Although English is a fairly extensive language in terms of vocabulary size, sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect word. These are 25 words from other languages that would be very useful in English.
The packesel is the guy that has to carry everybody else’s bags. The literal translation is “burro”.
Anybody who is addicted to tanning is slampadato.
Pana Po’o (Hawaiian)
This is the act of scratching your head to remind you of something you forgot.
This is a catch all term for anything you might put in a sandwich
This Swedish word is hard to translate but it means something between not too much and not too little…something that’s just right.
In the Philippines they have a word describing the urge to pinch irresistibly cute things.
Literally translated as “I accidentally ate the whole thing” this word would be perfect for holidays like thanksgiving.
This is how the Germans describe a face in need of a fist.
This phrase in Arabic literally translate to “may you bury me” and is used to the express the hope that you would die before someone that you love so you wouldn’t have to live without them.
This is the sound of chattering teeth from someone that is either really cold or really angry.
In Germany, this is a house that someone builds for no purpose other than to frustrate or anger their neighbor.
This is what they call a person who asks too many questions in Russia.
It means “to jump out and say boo”.
Pelinti (Buli, Ghana)
The Ghanians actually have a word to describe the moment you put too much hot food in your mouth and title your head back while simultaneously trying to cool it down. It literally means “to move hot food around in the mouth”.
In Indonesia this is the word to describe tapping someone on the opposite shoulder.
Whenever you make that kissy sound to attract the attention of a dog or baby then this is what you are doing.
In eskimo land this is the act of continuously checking your front door to see if the people you are waiting for have arrived yet.
If you know what it feels like to pause hesitantly before trying to introduce someone who’s name you just forgot then you know the meaning of this word.
Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego)
When two people look at each wishing the other would do something they both want but neither wants to do then they perfectly defining this word.
This is the feeling you get when you don’t want someone to help you because it will be too much of a burden for them.
This is the creepy feeling you get while walking through the woods at night that something is crawling on your skin.
This is the term for those people who sit at coffee shops all the time without buying anything. Leave it to the French to come up with a word like this.
The Danish word for the awesome feeling of sitting around a fire with close friends in winter.
This is another Danish word, this time for the woman who never stops yelling, especially in public places like supermarkets.
This is the German word for the weight you gain after an extended period of emotional over eating. Literally translated it means “grief bacon”.