Hindi and Urdu have two bodies and one mind!
- Hindi derives from Sanskrit, uses Sanskrit (Devanagari) script, and relies on Sanskrit vocabulary; Urdu uses Persian (Nastaliq) script and is influenced by Persian-Arabic vocabulary. Yet the two are completely mutually intelligible in everyday spoken usage, linguistically inseparable, and are in fact one language in structure and grammar. So Hindi-Urdu as one opens doors towards South Asia, South-East Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East and embodies their cultural and linguistic symbiosis.
- Hindi-Urdu is the third in the most commonly spoken language in the world today. As South Asia is becoming increasingly influential on the global political, economic, and cultural scene, Hindi-Urdu proficiency is an extraordinary asset to anyone who is interested in the region for business, research, or personal reasons. Even though there are numerous languages spoken in South Asia, Hindi-Urdu proves to be a common platform for effective communication.
- It grants access to the culture and rapport with the people in a more meaningful way than the practical use of English can provide. If you are studying layers of South Asian history and society, Hinduism or Islam, incredibly rich literature and poetry, complex linguistics, or if you simply love watching Bollywood films, eating Indian food, and want to travel there one day, Hindi-Urdu is beneficial and incredible fun!