15 Positive Words Untranslatable in English to Add to Your Vocabulary

15 Positive Words Untranslatable in English

Tim Lomas, Ph.D., a positive psychology lecturer at the University of East London, has gone see a conference at the annual International Positive Psychology Association symposium in Orlando in 2015. He came back inspired. The speaker, Finnish researcher Emilia Lahti, talked about the concept of sisu which means someone who has “extraordinary determination in the face of adversity."

“She was describing it as this psychological skill or quality that was very integral to Finnish culture and their identity." She presented how, despite being a Finnish word, it was an ability of all people, regardless of their native tongue that anyone could possess or cultivate.

He returned to England with an idea: To create a database of meaningful, positive words for feelings, character traits and relationships, expressed with words untranslatable in English. He wrote a paper on the topic published in The Journal of Positive Psychology that contained just over 200 words. The paper drew attention in the positive psychology and linguistics communities, and people began sharing their ideas for words to include in the database with Lomas. In 2016 The Positive Lexicography Project was born.

The next list presents 15 positive words that can not be translated in English:

 

  1. ‘Bilita mpash’ – it comes from Bantu , a language from Central and South Africa and it means a beautiful , blissful dream ( the opposite of a nightmare) .

  1. ‘Trouvaille’ – it comes from French and it is a correspondent for a lucky find , something good or valuable that you discovered by chance. Most of the times it is associated with clover because it is the symbol of luck.

  1. ‘Agape’ – it is a Greek word that is the feeling of selfless, unconditional and devotional love for someone it is something like love but in a different way of thinking.

  1. ‘Hachnasat orchim’ – it comes from Hebrew/Yiddish and makes you a person that brings guests and offer hospitality and respect to strangers. This is a popular way to live in those countrys.

  1. ‘Kæk’ – it is a Danish word and it suggests that someone is bold, cocky (not in a pejorative sense) with a gung-ho spirit.

  1. ‘Samar’ – it is an Arabic word that is used when you sit together in conversation with people at sunset or in the evening.

  1. ‘Suaimhneas croi’ – it comes from Gaelic and it means that you are feeling happiness or contentment for finishing a task. It is a sign of perseverance!

  1. ‘Nakama’ – it is a Japanese word for someone that is your best friend, someone you feel deep, platonic love for.

  1. ‘Yuán béi’ – it comes from traditional China and it is a sense of complete and perfect accomplishment.

  1. ‘Apramāda’ – it is an old Sanskrit word and it means moral watchfulness or awareness of the ethical implication of one’s actions.

  1. ‘Singurista’ – it is a Philippines word from a dialect called Tagalog , and it’s used for someone who would not initiate an action unless certain of obtaining the desire result.

  1. ‘Cafuné’ – it is a Brazilian word meaning the act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.

  1. ‘Wabi-Sabi’ – it is a Japanes word for a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.

  1. ‘Hyggeling’ – it is a Danish word , Its “literal" translation into English gives connotations of a warm, friendly, cozy demeanor, but it’s unlikely that these words truly capture the essence of a hyggelig; it’s something that must be experienced to be known. I think of good friends, cold beer, and a warm fire.

  1. ‘Sewa’ – is short for the word Kar Seva, which is a Sanskrit word meaning hands or work and service, to pay homage through the act of love. Seva is the labour done with love and performed in the service of others without expectations.

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The top 25 positive words in English

The top 25 positive words in English

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The English language is full of many beautiful and positive words. Often these words trigger a specific memory, pleasant thought or a dream in our minds. The words that appeal to us are often very personal and the feelings they trigger are essentially unique to you. Here is my list of the top 25 words that appeal to me.

Ineffable

Ineffable means too great or extreme to be described or expressed in words. It reflects that feeling of awe such as what you feel when your first child is born.

serendipity

Serendipity is used to describe the occurrence and development of events by chance in a beneficial or happy way. That stroke of luck that comes at exactly the right time, out of the blue.

Ethereal

Ethereal means extremely light and delicate so that something appears not to be of this world. I associate this word with heavenly and beautiful things, such as dragonfly wings or a voice that gives you chills.

 

Iridescent

positive words Iridescent Iridescent is a word to describe seeing luminous colors that change when seen from different angles. This positive word reminds me of carefree days blowing bubbles and watching them float away.

Epiphany

Epiphany is that sudden moment of realization or revelation. That light-bulb moment that often changes your life. Everyone needs an epiphany now and then.

Luminescence

Luminescence is when a substance gives off light without being heated such as phosphorescence and fluorescence. The fun of chasing lightning bugs or stirring up the sea and being rewarded with an eerie green glow.

Eloquence

Eloquence is persuasive and fluent in writing and speaking. Don’t we all wish to be eloquent at the right times? What a bonus when you can give a speech and engage your entire audience!

Sonder

Sonder is the realization that every random passer-by is living a vivid, complex life full of their own ambitions, worries, friends and routines, in which you might be an extra on a park bench or a lit office on their route. As a people watcher, this positive word resonates.

Effervescence

Effervescence means enthusiastic and vivacious, and also the bubbles in your fizzy drink. This reminds me of the excitement of a child, perhaps even tasting their first fizzy drink.

Magnanimous

Magnanimous means being forgiving or generous to someone who is not a friend or is less powerful than you. I think we all need to be magnanimous and this world would be a better place.

Benevolent

Benevolent means being kindly and well meaning. Similar to magnanimous, except this kindness being expressed to anyone. Being benevolent has its own rewards, and it makes you feel great too.

Amusement

Amusement means enjoying entertainment or finding something funny. The world needs more laughter and we should be able to find amusement in most situations, even laugh at ourselves.

Contentment

Contentment is a state of satisfaction and happiness. I believe that for most of us, life is about striving for contentment. Appreciate the small things to find contentment in your daily life.

Determination

Determination is a firmness of purpose. Achieving anything in life takes determination. Set the goal and succeed through determination.

Dignity

Dignity is being worthy of respect or honor. I like to believe everyone should be afforded basic dignity as a right especially our elders, who have so much to share if we listen.

Flourishing

Flourishing means thriving, developing successfully and rapidly. We all want something to flourish: flourishing bank balance, perhaps a flourishing business, a flourishing garden. What a versatile and evocative word.

Harmonious

positive words Harmonious

Harmonious has three lovely meanings tuneful, forming a pleasing whole, free from dissent and disagreement. I like the peaceful feel this word has, like music from a waterfall.

Lustrous

Lustrous is basically a nicer word for shining. I like to think of this positive word as being used for hair and eyes, giving a description extra depth and reflection. Who wouldn’t want lustrous hair?

Noble

Noble has a number of meanings, but I like the one which refers to a person showing high moral principles or good personal qualities. I like to think that our aim as humans should be to strive to be noble.

Respect

Respect is the feeling of admiration due to their abilities, achievements or qualities. It also refers to giving the necessary regard for other people’s rights and feelings. Although for most people, respect is something that is earned, but we should offer basic respect to all humans.

Laughter

Laughter is the sound of someone laughing. This sounds more than almost any other has a way of lifting spirits. Laughter is contagious and makes us feel good.

Tranquility

positive words Tranquility

Tranquility is the state of being calm and tranquil. We all need this sort of peace in our lives now and then to regroup.

Unconditional

Unconditional means there are no conditions attached. I prefer this word as part of the phrase unconditional love. A love that transcends everything, there are no ifs and buts, a love that offers everything without demanding anything.

Smiling

Smiling is laughing in a smaller, quieter way. Turning those corners of the mouth up showing a happy look. Smiling is also contagious, and when it is genuine, it lights up your whole face.

Hope

Hope is the expectation that something will happen. Even when situations are dire, keeping hope alive is what makes the human spirit fight through the worst of situations. Never lose hope.

Those are my top 25 positive and uplifting words, what are yours?

 

The Five Most Beautiful Words in The English Language

The Five Most Beautiful Words in The English Language

the five most beautiful words in the English language

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Effervescent

This word comes at the top of this list because it is one of my favourites. Effervescent means for something or someone to be bubbly and excitable. It reminds me of luxurious champagne and laughs, I believe that it is one of those words that does what it says on the tin and makes you feel the way that it sounds.

 

Eloquence

To be eloquent has a regal and poised tone to it. Eloquence is to be well spoken and fluent in the language that you speak in. Even the way that it rolls off of the tongue is articulate.

 

Serenity

This word on its own transports me to a calm, peaceful beach. It reminds me of ocean sounds and walking along the sand in a hot place (being from England all a girl can do is imagine). This word allows me to go to that place and escape the rain!

 

Giggle

Giggle is a silly word that gives a fun feeling alongside it. Friendship, excitement and cheerfulness come to mind when I hear this word.

 

Unity

In the world that we live in today, this is possibly one of the most important words in the English Language. Coming together as one might not fix all of the problems in the world, but it is sure to go a long way.

 

I have given you my favourite words in the English Language, now it’s your turn! Comment what you think the most beautiful words are in the English Language below.

 

 

A short bio about the writer: My name is Charlotte Yorke and I am an eighteen year old A-Level Student in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. I am beginning my exciting journey into the world of Journalism by beginning my Undergraduate Degree at Staffordshire University in September 2017. I am an avid reader and writer, I thoroughly enjoy expressing myself through the written word.

 

Link to my blog: www.yorkeonline.wordpress.com

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Application Software Products With Positive Words (Apps)

Application Software Apps Positive Words

Positive Words Apps

Application Software Products With Positive Words

What is application software? Application software is a program or group of programs designed for end users. These programs are divided into two classes: system software and application software. While system software consists of low-level programs that interact with computers at a basic level, application software resides above system software and includes database programs, word processors, spreadsheets, etc. Application software may be grouped along with system software or published alone. Application software may simply be referred to as an application.

The below list of application software products with positive words is divided into two main categories:

  1. Positive Words Apps developed by Positive Words Research;
  2. Positive Words Apps developed by others.

 

1. Positive Words Apps developed by Positive Words Research

Positive Words Research is developing application programs with positive words. We have a lot of ideas and projects under construction. Here is what we managed to develop until now:

 

1.1. Positive Words Researcher App

Positive Words Researcher is an online free application that is analyzing your text in terms of positive words. The text length to be analyzed is unlimited. For example you can analyse an entire book with this application. The application helps you with three things:

  1. Extracts the positive words found in your text;
  2. Computes some simple analytical indicators (counting the positive words, calculating the percentage of text positivity);
  3. Gives to you the list of positive words not found in your text. The application has a database of positive words, compares your text with this database and exports the positive words not found in your text, as a list in alphabetical order.

 

1.2. “Positive Words Research” iOS App

Positive Words Research is an iOS app. The app is free and can be downloaded now from the Apple App Store. Our entire website PositiveWordsResearch.com was included in this iOS app.

 

1.3. Name Acronym with Positive Words App

Name Acronym with Positive Words is an app designed to allocate a positive word for every letter from your name, for yourself and for the one you care about.

 

2. Positive Words Adds developed by others

 

2.1. Name Acronym App

Name Acronym helps you to make acronyms (reverse acronyms) from your name. A reverse acronym (backronym) is a phrase created so that its acronym fits an existing word (or name). Make reverse acronyms for your name, company, project or any other reason you can think of. To Use the acronym generator, choose a word category, enter your name or a word and click start to find the perfect (reverse) acronym. You will be given a word for each letter in the word or name you choose. Check the Random Acronym Maker page if you want to see random, funny and creative, Name Acronyms. If you don’t have a name, try the name generator page.

 

2.2. What Is The Meaning Of Each Letter In Your Name? App

What Is The Meaning of Each Letter In Your Name is an app from en.blobla.com you can enter your first name to find out the positive words for each letter from your name.

 

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