6 Romantic Words with No English Equivalent

Sometimes love defies language. Other times, just English.

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Saudade

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

Tuqburni

TuqburniLaura 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

RetrouvaillesLaura 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

OnsraLaura 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

MamihlapinatapaiLaura 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

Koi No YokanLaura 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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9 thoughts on “6 Romantic Words with No English Equivalent

  1. love isn’t winning someone but loosing ur self 2 smone its not due 2 da excellent of ur mindbut due to the purity of ur heart

  2. It is interesting and speaks to English/American perspectives that such words have no English equivelent.

  3. Funny ??? N O !!!! Why not choose words that do have funny meanings in English, such as the French “mon petit chou” meaning “darling” but translating literally as “my little cabbage” ?

    1. I tried that with a French girl I was seeing who was entiry unimpressed.

      1. did you pronounce it correctly? haha.. jk.. maybe it’s a term used between more intimate couples and not those just seeing each other.. i’ll have to make a note of that. LOL

  4. Those words are really amazing! It can be used if you want your statement to be quite bizaare.. :))

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