Re: Best way to learn Hindustani: Learn Urdu or Hindi?
I have all of these which I used to teach some people:
Teach Yourself Urdu Complete Course by David Matthews, Mohamed Kasim Dalvi
Colloquial Urdu: The Complete Course for Beginners
Tej K. Bhatia
Urdu: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Grammars)
Ruth Schmidt (Author)
I also have this:
Colloquial Hindi: The Complete Course for Beginners
~ Tej Bhatia
Most come with 1 or 2 CDs.
I also have an old edition of Snell's Hindi.
The font issue can be a problem for the Urdu learner except for Schmidt’s Essentials of Urdu Grammar. Font very clear here.
I’m not a fan of the noorii nasta’liiq script (the font used almost everywhere) and much prefer nasx / naskh (used in Arabic books) but I don’t know of any “new” Urdu books that uses that. My old Platt’s “A Grammar of the Hindustani or Urdu Language” uses nasx – printed in India.
Recently, an addition has been made to this collection by the reprinting of A Grammar of the Urdu or Hindustani Language by John Dowson.
The old copy I have of Dobson also uses the nasx font. Don't know about the new edition.
Utlub al-‘ilm min al-mahd ilal-laHd Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave (Ali ibn Abi Talib)