The Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren't Translatable Into English. Here are my top ten words, compiled from online collections, to describe love, desire and relationships that have no real English translation, but that capture subtle realities that even we English speakers have felt once or twice.
As I came across these words I’d have the occasional epiphany: “Oh yeah! That’s what I was feeling...” Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start. Oh yes, this is an exquisite word, compressing a thrilling and scary relationship moment. It’s that delicious, cusp-y moment of imminent seduction. Yuanfen (Chinese): A relationship by fate or destiny.
From what I glean, in common usage yuanfen means the "binding force" that links two people together in any relationship. But interestingly, “fate” isn’t the same thing as “destiny.” Retrouvailles (French): The happiness of meeting again after a long time. Romeo and Juliet" Jeopardy Game. Pronouncing Shakespeare. Trouble listening to the files on the right?
Some users have reported problems listening to the files on the right of the page. If you are one of these, CLICK HERE and download them to your computer for local playback. For the two productions at Shakespeare’s Globe, I made a recording of the whole of each play (using the text chosen and cut by the directors) to help the actors get a feel for the accent. These were made in 2004 (for Romeo) and 2005 (for Troilus). A complete OP reading of the Sonnets was made at the request of sonneteer Will Sutton in 2007.
Shakespeare’s Globe keeps a video of all its productions, including the OP performances, and Friends of the Globe or bona fide researchers can view these, upon application to the librarian. The Globe also made a 20-minute CD of five of the Troilus cast performing some of their speeches. Brains in love - Page 5. • Those who endure have a story, and they stick to it.
Robert Sternberg, dean of the school of arts and science at Tufts University, has researched this and has come up with about two dozen relationship stories, some good, some bad. The "fairy tale story" has a prince and a princess; the "visionist story" is a business model, accumulating homes, goods and successful children; the "travel story" says that life is a journey; the "police story" divides the partners' roles into cop and perp, with the former constantly monitoring the latter; the "war story" means that two people expect constant fights. "What our research shows is that couples tend to be more satisfied if they have matching story profiles," Sternberg says.
Pair a fairy tale believer with a war story believer and "it won't work," he says. • Anxiety or depression is relationship poison. The best predictor of divorce, Aron says, has little to do with love, even less to do with initial attraction. -- Susan Brink.