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Language in Pakistan

Language in Pakistan



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Myriad languages are spoken in Pakistan. Most people speak two or three languages. At least!

Urdu is Pakistan’s national language, as well as the language of officialdom together with English. Most middle and upper-class Pakistanis will speak (some) English. It’s rare to find a place where absolutely no one speaks English. However, it’s always good to pick up a phrase or two in Urdu before you visit Pakistan. I highly recommend Pimsleur for learning language basics.

Besides the two official languages, there are many local languages: Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi, Potohari, Shina, Wakhi, Burushaski… the list goes on! Every province has its own regional language, such as the aforementioned Punjabi and Sindhi. In major cities people mostly speak Urdu, but in towns and villages local languages reign supreme


Urdu basics

  • Salaamu aleikum: Hello
  • Walaykum asalaam: Hello (in response)
  • Shukriya: Thank you
  • Kya haal hai?: How are you?
  • Mai thik hoon: I am fine.
  • Aap ka naam kya hai?: What is your name?
  • Mera naam Alex hai: My name is Alex.
  • … kaha hai?: Where is… ?
  • Kitnay paisa?: How much?
  • Ji/haan: Yes/yeah
  • Nehi: No
  • Jao: Go away
  • Nehi chahiye: I don’t need it
  • Angrezi ata/ati?: Do you know English?

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