Language Family: New
Indo-Aryan group of Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European
Search - Free Language Sites
Flag of Pakistan; more on flag and symbols
The Google search engine
has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Urdu language. Also
ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other
language-oriented uses. Requires Urdu fonts.
Links to primary English, Urdu, Punjabi and other languages search engines and gateways.
In English, from Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen; perhaps the most extensive online resource site.
BUBL LINK - Pakistan BUBL LINK Catalogue is largest Internet portal in U.K.: Selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas
Extensive resources page, includes links to Interactive Portals, Music and Art, Country/Regions, etc.
Google Regional Directory preset for Pakistan.
Created and maintained by the LoC Area Studies Directorate
Excellent Yahoo search engine links for everything from Arts and Humanities to Travel and more.
A part of the WWW Virtual Library system, this website provides numerous links to language and country related sites.
Association for Asian Studies
Mission: to encourage and support research on issues relevant to Pakistan and the promotion of scholarly exchange between the United States and Pakistan. To fulfill this mission, AIPS provides research fellowships to American researchers, administers lectureships, and sponsors academic conferences.
"The British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) is the largest UK academic association for the study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and the South Asian Diaspora."
European Association for South Asian Studies
VYAKARAN - ListServe
South Asia Language Review
Savifa: Virtual Library South Asia
E-Journals for South Asian Studies and Indology
Annual of Urdu Studies
South and Southeast Asian Studies - South Asia Resource Access on the Internet (SARAI)
Digital South Asia Library
.National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Language
"Linguistic Bibliography Online
"South Asian Language Teachers Association (SALTA)
STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US.
From Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota. Select Urdu and search LCTL list of US schools and institutions of higher education offering instruction in the Urdui language.
"The LinguaVista website enables language learners to find high-level language programs in the US and abroad."
"An undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu while majoring in a wide variety of programs, including Business, Communications, Engineering, and Liberal Arts."
"The Department of South Asia Studies (SAST) at the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1948, is the oldest South Asia area studies program in the nation. The Department is home for all faculty teaching South Asian languages and cultures, ancient and modern, with many dual appointments of faculty in other university departments.
Homepage of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Links to major institutions of higher learning in Pakistan.
More links to major institutions of higher learning in Pakistan.
Basic introduction to Urdu alphabet with collections of links to audio files and language related websites.
Script comparison charts by Eden Glshani.
Pdf versions of Naim's 1999 two volume "Introductory Urdu" from the South Asia Language & Area Center, University of Chicago. Also see: C.M. Naim,
Part of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) resources links from Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at University of Minnesota.
These pages developed with support from the South Asia Center at Syracuse University. Materials for first and second year courses.
Download Urdu Lessons 1-20 zip (500k) Introduction to alphabet, Urdu sounds online, etc.
Outstanding site for both online and published resources - not just for teachers. Select "Urdu," "All Materials," and "All Levels" for full display.
Product of Defense Language Institute: "All of the GLOSS lessons are categorized into one of three primary competencies: lexical (vocabulary), structure (grammar), and discourse (devices that bind texts, conversations, etc.). Additionally, all lessons address the socio-cultural competence through teacher notes and the like."
Includes: Cultural Orientation, 15 common phrases, basic language guide and more.
"LangNet is a language learning support system with interactive materials designed for those who want to practice and maintain their target language reading and listening skills." Currently, only available to military, government agencies and select academic institutions. Best accessed through Joint Language University portal (above).
In addition to LangNet (above), JLU also provides one login/password access to Transparent Language materials like Urdu Language Virtual Flash Cards, Urdu Talker, Urdu Rapid Rote Audio, and Urdu Immersion Environments; WordChamp online language lessons; and SCOLA television broadcasts.
Table of Contents includes: Fonts and Software, Language Tutorials and Teaching Aids, History and Relationship to other Languages, The Language, Literature and Songs, Trivia, Other Pages of Urdu Links.
An excellent resource site for online Urdu dictionaries, language courses, working aids, and more
Large list of links to Urdu language and country/culture sites. Not all functional and not all freeshare.
A few links to language and cultural websites.
Urdui resource site from Columbia University.
Goal of Urdu Wikipedia has more than 1,000 articles and growing.
Large dictionary portal offers general and specialized online dictionaries
Extensive list of dictionaries and online links from MultilingualBooks.com, including the two searchable dictionaries noted below.
Searchable online English-Urdu-English dictionary.
Searchable online English-Urdu-English dictionary; site has additional language resources like glossary of Muslim names.
From University of Chicago, links to several South Asian languages online dictionaries, including several Hindi and Urdu digital dictionaries.
Links to Urdu and English online newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations from this giant news portal.
Huge selection of online national newspapers - with some regional.
Voice of America news broadcasting in target language. Also note: VOA’s Urdu Webcasts and RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds which allow you to receive news and information in the categories you choose. .
BBC news broadcasts in Urdu.
"Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international broadcaster: online, on-screen and over the air. It provides a European perspective to audiences around the world and promotes intercultural dialogue."
SCOLA ia a leader in foreign language television news broadcasts. Schedule of broadcasts, insta-classes in some languages, and other useful information.
"The Most Comprehensive Reference on the Political History of Pakistan.
Detailed online history with numerous hyperlinks to important events, personalities and places.
Everything from Art and Architecture to Rugs and Sports. Lots of external links.
The online journal for the study and exhibition of the arts of Asia. Excellent links collection.
Main article on Islam with a multitude of sub-topic links within Wikipedia as well as strong selection of external site links.
Large informational and commercial site targeting Pakistani muslims.
The logo says it all: "Islam.com - A site worth of its name."
Large online collections of the holy texts in original and translation from the University of Southern California.
Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world
From the Washburn University School of Law Library, links to country sites for Constitutional Law, Government and Politics, Law and Legislation, Legislative Bodies, etc.
Excellent online encyclopedia article covering geography, history, military, culture, etc. with links to Internet resources
Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.
Online familiarization course. Chapters include: Country Profile, Geography, History, Economy, Society, and Security; also has an End-ofCourse Test/Assessment.
Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.
Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.
Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.
WBG Activities in Pakistan, with additional related links.
"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world?s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.
"The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."
About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 178 member National Societies.
Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.
The people at the offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides -- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead, they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks.
Wikitravel - by the people, for the people. Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable world-wide travel guide.
Includes links to history, basics, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.
Includes links to cities, regions, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.