What is Urdu?

Urdu is an important South Asian language spoken by nearly 250 million people in India, Pakistan and other neighbouring countries. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, and one of the official languages of India. Urdu communities thrive in many countries around the world. The word Urdu has a Turkish origin which means ‘camp’. It emerged in northern India about one thousand years ago out of a mixture of Hindi and other local languages with the Persian language spoken by

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