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Hindi/Urdu Question

Is it really true that if you learn Hindi or Urdu that you can understand and speak with a speaker of the opposite language? I know the alphabets are different but are the spoken languages really the same?

June 10, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

They're very, very similar except at the highest registers, where Urdu uses a lot of Arabic vocabulary and Hindi uses a lot of Sanskrit.

Technically, they're both forms of the Hindustani language, and linguists classify them as a single language. The split between them is more political than linguistic.

If you want to get really technical, Hindi and Urdu (as well as many other languages of the Indian subcontinent) are part of what's known as a dialect continuum, like the Scandinavian languages.

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianofPeace

By "higher registers" do you mean something like academics?

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

Partly, yes. Technical and scientific vocabulary, things like that.

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianofPeace

Ah, got ya. Thanks!

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pratyush.

yeah. They are really similar. It's language continum that has many mutually intelligible dialects starting from magahi, maithli, bhojpuri, audhi, gherwali, pahadi, rajsthani, haryavani. It changes from bengali to punjabi in all these continuum. Hindi and Hindustani words are synonym, only later Hindi became name of standard register. The standard register is called 'Modern standard Hindi' .

June 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nikzxoxoxo

im really looking forward to do a hindi course because i learn hindi as a main subject it is an awesome lanuage and i think its the most beautiful lanuage.i use to watch hindi movies and i think its easy to learn

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/svquezada13

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