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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Jugaad (जुगाड) the ability to 'make do' or 'get by'. Hindi life
Werifesteria To wander longingly through the forest in search of mystery English nature explore
Manna A sudden or unexpected help, advantage, or aid to success English change positive
Ômä (өмә) Collective helping Bashkir society positive
Dayenu "It would have been enough" Hebrew reflection
Shuhari A Japanese martial art concept which describes the stages of learning to mastery. Roughly is translated to "to keep, to fall, to break away". To first learn the fundamentals (shu), then to break away from traditions (ha), then finally to transcend to where there are no techniques (ri). To "beomce one with the spirit alone". Japanese growth
Gemütlichkeit An atmosphere of belonging, relaxation, chilled music, great food and drink German music food life
Friluftsliv “Free air life,” signifying a fundamental understanding of the positive impact of being in nature Norwegian nature health
Bào fù xìng āo yè (報復性熬夜) Revenge bedtime procrastination Chinese emotion
Pelinti To move hot food around in your mouth Buli food
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
Frostbeule Someone that is very sensitive to cold. That friend that always feels cold. ("frost bite") German attribute friends
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Selcouth Rare, strange, marvellous, wondrous. English attribute
Umay Gettiing tired of a certain food Tagalog food
Punya “Merit,” “virtue”, “sacred", "good karma", among other things Sanskrit beauty
Celístia Brighness from the stars Catalan nature physical
Morgenfrisk Feeling rested after a good night's sleep Danish health physical
Mauerbauertraurigkeit The unexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who really like you. German friends habits
Qì zhì (氣质) Quality of character, disposition, style, charm, attractiveness, magnetism. Chinese attribute positive
Rhwe To sleep on the floor without a carpet, drunk and naked Tsonga funny event
Zindabad A shout of encouragement; a cheer, which can also be interpreted to mean "may [idea or person] live forever" Urdu life interaction
Siftah First sale of the day for merchant Turkish event
Chandamama (చందమామ) Literally "uncle moon"; referring to the moon when admiring it Telugu nature beauty
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
Bayanihan Mutual cooperation; when a burden is shared together with a positive attitude with a sense of camaraderie, the burden feels lighter. Tagalog community positive
Kenshō (見性) Seeing (ken) one’s nature or essence (shō); perceiving one’s Buddha nature; sometimes interpreted as an initial or brief awakening. Japanese awareness growth
En plein air Outdoors; in the open air. French nature physical
Sortable adj. Someone you can take out without fear of being embarrassed, usually used to refer to friends or family members. e.g. "Elle n'est pas sortable." French friends interaction society

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