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Urdu is a thriving Indo-European language spoken by over 100 million people around the world. It is the national language of Pakistan and an official language in the state of Jammu-Kashmir, India. There are also millions of Urdu speakers in communities across Europe, North America and Australia. There are over a million Urdu speakers in the U.S. alone.

Urdu has been designated as a language critical to U.S. national security and knowledge of Urdu can assist in obtaining employment in the State Department. Urdu is also a language of poetry and many beautiful "ghazals" are written in Urdu. Because Urdu is written in the Perso-Arabic script and is closely related to Hindi it can assist in the learning of other languages as well. For information specific to Urdu at SILMW please contact Dr. Mithilesh Mishra at

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