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6 Romantic Words with No English Equivalent

Sometimes love defies language. Other times, just English.

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Laura Formisano


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

This may be one of the most romantic words ever spoken. Try to add this word into one of the unforgettable love poems for every mood for a little extra romance.

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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.”

Who knew romantic words could be so, well, morbid? Maybe try one of the romantic lines of poetry that will make your partner swoon, instead.

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Laura Formisano


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

The French might have invented some of the most romantic words ever. These are the French phrases everyone should know.

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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.

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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.

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Laura Formisano

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.

On the flip side, not every English word can be translated either. Here are the 10 words you’ll only find in the English language.

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