6 Romantic Words with No English Equivalent

Sometimes love defies language. Other times, just English.

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Saudade

Laura Formisano

Pronunciation: saw•’dah•djee Origin: Portugese Definition: n., a strong feeling of missing someone you love.

Tuqburni

Laura Formisano

Pronunciation: ’tooq•bur•nah Origin: Arabic Definition: n., a love so deep, you can’t imagine life without your partner. Literal English translation: “You bury me.”

Retrouvailles

Laura Formisano

Pronunciation: ‘rhoo•trooh•vahy Origin: French Definition: n., the joy of reuniting with someone after a long separation. Literally “rediscovery.”

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Onsra

Laura Formisano

Pronounced: uhns•’rah Origin: Boro language of India Definition: n., the bittersweet feeling that occurs in those who know their love won’t last.

Mamihlapinatapai

Laura Formisano

Pronunciation: ‘mah•mih•lah•pee•nah•tah•pay Origin: Fuegian (language of Tierra del Fuego) Definition: n., a look between two people in love that expresses unspoken but mutual desire.

Koi No Yokan

Laura Formisano

Pronunciation: ‘koy•noh•yo•kin Origin: Japanese Definition: n., upon meeting someone, the feeling that the two of you may soon fall in love.


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