9 beautiful words describing love

9 beautiful words describing love

Did you know that the Dutch have a word to describe the warm feeling of being with your loved ones? Not the easiest concept to translate into English, is it? Here are nine heart-warming words from around the world that can’t be translated.

Published 2/14/2018

At Semantix we have many skilled translators working all over the world, both internally and as freelancers. But sometimes words can’t or shouldn’t be translated. Here are a few examples.

1. Hebrew: Firgun

The simple, unselfish joy that something good has happened to someone else.

2. Yaghan: Mamihlapinatapei

The shared looks of desire between two people too shy to make the first move.

3. Boro: Onsra

The bittersweet feeling that love won’t last.

4. Hindi: Viraha

The realisation of love through separation.

5. Portuguese: Cafuné

To run your fingers through a lover’s hair.

6. Tamil: Oodal

The fake anger lovers display after a tiff.

7. Dutch: Gezelligheid

The warmth of being with loved ones.

8. German: Geborgenheit

The feeling of safety that comes from being with loved ones.

9. Mandarin Chinese: Zhi zi zhi shou, yu zi xie lao

To hold hands and grow old together.


Can you come up with any untranslatable words?

Malin Ljungberg
Malin Ljungberg Marketing Communications Coordinator

Having a journalist-program in the baggage Malin has worked in Communications, PR and Marketing. She now works as a Marketing Coordinator at Semantix and is primarily responsible for the digital presence. This means a strong focus on Social Media. Malin is inspired to find new ways and perspectives when it comes to getting around in the Social Media jungle.