15 Untranslatable Non-English Words That Describe The Most Beautiful Feelings In The World

Now we have the perfect word for every feeling.

Have you ever experienced something so beautiful, new or satisfying, that it made you fall short of words? You know, where you literally can't find a word or a phrase to describe the emotions?

Not to worry! We've got you covered.

This research by University of East London psychologist Tim Lomas is a significant dip in the vast pool of "untranslatable words" many artists and creatives have been exploring for quite some time.

Focusing on "positive cross-cultural lexicography," Lomas managed to find 216 non-English words that could potentially help us enrich our vocabularies with much-needed phrases for positive concepts, such as love, friendship, and others.

Check out 15 of our favorite untranslatable positive words below:


Feierabend (German) — the festive mood that arrives at the end of a working day.

Gökottameans (Swedish) — waking up early with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing.

Ukiyo (Japanese) — a sense of living in moments of fleeting beauty, detached from the pains of life.

Queesting (Dutch) — to allow a lover to access one's bed for a chit chat.

Sobremesa (Spanish) — when the food has finished, but the conversation is still flowing.

Vorfreude (German) — intense, joyful anticipation derived from imagining future pleasures.

Koi no yukan (Japanese) — the feeling of meeting someone that falling in love with will be inevitable.

Mbukimvuki (Bantu) — to shuck off one’s clothes in order to dance.

Volta (Greek) — leisurely strolling the streets with a lack of destination.

Retrouvailles (French) — the joy people feel after meeting loved ones again after a long time apart.

Psithúrism (Greek) — the sound of wind rustling through the trees.

Gigil (Philippine Tagalog) — irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze someone because they are loved or cherished.

Schnapsidee (German) — an ingenious plan one hatches while drunk.

Vacilando (Spanish) — the idea of wandering, where the act of travelling is valued more than the destination.

Ishq (Arabic) — a true love that is all-consuming; reflects in the saying that "ishq is a fire that burns down everything but the object of desire."


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