Sunday, February 19, 2006

ShaKri's Homonyms



First things first. The origin of this idea came from a dear friend Mrs.Rajeshwari Rao about four years ago. We were once traveling to some place and she mentioned how there are so many words in the Español(Spanish) language that sound exactly the same as in Kannada and Hindi. I always wondered about the connection there and this is an attempt to list out the homonyms (similar sounding words) in my customized fashion. If others can think of a word that is not on this list then please feel free to let me know about it and I shall include it here with due credit to you. Gracias!




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Español word/meaning:
mina meaning - mine , as in Gold mine
Kannada word/meaning:
mInu (written as ಮೀನ/ಮೀನು)
Meaning - Fish
Courtesy: Mrs.Rajeshwari Rao, Bangalore
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Español word/meaning:
beca meaning - Scholarship
Kannada word/meaning:
bEka (written as ಬೇಕ)
Meaning - Wanted (asked as a question)/Would you like?
Courtesy: Mrs.Rajeshwari Rao, Bangalore
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Español word/meaning:
copa meaning - Cup
Kannada word/meaning:
kOpa (written as ಕೋಪ)
Meaning - Anger, Rage, Fury
Courtesy: Mrs.Rajeshwari Rao, Bangalore
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Español word/meaning:
Rama meaning - Branch of a tree
Kannada word/meaning:
rAmA (written as ರಾಮ)
Meaning - A popular name in India after Lord Ramachandra.
Courtesy: Mrs.Rajeshwari Rao, Bangalore
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Español word/meaning:
Sala meaning - Living Room
Kannada word/meaning:
sAla (written as ಸಾಲ)
Meaning - a loan
Hindi word/meaning:
saala (written as साला)
Meaning - Wife's brother
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Español word/meaning:
Mala meaning - Bad, Evil
Kannada/Hindi word/meaning:
mAla (written as ಮಾಲ and माला)
Meaning - a garland
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Español word/meaning:
Bala meaning - Bullet
Kannada word/meaning:
bAla (written as ಬಾಲ)
Meaning - a tail
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Español word/meaning:
Bola meaning - Ball
Hindi word/meaning:
bOla (written as बॊला)
Meaning - he said (masculine word)
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Español word/meaning:
Mani meaning - the peanut
Kannada word/meaning:
maNi (written as ಮಣಿ)
Meaning - bead
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Español word/meaning:
Asta meaning - the flag pole
Kannada word/meaning:
asta (written as ಅಸ್ತ)
Meaning - setting down, commonly used in 'sunset'
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Español word/meaning:
Ya Vaa! meaning - wait! hang on!
Kannada word/meaning:
yaava (written as ಯಾವ)
Meaning - which one? which?
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Español word/meaning:
cala meaning - a white flower
Hindi word/meaning:
kaala (written as काला)
Meaning - Black
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Español word/meaning:
salvar meaning - to save, saved
Hindi word/meaning:
salwaar (written as सल्वार)
Meaning - A traditional North Indian dress worn with Kameez (कमीज़)
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Español word/meaning:
hota meaning - the letter 'J'
Hindi word/meaning:
hOtaa (written as हॊता)
Meaning - Happens,
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Español word/meaning:
avara meaning - stingy woman
Hindi word/meaning:
aawara (written as आवारा)
Meaning - Vagabond, Homeless, Shelterless person
Kannada word/meaning:
avara (written as ಆವರ)
Meaning - theirs, something that belongs to someone else
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Español word/meaning:
ayuda meaning - help, aid
Kannada word/meaning:
aayudha (written as DAiÀÄÄzsÀ)
Meaning - Weapon, Tool of defense.
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Español word/meaning:
doce meaning - twelve (12)
Kannada word/meaning:
dOse (written as zÉÆøÉ)
Meaning - Cake, Muffin, Popular eatable in South India.
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Español word/meaning:
porque meaning - why and because
Kannada word/meaning:
porake (written as ¥ÉÇgÀPÉ)
Meaning - Broomstick, Broom
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Español word/meaning:
loca meaning - crazy, insane
Kannada word/meaning:
lOka (written as ¯ÉÆÃPÀ)
Meaning - World, Universe
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Español word/meaning:
tu meaning - you
Hindi word/meaning:
tu (written as तु)
Meaning - You (singular)
Kannada word/meaning:
thu! (written as xÀÆ!)
Meaning - An expression to denote disgust or tiredness.
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Español word/meaning:
cita meaning - appointment, date
Hindi and Kannada word/meaning:
Sita (written as सीता and ಸೀತಾ)
Meaning - a name associated with Lord Rama's wife. Common in India for a female name.
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Español word/meaning:
mira meaning - look, see
Hindi and Kannada word/meaning:
Meera (written as मीरा and ಮೀರ)
Meaning - a name associated with Lord Krishna's famous devotee. Common in India for a female name.
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Español word/meaning:
hasta meaning - until, till the time
Hindi and Kannada word/meaning:
Hasta (written as हस्ता and ºÀ¸ÀÛ)
Meaning - hand, palm
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Español word/meaning:
moda meaning - fashion, style, mode
Kannada word/meaning:
mODa (written as ಮೋಡ)
Meaning - a cloud
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Español word/meaning:
boda meaning - wedding, marriage ceremony
Kannada word/meaning:
bODa (written as ಬೋಡ)
Meaning - a bald man (masculine word)
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Español word/meaning:
cada meaning - each, every
Kannada word/meaning:
kada (written as PÀzÀ)
Meaning - door
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Español word/meaning:
araña meaning - spider
Hindi and Kannada word/meaning:
aranyaa (written as अरण्य and CgÀtå)
Meaning - forest, jungle
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Español word/meaning:
cama meaning - bed
Hindi and Kannada word/meaning:
kaama (written as काम and PÁªÀÄ)
Meaning - lust, sexual pleasure
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More coming soon. Watch this space.

ShaKri

2 reflections:

Carlos Manuel said...

Hmm, interesting. I'll find out some homonyms. Can they be just "standard-educated" Hindi, Spanish or Kannada, or can I use slang and 4-letter words? ;-)

shakri said...

Haha...well. As much as I am sure slang would be entertaining, I want to make a list of "standard-educated" words first. As a sequel to this article maybe we can make a list of the "other kind". What say C?

 
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