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Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language, which is closely related to Hindi. Urdu is the national and official language of Pakistan as well as of some Indian federal states. Urdu increasingly serves as a lingua franca between regional languages. Approximately 58 million people worldwide speak Urdu as a native language, and together with second-language speakers the total number adds up to 150-200 million. Urdu contains a large number of loanwords from Persian, Arabic and Portuguese. Over time, Urdu has also acquired words from Turkish and English. Urdu is traditionally seen as a sophisticated language and is also called “the language of poetry” or “the language of the court”. Urdu uses a variant of the Persian alphabet, which in turn is a variant of the Arabic alphabet.
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