English and Urdu: An etymological and historical look at the similarities between the two languages


To the majority of us, English and Urdu are two completely different languages with almost no correlation with one another. In Pakistan, aside from being the de facto and de jure languages of the state, there is absolutely nothing in common between the two languages in the eyes of the layman.

However, this is not entirely true. Aside from the 200 years of British colonialism which subsequently led Pakistan to adopt English as the official language of the state, the relationship between the two languages stretches back hundreds of years and upon close inspection using etymology juxtapositioning we can see a lot of lexical and historic similarities between the two languages and how they emerged. This article is meant to be taken with a pinch of salt and not as a guide to comparative linguistics. Additionally, this will be an objective piece looking at the correlation between the two languages…

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