Author: Duncan Forbes
Publisher: National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language
ISBN/UPC (if available): B08JM4ZBRH
A Dictionary, Hindustani and English, accompanied by a reverse part, English and Hindustani, has hitherto been a desideratum in this country. It must be obvious to every one that the student of a foreign language, desirous of speaking and writing, as well as reading it, should have not only the words of such foreign language explained in his own, but also the words of his own tongue rendered into that foreign language; and that any dictionary confined merely to one department is essentially defective.
Thirty years experience in teaching the Hindustani language has convinced me that this deficiency, added to the exorbitant prices charged for Hindustani Dictionaries, has greatly impeded learners. I have there for endeavoured to remove this impediment by compiling a dictionary of the principal colloquial language of India t once copious, portable, and of a moderate price. These objects have been attained by using a small but clear and distinct letter-press; by employing the Roman character wherever it answered the purpose better than the Oriental; and by excluding every thing not practically useful.
By these means I have been enabled in the following work to comprise in a single volume, of convenient dimensions, both parts of a complete Hindustani and Hindi dictionary, including, at the same time, not only more words, but more information really useful to the student, than will be found in any Dictionary of the language hitherto published.