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Confusing Words in Hindi – II Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Hindi Language

In continuation of my post on the confusing words in Hindi, I would like to present some more words which are strikingly similar in form and their pronunciation but their meaning are different. Confusing words like कहा (Kaha) and कहाँ (Kahan) looks almost similar in Hindi but they mean completely different “Said” and “Where” in English respectively.

I have made a short list of new confusing words in Hindi. Hope you’ll pay attention.

The pronunciation (Romanized Hindi) as well as their meaning in English is given.

असमान (Asmaan – Unequal)
आसमान (Aasamaan – Sky)

अपकार (Apkaar – Letdown)
उपकार (Upkaar – Beneficence)

अपेक्षा (Apeksha – Expectation)
उपेक्षा (Upeksha – Neglect)

उदार (Udaar – Generous)
उदर (Udar – Abdomen)

नय (Nay – Ethics)
नव (Nav – New)

कहा (Kaha – Said)
कहाँ (Kahan – Where)

चरित (Charit – Biography)
चरित्र (Charitr – Character)

भवन (Bhavan – Building)
भुवन (Bhuvan – World)

दूत (Dut – Envoy)
धूर्त (Dhurt – Sly)

प्रतिमा (Pratima – Statue)
प्रतिभा (Pratibha – Talent)

पवन (Pavan – Ancient)
पावन (Paavan – Cloths)

बहन (Bahan – Sister)
वहन (Vahan – Bearing)

भाषण (Bhaashan – Speech)
भीषण (Bhishan – Gruesome)

मास (Maas – Month)
माँस (Maans – Meat)

मूल (Mul – Basic)
मूल्य (Muly – Price)

मौर (Maur – Crown)
मोर (Maur – Peacock)

योग्य (Yogy – Suitable)
योग (Yog – Match)

राज्य (Raajy – State)
राज (Raaj – Rule)

लौटना (Lautna – to return)
लोटना (Lautna – to sprawl)

विषमय (Vishamay – Virulent/Poisoned)
विस्मय (Vismay – Astonishment)

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About the Author: Nitin Kumar

Nitin Kumar is a native Hindi speaker from New Delhi, India. His education qualification include Masters in Robotics and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is working in the Research and Development in Robotics in Germany. He is avid language learner with varied level of proficiency in English, German, Spanish, and Japanese. He wish to learn French one day. His passion for languages motivated him to share his mother tongue, Hindi, and culture and traditions associated with its speakers. He has been working with Transparent Language since 2010 and has written over 430 blogs on various topics on Hindi language and India, its culture and traditions. He is also the Administrator for Hindi Facebook page which has a community of over 330,000 members.