October 19, 2022

World Week Night Shahzad (10-19-2022)

by Chompers

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Tonight our friend Shahzad is back to teach us more Urdu!

Where to Listen


>> Rachel: Welcome back! It's time for Chompers, your morning and night toothbrushing show. 

Today our friend Jasmine is here with a special interview. Jasmine, take it away. 

>> Jasmine: Thanks! Start brushing on the top of your mouth and here is chompion chloe speaking tagalog to count us off 

>> KIDS: 3, 2, 1 brush! 

Its World Week and tonight our friend Shahzad is back to tell us more about Pakistan, and Urdu, the language they speak there. 

>> Jasmine: So, Arabic, Hindi and Farsi are other languages -- so Urdu is made up of parts of all of those other languages?

>> Shahzad: Yeah, so Urdu speakers can speak to Hindi speakers, but the difference is, hindi and urdu are written differently, using different scripts. 

Whats a script? Find out after you switch to the other side of the top of your mouth, and brush the molars in the way back 

>> Jasmine: So What are different scripts? What does that mean? 

>> Shahzad: That means hindi speakers write with a different alphabet than urdu speakers, so hindi speakers use a script called sanskrit, and urdu speakers write in a script based on arabic. 

>> Jasmine:oh so script means the letters, the letters you use when you're writing.

>> Shahzad: The actual letters are entirely different but when you speak its pretty much the same language


>> Jasmine: Ok so are there any cool words in urdu that you can teach us?  

>> Shahzad: Hangama is a word that's coming into my head right now. Hungama is like to make a racket. 

>> Jasmine: Oh like you're making a lot of noise. 

>> Shahzad: Yeah. 

>> Jasmine: Hungama. Hungama which even just sounds like a fun word.

>> Shahzad: It does!

>> Jasmine: Like I'm gonna like if your mom was gonna tell you like you guys are making too much noise in there. She'd say like keep down that Hungama? 

>> Shahzad: yeah Hungama que ahe?  What is this Hungama. What is this riot.


>> Jasmine: Whats your favorite thing about speaking another language? 

>> Shahzad: Speaking urdu is hard for me but it makes me feel more connected to my family… Speaking Urdu reminds me of the place that my family is from, that I dont see that often, but have this strange connection to. 

>> Jasmine: That's it for Chompers tonight, but come back tomorrow for more world week. Until then, 3, 2, 1 spit!