Unique Words From Other Languages Quiz!

By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

While English has more words than many other languages, there are still a lot of wonderful words out there that just don't exist in English. Test your global word savvy with this How Stuff Works quiz!

This German word means "a face that needs a fist."

This German word literally translates to "slap face." It is used to describe someone who deserves to be punched in the face.

This Japanese word means "buying a book and not reading it."

Every book lover can relate to this word. It's the act of buying a new book and leaving it unread in a pile of other unread books.

This Russian word means "a child who asks too many questions."

This word means "why-girl" or "why-boy." It is a rare word used to describe children that are too curious for their own good and constantly ask questions.

This French word describes feeling out of place in a foreign country.

Anyone who travels to a foreign country is likely to feel like a fish out of water at one time or another. That is what this word refers to.

This German word refers to things that are tacky and gaudy.

This word refers to things which are tasteless and tacky. It is often applied to trinkets and other things bought by people with bad taste.

This German word means "the weight gain from emotional eating."

Kummerspeck literally translates to "grief bacon" in English. Many of us have experienced this at one time or another.

This Portuguese word describes someone who goes to a funeral only to eat the food.

This Portuguese word describes someone who attends funerals just to eat the food. Funeral crashing is uncommon, however.

This French word describes people who sit in coffee shops for hours without spending much.

These coffee shop dwellers can be seen spending hours in coffee shops all over the world. Despite spending most of their time in these shops, they don't spend very much.

This word used in the Czech and Slovak languages translates literally to "ring out."

Used in both the Czech and Slovak languages, prozvonit is for the particularly thrifty. When people call a mobile phone only to hang up and force the other person to take on the charge when they call back, they are doing this.

This Korean word describes being able to expertly gauge someone else's emotions and act correctly.

This Korean word encompasses the art of being able to understand how someone truly feels through conversation and respond to the situation properly. It could also be described as emotional intelligence.

This word is Welsh for "an insincere smile."

This Welsh word literally translates to "Blue Smile." It's used to describe smiles that are fake or mocking.

This Japanese word means "to look worse after a haircut."

People get haircuts with the hopes of improvement, but it doesn't always pan out. This Japanese word covers the situation perfectly.

This Italian word is the word for someone that doesn't care about politics or societal issues.

This Italian word describes the kind of person who brags on social media about not caring about politics and probably does not vote. Everyone knows at least one person like this.

This Swedish word means "getting up early to appreciate nature."

Early risers have definitely experienced gökotta. It's the act of getting up early to enjoy the singing birds and soft morning light.

This Scottish verb means "to stumble introducing someone whose name you can't remember."

Almost everyone has experienced this at one time or another. The Scottish have one word to cover this embarrassing situation.

This Dutch word refers to the excitement and happiness felt before a fun event starts.

It can be described as pre-fun. If you already feel happy and excited knowing you are about to have fun at a party or event, you have experienced voorpret.

This Yagan word roughly translates to "the look shared between two people who both want something, but are shy about initiating it."

Yagan is an indigenous South American language that is spoken in the Tierra Del Fuego region. This word describes the weighted look between two people who are too shy to initiate something they both want.

This German word is used to describe a very short person.

This German word literally translates to "three cheeses high." It implies a person is as tall as three stacked wheels of cheese and is usually only used when talking about small children.

This Japanese word refers to the act of staring blankly into space.

The Japanese have many interesting and unique words. Considering how often people stare into space, it's strange that more languages don't have a word for it.

This Danish word describes a cozy and warm feeling of intimate belonging.

This idea is considered a key part of Denmark's culture and is hard to translate. It's all about the comforting and intimate experience of being surrounded by those you care about in a comfortable atmosphere.

This Japanese word means "to test out a new weapon on defenseless stranger."

Back in the days of the samurai, they would practice tsujigiri. It is the act of testing out a new weapon or technique on whoever happens to pass by.

This Filipino word means "the urge to squeeze something cute."

If you have ever seen something incredibly cute and felt overwhelmed by the need to squeeze or pinch it, you have experienced gigil. This word comes from the Philippines.

This Norwegian word applies to anything you can put in a sandwich.

This Norwegian word can be used to refer to anything you can put on a sandwich. This includes everything from pickles to butter to Nutella.

This Arabic word is a morbid declaration of love.

This word literally translates to "may you bury me." It means that you hope to die before the one you love, because you don't want to live without them.

This Swedish word refers to the perfect amount.

This Swedish noun means you have just the right amount of something. If you have just enough soup in your bowl to satisfy you, this applies.

This Turkish word means "moonlight shining on water."

This beautiful Turkish word makes it easy to be a poet. It's the word for when moonlight shines on water.

This Greek word means "to put your soul into your work."

This Greek verb describes the act of creating with soul, passion and love. All artists have experienced it at one time or another.

This Sanskrit word is all about taking joy in other people's happiness.

This word, derived from Sanskrit, is an incredibly wholesome word. It describes sharing in another's happiness.

This Maguindanao word means to wear clothes in the bath.

Maguindanao is a language spoken in the Philippines. This word describes the act of taking a bath in your clothes.

This Norwegian word means to sit outside enjoying a beer on a beautiful day.

When you sit outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer, you are experiencing utepils. Sunny days are rarer in Norway than other parts of the world, where this word comes from.

This Spanish word refers to a person's magnetic power to attract others.

This word literally translates to "ghost" or "goblin" in Spanish. It was originally used to describe the irresistible charm of an expert performer, who draws in the audience.

This Indonesian word refers to a joke told so bad that it becomes funny.

This Indonesian word refers to a joke so badly told, or so unfunny, that it is impossible not to laugh at it. It's a slang word.

This Georgian word is for when you're full, but your meal is so good you can't stop eating.

This Georgian word literally translates to "I accidentally ate the entire thing." It's for when you are about to burst, but your meal is so good you have to try to finish it.

This German word means "longing to be somewhere you aren't."

Fernweh literally translates to "distance pain." A person experiencing it longs to be somewhere other than where they are.

This Ulwa word describes the creepy phantom sensation of things crawling on your skin.

This creepy Ulwa word perfectly describes the sensation you feel walking alone on a dark road at night. It's when you feel like something is crawling on your skin.

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