19 Phrases And Words That Should Totally Exist In English

Don’t you sometimes wish there was a specific and concise way to describe how you were feeling? Maybe you can adopt these words from other languages, since they totally nailed it.

1. “Poner un palo en la rueda” (Spanish).

Translates to “They’re putting a stick in your wheel” meaning someone is not letting you do what you’re supposed to do.

2. Retrouvailles (French).

The happiness of meeting again after a long time.

3. Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan).

While this word has been translated several different ways in English, the most common description is of “a wordless, yet meaningful, glance shared by two individuals who both desire to initiate something, but are reluctant to actually start.”

4. Cafuné (Portuguese).

The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone’s hair. This dog gets it.

5. Hyggelig (Danish).

You know when you feel cozy and warm inside? Well that’s what this word means.

6. Kyoikumama (Japanese).


A mother who relentlessly pushes her children towards academic achievement.

7. “Show de Bola” (Portuguese).

It basically means “insanely great” and although it refers to soccer it can really be applied to anything at all.

8. Qualunquismo (Italian).

If you don’t care about politics, this word is for you!

9. Bakku-shan (Japanese).




The word for a girl who looks pretty from behind but ugly in front.

10. Saudades (Portuguese).

A feeling of nostalgic longing for someone or something.

11. Shemomedjamo (Georgian).




I accidentally ate the whole thing. Whoopths.

12. Pålegg (Norwegian).




A non-specific descriptor for anything you might consider putting into a sandwich. So…everything.

13. “Yoko meshi” (Japanese).




Literally means “a meal eaten sideways,” but refers to the stress induced by attempting to speak a foreign language.

14. Rhwe (Tsonga)

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To sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked. ALSO KNOWN AS EVERY NIGHT AMIRIGHT?

15. “La Douleur Exquise” (French).




The heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can’t have. Ouch.

16. Pelinti (Buli).




To move hot food around in one’s mouth.

17. Jayus (Indonesian).

You know those lame jokes your friends tell that are not really funny but you cannot help but laugh? Yeah, that.

18. Koi No Yokan (Japanese).

The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.

19. “Khade lund par dhokha” (Arabic).

It literally means “to trick an erect penis” like, to get someone excited for something and then bail.

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