Saturday, August 29, 2009

Spanish and Hindi

All I know is German and Sanskrit are close relatives in the Indo-European group of languages. Spanish does not seem to be. But the more I listen to the audio lessons the more it is clear to me that there must be some link somewhere.

Now, what would you say if I say 'tu'. All Hindi speaking people will say that is the informal you (तू). Bingo! A Spanish speaking person would say the same; except they write it as 'tú'. And amazingly the pronunciation is identical - yes with a soft 't'.

Alright, here are a few more:

'pagar' in Spanish is 'to pay'. Guess what it means to Hindi speaking people? To them 'pagar' (पगार) is salary. The pronunciation is identical(=pagaar)

'pero' (=pay-row) in Spanish is similar to पर (=purr) in Hindi (meaning 'but')
'que' (=kay) in Spanish is similar to क्या (=kya) in Hindi (meaning 'what')

Now, this could be coincidence. In any case, I will dig deeper and report soon.

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3 comments:

Serge Gorodish said...

Here's some more for you:

"catur" (Sanskrit) = "quatro" (Spanish)

"pitar" (Sanskrit) = "padre" (Spanish)

Of course, in a sense what you're really seeing are the connections between Sanskrit and Latin.

Here's something similar: with the discovery of Hittite, Sanskrit ceased to be the oldest known Indo-European language. I remember just one word of Hittite:

"water" (Hittite) = "water" (English)

Venky said...

Spanish:
llabe(pronounced jaabey) -> key
Hindi:
chaabi -> key

Spanish:
mata -> Death

Hindi:
Maut -> death

Zerok said...

The Hindi word "maut" derives from the Arabic verb " die ".

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