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2006.10.22

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Vishnu Vyas

Seriously, I've been wondering about this for a long time.. what is the difference between Hindi and Urdu? They seem identical to me..

And about these absurd doubts.. I know religion crushes induviduality to a certain extent, but to this extent? Simply unbeliveable. Don't muslims ever think of other role models at all?

Muslihoon

LOL! I love your translation of the second answer!

Excellent post. Thanks for the insight and the laughs.

The Jut

I guess I´ll just have to put on a red shirt, and sip a beer. Mohammed did like alchohol, right?

Isaac Schrödinger

Vishnu Vyas: "what is the difference between Hindi and Urdu? They seem identical to me."

From Wikipedia [search: Hindi]:
"Because of Hindi's extreme similarity to Urdu, speakers of the two languages can usually understand one another, if both sides refrain from using specialized vocabulary. Indeed, linguists sometimes count them as being part of the same language diasystem. However, Hindi and Urdu are socio-politically different, and people who self-describe as being speakers of Urdu would question their being counted as native speakers of Hindi, and vice-versa."

Two big differences:
1. They are written completely differently. I can't read a single word of Hindi.
2. Specialized vocabulary. To be honest, I don't know pure Urdu. For example, most of the poetry goes over my head because I don't understand the words...Though, communications between the two nations is excellent. The best example of this is Bollywood. Rarely does that industry use pure Hindi or Urdu; they thus have a huge market of not only NRIs but also Pakistanis!

"Don't muslims ever think of other role models at all?"

The close followers of Muhammed...who mimic Muhammed.

Muslihoon: You're welcome. I try to add a small grain of humor.

The Jut: "I guess I´ll just have to put on a red shirt, and sip a beer."

Just make sure that you're not in the standing position when you do so. Otherwise...

Sid

Isaac got it right. The only difference between street Hindi and street Urdu is the script. This fusion is usually called "Hindustani".

"Pure" Hindi, derived from Sanskrit, is pretty difficult to understand for a person who knows Urdu only. So Isaac probably can't understand 'kshama karey' but he can understand 'maaf karey'. Both mean the same.

Isaac Schrödinger

Sid: All the comments are emailed to me. I find it amusing that when I checked my gmail account right now, the sponsored link on top of the page was for "Indian Literature and Books". Plus, there was some Hindi script as well.

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