20 Words You Never Knew You Needed (That Don't Have An English Translation)

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20 Fascinating Words & Meanings That Don't Have An English Translation
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You'd use these words in your daily life if you could!

Language is very interesting. There is the basis of language with common words and phrases that are used in everyday life. But the interesting thing about language is that as time progresses so does slang and new phrases. 

Other languages also have their own ways of expressing themselves. That is the beautiful thing about different cultures. The way everyone communicates is different and that makes it unique. 

Some languages are able to describe thoughts and feelings with one word in the ways the English language doesn't quite have, so it is quite extraordinary that we are able to delve into other languages to look for them. 


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These words are just able to put intangible feelings and sensations into a word that is a little more tangible. Even without English definitions, they are still quite spectacular. Check out the list below to see what words mean what! 

1. Age-otori (Japanese):

To look worse after a haircut. Is it just me or does this happen more often than it should?

2. Cafune (Brazilian Portuguese):

As if Brazilians were not seductive enough, they would come up with a word for “tenderly running your fingers through your lover’s hair.” How romantic!

3. Chingada (Mexican Spanish):

A hellish, imaginary, faraway place where you send all those who annoy you. If only this place existed, right?

4. Estrenar (Spanish):

The experience of wearing something for the first time. This is one of the best feelings when you are a fashionista.

5. Fernweh (German):

That feeling you get of homesickness for a place you’ve never traveled or ventured to. It is similar to wanderlust; however, the difference is that wanderlust is a yearning to visit all those places rather than that distinct feeling of homesickness for them.

6. Forelsket (Norwegian/Danish):

The intense almost unreal feeling that comes with the beginning of love; when you start to fall in love. Catching feelings is a dangerous endeavor.

7. Gigil (Filipino):

The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is irresistibly cute. In this case scenario, all I can imagine is a room full of puppies.

8. Gjensynsglede (Norwegian):

The joy of meeting up with someone you haven’t seen in a long time. There’s no better than seeing a familiar face after years of being apart.

9. Goya (Urdu):

This refers to the transporting suspension of disbelief that happens when fantasy is so realistic that it temporarily becomes reality. It is usually associated with good, powerful storytelling.

10. Hygge (Danish):

The warm feeling you get while enjoying the company of great friends and all life has to offer. I feel this way every time my friends and I reunite.

11. Iktsuarpok (Inuit):

That feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up outside of your house and you keep checking to see if they’ve arrived yet. Every time I hear this word, I image a little puppy sitting in the windowsill waiting for its owner.

12. Jaksaa (Finnish):

A lack of enthusiasm to do something. This is that moment when you realize the weekend is over and you have work in the morning.

13. Kilig (Tagalog):

That sudden feeling of bliss you get when something romantic or idealistic occurs.

14. L’esprit de l’escalier (French):

A witty remark thought of too late, on the way home. It’s that clever comment you wish you had said earlier.


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15. Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego):

This describes that special look shared between two people, when both are wishing that the other would do something that they both want, but neither want to do it. Why do human beings have to complicate things?

16. Odnoliub (Russian):

Someone who has only one love in his or her life, or someone who is capable of loving only one at a time. Do these people still exist?

17. Razljubit (Russian):

The feeling you have for someone you once loved.

18. Sisu (Finnish):

Strength of will, determination, and perseverance in the face of adversity.

19. Tima (Icelandic):

Not being ready to spend time or money on a specific thing, even though you may be able to afford it. This is how I feel when I have to pay my bills.

20. Yugen (Japanese):

A deep awareness of the universe that triggers feelings too profound and mysterious for words.

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Sarish is a 25-year-old Pakistani American girl with a big heart, short stature, and much to learn. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

This article was originally published at Thought Catalog. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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