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Language affinity between Meiteis and Tangkhuls.

Yarngam Lunglo *





I was a mere headmaster at New Canaan Top High School, Ukhrul district. Half of the staff were Meitei brothers and another half were Tangkhul brothers. Our common medium of teaching was done in bilingual e.i, in English and Manipuri. As I had been serving there from 1981-2014 February together with Meitei brothers.

I came to know that there are a lot of similarities of words carrying the same meaning between Tangkhul and Meitei languages. With little effort, I have brought out a small booklet on language affinity between these two communities.

To enable the readers to understand the two languages, I place Meitei-lon in the first place, Tangkhul in the second place and English in the third as follows:



Sl. No. Meiteilon Tangkhullon Englishlon
1.AsengpaKasengaClear/Genuine
2.AsampaKasamSimple/Shortcut
3.AwadhabiAwadhabiPapaya
4.Aremba AremmaUseless/Unnecessary
5.AhangpaKahangEmpty
6.AngangAngangnaoChild
7.AkhapaKakhaBitterness
8.AniKhaniTwo
9.AteiKateiOther
10.AthingbaKathingBlock
11.ApetbaKhangapetMud
12.BeraBeraProblem
13.AningbaKhaphaningThought
14.AtangbaKatangaRare
15.ChangyengpaChangkhayengTesting Ability
16.ChuthekChithekCorner
17.ChopbaKachopShame
18.Chara CharaOne Piece meal
19.ChangChangLimit
20.ChokthabaKachotTiresome
21.ChalakChalakCunning
22.ChiniChiniSugar
23.ChinbaKhangachiTight
24.ChakbaKachakAdmire
25.ChingnabaChingkhanaDoubt
26.ChamanaChanaTea Leaf
27.ChaothokbaChaokharekBoastful
28.ChetnaChetlak einaFirmly
29.DanchaDanchaChance
30.DarukTharukSix
31.DapbaKadapSlow
32.DanbaKadanIdle/Lazy
33.DarkaDarkaNecessity
34.EneAniAunty
35.EinaInaI
36.GyantabaGynakataUnderstanding
37.IzamzambaIzamzamdaIn Simple Manner
38.ItaoItaoFriend
39.ImakImakCousin
40.IzanIzarvaSister
41.IrombaIrombaCurry Made of Chilli
42.IchaichaibaIchaichaikahaiScatter
43.IramtamIramMotherland
44.JambraJambraLemon
45.KokKuiHead
46.KongkaraoKongkaraoLong pant/Half pant
47.KauKaluCome up
48.KannabaKankhanaUseful
49.KarambaKakharamGreedy
50.KoktangKui tangBald Headed
51.KaibaKakaiBreak
52.KhaoKhaoBag
53.KhunuKhunuPigeon
54.KarongKharongtheiBell of Cow/Buffalo
55.KhaonaoKharokThroat
56.KanbibaKankhamiRescue
57.KhangjeiKantheiHockey
58.KeirakKeirakLadder
59.KihomKihomPineapple
60.KanbaKakanSave
61.KhurumbaKhokharumWorship
62.KhangKhangFrying Pan
63.KanbaKhamakanCross
64.KhutongchabaKhutongkachaOpportunity
65.KhapeiKapeiLong Spoon
66.KabaKakangBurned Rice
67.KangbaKakaoThin
68.KhokbaKakhokSpill
69.KarinoKhidoWhat
70.KokpaKakokFade Away
71.KokulKoktuiCuckoo
72.KoibaKakoiGo Around
73.KhoibaKakhuiPlough
74.KetliKetliKettle
75.KhetbaKakhetScratch
76.KahenbaKakahenExcessive
77.KangkhongKangkhongTyre
78.KonnabaKonkhanaSufficient
79.KanglupKanglupGroup
80.KhutlaiKhutlaiWeapon
81.KhudamKhudamSign/Symbol
82.KhetnabaKhetkhanaDifference
83.KeithelKeitheiMarket
84.KumKumYear
85.KodamKodamButton
86.KhorumKhorumWooden Sandal
87.KummeiKummeiFestival
88.KhotbaKakhotScratch
89.KonungKonungCity
90.KhunnaiKhongnaiNeighbour
91.KolomKolomPen
92.HaorakphamHaokaphokStarting point
93.HekdaHengsadaQuickly
94.HanbaKahanRetreat/Pay back
95.HamengHamengGoat
96.HuHuPoison
97.HenmalliHennayaAccess
98.HaithokheichinHaishokheichangMoving left to
99.HupnaHupdaAltogether
100.HeinabaHeikhanaAccustom/Use to


Sl. No. Meiteilon Tangkhullon Englishlon
101.HeinauHeinaotheiMango
102.HeithokbaHeikashokPour Out
103.HaptaHaptaWeek
104.HongbaKahongCheap
105.HotnabaHotkhanaHard Labour
106.Hang-uNgahanluAsk
107.HeijingphabaHeijingkaphaRipe
108.HeitukTheitukWild Apple
109.HekbaKahekPluck
100.ChapjaiChapjaiFit
111.LairikLairikBook
112.LeipakNgaleiEarth/Mud
113.La-uRaloCome
114.LauLuiPaddy field
115.LummiKhalumWorm
116.LamLamAn Area of Land
117.LamLamA Stressful of Two Hands
118.MamalAmanPrice
119.ManaAnaLeaf
120.MihunMihunPulse
121.MiMiMan
122.MangaPhangaFive
123.MariMatiFour
124.MangMangDream
125.ManamAnganamSmell
126.MukMukInk
127.MeikhuMeikhutSmoke
128.MeiMeiFire
129.MaiMaiFace
130.MitMikEye
131.ManilManinVapour
132.MahutMahutIn Place Of
133.MaphamApamPlace
134.MachoiMachoiPieces
135.MayaiMayaiMiddle
136.MatangdaMatangliIssue
137.MangbaKhamangLost
138.MingshelMingshinLooking Glass
139.MikhombaMikakhomCampaign
140.MeiphuMeiphuFire Pot
141.MangphasiMangphameisaSweet Dream
142.Marak-MarakdaMarak-MarakliSometimes
143.Mi-AteiMi-KhangateiOther People
144.MameiKhameiTail
145.ManbaKhamanAlike
146.MaramMaramReason
147.MinambaMikhanamDeception/Cheating
148.MatamAtamTime
149.MizamMizamOrdinary Man
150.MashingMasingNumber
151.MichangMichangPartiality
152.MeikhetMeikhetMatchbox
153.MatonAtonBud
154.MakhonAkhonSound
155.MatikchabaMatikachaQualified
156.LeiLeiyaHave/Presence
157.LikliLikliBottle
158.LingbaKhalingTransplant
159.LingbaKhalingStrong Enough
160.LeizeiLeizeiStick
161.LupbaKhalupImmersion
162.LausingLausingSkill/Knowledge
163.Line ZingbaLine KazingDraw Line
164.Laman TonbaLeiman KatonIndebtedness
165.MangkhareManghairaLoss
166.Maron MaronMaron MaronOn and On
167.MeitanMeithaCharcoal
168.MiramdaMiramliOutside State
169.MathangMathangNext
170.MidrangMidrangMagic
171.Mamit KhapbaAmik KakhapBlinking
172.MapungphabaMaphungkaphaGrown Up
173.MachetMachetPiece
174.MojaMojaSocks
175.MachuMachuColour
176.NikbaKakhanikShake
177.NaKhanaEar
178.NatonNatangNose
179.NangNaYou
180.Nam-uNamluPush
181.NembaKhanemLow
182.NamphuNamphuForce
183.NungthangNungthangHammer
184.NongmeiNongmeiGun
185.NombaKhanomBribery
186.NingngaiNingngaiChildish/Nagging
187.NgakbaKhangakProtect
188.NaphNapMucus
189.NanbaKhananClean
190.NgakbaKhangakSurprise
191.NgangbaKhangangHumming
192.NapbaKhanapSticky
193.Ngai-uNgarailuWait
194.NopbaKhanopinaction/weak
195.NingbaKhaphaningOpinion
196.OkHokPig
197.OknaoHoknaoPiglet
198.OjaOjaTeacher
199.PhungkaMeiphungFamilies of a Clan
200.PhunbaKaphunBlock


Sl. No. Meiteilon Tangkhullon Englishlon
201.PhaptabaPhapkataUnderstand
202.PhapPhapImaginary
203.Pak PhangdabaPak MasamkaphangVery Rare to get
204.PharaPharaFare
205.PhamkapaPhamkakaAscending/Promotion
206.PhaotokbaPhaokashokPass Through
207.PhaokeiMakeiGrainer
208.PukhariPukhariPool
209.PungPungWatch
210.Pak-ePakgaMatching
211.PhaklangPhaklangWall
212.PhatabaMakaphaBad
213.PhabaKaphaGood
214.PaibaKapaiFly
215.PhingbaKaphingHot Tempered
216.BoraBoraSack Bag
217.PrabhuProhoLord/God
218.PenbaKapenSatisfied
219.PungPungDrum
220.PheiPhaiOk/Good
221.PakbaKapakWide
222.ParengParengLine
223.Pham-uPamloSit
224.PhuritPhahonShirt
225.Pa-uPaluRead
226.ParikhaPorikhaExamination
227.PanbaKapanFix
228.PhaobaKaphaoFamous
229.PhaobaKaphaoCross
230.PobaKaboDefeat
231.SoibaKasoiFail
232.SangbaKasangLength
233.ShamSamHair
234.SabaKasaHot
235.ShingbaKashingIntelligence
236.ShonbaKashonweakness
237.SakolSikuiHorse
238.SunuSunuLime
239.SutiSutiHoliday
240.SathibaSakashiCruel
241.ShingbaKashingClever/Wise
242.ShanaSinaGold
243.SembaKasemRepair
244.SambanSeibanFencing
245.SanSeiCow
246.ShakheeSakheeWitness/Vow
247.SannaoSeinaoCalf
248.SambaKasamJoint
249.ShinbaKashinReplace
250.SamnaSamlakeinaIn Brief
251.ShotbaKashutBorrow
252.SoiganuMasoiloDon't Fail
253.SaibaKasaiBite
254.ShumpaKashumPress Between Teeth
255. ThongThongBridge
256.TengkotTengkotBowl/Plate
257.TongbaKatongProfit
258.TongbaKatongRiding
259.Tarang (old)TaraWater
260.TabaTakatungFall
261.ThaoThaoOil
262.ThaomeiThaomeiLamp
263.TaraTharaTen
264.TambaKatamLearn
265.TarengTarengSpinning Machine
266.ThaunaThaunaCourage
267.ThaubaKathauDrive
268.TapuTapuA Basket in which clothes were kept in the olden days
269.TangbaKatangRare/Costly
270.TanchachabaTanchakachaOpportunity
271.TeibaKateiApply Varnish
272.ThuroThakloFast/Be Quick
273.UphulUphulDust
274.UpaiUpaiMeans
275.UrokVarokCrane
276.UshitabaMautkashitArrogance
277.UmmarokUmmarokKing Chilli
278.WaiteibaWaikateiMopping
279.YotbiYotbiNail
280.YaiMayaiOk
281.YenmapheiHerpheiChicken Leg
282.YamkokYamkokWinnowing Basket
283.YekbaKhayekDrawing
284.YokbaKhayokRear
285.YentemYentemTaro/Common ariod
286.YongNayongMonkey
287.Yak-eYak-aSalty
288.YenguYangluLook
289.YaoYaoSheep
290.ZatloZatluGo/Walk
291.ZatnabaZatkhanaCustom up-to-date
292.ZanguZangluCome in
293.Za-uZaluEat
294.ZatnabiZatkhanaTradition/Convention
295.ZamphutZamphutSimple Boil Vegetables
296.MangchaonaMangchaodaIn Advance
297.HongbaKahongShifting
298.ZeirongZeirongThrusting stick for paddy
299.AlembaLemkahaiLeftover
300.KhangbaKakhangPatience
301.KhangbaKatheiKnowing
302.NanbaKhananSlippery
303.TanchaTanchaChance
304.ManamAnganamSmell
305.NamthibaNamkashiFoul Smell
306.KhutongchabaKhutongkachaAdvantage
307.NiyomNiyomRule
308.AinAyinLaw
309.MenbaKhamenFilling up
310.PokharePohairaAlready defeated
311.Hangkam MachuHangkam MachuYellow colour
312.KopiKopiCabbage
313.MachuMachuColour
314.NingbaKaphaningThought
315.HaiyuHangluSay/Tell
316.HakthiHakthiSneeze
317.HuirongHuirongOffensive word
318.On-paKha-onMeasurement
319.MatonAtonBud
320.KhongbaKakhongBark
321.PhongbaKaphongPublish
322.LemnaLemlakeinaGraceful
323.NgakbaKhangakProtection
324.ShoibaKashoiMistake
325.KhamenKhamenTomato



* Yarngam Lunglo wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was posted on April 20, 2020.


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