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25 Romantic Words That Don’t Exist in English but Should

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Sometimes words aren’t enough to communicate with the object of your affection — English words, that is. In case you aren’t lucky enough to speak 12 languages fluently, we’ve compiled a love and dating-themed vocabulary list drawn from sources as varied as Tagalog, Dutch, and Inuit. Get over your saudade, indulge in a little cafuné, and you’ll be queesting in no time.

  1. Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan, Tierra del Fuego) – This term, which holds the Guinness World Record for “most succinct word,” means “looking at each other hoping that either will offer to do something which both parties desire but are unwilling to do.”
  2. Saudade (Portuguese) - A melancholic nostalgia for someone or something from the past.
  3. Tuqburni (Arabic) – The literal translation is “You bury me,” referring to a love so deep you can’t imagine living life without your partner.
  4. Bakku-shan (Japanese) - A girl who’s only attractive when she’s viewed from behind.
  5. Forelsket (Norwegian) – That intoxicatingly euphoric feeling you experience when you’re first falling in love.
  6. Cafuné (Portuguese) - The act of running your fingers through your lover’s hair.
  7. Paasa (Tagalog) – “A person who leads someone on (intentionally or not). Appearing as if they are genuinely interested romantically when they aren’t.”

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