20 Beautiful Untranslatable Words That Your Dog Knows!

Syllables stacked against syllables, what worlds words can construe! They say that the smartest of dogs can understand up to 300 words, but we dogs also know of feelings – the words for which we are yet to hear.

How do you, for instance, explain to someone Hachiko’s longing?

Sometimes the humans find right words in languages other than English. We dogs may not speak a human tongue but we know the meanings to some of these beautiful untranslatable words.

20 beautiful untranslatable words from languages other than English.

1. Ya’aburnee (Arabic) – Melancholic and melodic, this word means “You bury me,” a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them.

May be that’s why dogs’ leave us this soon, a lifespan of merely a decade

Ya'aburnee meaning

2. Waldeinsamkeit (German) – The feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods, and an intimacy with nature. {“Wald” meaning forest, and “Einsamkeit” meaning loneliness or solitude.}

And who knows the call of the wild better than us dogs?

Waldeinsamkeit dog

3. Toska (Russian) – an ache of soul, longing with nothing to long for. A pain in the soul with no specific cause, and a powerful yearning for something / someone that can never be attained.

toska word

Vladmir Nabokov describes it best: “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.

There’ll be times when you’d go through this emptiness… all I want is for you to know that I’m just a hug away.

4. Forelsket (Norwegian) – The indescribable euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love.

Forelsket meaning

With those misty eyes, in that philosophic gaze, perhaps this is what your dog feels like every time he sees you!

5. Fika (Swedish) –  Gathering together to talk and take a break from everyday routines; either at a cafe or at home, often for hours on end.

fika word

 6. Komorebi (Japanese) – The sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees.

Komorebi dog

 7. Luftmensch (Yiddish)  Refers to someone who is a bit of a dreamer; literally, an “air person.”

Beautiful Untranslatable Words

 8. Dapjeongneo (Korean)  When somebody has already decided the answer they want to hear after asking a question, and are waiting for you to say that exact answer.

Dapjeongneo - Beautiful Untranslatable Words

How do I look?

9. Abbiocco (Italian)  drowsiness from eating a big meal.


10. Mokita (Kivila)  The truth everyone knows but agrees not to talk about.


Of your life, love, loss and everything mundane whenever you shall feel like talking, I will be there waiting for you…

11. Tartle (Scottish)  The act of hesitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name.

beautiful untranslatable word - tartle

12. Saudade (Portuguese) – refers to the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost. It is a longing for a possibility, a love for something or someone that remains even if that something, or someone is already gone.


And who would understand this longing better than these dogs or Hachiko?

13. Jijivisha (Hindi) –  refers to the strong, eternal desire to live and to continue living. Someone who loves life and always has intense emotions and desires to live and thrive.

Jijivisha beautiful hindi word

14. Kummerspeck (German) – Excess weight gained from emotional overeating.


Also See: Dog food – the good, the bad and the ugly

15. Litost (Czech) – a state of feeling miserable and humiliated created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.


16. Merak (Serbian) –  a feeling of bliss and the sense of oneness with the universe that comes from the simplest of pleasures. It is the pursuit of small, daily pleasures that all add up to a great sense of happiness and fulfillment.

merak meaning

Belly rubs! Yes, that’s merak!..

17. Iktsuarpok (Inuit) – “To go outside to check if anyone is coming.”

Iktsuarpok meaning

Yay! the bell rang! Who is it? The postman? The squirrel or you?

18. Hiraeth (Welsh) – Homesickness for a home to which you cannot return
is whenever you find home in the things that are long gone. It is seeing the people you value race past you, while you are still stuck in reverse.

Hiraeth meaning

Why did they abandon me? All those promises, the loving kindness ushered in my puppy days… where did it all go?

 19. Fernweh (German) – Feeling homesick for a place you have never been to.


 20. Boketto (Japanese) –To gaze vacantly into the distance without thinking.


Have you ever come across a word or phrase in a language that you felt could only be explained the best by a dog?

Feel free to share with us such beautiful untranslatable words!

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Wonderful guide dog helps human suffering chronic illnesses

dog helps human suffering chronic illnesses

Guide dogs and therapy dogs are so much more than empathizing friends. They are the super heroes who help heal the world in their own special ways.

Jaquie, a young Florida woman, has battled for over eight years the multiple chronic illnesses − asthma, allergies, chronic migraines, anaphylaxis, narcolepsy, epilepsy and others.

But given the iron willed lady Jaquie is, she doesn’t let her illnesses restrain her from living a happy life. Sure, there are times when the going gets too tough – the occasional anaphylactic episodes which can trigger anywhere. Thankfully she can always count on Harlow, her service pup in training.

guide dog helps human

This sweet little guide dog helps human suffering chronic illnesses.

Harlow, the service dog is more than an internet superstar ―  this golden retriever can do laundry, help with the food shopping…you get the idea!

Also see: How Therapy dogs are calming passengers at Mumbai airport! 

As a service dog, Harlow is vital to Jacquie who struggles to pick things up and bend down as she suffers from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which is caused by her heart rate abnormally rising when she sits or stands.

guide dog ill girl

Consider how Harlow helps Jaquie accomplish daily chores that may have otherwise looked daunting, like doing laundry…

Jaquie and Harlow know how important it is to spread awareness about fighting chronic illnesses with a smile and service dogs. On her Youtube Channel, Jaquie shares her experiences related to illnesses, treatments and life with Harlow to inspire others with the zest for life!

And of course, Harlow’s Instagram showcases not only cute fluffy pictures but insights on life.

At Dog with Blog, we wish the incredible team of Jaquie and Harlow all the very best, keep fighting!

Here’s to service dogs and their humans.

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