Qadam is for Urdu learners who have no or little background in Urdu. The content and learning goals were designed to match the level goals as defined by the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” (CEFR) for the Level A1 (Basic User).

At the end of A1, learners can “understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have. They can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.”

Following the recommendations of the CEFR it takes approx. 80-100 lesson hours for group classes to complete the Level A1 (less for individual classes). The following table gives a summary of the topics and grammar points covered: 

Chapter 1Introductions & greetingsPersonal pronouns singular; word order in affirmative and interrogative sentences
Chapter 2My familyPersonal pronouns (plural); simple present of “hona” (to be), present tense of “rehna” (to live), possessive particles, numbers
Chapter 3Going grocery shoppingYes/no questions, possessive pronouns, indefinite articles “koi”/ “kuch”, plural forms of common noun classes, use of “chahiye”, oblique form of personal pronouns
Chapter 4My homeAdjective endings, use of “ke pas” vs. “main hona”, word building with “ka”, “ke”, “ki”
Chapter 5Daily routines & activitiesPresent habitual tense, time expression, expressions of frequency, word formation with “karna”, conjunctive particle “kar”
Chapter 6Hobbies & the weatherUse of parna, ana and hona present progressive tense, present habitual vs. present progressive, pasand hona, lagna and shoq se
Chapter 7Finding my way around townUse of “wala” with people, postpositions, oblique form of nouns with postpositions, imperative forms, use of “chhana” with infinitive
Chapter 8My childhood & life-long learningPast habitual tense, use of “sakna” and “ana”
Chapter 9Health & illnessesUse of “karna chahiye” and “karna hona” to give advice/ make suggestions
Chapter 10Taking a tripFuture tense
Chapter 11My job & educationSimple past tense (transitive and intransitive),
Chapter 12My new clothesComparisons & Superlative
Chapter 13Good customer serviceCausative verbs & imminent future
Chapter 14Celebrations & HolidaysUse of kyun ke & use of subjunctive for wishes

Chapter 1-7 are part of Qadam A1.1. and Chapter 8-14 of Qadam A1.2.

By the end of the book, learners will have covered 750-1000 new words.