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English Words, Hindi Meaning

You may speak a word in English, but, if the listener is thinking in Hindi, he/she may get a completely different meaning. If you ask for “more”, the listener may bring you a peacock, because in Hindi “more” means a peacock. If you say that you need cheese, they would think that you are looking for something whose name escapes you. “Cheese” in Hindi would mean “thing". You merrily sing “Row, row your boat, gently down the stream.” They may think that you are singing about crying as in “Ab mera dil pukara. Row, row ke gum bhi hara.” Take another word: “suffer”, which means something painful. In Hindi, it can be quite pleasant, as in “Suhana suffer aur yeh mausam hasin. Humein dar hai hum kho na jayen kahin.” So, you see, it can get quite confusing. There can be even an “and/or” confusion because the word “or” to a Hindi speaker would sound to mean “and”. If you were to ask for “John or Khan”, they would think that they need to find both John and Khan for you.

Anyway, you get the idea. But, there are a whole slew of words that have different meanings in Hindi from English. In the following I list a bunch along with some fillum (i.e. Hindi movie) lyrics.

Word in English
Meaning in
Hindi
 
          Used in a Song
Ache
One
Ache ladki to dekha to aisa laga,
jaise khilata gulab, jaise shayar ka khwab ....
Ash
Life of
luxury
Sade naal rahoge te ash karoge.
Zindagi ke sare maje cash karoge.
Banana
To make
Ise banana, use mitana kaam tera,
marne wale kyon lenge ab naam tera?
Bowl
Speak
Mere man ke ganga aur tere amn ki jamuna ka,
bowl Radha bowl, sangam hoga ke nahin?
Calm
Sex, 
work
Calm, crodth, mad, lobh ki, jab lag ghat mein khan.
Kahan moorkh, kaha pandita, dono ek saman
Cub
When
Cub loge khabar more Ram?
Bari der bhai, bari der bhai.
Cull
Tomorrow
Zindagi hai sufer ek suhana.
Yahan cull kya ho kisne jana.
Gum
Sorrow
Kabhi khushi, kabhi gum!
Na juda honge hum, kabhi khushi, kabhi
gum!
Gory
Fair woman
Gory ke haath huye peele, nayan hue geele
Sajanke ghar ko chali, O, sajanke ghar ko chali.
Hall
Condition
Hall kaisa hai janab ka?
Kya khyal hai aapka?
Hi
Wow!
Hi, hi, hi, ye nigahen!
Kar den sharabi jise chahen, jise chahen.
Hum
We
Hum hain rahi pyar ke, humse kuchh na boliye.
Jo bhi pyar se mila, hum usike ho liye.
Jog
Awake
Jog darde ishq, jog!
Dil ko bekarar kar, chhed ke aansuon ka raag.
Kiss
Which
Hai apana dil to aawara, na jane kiss pe ayega
hasinon ne bulaya, galese bhi lagaya bahot samjhaya.
Mugger
But
Na ye chaand hoga, na tare rehenge.
Mugger hum hamesha tumhare rahenge.
Rook
Stop
Rook ja o jane wali ruk ja,
admi bura nahin main dil ka
Row
To cry
or weep
Ab mera dil pukara.
Row row ke gum bhi hara.
Shore
Noise
Sawan ka mahina, pavan kare shore.
Jiyara re jhoome aise, jaise banma nache mor
Suffer
Journey
Zindagi hai suffer ek suhana.
Yahan cull kya ho kisne jana.
Thaw
Was
Thaw ek din pani baras raha, galiyon me keechar chhai thi.
Bachche chalate the lapak, lapak, buddhon ki afat ayi thi.
Woh
She/he,
they
Kehne ko woh haseen they, aankhen thi bewafa,
hai, aankhen thi bewafa!

More Confusion:

There is plenty of room for confusion. If you say that you are looking for a "guy", they may think that you are looking for a cow. Similarly, the word "pee" in English means to pass water. In Hindi it means to take in or drink. Here is a list of potentially more confusion causing words.

English Hindi Meaning   English Hindi Meaning
all scallion   mull rub
array hey!   mutter pea
beach between   my mother
bean snake charmer's instrument   naughty  short female
buck talk nonsense   nine barber's wife
bun to become   noun barber's wife
bus  enough   now boat
bye maid   null tap
call death god   nut  dancer
chore thief   one  jungle
come less   ore, oar  towards
earth meaning   par  across
eye came   pass near
gall  cheek   pea, pee  to drink
goalie pill, bullet   peace, piece to grind
golly  called name   pee to drink
goo shit   Pete to beat
gully narrow street   pi found
guy cow   piss  being ground
hill  move   poppy sinner
holy Holi festival   puck ripe
hurry green   punch five
hut  move aside    rookie  hesitating
John life   rose everyday
jug world   run battlefield 
keel nail   rut cram
kiss  which   sauce mother-in-law
knock nose   sewer  pig
knuckle  copy   shuck suspicion
lay take   sow to sleep
mail befriending   take crutch
mall goods   they  give
mama mom's brother   thus  ten
Mary  mine   ugly next 
mill meet   wish poison

 

Updated: 10 Nov 2005

 

© 2005 Suresh Chandra

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