The language of love

Posted on 14 February 2014 by Lucy Gregory

See if you can weave any of these into your conversations today. Can you suggest any others?
Forelsket (Norwegian)
The euphoria you experience when first falling in love.


Koi no yokan (Japanese)
The sense when first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.


Retrouvailles (French)
Literally ‘rediscovery’: the happiness of meeting again after a long separation.


Kara seve (Turkish)
Literally ‘black love’: a passionate blinding love.


Enamoramiento (Spanish)
The act of falling in love, briefly but no less passionately.


Mamihlapinatapei (Yaghan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego)
A meaningful look shared by two people who long to initiate something, but are both reluctant to make the first move.


Yuanfen (Chinese)
The binding force that links two people together in any relationship.


Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese)
Tenderly running your fingers through someone’s hair.


La douleur exquise (French)
The heart-wrenching pain of loving someone you know you’ll never have.


Fancy the pants off (British English)
Being extremely physically attracted to another person. It doesn’t necessarily mean you will persuade them to take their pants off for you.