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Confusing Words in Hindi Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Hindi Language

Do you find some words such as “accept” and “except” confusing because their pronunciation are strikingly similar? If yes, then similar confusing words also exist in Hindi. The pronunciation may be very similar and can confuse you. Only if you know notice the difference between the two, you can predict the right word as per the context.

I have made a short list of such confusing words in Hindi. The pronunciation (Romanized Hindi) as well as their meaning in English is given.

दिन (Din – Day)
दीन (Dīn – State)

अंदर (Andar – Inside)
अंतर (Antar – Difference)

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

आकर (Aakar – Mine)
आकार (Aakaar – Shape)

अंबर (Ambar – Sky, Heaven)
अंबार (Ambaar – Stack)

अवधि (Avadhi – Duration)
अवधी (Avadhī – A Language)

आदि (Aadi – Etc)
आदी (Aadī – Habitual)

आभास (Aabhaas – Inkling)
आवास (Aavaas – Housing, Habitat)

ओर (ōr – Toward)
और (Aur – And)

कल (Kal – Tomorrow/Yesterday)
काल (Kaal – Time, Death)

चिर (Chir – Ancient)
चीर (Chīr – Cloths)

चरम (Charam – Extreme)
चर्म (Charm – Skin)

चिता (Chita – Pyre)
चिंता (Chinta – Anxiety, Concern)

गृह (Garh – Home)
ग्रह (Grah – Planet)

गुड़ (Gudh – Molasses)
गुण (Gudn – Property, Attribute)

ज्वाला (Jvaala – Flame)
जाला (Jaala – Web)

छत्र (Chatr – Umbrella)
छात्र (Chaatr – Student)

दिशा (Disha – Direction)
दशा (Dasha – State)

दवा (Dava – Medicine)
दावा (Daava – Claim)

नियत (Niyat – Appointed, Fixed)
नीयत (Nīyat – Intension)

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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.