Languages are one of my favorite subjects. I find their structure, sonance, and what they can say about a culture very interesting. How an island country can have 30 different words for water while a desert region has only one or two, for example. Some of the coolest words I “collect” are ones that have no direct English translation. These often describe a concept or feeling, an activity or object that there is not so much emphasis on in English speaking regions. I’ve picked out some of my favorite, most beautiful foreign words to share in today’s post.
Definition: A feeling of homesickness for places you’ve never been to.
Definition: The roadlike reflection of the moon on the surface of water.
Definition: Pretending to be out when someone knocks at the door.
Definition: One who strolls aimlessly but enjoyably, observing life and their surroundings.
Definition: A place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home; the place where you are your most authentic self.
Definition: Wistful longing; a yearning for a far, familiar, unearthly land one can identify as one’s home.
Definition: One who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme.
Definition: The sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees.
Definition: The feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods, and a connection to nature.
Definition: The feeling of not being in one’s home country, of being a foreigner.
Definition: To wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing.
Definition: The act of walking on tiptoe across warm sand.
Definition: Literally “the floating world”, living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life.
Definition: The suspension of disbelief that can occur, often through good storytelling.
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