Urdu voice-over production made simple
As an established Urdu voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Urdu Voice-Over Service and Urdu Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Urdu voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Urdu voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Urdu voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Urdu voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Urdu audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Urdu voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the Urdu language
Urdu belongs to the Indo-Aryan sub-group of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European family of languages.
Modern Standard Urdu is the standardised version of Hindustani used in Pakistan – Modern Standard Hindi is the standardised version of the Hindustani language used in India. Urdu and Hindi were created when Pakistan and India became separate nations, but the spoken versions of the two languages are essentially Hindustani and remain almost indistinguishable.
Hindustani originally derives from Sanskrit, but its main developmental period was during the Mughul Empire (1526-1857), when it came under the influence of the official Persian court language. The prevailing dialect from this time was Khari Boli, used in and around Delhi, the Empire’s capital.
Modern Hindustani (based on Khari Boli) was made an official language of India by the British Raj in 1837, along with English – replacing Persian. Read more
Which countries have Urdu as a national language?
Urdu is the official language of Pakistan, as well as being one of India’s 22 scheduled languages. It is an official language in five Indian states.
Despite its official status in Pakistan, it is only spoken as a first language by around 8% of the population – for most people their mother tongue is one of the country’s regional languages (eg Punjabi, Pashto) and Urdu is learned as a second or third language. However, it is used as a language of unity and taught in schools throughout the country.
How many people speak Urdu as their first language?
It is estimated that around 100 million people speak Urdu worldwide – around 60-70 million of these as their first language.
Did you know…
- The word ‘Urdu’ comes from the Turkic word ‘ordu’, which means tent or army (the English word ‘horde’ also derives from this). It came into use when Shah Jahan built the Red Fort in Delhi, and Urdu was the language chosen to address the soldiers.
- Urdu is written right to left, using a Persian script (unlike Hindi, which is written left to right, using a script derived from Sanskrit). The Urdu alphabet has 52 characters.
- Since being adopted as the official language of Pakistan, Urdu has incorporated several words from other Pakistani languages including Pashto and Punjabi. This ongoing development of the language gives it a distinctive Pakistani stamp, and helps distinguish it from Hindi.
The Pakistani economy
Pakistan’s economy is the 27th largest in the world in terms of purchasing power parity, and 44th largest in terms of GDP. However, the country’s population is the sixth largest in the world, which means that the GDP per capita is low.
The economy has suffered from internal political disputes, low levels of foreign investment and high inflation. Two-fifths of the population is employed in agriculture. Industries include textiles, chemicals and food processing.