German 101: 135 Common German Words to Impress the Locals
German is both a useful and beautiful language to learn.
Today’s world is all about visualization.
People want to see rather than hear.
People prefer pictures to words.
And while it can be true that ‘picture is worth a thousand words,’ a lot of things can’t be described only with images.
Words were and they still remain the primary source of communication.
English, just like other languages, is full of spectacular words and phrases, those that can make you happy, sad, optimistic, or realistic.
But what about beautiful words in other languages?
That is why in this post, we are going to help you expand your horizons and learn some beautiful phrases in other languages.
Who knows, maybe you decide to learn one of those languages.
For now, let’s dive in and learn new things.
Transferring a word from one language to another has always been quite demanding, so the translator’s job isn’t easy.
There are thousands of words that can’t be translated with only one proper word. Some can’t even be explained with a phrase, either.
On the other hand, there are so many beautiful words and phrases out there.
So, in the following lines, we are going to introduce you to some of the most beautiful words in other languages.
In English, it can be translated as a ‘floating world.’
This phrase in Japanese is used to describe people who live in the present and enjoy every single minute of their lives. They don’t take the gift of life for granted.
It isn’t easy to get to that point in your life where you appreciate everything, and you are happy with small things, but when you achieve it, it’s priceless.
So, if you are on that path, perhaps you should remember this lovely phrase.
This phrase is translated as ‘lively.’ The true meaning, however, goes beyond that.
This phrase describes a fun and lively place, with a positive and amusing vibe. It can be a coffee shop, a special club, or an entertaining meeting.
The equivalent in English can be ‘I could just eat you up,’ but it doesn’t explain it completely.
In Filipino, this phrase means the urge to squeeze something or someone because they’re too cute.
This feeling can occur when you see a baby in the street, and they’re smiling and waving at you. The whole scene is so cute that you want to squeeze that baby.
So, that is ‘Gigil.’
The ‘kreng-Jai’ in Thai can be explained as a significant sense of courtesy.
In reality today, people lack basic courtesy, let alone something more.
But, in Thai, this phrase describes the feeling when you don’t want someone to do something for you, and if they want to, you feel uncomfortable.
You simply don’t want anybody to get in some trouble or lose their time and effort doing something for you.
Imagine how lovely the world would be if there would be phrases like this in every language and when people would behave and feel like ‘kreng-Jai.’
When something romantic happens to you or you watch a romantic movie, you feel butterflies in your stomach. In Tagalog, there is a word for that, ‘kilig.’
It can be used as an adjective, too. In this case, it describes the excitement someone feels on a romantic occasion.
It can be defined as one of the most beautiful words in the world. This word in Arabic means unconditional love. Not any kind of unconditional love, but the one that you would die for. Precisely, when you love someone so much, and you can’t even imagine living without them, so you would rather die.
Such kind of love is usually between parents and children, or love partners.
This phrase maybe isn’t among the most beautiful ones but it’s among the strongest ones. In English, there is no equivalent, so we have to explain the word. It can be described as a feeling of total hopelessness and despair.
It is such a big pain that it tortures your soul, a pure and deep sadness. Surely no one wants to feel this way.
Life is a beautiful gift to all of us. People in India know that. They appreciate their lives. So the will and desire to live and continue living in Hindi is explained with only one word, ‘jijivisha.’
It is usually used for people that love their lives so much, that they have strong and positive emotions to continue living. Or they are simply ‘jijivisha.’
This phrase in Hebrew can be explained as joy or happiness that you feel when someone else accomplishes something good and worthwhile. You can also feel unselfish pride and delight.
Just like the definition of this phrase, the word itself shines with generosity and selflessness.
The moon’s reflection on the water is fabulous.
That long and marvelous shape when the moon is shining in Swedish is called the ‘mångata,’ for the word ‘måne,’ which means ‘moon,’ and ‘gata’ which means ‘street, road.’
Everyone considers Norwegian as one of the easiest languages to learn, which can be quite helpful when running into some words or phrases that we can’t translate literally.
One of these phrases is ‘forelsket.’ Even if you don’t speak the language, you can feel the love and romance through it.
This phrase is something between having a crush and loving someone truly. So, when you start dating, after some time, you feel more than just a crush, but you don’t love that person yet. Therefore, ‘forelsket’ is in the middle of falling in love with someone.
Even though many German words can be found in English, for some of them there is no proper translation.
‘Heimat’ is one of them. This phrase is much more than having to explain the feelings that describe it.
It means everything from some part of your life that shaped you to who you are today. People, friends, toys, places, memories. It refers to places, attitudes, and beliefs.
The feeling of comfort or coziness the Danish can express with one single word, ‘hyggeligt.’
Whether you enjoy a good book on a cozy sofa sitting next to the fireplace, or you prefer to eat your favorite cookies your mom made only for you, it is a beautiful and simple ‘hyggeligt.’
Love is such a beautiful thing, especially when you find your significant other.
But in cases when the person doesn’t love you back, it is quite painful. You hope that the two of you will end up together and that they will tell you that you’re the love of their life. But that’s not gonna happen.
And then you suffer. In French, it is ‘douleur exquise.’
When it comes to Spain, Spanish food traditions have a central place in the lives of Espanolas. They have lunch together, spend as much time as possible with their family, and they enjoy it.
That feeling when you are with your family and relatives, you laugh and have a great time which continues for hours, and you completely lose track of time, in Spanish, it is called the ‘Sobremesa.’
Perhaps other languages should consider creating phrases like this. After all, what’s more important than family and entertaining conversations with them?
With these beautiful words in other languages that we can’t simply translate into English, you are ready to conquer the world.
As you may see, the world is a beautiful place with thousands of unique languages.
Have you ever come across any beautiful words in your language that are worth mentioning?
And which one is your favorite?
Don’t be shy. Share with us in the comments below!
German is both a useful and beautiful language to learn.
Want to wear out your foreign accent and speak like a native?
What would you say if we told you that you could watch TV series as much as you want and learn English while you do it?
The first step to learning Portuguese, much like learning any other language, is to memorize a few basic phrases that you can use in everyday conversa
Along with natives and Spanish language learners, there are more than 572 million Spanish speakers worldwide.
We all want to impress the other part while were talking, especially the native speakers.