trip? Feel free to ask your questions in the discussion section of the site: www.urduseekhiye.com/e15.Happy New Year! Please help us spread the word about this podcast, so others can benefit too! Shukriya!
22 minutes | Nov 30, 2019
What do You Do?
In this episode, Naeema joins us from Pakistan! She and I discuss how you can ask someone what they do for a living. The vocabulary in this episode allows you to ask someone how long they have been doing a certain activity, singing, writing, working, etc. As always, we highly encourage participation so be sure to visit our website to download the handout for E14 (www.urduseekhiye.com/e14) and to provide responses to the questions in this episode. Also, be sure to watch the YouTube video on the pronunciation of the Urdu alphabet: https://urduseekhiye.com/urdu-alphabet-pronunciation/
24 minutes | Oct 26, 2019
Long Distance Communication
In this episode Leah, a polyglot, joins us from Germany. Leah, one of our listeners, was kind enough to share her story (listen to the end of E11 to hear it) with the Urdu Seekhiye community. Today, Leah and I share useful phrases that will come in handy when talking over long distances (over Skype or Whatsapp).In this episode you’ll learn how to say the following in Urdu:How is everyone doing?I can’t see you. | You are not visibleCan you say that again, you got cut off? | You got disconnected.Your voice is choppy. | You are getting cut off.I don’t want to offend you, but … | I understand what you are saying, but ...We will have to agree to disagree.I tried to hide it, but I was truly blown away at how well Leah has mastered the Urdu language, and by her reasons for learning it.Be sure to leave us your comments in the discussion section. If you'd like to be on an episode, let us know! Also, please do take a minute to complete the survey available on our website!
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