These 10 Foreign Words Define Feelings Of Love That Have No English Translation

Finally, a word to describe the desire to pinch an overwhelmingly cute baby.

As expansive as the English language is, there are still many feelings and experiences that don't translate to one word. When it comes to beautifully complicated experience of love, there are so many common instances we feel that just don't translate. And, sometimes that three syllables just doesn't do what you're feeling justice. 

Argentinian designer Jazmin Batista created a series of illustrations called Language of Lovewhich describes feelings of love we can all relate to but don't have an English translation for. They are "a collection of untranslatable words, gathered from around the world, that may help voice your heart's desire when the English language can't," according to the website.

The words and definitions that were in the series were sourced from native speakers of the languages included. 

The series covers languages such as Hindu, Norwegian, and Spanish to describe moments of love between couples, friends, and family. For example, the word gigil in Tagalog, a language spoken in the Philippines, describes the desire to pinch something or someone overwhelmingly cute. In Portuguese, the act of running your fingers through someone's hair has a name: cafuné

For more foreign words to describe feelings of love, check out the illustrations below:



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Cover image: Elizabeth Tsung / Unsplash

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