Did you know there are tens of thousands of words and phrases in foreign languages for which there are no English equivalents?
Here are a couple of examples. From Japan comes the beautiful â€śkoi no yokanâ€ť, which describes the feeling upon meeting someone that Â the two of you are going to fall in love.
And how about this from the South African Tsonga language? â€śRhwe,â€ť which means â€śto sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked.â€ť
In my experience, the rhwe stage comes a few weeks after you realise the koi no yokan stage was actually just heartburn.
Hereâ€™s another one from Turkmenistan: â€śYedbev plek,â€ť which translates as â€śthe remarkable blindness shown by some automotive retailers to the polarity in performance.â€ť
Okay, I made that last one up, but perhaps there should be something like it in every country where cars are sold. (more…)