Urdu Learning Resources

Here I’m listing some of the most useful websites I’ve come across to help you with learning different aspects of Urdu. I’ll continue to add to this list over time and I’m always open to any suggestions you might have.

Hindi Urdu Flagship

The Hindi Urdu Flagship program at the University of Texas at Austin created perhaps the most impressive website of all for Hindi and Urdu learners. All of their fantastic resources are available for free download. If you have trouble with downloads from the main site, try the program’s repository.

Aamozish

Developed by the Rekhta Foundation, Aamozish is online software that takes the learner through a complete introduction to the Urdu script and also has a course dedicated to learning the basics of vocabulary used in Urdu poetry.

InPage™ Urdu

InPage™ is undoubtedly the best software available for typing in Urdu. It ain’t cheap but it’s a must for anyone serious about the language. The latest version is now available for Mac in addition to Windows.

Sources on Hindi/Urdu Language and Literature

Professor Frances Pritchett of Columbia University has created an impressive collection of links related to Hindi/Urdu language learning, literature, poetry, and more.

Urdu Script Video

This introduction to the Urdu script by Tyler Williams presents the full form letters and sounds.

Urdu Modules Project

A joint effort between AIIS (the American Institute of Indian Studies) and Columbia University, the Urdu Modules Projects presents 28 thematic videos for intermediate to advanced-level students. Included with each is a glossary and a script.

Rekhta

The Rekhta Foundation has created an impressive primary website in addition to a number of side projects to promote Urdu language learning and appreciation. The website is viewable in English, Hindi or Urdu.