Greeting Norms

  • Aap kese hain - How are you?

  • Aap ka khandan kesa hay - How is your family

  • Khush amidid - Welcome

  • Assalam 'alaykum -Hello

  • Ap ka nam kya hai -What's your name?

  • Ap se milker khushi huwi! -Pleased to meet you

  • Subha bakhair -Good morning

  • Roz bakhair - Good afternoon/evening

  • Shab bakhair - Good night

  • Khuda hafiz - Goodbye

Personal Space and touching

Among Urdu speaking Muslins, there is still much pressure to maintain honor in all levels. Purdah (seclusion, concealment or unsociability of women) still exists, but to varying degrees, either to protect the husband's honor or the honor of her father's family.

Eye contact and gestures

Urdu speakers, the majority Muslims, rarely make eye contact or touch each other if not of the same gender. A man making eye contact with a muslin woman means he is interested in her, while in between men it means "I'm telling you the truth".

Urdu Culture Reference Guide

Urdu Population in the United States

Urdu Interpretation and Translation Services

Volatia is a leading provider of professional Urdu interpretation and translation services. Whether you are in the United States or anywhere else in the World, Volatia is uniquely capable of bridging all of your Urdu language and cultural barriers. The secret sauce is our proprietary technology, coupled with our vast network of qualified professional interpreters and translators.

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Among the many reasons to choose Volatia for your language access program, below are a few to consider:

   1. We support more than 280 languages ondemand. Simply download our mobile app or login our online portal to request or schedule your language needs or connect to an interpreter within seconds.

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   3. We’re always available. We offer 24/7 ondemand support for Urdu interpretation and translation needs. In addition to our Urdu phone and video interpreter services, you can also access onsite or in-person Urdu interpreters.

   4. We have a broad range of experience. We provide qualified Urdu Interpreters and translators in healthcare, government, legal, and a host of other industries.

Urdu Language Solutions


Urdu or Modern Vernacular Urdu is the standard.

Spoken Urdu and Hindi are essentially the same, as both retained the Indo-Aryan grammar and vocabulary.

Both spoken languages branched from Hindustani, which first developed as a lingua franca in the area called Hindustan, the land (valley) of the Indus river. Because of that Urdu and Hindi speakers can understand each other if they refrain from using literary vocabulary.

Urdu is written in a Persian script called Nastalik and some borrowed Chagatai (South of India), a Turkic language from Central Asia. Urdu and Turkish both borrowed from Persian and Arabic.

Thanks to Bollywood movies, Hindustani has regained much popularity lately, after a great divide where there was a movement to hyper-persianize Urdu, while there was another to hyper-sanskritised Hindi.


South region of India


Maharastra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Also spoken in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh, but it is declining.  The Urdu spoken by Pakistanis in Bangladesh is different.


It's a code switching that mixes Urdu and English, being incorporated since 2015 in the school's curriculum.


An early form of Urdu

Urdu Dialects

Urdu is the official language in Pakistan together with English. In Pakistan there are about six dozen languages and Urdu is supposed to unite people through this language variety.

It is a scheduled language in several states of India: Bihar, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Uthar Pradesh, Telangama and West Bengal.

Countries Where Urdu is the Official Language

  • Pakistan

There are more than 324 million speakers of Hindustani as 1st language, and 214 million as 2nd language, making an astounding number of 538 million in total.

Urdu is spoken by 52 million people living in India and by about 16 million in Pakistan, which is 8% of its population only.

Urdu is the 11st on the list of most spoken languages in the world with about 170 million speakers both as 1st and 2nd language. As first language it is the 21st, but if we consider Hindustani we can say it is the 3rd most widely spoken language in the world, after English and Mandarin.

Of course, each of the 50 states is home to many Urdu's but the ones listed stand out based on annual data from the American Community Survey published by the U.S. Census Bureau

Taste the culture with our featured restaurants

Food is ingrained in our social landscape, from holiday gatherings to meeting friends for lunch at your local restaurant.  It brings people from a variety of cultures together. It is also a fantastic vehicle for learning about people with different backgrounds.  Food connects us to our family, our homeland, and our roots. Advancing cultural appreciation and awareness through food is the most sincere form of acknowledgment and acceptance. Below is a list of restaurants that continue to foster these ideals within their communities:

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