Having trouble putting your feelings into words? Try another language! Emotions are universal, but the words we use to describe them are not. To prove the point, here are 17 words for emotions with no direct English translation. Read through this list of untranslateable emotions, and see how many times you find yourself nodding in recognition.
Forelsket (Norwegian)- That walking-on-a-cloud feeling you get when you first fall in love. Like so:
Gigil (Filipino)- The uncontrollable desire to squeeze or pinch something cute.
Waldeinsamkeit (German): The peaceful, transcendent, contemplative feeling you get when you’re walking alone in the woods.
Schadenfreude (German): The pleasure you take from someone else’s misery, as illustrated below by Homer Simpson.
Ei viitsi (Estonian): That feeling you get when you can’t be bothered to go anywhere or do anything. Read more