Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, one of the official languages of India, and it is spoken in the neighbouring regions of Afghanistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Urdu uses a modified version of the Arabic script, but it is presented here in the roman alphabet. The two-way dictionary and the practical, travel-oriented phrasebook pertain to everything from technology to Islamic culture. You will find an introduction to the language, useful tips for travel in Pakistan, and regional cultural information to help make your stay in the Urdu-speaking world a pleasant one.
Nicholas Awde is a writer and regional consultant based in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Peter Maghashyan is a freelance journalist, analyst, and consultant on regional, political, and economic issues. He is based in Yerevan, Armenia.