- Posted by Stephen Whiteley
- On 28/12/2017
There are times when the words you use to describe love do not have English equivalents. However, English is a great language to express your love in. If you come across certain words in a foreign language you will be hard pressed to find an English equivalent. Here are a few examples. The Portuguese word suadade, which means you have a strong feeling of missing someone you love does not have an English equivalent.
The Arabic word tuqburni is hard if not impossible to translate into English. This is a noun that means your love is so deep you cannot imagine living without your partner. The literal translation of this romantic word in English would be “You Bury Me”.
There is also a French word retrouvailles, which does not have an English equivalent. This is another noun that means the joy of reuniting with someone after a long separation. The literal translation of this romantic French word is “rediscovery”.
Onsra and Mamihlapinatatpai
Onsra is an Indian word that means a bittersweet feeling that occurs in those who know their love won’t last. There is no English equivalent for this word. Mamihlapinatatpai is a Fuegian word that again does not have an English equivalent. This noun describes a look between two people in love that expresses unspoken but mutual desire. Finally, there is a Japanese word koi no yokan that is hard to translate into English. This noun describes the feeling that two people have that meet and feel they may soon fall in love.
Many terms of endearment
Fortunately, the English language is filled with terms of endearment. Love does not always begin in the morning or end at night. There are many moments when two people look forward to being together, and when they are together they want to use as many romantic words as they can.
Learn romantic and sweet words
If you want to be romantic in English, you need to learn the most romantic and sweet things you can say to your partner. For example, if you want to be romantic with your wife or girlfriend, then you can say something like, “every time I look into your beautiful eyes, I melt and fall in love with you again and again and again”. You may also want to say something romantic in English like, “when we are apart, I’m only half the man I want to be”.
I love you
The English language is full of phrases that though they appear to mean the same thing, can help you be more romantic. The most common phrase used to say something romantic in English is to say, I love you. If you want to be different, you may want to try alternatives like I’m yours or You Complete Me or There is no other.
There are also tons of complementary phrases to say to the person you love. Saying You’re my Princess is a good example of such complementary phrases. You’re my Baby is another option as too is You’re my Prince Charming.
To find out more about how to be romantic in English, you may also want to check out romance novels written in English. They are filled with things to say and though some of them may sound serious or romantic, there are also many that sound silly but they do express a certain sense of romance.