Using examples from the book “Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages,” the folks at Maptia illustrated several words from other languages that have enjoyably precise meanings — words that encapsulate experiences that in English we don’t have such a concise way to describe.

We all have these experiences, and now, if we borrow some vocabulary, we can have fun, new ways to talk about them.

Walking in the woods…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 01

Having a drink…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 02

Waiting for someone…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 03

Sitting in the shade…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 04

Being in class or having kids…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 05

Sharing a meal…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 06

Tolerating “dad jokes”…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 07

Forgetting something…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 08

Traveling abroad…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 09

Enjoying fiction…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 10

Staring at the sea at nighttime…

Non-english words with surprisingly specific meanings - 11

(via This Isn’t Happiness)