10 'untranslatable' foreign expressions of love

20 Feb 2017

Can you identify with any of these 'untranslatable' expressions of love - as compiled and illustrated by the Language of Love?

Love is a universal language regardless of culture, religion and politics. While we all share these emotions, it can also be hard to express them... especially in the right way.

The Language of Love has identified 10 novel ways of expressing your love that are recognised in their native countries, but cannot be translated in to English.

For example, have you ever experienced ‘gigil’ - what Tagalog speakers call an irresistible desire to pinch something overwhelmingly cute? Or perhaps ‘viraag’, the Hindi word for strong emotional pain felt while being far away from the one you love?

Here's a rundown of the weird and wonderful ways we choose to express love across the globe...



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