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Extinct: no
Family: Indo-European
Branch: Indic
Continent: Asia
Country: Pakistan
Region: Also spoken in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Fiji, Germany, Guyana, India, Malawi, Mauritius, Nepal, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, UAE, United Kingdom, Zambia.
Countries Where Spoken: 10,719,000 mother tongue speakers in Pakistan (1993), 7.57% of the population. Population total all countries 60,290,000 or more. Including second language speakers: 104,000,000 (1999 WA). India, Mauritius, South Africa.
Countries Where Official: Pakistan
Native Speakers: 10,719,000
Speakers Total: 60,290,000
Phrasebase members who speak Urdu at a native level: 2,001
Phrasebase members who speak Urdu at a conversational level: 2,001
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Urdu: 2,809
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Urdu: 6,530
Three Letter Code: URD
Alternative Names: none
Summary: Intelligible with Hindi, but has formal vocabulary borrowed from Arabic and Persian. The second or third language of most Pakistanis for whom it is not the mother tongue. National language. Grammar. Arabic script in Nastaliq style with several extra characters used. Muslim. Bible 1843-1998.

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