Word for the Travel Wise (07/12/06)

PakistanFor the herds of you heading over to Pakistan next month – just thought to point out the 57th celebration of independence from British rule occurring on August 14. Anyone with a Lonely Planet guide is probably well aware and ready to party like a local, but just thought I’d throw it out there along with the word for today.

Today’s word is an Urdu word used in Pakistan:

saman – luggage

Urdu is the official language of the country, spoken by some 61 million natives and 104 million total. The language falls under the Indo-Aryan family, developed under Persian, Turkish, and Arabic. From my own Persian studies I’ve noticed several closely related if not exact same word. Unless someone out there has a few recommendations on learning Urdu on the web other than what is provided here, this could be a small challenge. For some basics on the script and general background info visit UK India. Otherwise I’d say it’s time to head over to My Language Exchange to find some native speakers looking to swap your lingo knowledge for theirs. Click here for a pretty good blog on a world of Urdu topics.

Past Urdu words: khatarnak