Pretty much every single Hindi-English dictionary website has the word "samaan" as one of, or the top definition of "same," but i've never heard it used before.Which dictionary was that, @luoruosi ?
To my knowledge, there is no single word in Hindi that has the same meaning as the English word 'same'. Like you, I'm a student of the language, though, so perhaps someone else will chime in who is more informed.
If I wanted to say your English sentence in Hindi, I would have translated it thusly:
We like the same things
mujhe vahi cheeze.n pasand hai jo aapko pasand hai
Very curious to hear other forum members on this one.
What about these?We like the same things" and "We have the same name".
It's a very commonly used word, though more in writing than in speech: that does not mean it is not used in speech. For a Hindi ear, "samaan" (similar, same) and "sammaan" (honour) sound worlds apart.I've never heard anyone say 'samaan', nor have I ever heard it in a Bollywood movie/other Hindi media, and I can't help but note it's very close to 'sammaan'/honour (which I have heard in media often). On the other hand, as a non-native speaker, there are all kinds of holes in my knowledge. Is it a commonly used word in speech? Is it a higher register, or common but mainly written? Just curious if anyone could shed a little more light on its usage, thanks.
While "ek jaisi" is often used to indicate similarity, "bilkul ek jaisi" removes all doubt from the phrasing; therefore, "बिल्कुल एक जैसी चीज़ें पसंद हैं" is also correct.I would say that "ek jaisaa" is "similar" rather than "same", but, given that people often use "same" for "similar", it indeed works.
It seems that @luorosi's final proposed translation (hamaaraa ek hii naam hai) hasn't gotten much comment...? For what it's worth, I like the use of ek hii for "We have the same name." The (bilkul) ek jaisaa/samaan stuff sounds fine too, but I think ek hii is probably what I would have said in this context.The dictionary definition of "same" in Hindi is "samaan" but how would that work in a sentence? For example, "We like the same things" and "We have the same name".
"Hame samaan kuchh pasand hai"?
"Hamaare naam samaan hai"/ "Hamaaraa ek hii naam hai"?
hamaaraa ek hii naam hai = We have the same nameIt seems that @luorosi's final proposed translation (hamaaraa ek hii naam hai) hasn't gotten much comment...? For what it's worth, I like the use of ek hii for "We have the same name." The (bilkul) ek jaisaa/samaan stuff sounds fine too, but I think ek hii is probably what I would have said in this context.