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20 Fascinating Words with no English Equivalent.




No language has all of the words, and English is no exception. While you can express the complex feeling of "insecurity, fear, concern, and envy over relative lack of possessions, status or something of great personal value, particularly in reference to a comparator, a rival, or a competitor." with one word (i.e. jealousy), some other very simple concepts need to be expressed with more than one word, like the day after tomorrow. With input from our amazing followers at The Language Nerds, we have compiled a list of some of the most interesting words that exist in other languages but have no equivalent in English. You really don't want to miss any of them. 

Ahorita 

This is a Spanish essential adverb meaning "for now, right now, maybe later, maybe tomorrow, maybe never." 

Schadenfreude

A German word which refers to the joy you get from the misfortune of others. 

Putaria 

This is a Portuguese noun that simply means a crazy sex event. But it could also refer to politics. 

Boh

An Italian expression used when you don't know something. For example, A: "What time is it?" B; "Boh."

Depaysement

French word meaning the feeling you get from not being in your home country; being a foreigner. 

Cafuné

A Portuguese verb meaning to run your hands through the hair of someone you love or deeply care about for some minutes. 

Sobremesa

A Spanish noun used to refer to the small talk after a meal while everyone is still seated.

почемучка

This is the Russian word for a child who asks too many questions. 

Kilig

A noun in Tagalog, a language spoken in the Philippines, meaning the feeling when you see your crush or the feeling when someone you love does something that makes you giggle. 

Ngày kia

Vietnamese for the day after the day after tomorrow.
                


Lagom

A Swedish word meaning not too much and not too little, but just the right amount.  

Epibreren

This is a Dutch word meaning: convincingly acting as if you are doing something important, while you are actually doing nothing useful at all. 

Kalsarikännit

A Finnish word that refers to the feeling of when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear. 

Estrenar

Spanish. Wearing or using something for the first time. 

木洩れ日

A Japanese word that refers to the sunlight that filters through forest trees. 

هبد

Arabic word which means saying unreasonable things because you have nothing else to say. 

Fremdschämen

It is the German word for the feeling of embarrassment that oneself feels when someone else does something totally embarrassing and that for example makes you leave the room. 

Cariñoso

This is a Spanish word meaning to show love and affection through delicate and tender physical gesture and contact. 

يقبرني

An Arabic word meaning "a declaration of one's hope to die before another person because of how unbearable to live without them."  

Fargin

A Yiddish verb which means to wholeheartedly appreciate the success of others.
                    
Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.
_Benjamin Lee Whorf. 


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  1. Putaria does have an equivalent in English and it is (Fuckery).

    Sobremesa is also a word in portuguese which means dessert.

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    2. In Mexican Spanish that would be "Putería" (Not sure if it is used in other Spanish speaking countrys)

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    4. Sobremesa in Colombia means the beverage you drink during lunch.

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  2. The French word "dépaysement" needs an accent aigu on the first "e".

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  3. what about Saudade? "a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return.[3] One English translation of the word is missingness, although it might not convey the feeling of deep emotion attached to the word "saudade"."

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  5. First off, the way that "cariñoso" is defined here makes it sound like it's a verb, when it's an adjective. It's actually a male person (a female would be "cariñosa") who displays affection.

    This is a segue to my second point: "Cariñoso(a)" is the Spanish equivalent of the word "affectionate," so this word does not belong in this list.

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  6. "Cafuné" is not a verb, it's a noun. It's the product of an action (fazer cafuné).

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  7. carinoso In French : male: "câlin", female :câline, and verb "câliner"
    estrenar in French : "étrenner".

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  9. the words in arabic are just the slang they use in syria or labanon .... thats not standard
    ARABIC "FOSHA"

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  10. We have an identical word in meaning with the Vietnamese one in Romanian: răspoimâine (ruhs-pOy-muh-eeneh). You can even say răsalaltăieri for "the day before the day before yesterday".

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  11. Romanian:
    Rasalaltaieri = day before day before yesterday,
    Alaltaieri = day before yesterday,
    Ieri = yesterday,
    Azi = today,
    Maine = tomorrow,
    Poimaine = day after tomorrow,
    Raspoimaine = day after day after tomorrow.

    So you can cover all together a 7 day week using such adverbs.

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  12. what does 'segue' mean? Is it English?

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  13. The word, "accountability" has no real equivalent in the Spanish language. The closest translation available is "responsabilidad", which is not quite the same thing when you consider the usual equation: Responsibility+Authority=Accountability.

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  14. Actually the Vietnamese word for the day after the day after tomorrow is “Ngày kìa” and “Ngày kia” is the day before it.

    I guess our tone marks just make a lot of confusions.

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  15. In Teochew, we have a word: Doãng (Là). I don't know their Hanzi. But it means: to just accept the thing, the situation because it's okay/ not that bad/ good enough/ it will just have to do the job.
    Ex:
    - I don't like this shirt.
    - Doãng Là! It will keep you warm.

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  16. Interesting but with some comments.
    Dépaysement : non necessarily abroad but can also be in another part of the same country, with a different landscape (paysage - physical or of traditions).
    Estrenar also exists in French : étrenner.

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  17. You missed the word SAUDADE...

    Estrenar also exists in portuguesese.... Estrear

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  18. why not even 1 greek word? there are countless with no equivalent in english

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  19. why not even 1 greek word? there are countless with no equivalent in english

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  20. why not even 1 greek word? there are countless with no equivalent in english

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  21. Ahorita is a great word in Spanish. It's just a pity it is not used by speakers from Spain.

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