I do not speak Urdu.

18:51 Jan 24, 2003
English to Urdu translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: I do not speak Urdu.
Said by somebody without the ability to speak Urdu.

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5 +1Mein Urdu nahin bolta/bolti
Naseeruddin (X)
4Main Urdu nahi(n) bol sakta.
Rishi Miranhshah



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Main Urdu nahi(n) bol sakta.

(n) in 'nahi(n)' is nasal

Rishi Miranhshah
Native speaker of: Panjabi

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agree  chopra_2002: Absoluttely correct. *Sakti* will be used in place of *sakta* if the speaker is a female.
1 day 13 hrs

disagree  a1interpreter: Translation of "Main Urdu nahi(n) bol sakta." back to English will be " I (male) can not speak Urdu. The correct answer should be "Maein (nasal n) Urdu nahin(nasal n) bolta (in case of a male)/bolti (In case of a female).
2 days 17 hrs

neutral  fareed: Improper sentence construction
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14 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Mein Urdu nahin bolta/bolti

Well, this is a perfect translation. I could not see any point to provide an explanation since this is a very easy sentence.

Please use the word 'bolta' if the speaker is a male otherwise 'bolti' will be used if it is spoken by female.

There is also a word 'nahin' in the translation which involves nasal pronunciation. So N of nahi-N is nasal here.

Naseeruddin (X)
Local time: 11:40
Native speaker of: Native in UrduUrdu, Native in HindiHindi
PRO pts in pair: 52

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