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Hindi and Urdu are the linguas franca of both Northern India and Pakistan. The spoken forms of their Standard Versions are extremely similar. Hindi, with more of a Sanskrit influence, is written with Devanagari script. Urdu, with more influence from Persian and Arabic, is written with Nasta’līq script. Together, this language group has approximately 240 million native speakers. It is estimated that as many as 500 million people speak Hindi/Urdu. That’s even more than Spanish!

Blended Hindi-Urdu

Hindi-Urdu Flagship at the U of Texas

Hindi-Urdu Learning Resources

First Year Hindi Textbooks (free!)

Hindi-Urdu Podcasts

Hindi Proficiency Guidelines

Hindi Digital Dictionary (U of Chicago)

Digital Urdu Reader (Columbia U)

Hindi Listening Comprehension Exercises (Advanced)

Hindi: New Directions, New People (U of Pennsylvania)

Hindi Vocabulary Builder

Hindibhasha Devanagari Script Tutor

Intermediate Urdu

Urdu Online Digital Dictionary (U of Chicago) provides some basic Urdu phrases and an online dictionary.

Wikipedia in Hindi

Wikipedia in Urdu

Hindi Kidsone

A Trip to the market: Video Lessons (Yale U)