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Word for the Travel Wise (02/02/06)
Today's word is an Urdu word used in Pakistan:
khatarnak - dangerous
Chances are Grandma, Aunt Edna and Uncle Bob will all try to talk you out of your Pakistan endeavor. If you're lucky they'll make a little travel kit, pat you on the back, and send you packing without the worry and concern. Who likes going on a trip knowing dear old mom's poor heart might under go cardiac arrest because you've gone off braving the world in some of the most 'khatarnak' or dangerous locales? Show them how carefully planned your travel itinerary is and woo them with a few Urdu phrases before you go.
Urdu is the official language of the country, spoken by some 61 million natives and 104 million total. The language falls under the Indo-Aryan family, developed under Persian, Turish, and Arabic. From my own Persian studies I've noticed several closely related if not exact same word. Unless someone out there has a few recommendations on learning Urdu on the web other than what is provided here, this could be a small challenge. For some basics on the script and general background info visit UK India. Otherwise I'd say it's time to head over to My Language Exchange to find some native speakers looking to swap your lingo knowledge for theirs. Click here for a pretty good blog on a world of Urdu topics.