Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Arabic, Persian (Farsi or Parsi) and Urdu Languages - Comparison

The script is similar with some differences.

But the languages are different.

Persian is spoken by 110 million people worldwide and official language of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Arabic is a language of approximately 246 million native speakers and official language of more than 20 countries

In script Urdu is closer to Persian. Urdu is written right to left in a modified Persian-Arabic script called Nastaliq. As language Urdu is closer to Hindi as both were developed from Khari boli the language of Northern India.


Differences between Arabic, Persian and Urdu Scripts

How to choose Arabic vs Farsi to Study

Difference between Hindi and Urdu

Language Learning Resources

Learning Hindi


Related Knols

Difference URDU , ARABIC and FARSI

The Memory Guru of India- Learn Urdu in 2 Days

Some more resources

Urdu and Parallel Grammar Project.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Learning Russian - YouTube Videos

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Russian Alphabet - Youtube Videos

Source for the image: Russian language - Grammar: the cyrillic alphabet by Alberto Auné

Identify letters similar to English and pronounced exactly in the same manner as English


Identify letters similar to English but pronounced differently

Letters:          B     C     E            H     P     X        Y
Pronounced:   V     S    YE(Yo)    N     R     KH      OO


Pronounciation Guide

A a - "ahh"
Б б - "beh"
В в - "veh"
Г г - "geh"
Д д - "deh"
Е е - "yeh"
Ё ё - "yo"
Ж ж - "zheh"
З з - "zeh"
И и - "ee" like in see
Й й - "ee krahtkoyeh"
К к - "kah"
Л л - "ehl"
М м - "ehm"
Н н - "ehn"
О о - "oh"
П п - "peh"
Р р - "r" rolled
С с - "ehs"
Т т - "teh"
У у - "oo" boot
Ф ф - "ehf"
Х х - "ch" loch
Ц ц - "ts" sits
Ч ч - "ch" chip
Ш ш - "sh" shut
Щ щ - "sh"+"ch"
Ъ ъ - "hard sign"
Ы ы - "i" ill
Ь ь - "soft sign"
Э э - "eh"
Ю ю - "oo" like in you
Я я - "yah"
Source: The Russian Alphabet by Michael Roxbury


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