Ukindia Urdu Lesson 20

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Urdu and Hindi and most Indian languages have the verb written after the object. For example in English we write subject-verb-object eg
The river is deep

In Urdu the article THE is usually omitted and the verb is written last eg
The river is deep is written as Nadi gaheri hae ( River deep is ) . Grammaticaly for empahis in dramatic situations sometimes it would not be wrong to put the verb first eg . This is .... John - Yeh hae ...John!
If however you use it too many times you will start getting strange looks. .

Most inaminate objects have masculine or feminine forms . It would be tedious to have to learn them all. In general the bigger heavier object is male for eg Rivers are feminine while the Ocean is masculine. For masculine terms the word ends in an AA sound while for feminine it is ee. - eg
Nadi gaherEE hae
Samundar (ocean) gaherAA hae.

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More vocabulary

apple-seb, orange-malta, peach-ardo(o),mango-aam, strawberry -strawberry, banana-kela, pomigrenate-anar, pineapple-annanas,cherries-cherries, watermelon-tarbooz

The answers to the above are
figs-anjeer, lychee-lychee, custard apple-sherifa, dates-kjhoor, coconut-nariyal, jambolana-jamun, lady finger-bhindyan', peas-matar

The above read radish-mooli, tinde-tinde, aubergine-baengan,beans-phliyan', coriander-dhaniya, capsicum-shimlamirch, cucumber-kheera, pumpkin-kaddu hlwah, p(o)tato-aloo

In the final figure above we have courgette-tori, gourd-kaddu, fenugreek-methi, tomato-tmatr, sugar-shakar, onion-pyaz, spinach-paluk, cabbage -bandghobi, bitter gourd-krela, garlic-luhsan, carrot-gajar.

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