I’ve always been fascinated by languages. I enjoy learning them and hearing them. As a child, I use to check out all kind of foreign language books from the library. If I went shopping with my mom, I would go straight to the language section of the bookstore. I built a really nice collection from Portuguese, Greek to French. A year before I started college, I became so fascinated with Arabic. I would spend all my time listening to Arabic music and ,”googling” Arabic books or language resources online.
When I took my first Arabic course in college, I was fascinated with how many words are so similar to Hindi and Punjabi ( the languages that my grandmother taught me). I’ve made a small list I am sure there are more. Unfortunately, for the Hindi and Punjabi I had to type in transliteration because I don’t know how to read or write in either language. That will be my next mission, Insha’Allah. If you are interested in languages like me, take a look! You might find this fun.
Punjabi? Ki Haal Chaal Hai?/ Arabic – كيف حالك (Kayfa Haluka/i) = How are you?
Hindi- Kursi /Arabic- كرسي ( koorsi)= Chair
Hindi- Keera/ Arabic- خيار (kheer)=Cucumber
Hindi-Waqt/Arabic- وقت ( waqt)=Time
Hindi-Daroori/Arabic-ضروري ( Daroori)= Important/Necessary
Hindi- Jayb/Arabic- جيب (Jayb)= Pocket
Hindi-Shukriya/Arabic– شكرا (Shukran) Thank you
Hindi- Jawaab/ Arabic جواب ( Jawaab) Answer
Hindi-Lekin/Arabic لكن ( Lekin) But
Hindi –Salwaar/Arabic سروال ( Sarwaal) Pants
Hindi-Shakal/ Arabic شكل (Shakal) Shape
Hindi- Kas/Arabic خاص (Khas) Special
Hindi- Dunya/ Arabic دنيا ( Dunya) World
Hindi- Saboon/ Arabic صابون ( Saboon) Soap ( This is also similar in Spanish, French and Italian)
As you can see, there are so many similarities. There is even a lot more that could be added to this list. It’s so interesting to see the history behind their similarities as well. What interesting finds have you discovered while learning languages? As a language lover, I would love to know!