18 Foreign words you absolutely must know!

I have always been fascinated by foreign languages and new words. As a logophile (someone who loves words), I think its only fair that I share my list of favorites with you.
Here are some extremely fascinating words from around the world with no counterpart in English. And the best part? They describe everyday situations that we all encounter.

Which ones are your favorite? Let me know!

Words I love

Voorpret  (Dutch)
That sense of excitement felt before an event or a party (pre-fun)!

Manqué (French)
A melancholic word, manqué means the failure to become what one might have become in life

Tsundoku  (Japanese)
tsundoku.1.jpgThe act of buying a book but not reading it, piling it instead with other unread books (one I’ve been guilty of – too many times)

Backpfeifengesicht (German)

A face that demands to be punched (trust the Germans to come up with something like this!)

Komorebi (Japanese)
The dappled sunlight that falls through the trees

Laotong (Mandarin)
A very strong friendship between two girls – almost as if they were soul sisters (love this!)

Tidsoptimist (Swedish)

A person who is always late – they always think they have more time than they really do (we all have a friend like that!)

Sobremesa (Spanish)
That time you spend chit-chatting after a meal – conversations after the meal is over

Pana Po’o (
The act of scratching your head when you can’t remember something!

Age-otori (Japanese)

To look worse after a haircut  ( I think we’ve all had moments like this!)

Kilig (Tagalog)

That excitement and giddiness you feel when you see/speak to/meet your crush!

Bakku-shan (Japanese)

A girl that looks pretty from behind, but not from the front (LOL)

Mamihlapitapei – Yagan
A look shared by two people – both of whom want the same thing – but each too shy to initiate (another one of my favorites!)

Prozvonit (Czech)
Calling someone and disconnecting after the first ring, so that they call you back, and save you moneyAnd I thought only we Indians did this!! 😀

Shemomedjamo (Georgian)
To continue eating even though you are full, simply ‘coz the food tastes soooo good (we’ve all done this!)

Jayus (Indonesian)
A joke that makes you laugh – not because it is funny, but because it is so so poor

Pelinti Buli (Ghana)
hot food.jpg
The feeling after you bite into food that is too hot – the act of moving the food around in your mouth with the lips open!

Tartle (Scottish English)
restaurant-690975_960_720.jpgThat awkward moment when you have to meet someone but forget their name!

Do you have any favorite foreign words like these? Let me know!


8 Comments Add yours

  1. piezoradeon says:

    I’ve been trying to learn Japanese and Tsundoku is one word I have to add in my vocab!
    Thank you!

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    1. Wow! Glad to be of help!
      And learning Japanese sounds great! Let me know how it goes?


  2. Leslie says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing these global words. How fascinating that some languages have single words to describe something that classifies as a poem when translated into English.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes! I love how a single word can evoke so many feelings – an entire poem, as you rightly put!
      Glad that you liked my post 🙂

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  3. What a lovely idea for a post. Thank you for sharing these fantastic words 🙂

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    1. Thank you @StoriesforSophie! So glad you liked it! I love the little things these words describe and thought they must be shared with others!

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