6 Romantic Words with No English Equivalent

Sometimes love defies language. Other times, just English.

By Brandon Specktor
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Saudade

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

Tuqburni

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

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

Onsra

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

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

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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