https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

Words that sound pretty and/or fit perfectly their meaning

What are some words that you think sound perfect for their meaning? Or words that sound very beautiful, even if they don't have a beautiful meaning?


My personal favorites which I think sound exactly like what they represent are:

  • yume ・ 夢 ・ ゆめ ・ dream ・ japanese

  • yuki ・ 雪 ・ ゆき ・ snow ・ japanese

  • lua ・ moon ・ portuguese

  • sky ・ english

  • kartoffel ・ potato ・ german

  • sparkle ・ english

  • cuore ・ heart ・ italian

  • night ・ english


I also like the sound of the words:

  • mar ・ sea ・ portuguese

  • slightly ・ english

  • nightly ・ english

June 22, 2017

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

"words that sound very beautiful, even if they don't have a beautiful meaning?"

I think that this shoe fits the Swedish skitstövel.

Apart from that, my vote goes to Welsh smwddio, which means 'to iron'.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

You said in Portuguese, 'lua' means moon. In Latin, 'luna' means moon, and to me it describes 'moon' perfectly : ) I also like 'papillon' (butterfly) in French, and in English I like the word 'egregious'. It sounds so funny!
Oh, and I forgot to add -
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Yet another edit -
In Italian, I love the word 'pomodoro' (tomato). It sounds just like I would imagine a tomato to sound like - juicy, almost, if you know what I mean.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paulguk

The two I find that sound perfect for their meaning are gracias (in Spanish) and ça va (ok, two words—in French). The German word Fahrt seems to convey motion (think of farting along!). My favourite Bulgarian word is преподавателката (pronounced prepodavatelkata and meaning "the female teacher") because it's the longest I can say quickly without stumbling.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SallyMoen

I will put that bulgarian word in my memory somewhere for use sometime. Is there any accents on it or do you just say it straight out?

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paulguk

The stress is on the a in -vat- and the stress makes the syllable longer. and the final two as can become almost neutral as in the English a (indefinite article) pronounced properly (not ay).

June 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zig_Zag_Wanderer

English is full of these, probably from saxon words, I'm not sure. Off the top of my head, "squash" is great! "zip" is another :)

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxBabel

Squash is native American, Narragansett

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zig_Zag_Wanderer

I mean as a verb, "to squash"

June 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxBabel

Oh! In that case from Latin through Old French and Middle English.

June 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sargionete

Kinder > Germany

Perhaps > English "When I get a chance to say this word is like, omg it's happening!! -

Saudade > Portugues

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxBabel

Perhaps I'll give you a lingot.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sargionete

I appreciated that :) perhaps one more.. no?

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxBabel

Perhaps

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bi6gv
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Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia - Fear of long words - English

Hippopoto - (most likely) misspelling of hippopotamus
Monstro - From monstrum (Latin for monster)
Sesquipedalio - from Sesquipedalian (from Latin - lit. a foot and a half long) meaning having many syllables/ characterized by the use of long words

sesquipedalophobia - Also the fear of longs words is actually used in formal writing

It is very beautiful.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

Monstro is Latin for 'I point out / indicate'. It's where we get the word 'demonstrate' from. 'Monster' in Latin is monstrum.

Words invented by comedians often feature bad Latin. :)

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuoFaber

Words invented by comedians often feature bad Latin. :)

The most memorable example being comedian and polyglot Eddie Izzard :)

June 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bi6gv
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I made a mistake. Monstro comes from monstrum in this case. I will fix it. Thanks.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SallyMoen

Many Norwegian words sound very similar to English, and sound cool to me: kua / cow....hopper / jumping....ser / seeing...and a saying that is funny to say if you adopt the Muppets Swedish chef's accent to say it: frem og tilbake (frem oh till back) / back and forth. Love your list.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverCharacter

Words that for some reason sound like their meaning:

Завтра - Zavtra - tomorrow - Ukrainian

Anyhow - English

- BETTER - American Sign Language (actually, many signs, especially verbs, look like their meaning, but this one especially so to me)

ikke - not - Danish

красива - krasyva - beautiful

Words that are simply pretty

tintinnabulation - English

谢谢 - Xièxiè - Mandarin

I love how language learners can actually understand what someone means when they say a word that sounds like their meaning. It's such a cool thing to find a word in a foreign language and memorize it so quickly simply because it seems like it fits the meaning, if you know what I mean. And it just gets richer the more words you learn.

June 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN

What is your mother tongue?

June 23, 2017
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