Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Décidément When coincidences occur or when events repeat themselves by chance (for example, when you run into the same person many times in one week) French surprise interaction fate
Jouissance "an excess of life", often translated as joy but also can be understood as catharsis French attribute
Bon vivant Someone who enjoys and appreciates the good life. French positive happiness
Adroit Lit. according to right; skilled, resourceful; dexterous. French attribute
Spleen Melancholy without apparent cause French feeling
L'esprit de l'escalier Thinking of the perfect reply after the conversation is over. French friends interaction
Arlésienne Used to describe people who are at the centre of a conversation/situation/problem but can’t be found anywhere French society interaction
Débrouillardise Quality of someone who is resourceful and lives with the ability to creatively improvise; someone who can make do and solve problems without much French creative
Avoir la molle A listless unwillingness to do any work French adverse
Dépaysement The feeling of being in an environment that you are not used to French feeling awareness change
Sous-entendu Don't listen to what you heard. Listen for the message embedded. French awareness reflection
Gourmand One who is excessively fond of eating and drinking. French food attribute
Recherché Rare, exotic, unusual; not understood or appreciated by many people. French beauty attribute
Seigneur-terrasse Someone who spends time, but not money, at a café French funny life
Retrouvailles Lit. 'rediscovery'; a reunion (e.g., with loved ones after a long time apart). French friends family
Chantepleurer Singng and crying simultaneously French action
Beau geste A gesture noble in its nature or intention but ultimately meaningless in substance French action
L'appel du vide Describes the instinctive urge to jump from high places French habits physical
Dépayser Disorientation; not necessarily unpleasant (e.g., a pleasant sense of strangeness from being in a foreign country). French change feeling
Flâner verb. to purposely wander, to decide to explore with no final destination. French explore travel
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme
Se défouler Let off steam to release or get rid of excess energy French energy stress
Mitonner Cooking with passion French food love beauty
Nostalgie de la boue A yearning for degradation, depravity, or other crude/base aspects of life, literally "a yearning for mud" French feeling
En plein air Outdoors; in the open air. French nature physical

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