16 Beautiful Untranslatable Words From Around The World
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To some people, the idea of waking up very early in the morning for an early morning walk is a very annoying thing to do. Like why would you want to wake up really early just to go for an outdoor stroll when you can sleep in for fifteen more minutes before you start a long day? Well, that’s a good and fair point, as getting those extra minutes of sleep is always needed.
However, there is something poetic about waking up early in the morning to go for an early morning walk, while the rest of the world is still asleep (at least that’s what I’d like to think, just to be a bit dramatic). It’s as if everything around you is still and peaceful and so beautiful. And you’re there to see the sunrise, hear the birds sing their first song. Oh, witnessing all this really sounds like a one-of-a-kind, magical experience.
Crazily enough, there is a Swedish word for this experience and it’s known as “gökotta.” Gökotta is only one of the many words out there that don’t really have a direct translation into the English language. I mean you could probably explain the word further to emphasize its depth and meaning. But, again, it is one of those untranslatable words that makes learning a new language something special.
Meaning: to wake up early in the morning so you can go outside and experience the stillness of your surroundings, appreciate the beauty of nature, hear the birds sing, and see the sun
Meaning: the sweetness of doing nothing
Meaning: forest-bathing; spending time in the forest for relaxation
Meaning: to make something look effortlessly nice
Meaning: the ability to stay strong and courageous in difficult times
Meaning: to take off one’s clothes and dance happily
Meaning: enchantment through art; losing track of time when listening to music
Meaning: to drink and enjoy beer outdoors on a sunny day
Meaning: the time you spend at the table chatting, laughing, connecting, and interacting with the people you just shared a meal with
Language: Yagán or Yaghan
Meaning: a look shared between people without words in the hopes that one of them will start doing something they both want to do but are reluctant to do
Meaning: to invite your lover for a quick chat in bed
Meaning: sun holiday; an unexpected day off to enjoy a nice, warm day under the sun
Meaning: dawn serenade; a love song sung in the early morning or at dawn
Meaning: the ideal and perfect form of beauty in the physical and moral sense
Meaning: a special and warm hug or embrace or cuddle that feels like home; a tiny space to store things or a cupboard
Meaning: that joyous, celebratory feeling after a work day