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    How much Urdu do you speak at home?

    I assume that most of the posters here are overwhelmingly Pakistanis. To them i ask,

    How much proportions of your daily conversations with fellow Pakistanis are held in Urdu?

    Personally, i have found myself (for unexplained reasons) increasingly speaking English in my everyday life since a couple of years now, ever since i joined college. So much so that even my Pakistani friends don't talk much Urdu with each other. We speak mostly English when we hang out, with some interspersed Urdu in between to add the desi spin.

    Even when i visit back home, i have been observing that my siblings too chose to talk in mostly English with their friends, and even between ourselves we have switched from speaking only Urdu to now gradually speaking Urdish (English + Urdu).

    I think i speak uninterrupted Urdu only with my parents now, which i feel is a shame because i grew up speaking only Urdu with everyone and hearing mostly Punjabi (from parents)

    English has become a global language and to an extent, it is understandable that we inherit it living in multicultural societies but has that happened at the expense of our native language(s)?

    Urdu is a beautiful language and the educated class of Paksitan seem to be getting increasingly distanced from it. I admit i have only started observing this within myself only recently and feel rather .... strange ... about it now in a way that i cannot explain.

    Has this transition happened in your life? If you are unmarried, what language will you push for in your home when you have children? Do you care at all? Is it for the benefit of society at large if we all speak one language?

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    I speak Punjagi..........and I love it


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    Yes it's strange that British Pakistanis speak Punjabi better than English. I grew up listening Punjabi but it just never stuck to my tongue. I can speak but never fluently and i am accused of a sardarish Punjabi when i do try

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    I hate sardarish Punjabi..........Pakistani Punjabi is the best though I lived for 14 years in Pakistan so its natural


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    I mostly speak Urdu at home and whenever I meet another Pakistani I prefer speaking in Urdu as well

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    I speak urdu alot but only with family members though.


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    Exclusively, even with my parents who usually switch back and forth between Hindko and Pushto amongst themselves.


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    Don't speak a word of Urdu, neither does anyone in my family. Punjabi through and thorough.


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    ^^^^Humayun Gujar My favourite film


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    Quote Originally Posted by emclub View Post
    ^^^^Humayun Gujar My favourite film
    Baraa naa suneyaa ve es Humayun Gujar da. Chal oye Naaji, aj vekhiye te sahi, bataarichoo kira saap kad daa eh.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gujar View Post
    Baraa naa suneyaa ve es Humayun Gujar da. Chal oye Naaji, aj vekhiye te sahi, bataarichoo kira saap kad daa eh.
    Naaji Butt kad denda a vadyaan vadyaan de watt


    ''Wasim can raise 100 bowlers like me from the dust of his shoes. That's his class!'' Shoaib Akhtar

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    Quote Originally Posted by emclub View Post
    Naaji Butt kad denda a vadyaan vadyaan de watt
    Gujar loon de badle khoon dhendaa ee.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tanzeel View Post
    Exclusively, even with my parents who usually switch back and forth between Hindko and Pushto amongst themselves.
    Yar Join the "Hindko group" on FB or at least ask your dad to do so. There are a couple of other hindko groups on FB but they are mostly hazaara hindko.

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    100% urdu at home, 75% english outside.

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    Urdu the vast majority of the time, lekin baap se daant Angrezi mey parti hai.

    and that's like daily, khana naheen hazzam hota mujhe daantey baghair

    I'm trying to improve my truly woeful Punjabi though, but I'm all over the place.


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    Urdu, with some Totipoti Punjabi

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    I speak urdu and my mum responds in punjabi.. In office (where most of my time s spent), its 80/20 Urdu/English.


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    urdu with everyone everywhere!!! Except those who dont know it!!!!

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    At home 100% Pashto. At office its English so no Urdu.

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    None whatsoever
    Mostly Mirpuri Punjabi (with parents) and english(with bro's).

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    i speak pothwari(mirpuri) most.


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    I only speak Punjabi at home (with English and German occasionally).


    "It sounds like you have a great strength of character and strong will" - Ellyse Perry about me.

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    From AJK speak mirpuri or whatever form of Punabi when some one like a guest is at home we tend to speak urdu but normally punjabi also we brothers english


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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ View Post
    Urdu the vast majority of the time, lekin baap se daant Angrezi mey parti hai.

    and that's like daily, khana naheen hazzam hota mujhe daantey baghair

    I'm trying to improve my truly woeful Punjabi though, but I'm all over the place.
    i feel sorry for you ......but thats the same wid my mum, cant spend a day without scolding me .......but i dont really mind, i know she loves me at the end of the day anyways

    as for me, i speak urdu with my parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, but if i argue then its english coz my english is better than my urdu and i can express myself better in it. with my sisters its english usually and at school its english and out of the house its english or afrikaans at times.

    but one thing i know for sure is, when i have kids inshallah, i will speak to them in english if their daddy speaks in urdu, and if he is more comfortable with english then i will speak urdu, in this case kids wont be deprived of any language


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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_fever View Post
    but if i argue then its english
    Haha, same but my reason is different.
    If I'm arguing with my parents I do it in english because most of the time I speak so fast they have no clue what I'm saying lol, so I keep out of trouble

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    With family and my elders who are Pakistan , it is Urdu but with friends , cousins , coworkers , strangers , it is English.

    It is understandable if you have not lived a long time in Pakistan , and you are not fluent in Urdu or whatever your first language is . I get worried though when i talk to the " younger generation " of Pakistan that is fluent in neither Urdu nor English and cannot speak one without the other . Many of them are suffering from the Dhobi ka kutta syndrome .
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_fever View Post
    i feel sorry for you ......but thats the same wid my mum, cant spend a day without scolding me .......but i dont really mind, i know she loves me at the end of the day anyways

    lol indeed, just showing their 'pyaar'


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    Pashto 24/7


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    Asaan kar wich potohari bolne aan 60% and 40% English.
    At work its obviously English.

    Lekin janab Urdu hai meri sab se pasandeeda zuban isliye moqay ki talaash main rehta hoon ke koi Urdu bolne wala mil jaaye toh kuch guft o shuneed Ho sake.


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    Urdu at home mixed with my Dad's punjabi. English outside.

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    oh yeah, and English with my younger brothers.

    kya kare, thoray mummy daddy se hain


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    wait a second, are you all guys Pakistani who have gone abroad?

    I speak urdu and I live in Pakistan.
    English @ school only

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    Urdu with my parents. Actually, they speak Punjabi and I respond in Urdu. With my brothers and cousins I always speak English. For some reason speaking Urdu with them seems a bit odd. Also mix in some Punjabi when we're having fun.

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    I have been born and brought up outside Pakistan and have never lived or went to a Pakistani school so at home, it is totally Urdu My parents speak Punjabi among them but with us (kids) they speak in Urdu. However, if I come across a Punjabi lad (Club-mates, friend etc) then it is Punjabi.

    So English doesn't hold any room in our house.

    I know a family or two and when they came from Karachi they strictly told there kids not to speak in Urdu and only speak in English and in result of that those kids are 'wannabees gorahs' and only speak English whether they are outside or in home.

    Personally I'm proud of our native language (Urdu) and don't feel shy or ashamed speaking in it in university or among people who are Non-Asian.

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    Alhamdulilah I am proud to say I speak mostly Urdu in the house.

    Even at college with my Pakistani dosts I speak Urdu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeeway View Post
    wait a second, are you all guys Pakistani who have gone abroad?

    I speak urdu and I live in Pakistan.
    English @ school only
    .Do you go to one of those O levels school ? Even we had to speak English only in my school in Pakistan but we were all too dheet so we talked in Urdu with each other , except for with teachers

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    Lol we speak punjabi + urdu +English depends whatw e say I speak Punjabi most of the times brothers urdu and Mum,dad, sister urdu we are from kashmir so not really 100%english but my Dad and Mum teach my little brothers how to read and write URDU everyday, i learnt from my parents and doing A2 Urdu in college (got A* in AS which was quite easy but still its my 3rd language)


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    would never speak urdu at home

    punjabi all the way



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    i speak urdu to my parents, its good cos it reduces the risk of me accidently swearing in front of them especially when cricket is on.

    speak mix of english and urdu to other family members. speak urdu to my pakistani mates about half the time. one or two mates i always talk in urdu to because they feel more comfortable.

    somethings are better said in english or urdu, translating them makes it sound wierd.

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    Punjabi Punjabi Punjabi

    I know as a kid when I used to be attempting Hindi, everyone used to laugh (Just like you guys laugh on Pakistan politicians gulabi english), I said screw Hindi, why get laughed at trying to speak someone else's language when I can rather speak my own 'maa' boli. You try to speak their language (Hindi, Urdu, English) and you get laughed at.. pathetic. Now I stay 100% pure desi, sadly Punjabi is not treated with respect on both sides of border. In India Hindi is promoted, Urdu in Pakistan. Why relate language with religion? Consequence's of such behaviour are very dangerous for whole country n civilization itself.
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    I have lived all my life in Pakistan. I am a Punjabi, was born in Lahore. My parents moved to Karachi when I was 2 in 1985.

    At home I speak Punjabi, with friends and colleagues it's Urdu, and sometimes English only when there is need to, mostly in meetings.

    So mostly it's Urdu and Punjabi. . Just the way it should be IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tera Gawaandi View Post
    Punjabi Punjabi Punjabi

    I know as a kid when I used to be attempting Hindi, everyone used to laugh (Just like you guys laugh on Pakistan politicians gulabi english), I said screw Hindi, why get laughed at trying to speak someone else's language when I can rather speak my own 'maa' boli. You try to speak their language (Hindi, Urdu, English) and you get laughed at.. pathetic. Now I stay 100% pure desi, sadly Punjabi is not treated with respect on both sides of border. In India Hindi is promoted, Urdu in Pakistan. Why relate language with religion? Consequence's of such behaviour are very dangerous for whole country n civilization itself.
    shabassh

    good post that



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    But whats the problem in learning a new language? and shame on those who laugh at your hindi - people need to grow up.

    To me URDU is a unifying force for Pakistan - but then Urdu speakers should also make an effort to understand and speak Punjabi or Sindhi or Baluch or Pushto etc


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    Mostly Urdu at home.Rarely any English.

    I converse with my friends in English and Urdu both, with words like "Kya ho-ingzz..Bhook lugging.." thrown in.

    Quote Originally Posted by MIG View Post
    But whats the problem in learning a new language? and shame on those who laugh at your hindi - people need to grow up.

    To me URDU is a unifying force for Pakistan - but then Urdu speakers should also make an effort to understand and speak Punjabi or Sindhi or Baluch or Pushto etc
    I agree.
    I have Pathan and Punjabi friends and also from different cultures like Irani, Afghan, Somalian etc and its really fun to learn their language.

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    Always Urdu at home.

    Outside home, have to talk in english because that is the only language people speak outside home

    I occasionally say "Aray yaar" to my **** friends too when im disappointed with what they have said/done haha.. Teaching them some urdu too such as "whats up!" is "Oupar kya hai"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tera Gawaandi View Post
    Punjabi Punjabi Punjabi

    I know as a kid when I used to be attempting Hindi, everyone used to laugh (Just like you guys laugh on Pakistan politicians gulabi english), I said screw Hindi, why get laughed at trying to speak someone else's language when I can rather speak my own 'maa' boli. You try to speak their language (Hindi, Urdu, English) and you get laughed at.. pathetic. Now I stay 100% pure desi, sadly Punjabi is not treated with respect on both sides of border. In India Hindi is promoted, Urdu in Pakistan. Why relate language with religion? Consequence's of such behaviour are very dangerous for whole country n civilization itself.
    Khush kitta ee veeru. Assi vi taahnye bus Punjabi hi boldeyaan wai assi Punjabi haan te saanu vi maan aa apni maa boli te.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ View Post
    Urdu the vast majority of the time, lekin baap se daant Angrezi mey parti hai.

    and that's like daily, khana naheen hazzam hota mujhe daantey baghair


    I'm trying to improve my truly woeful Punjabi though, but I'm all over the place.
    Kab sudhreingay AZ bhai?!


    Quote Originally Posted by MIG View Post
    But whats the problem in learning a new language? and shame on those who laugh at your hindi - people need to grow up.

    To me URDU is a unifying force for Pakistan - but then Urdu speakers should also make an effort to understand and speak Punjabi or Sindhi or Baluch or Pushto etc
    Agreed!

    At times, I do get angry on my own self.. I don't understand Punjabi at all.. When I do come across this language, I say 'screw it..Mujhe toh samajh hi nahi aati' instead of making a real effort to try and learn it.. It is not even a problem for me as my mom is a VERY fluent Punjabi speaker as she spent her childhood in many different cities and towns of Punjab. In fact, almost everyone in my family understands Punjabi, except me and my brother. It is Greek to us.


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    I am a die-hard fan of Punjabi, the language of real men!


    "It sounds like you have a great strength of character and strong will" - Ellyse Perry about me.

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    As long as the person is Pakistani, its Urdu for me. Just love speaking my language.

    even if some burger kids talk to me in English, I usually end up replying in Urdu

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    i dont have a specific preference but if i spend a lot of time talking in urdu or english, i miss talking in the other.

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    i speak many languages like Punjabi, handkio but i speak urdu at home because i like urdu

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    I normally speak English at home, only speak mirpuri when I am speaking to my mother or my grandparents. So hardly any urdu, but quite surprisingly I am very fluent in urdu, probably because I learn it in school.

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    Speak in English with younger siblings but always use urdu with ammi abu. When in good mood, use Punjabi as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan88 View Post
    Speak in English with younger siblings but always use urdu with ammi abu. When in good mood, use Punjabi as well.
    So how often are you in a 'good mood'?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DHONI183 View Post
    So how often are you in a 'good mood'?
    How often does Monsieur Dhoni lose his cool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan88 View Post
    How often does Monsieur Dhoni lose his cool?
    Never!

    Now your answer........


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    ^^ Well i'm the exact opposite

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    I speak Urdu when the person I am talking to also speaks in Urdu. If the person is speaking in English, then I also converse in English.

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    But it is easier to express my anger in English. I can't seem to do it in Urdu lol just not as effective for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIG View Post
    But whats the problem in learning a new language? and shame on those who laugh at your hindi - people need to grow up.

    To me URDU is a unifying force for Pakistan - but then Urdu speakers should also make an effort to understand and speak Punjabi or Sindhi or Baluch or Pushto etc
    We do , bro . In most schools , Sindhi is taught from grade 3 so you have to learn it .

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    Urdu/English with friends

    Urdu at home, English at school

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    A question to all Pakistani origin people living in the west:

    1) How well can you speak Urdu? Fluently? If yes how often do you speak it?(qs of the thread)

    2) Can you read Urdu?

    3) If no, can you read the Holy Quran?

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    Yes to all your questions.

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    My urdu is very fluent, and I hope it remains that way. I can read and write urdu too

    And obviously I can read the holy quran.

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    Ive always wondered how Muslims of non Pakistan and non-Arab descent learn to read the Quran. Basically how do they read it if they do not the Arabic script?

    Lets say Muslims of Africa or Muslims of Albania, Kazakhstan etc whose native script is not Arabic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsan88 View Post
    ^^ Well i'm the exact opposite
    I thought you would say "never".

    Quote Originally Posted by PakPrince View Post
    A question to all Pakistani origin people living in the west:

    1) How well can you speak Urdu? Fluently? If yes how often do you speak it?(qs of the thread)

    2) Can you read Urdu?

    3) If no, can you read the Holy Quran?
    1) Yes, can speak very fluently, but prefer Punjabi at home but Urdu with guests etc.

    2) Yes, but very slowly. Not at all as fluent as in speaking.

    3) I first learnt reading the Holy Qur´an and then bit of Urdu.

    I hope it helps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakPrince View Post
    A question to all Pakistani origin people living in the west:

    1) How well can you speak Urdu? Fluently? If yes how often do you speak it?(qs of the thread)

    2) Can you read Urdu?

    3) If no, can you read the Holy Quran?
    1) Don't speak it at all.

    2) Nope... I try - but fail epically :/

    3) Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amirfanforlife View Post
    1) Don't speak it at all.

    2) Nope... I try - but fail epically :/

    3) Yes.
    but if you can read Arabic doesnt tha tmean you should be able to read Urdu too? After all its the same script

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    does anyone speak Sindhi at home?


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    My home language is Urdu but i dont really know much of it now (forgot urdu ever since i learnt english)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakPrince View Post
    A question to all Pakistani origin people living in the west:

    1) How well can you speak Urdu? Fluently? If yes how often do you speak it?(qs of the thread)

    2) Can you read Urdu?

    3) If no, can you read the Holy Quran?

    1) yes i can speak it fluently but in a Pashto accent , it's a common thing if your Pathan!

    2)Yes, i can read it, as my mum made me read/write it ever since I was little, i keep practicing though!

    3) Ofcourse!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by njamal574 View Post
    At home 100% Pashto. At office its English so no Urdu.
    same,
    and in school it's english, or if I am having a laugh with my mates, or need to say something secretly, it's Urdu/punjabi as they are punjabis. I speak Urdu in the masjid or to Urdu speaking relatives.


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    Quote Originally Posted by violet_may View Post
    But it is easier to express my anger in English. I can't seem to do it in Urdu lol just not as effective for me
    imo its impossible to express anger in urdu without using the bc word, at least that what ive found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakPrince View Post
    A question to all Pakistani origin people living in the west:

    1) How well can you speak Urdu? Fluently? If yes how often do you speak it?(qs of the thread)

    2) Can you read Urdu?

    3) If no, can you read the Holy Quran?
    1. Very fluently, dont speak much at home though

    2. Yes I can read and write in Urdu

    3. Qur'aan is a must

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ View Post
    does anyone speak Sindhi at home?
    Only people in Interior Sindh , maybe some in the cities who really take pride in Sindhi culture

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pk-zindabaad View Post
    1) yes i can speak it fluently but in a Pashto accent , it's a common thing if your Pathan!

    2)Yes, i can read it, as my mum made me read/write it ever since I was little, i keep practicing though!

    3) Ofcourse!!!
    " Afridi baut e achi bowling karti ay " and " baaji tum kidhar jaata ? " waali ?

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    I look like and sound like a Geek. If I try to speak Urdu anywhere. Punjabi totat are mast



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    Geek or Greek ?

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