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Similar Hindi Words Posted by on Mar 30, 2009 in Hindi Language

Some Hindi words look very much alike, almost to the point where they confuse the reader into thinking that the two words are the same. Here is a list of Indian words that look alike, but are not. Try to find out how each pair is different from each other:

pickle = (अचार ) behavior = (आचार )

fearless = (अभय ) both = (उभय )

limitless = (अमित ) enemy = (अमीत )

business = (उघम ) anarchy = (उधम )

then = (तब ) your = (तव )

the wind = (पवन ) holy = (पावन )

body = (बदन ) face = (वदन )

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    I would like to hear from other Indians, why is it that our beautiful perfect Language HINDI is being destroyed by Indians.
    My opinion is that Indians seem to think that the English Language is superior, This is pone examle if you view or listen to Indian TV/Radio stations if the news is in so called Hindi 40% of the words used is English that is substituted for Hindi if listen the news from the same station in English then every word used is perfect English not a single Hindi word is used.
    Comments please

  2. Kunthra:

    Just because English words are infused with the Hindi language doesn’t mean that the Hindi language is being corrupted. In some ways, the English words enhance a particular meaning of a sentence. There is no such thing as a “pure” language. Every language has its roots and origins from other languages. In my opinion, even if English words seep into the Hindi language, Hindi is here to stay. The Hindi language has been “alive” for centuries and will continue to do so for many more.

  3. Nathan Price:

    Languages are always being mixed with new words and new ways of saying things. Sometimes this looks like corruption, and sometimes this looks like enhancing. Take technology for example, is it really necessary for every language to come up with its own word for microwave, email, rocket ship, etc? Or how about ethnic foods like pizza, pasta, taco, burrito?

    but also, it is interesting that in order to express oneself, Hindi speakers might have to resort to using both Hindi and English…

    Last year I had the honor of interviewing Dr. Rupert Snell, a Hindi professor, and we talked a little about that. Here is the interview (http://www.ispeakhindi.com/2008/09/04/interview-with-dr-rupert-snell/)

    I think it would be good to try to preserve the “pure Hindi” some how, but I doubt it would be possible to fight the trend of the mix Hindi…