Welcome to the Urdu Wikibook, a free textbook for learning Urdu! Urdu is one of the two official languages of Pakistan. It is also one of the 22 scheduled languages of India and is an official language of five Indian states. There are between 60 and 80 million native speakers of standard Urdu. According to the SIL Ethnologue (1999 data), Urdu is the fifth most spoken language in the world.
To read more about the history of Urdu: History
Please feel free to use the English Wiktionary's Urdu language Category as a reference for these courses.