Scalar Motion

and a few stops along the way

Words that sound similar in different languages

Posted by ScalarMotion on August 23, 2008

I have always liked how some words, which when translated to an apparently totally different language, still sound or look similar. Take a look at some of these:

  • Name = ‘Naam’ in sanskrit/hindi/urdu
  • Path = ‘Path’: sanskrit, pronounced pəth
  • Mother = ‘Mata’: sanskrit, pronounced mätä
  • Serpent = ‘Sarp’: sanskrit
  • Man = ‘Manuj’: sanskrit
  • Saint = ‘Sant’: sanskrit
  • Bad = ‘bad’: urdu but it sounds slightly different and is used as a prefix
  • Star = ‘tara’ in hindi
  • Nose = ‘nasika’
  • Mouth = ‘mukh’
  • -ped- (suffix/prefix meaning foot, like in centipede, pedal) = ‘padh’: sanskrit
  • Divine = ‘divya’
  • Cruel = ‘krura’
  • Agnostic = Nastik (Nastik actually means athiest, but I’ll count it)
  • Saturday = ‘Shanivaar’ in Sanskrit. And ‘Shani’ means Saturn. ‘vaar’ is apparently ‘day’. Similarly, Sunday = ‘Ravivaar’ and ‘Ravi’ mean sun. Monday = ‘Somvaar’ and ‘Som’ means moon.
  • Cent (hundred) = ‘Shat’: pronounced shət with a soft ‘t’ at the end.
  • The counting number are also interesting. Though individually they do not sound very similar, but on the whole the similarities add up and become apparent. So, here is how one counts from 1 to 9 in sanskrit: (some of these gotten from this sanskrit website): Éka (one), Dvi (two), Trí (three), Catúr (four), pañcan (five), sás (six), saptán (seven), astan (eight), Návan (nine).

Cool, right?

Do you have some examples which beat these? Do mention them in the comments.

About these ads

14 Responses to “Words that sound similar in different languages”

  1. Vijay said

    These words are similar because they have common origin.

  2. sant maskeen…

    [...]Words that sound similar in different languages « Scalar Motion[...]…

  3. Schmutzig,wenig Bezahlung bei Design unten glich clash of clans hack no survey or password mac.
    erreichen weniger – clash of clans cheats iphone no jailbreak.

  4. Just desire to say your article is as surprising. The clarity
    on your post is simply spectacular and i can suppose you are a
    professional in this subject. Fine with your permission
    allow me to take hold of your feed to stay up to date with approaching post.

    Thank you a million and please continue the gratifying work.

  5. I used to be recommended this blog through my cousin.
    I am not sure whether this publish is written by him as
    nobody else know such special about my problem.
    You are amazing! Thanks!

  6. My brother suggested I may like this website.
    He was once entirely right. This publish truly made my day.

    You can not consider simply how so much time I had spent for this information!
    Thank you!

  7. 5076941 said

    I read this piece of writing fully regarding the resemblance of latest and preceding technologies, it’s awesome article.

  8. I usuallу do not drop many remarks, howevеr i did some searching and wound up here Wordѕ that sound
    similar in different languages Scalar Motion. And I do havе 2 questionѕ for
    you if you do not mind. Could it be just me or does it look like a
    few of the remarks appear like they are ωrіtten bу brain dеаd people? :-P And, if you are writing at otheг places,
    I wοuld like to follow anything fresh you have to post.
    Would уou list of every one of all your social sites like
    youг Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkеdin profile?

  9. Darrin said

    First off I would like to say great blog! I had a quick
    question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.

    I was curious to find out how you center yourself
    and clear your mind before writing. I have had a tough time
    clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.
    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any ideas or tips? Many thanks!

  10. Valarie said

    I’m really impressed with your writing abilities as well as with the format on your weblog.
    Is that this a paid subject or did you customize it
    your self? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing,
    it’s uncommon to look a great weblog like this one these days..

  11. Ashly said

    Oh mmy goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank yyou so much, However I am experiencing troubles with yopur RSS.
    I don’t understand the reason why I can’t subscribe to it.
    Is there anyone elsde having identical RSS issues?
    Anyone that knows the answer can you kikndly respond? Thanx!!

  12. Blondell said

    ~I’ll submit Part II of these notes in the next article. They have a remarkable track record for success at the box office (the
    last film, ‘Cars 2′ grossed 559 million worldwide).
    Then while finding his way to the Mushroom Kingdom on invite by Toad, Yoshi was tired and
    felt asleep on the roof, but was awaken by lakitu and welcome him to the Mushroom Kingdom then was met by
    Toad.

  13. I have read so many articles or reviews about the blogger lovers except this paragraph is genuinely a nice post, keep it
    up.

  14. These are truly impressive ideas in about blogging.
    You have touched some pleasant factors here. Any way keep up wrinting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: