I FIND that many of the moments I experience while in love are often indescribable within the English language. Where is the word for that moment in between first realizing you care for someone new, but are not totally in love with them yet? What about something that describes an action in one succinct word, rather than a drawn out phrase? We have twenty different ways to describe the word ‘purple,’ but nothing that captures the euphoric moment of seeing a long-distance lover for the first time in months.

You can tell the values of a culture based on its language. Here are the best words from around the world that describe the emotion and actions of love, yet are not easily translated.

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