Learning Nastaliq: A Journey through Time

Learning Nastaliq: A Journey through Time

Learning Urdu is akin to time travel. The learner — otherwise seldom in contact with Urdu-speaking environments — suddenly finds herself transported to the gleeful streets of the 13th and 14th century Nizammudin or to the gloom of 19th century Old Delhi...
Nestor’s cup

Nestor’s cup

  Νέστορος [εἰμὶ] εὔποτ[ον] ποτήριο[ν]· ὃς δ’ ἂν τοῦδε π[ίησι] ποτηρί[ου] αὐτίκα κῆνον ἵμερ[ος αἱρ]ήσει καλλιστ[εφάν]ου Ἀφροδίτης. “I am Nestor’s cup, good to drink from. Who happens to drink of this vessel, forthwith the desire of fair-crowned Aphrodite...

Why study a new script?

Here at Zabaan we encourage our students to study the Devanagari script for Hindi and the Nastaliq script for Urdu, here’s why: In order to really be able to pronounce new words correctly and become fully conversational nothing can replace the script. Roman/latin...