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Even though English has a vast collection of 180,000 words in its vocabulary, there are still some feelings that it just fails to express. Here are some of the words that should be included in English as well:

1. Iktsuarpok:

This word in Inuit is one of those which everyone experiences. It expresses that feeling when you are waiting for someone and keep on checking on their arrival.


2. Komorebi:

This beautiful Japanese word refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees.


3. Mangata:

This Swedish word is one you must have experienced if you have ever been on a beach. The refection of the moon on the surface of the water seems like a path and is called Mangata.


4. Hiraeth:

Have you ever felt a little nostalgic but also longing for the past that you have lost? Or maybe the homesickness mixed with a strong yearning for the homeland? That is hiraeth.

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5. Hyggelig:

This word looks like hugging and that is somewhat along the lines of what it refers to. It refers to the cozy and intimate moment, like a warm winter evening in front of the fireplace with warm socks!

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6. Ya’aburnee:

This Arabic word literally means “you bury me” which though sounds a little dark but has a sweet meaning. It refers that someone wishes for you to outlive them. It is painful and beautiful at the same time.


7. Toska:

This Russian word is explained in Lolita as well. It refers to the extreme pain and anguish which is often experienced without any specific cause.


8. Firgun:

This is a Hebrew word which means the feeling of joy one might feel when something good happens to someone else. It is an unselfish and pure emotion of joy that is felt and experienced without any ulterior motive.


9. Shemomedjamo:

This word is for the foodies. When the meal is just so delicious that you just can’t stop eating even after your stomach is full, it is expressed by the Georgian word Shemomedjamo.


10. Mamihlapinatapai:

The subtle glance that two people share when they both want something from the other that they both want but neither would do it, that is expressed in this twisting word of Yaghan language.


11. Gigil:

Have you ever felt the uncontrollable urge to pinch someone’s cheeks or something when you find them to be unbelievably cute? That’s gigil in Filipino.


12. Pana Po’o:

Scratching your head, trying to remember something… Sounds familiar? That is pana po’o, a Hawaiian word which I find as hilarious.

Pana Po'o

13. Koi No Yokan:

This absolutely adorable and swoon-worthy Japanese word means the unexplained feeling you get when you meet someone for the first time and feel that you both are going to fall in love.

Koi No Yokan

14. Boketto:

The action of staring off in space vacantly while lost in some thought or just, you know, staring without realizing it is boketto. Japanese people know to name the important things in life.


15. Bilita Mpash:

It goes like this: night terrors, nightmares, dreams, good dreams and then comes bilita mpash, an amazing dream. It is a Bantu word.

Bilita Mpash