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Words: Jumping Tracks

Updated on April 21, 2012
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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For National Poetry Month #21



Do you know

the word in Russian for white is “bela?”

And the word in Japanese for snow is “yuki?”

And in my convoluted mind

the track for Russian and Japanese

often converge

And I get bela yuki.


Do you know

the word “ona”

is present in both languages?

In Russian it means “she.”

In Japanese, when coupled with

“(ona) no hito,” it means “woman.”

How amazing is that?


Do you know that

The word in Russian

For tea is “chai?”

And the Japanese word for tea is “cha.”

When we order chai tea

Are we asking for tea tea?


copyright/all rights reserved April 21, 2012 Audrey Howitt. Do not use or copy without the express written permission of the author.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you IntegirtyYes!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      I definitely voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vinaya! Aren't the similarities amazing!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Chai is also a word for tea in Hindi language and in Nepal we can chiya, which sounds quite similar to Hindi Chai.

      You have composed a wonderful poem over the words. Brilliant piece my dear friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Jamie!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you maksur! So there must be a connection between all these languages!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Lovely work with words Audrey, so much fun. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for stopping by Stokermm!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jon!

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      In India Hindi for tea is "Chai". Thanks to you I can get my favorite brew in Russia and Japan easily. Good work Audrey. Take care,

      MAKUSR

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I also love chai tea! Funny! Thank you so much Sunshine!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Justin!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you raciniwa!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Blossom!

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      Stokermm 5 years ago from Gainesville, FL

      Yum! Chai tea!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Such a small world we live in, this poem really makes you appreciate that fact. Thanks for sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Katrine--Hope you are doing well!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Interesting isn't it Gypsy?? Thank you so much!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Good one Audrey! My daughter loves chai tea, I'm looking forward to sharing this with her!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      interesting analogy between languages, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rosemary! Interesting, isn't it?

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Deborah!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading Will!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      big fan of tea tea. Interesting and funny. Shared!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Joyce--fun to write this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Jools!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading and commenting Wayne! Much appreciated!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sandrabusby!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rahul! Fun write for me actually!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      great fountain of information Audrey...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      The way we use language is fascinating and I love what you have written.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Interesting and entertaining.Enjoyed reading!!

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Very interesting Audrey. Chai tea must be a double tea then? Lovely :-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was funny Audrey I'm still chuckling. Now I'll go get some chai cha or something to that effect. Languages are an amazing thing I should know with all the Russian being spoken here and me not knowing anything but I have discovered that Latvian and German languages and even sometimes some English do have words in common.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      How interesting that they both have such similar words, makes you wonder where it all originated from. Both in the East but I wouldn't have seen a connetion, but maybe there is one.

      Your knowledge of language is amazing

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow how interesting.. great hub

      Debbie

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What a delightful departure from your usual fine work. Up and across the board!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      That was fun to read Audrey and totally enjoyable.

      Voted up funny and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Audrey, enjoyed this. They are both in the East but I would not have imagined such close association in some of their words. Very interesting, fun poem.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Words have always been interesting to me, especially the origin..Thank's for sharing...

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting to see these similiarites across languages which one would never imagine would have any connection. Thanks for sharing. WB

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Your background in languages is awesome. I love playing with words in English, but you have so many languages to play with. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Laughed at the end... felt knowledge at the start...amazing poem yet again... great work...

      loved it all through out!