When you're in love, you want to shout it from the rooftops, write it on the (Facebook) walls, whisper gently into strangers' ears — do anything it takes to let the world know you've finally found that special someone and you're not letting them get away easily.
So don't you think a feeling like that deserves more than those old-fashioned three syllables?
Good thing UK-based illustrator Emma Block and jewelry brand Vashi created a list of untranslatable words of love from around the world.
Consisting of 29 foreign phrases in total, it's a wonderful source for those wanting to take a breather from the usual I love yous. Check out our favorites below!
1. Dor — the sense of longing when separated from that which you love.
2. Firgun — the simple, unselfish joy that something good has happened to someone else.
3. Flechazo — an arrow shot, love at first sight.
4. Forelsket — the euphoria of falling in love.
5. Gezelligheid — the warmth of being with loved ones.
6. Hai shi shan meng — the promise of eternal love.
7. Iktsuarpok — the sense of anticipation as you wait for someone to visit.
8. Kilig — the giddiness you feel when meeting your crush.
9. Koi no yokan — when you meet someone and know you are destined to fall in love.
10. Manabamate — the lack of appetite you suffer when falling in love.
11. Mo chuisle mo chroi — the pulse of my heart.
12. Naz — the pride you feel from being in love.
13. Odnoliub — someone that only has one love in their life.
14. Onsra — the bittersweet feeling that love won't last.
15. Retrouvailles — the feeling of joy when you are reunited with a loved one after a long separation.
16. Viraha — the realization of love through separation.
17. Zhi zi zhi shou, yu zi xie lao — to hold hands and grow old together.
Feeling anything similar? Let the object of your affection know!
Didn't find a word to suit your emotions? Check out this project by Marija Tiurina that features 13 words with no direct equivalents in the English language and maybe you'll find one.