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23:58 Sep 6, 2000
Estonian to English translations [PRO]
Estonian term or phrase: Namaste.
I don't believe this really is Estonian, but that is what an online source guessed its root might be. It is used as a greeting in a class by an eccentric college Communications professor. I don't know if it is a real term, or some made-up word created by either him or one of his students. I would appreciate a definition, if it truly is an existing word.
Katie
English translation:see below
Explanation:
The term definitely exists.
In the Tibetan language, "Namaste" means:
"The Great Perfection within me honors the Great Perfection within you".
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Laura Gentili
Italy
Local time: 17:32
Grading comment
Thank you so much. This was a real challenge, (as this professor likes to do,) and I was having absolutely no luck finding it any dictionaries or translation pages. Your help is greatly appreciated.
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naa greetingSlavomir Ceplo
nasee below
Laura Gentili
nanamasterkt


  

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22 mins
namaste


Explanation:
Dear Katie,
I am a native speaker of Estonian, but I do not know this word in my language. It sounds Estonian but does not exist in the word stock of the speakers. Still, it might be a place name or family name, but then it cannot be used for greeting. I think somebody has created this word for fun.
Sorry, I cannot help you.
Rainer Kuutma
English-Estonian, Swedish-Estonian

rkt
Estonia
Local time: 18:32
Native speaker of: Native in EstonianEstonian
PRO pts in pair: 3
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1 hr
see below


Explanation:
The term definitely exists.
In the Tibetan language, "Namaste" means:
"The Great Perfection within me honors the Great Perfection within you".

Laura Gentili
Italy
Local time: 17:32
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 4
Grading comment
Thank you so much. This was a real challenge, (as this professor likes to do,) and I was having absolutely no luck finding it any dictionaries or translation pages. Your help is greatly appreciated.
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263 days
a greeting


Explanation:
The term indeed does exist, but it should be emphasized that is is not an original Tibetan word. The word comes from Sanskrit and is a normal everyday greeting, with "namaste" being the familiar form and "namaskar" the polite form. I am quite uncertain about the meaning, yet it should mean something like "may you be blessed".

Slavomir Ceplo
Slovakia
Local time: 17:32
Native speaker of: Native in SlovakSlovak, Native in GermanGerman
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