6 Native Words With No English Equivalent

English is spoken in many countries, but the language isn’t perfect.  Many words in other languages have no English equivalent; how strange is  that? Recently, savvy linguists met in an online discussion to reveal  their favorite native words with no precedent in English.

Are you familiar with any of these words?

According to a native speaker, it “describes a particular feeling of  being cozy, safe, and protected,” one woman explains. “How you would  feel when you’re around loved ones sitting around a fire or when the  person you love holds you under the warm covers when it’s raining  outside.”

1. Geborgenheit

Gatvol is an incredibly fantastic word, tracing its roots to the  Afrikaans language. Native speakers describe the term as being fed up  about something but in a much more expressive sense than what English  speakers are used to.

2. Gatvol

I can’t tell you how often I’ve experienced verschlimmbessern. The  German term describes a situation which you try to fix yourself but only  make things worse. Where was a word like this back when I was younger?  It would’ve been my motto!

3. Verschlimmbessern

The Polish language is home to some pretty unique words, one of the most  notable being “kolega.” It’s a term that describes a friend who you  like spending time with, whether it’s hanging out socially or just  having a beer.

4. Kolega

I admire so many words found in the Spanish language. Many are direct  and to the point! For example, estrenar means to use something for the  first time. How cool is that?

5. Estrenar

Przyjaciel is a friend you don’t need to keep in touch with, and your  relationship can remain strong. It describes someone you can call after a  few years of not communicating and pick up right where you left off.

6. Przyjaciel

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