As a little girl I was always obsessed with words and still to this day, I keep a journal full of words I love. These 25 incredible foreign words you have to know are just the start of my list.
Through traveling, I’ve heard so many words that we don’t have in the English language, that don’t translate to a direct word. Each of these words encompass a bigger feeling, an action or emotion, in a way we can’t. Take a peak at…
25 Incredible Foreign Words You Have to Know
1. Bilita Mpash (Bantu)
It means an amazing dream and quite literally the opposite of a nightmare.
2. L’esprit de l’escalier (French)
It means the spirit of the stairs when you leave a conversation thinking about everything you could have said.
3. Koi No Yokan (Japanese)
A feeling when you meet someone for the first time and you know you will fall in love.
4. Pana Po’o (Hawaiian)
The word that describes the moment when you scratch your head when you’ve forgotten something.
5. Gigil (Filipino)
When you want to squeeze something that is so cute.
6. Jayus (Indonesian)
When someone poorly tells a joke so bad that you can’t help but laugh.
7. Komorebi (Japanese)
When the sun goes through the trees and the leaves filter the light.
8. Fernweh (German)
When you are homesick for somewhere you’ve never been.
9. Meraki (Greek)
To do something with love or soul, or equivalently, to put something of yourself into your work.
10. La douleur exquise (French)
A pain felt only when you crave affection from someone you know you can never have.
11. Zhaghzhagh (Farsi)
The chattering of teeth from either anger or the cold.
12. Slampadato (Italian)
A word made only for those who are addicted to tanning salons.
13. Resfeber (Swedish)
When your heart races before the beginning of a trip, when anxiety sets in.
14. Nefelibata (Portuguese)
A cloud-walker, someone who lives in their own dreams and not in conventional society.
15. Wabi-sabi (Japanese)
Often described as a beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
16. Saudade (Portuguese)
A nostalgic state of longing for something or someone absent.
17. Seigneur des terrasses (French)
A word that describes those who stay at a coffee shop for a long time but spend little money.
18. Solivagant (Latin)
To wander alone in solitude around the world.
19. Metanoia (Greek)
To change one’s way of life in normally a transformational way.
20. Schwellenangst (German)
The fear of beginning a new chapter.
21. Hygge (Danish)
The warm feeling you have when enjoying great company.
22. Vagary (Latin)
A whimsical journey.
23. Yoko meshi (Japanese)
The stress of speaking a foreign language.
24. Livsnjutare (Swedish)
Someone who enjoys life and lives life to the extreme.
25. Le Pays de Cocagne (French)
A place that is imaginary based on luxury and idleness.
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