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
"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'.
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 -
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.
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.
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?
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).
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 :)
Kinder > Germany
Perhaps > English "When I get a chance to say this word is like, omg it's happening!! -
Saudade > Portugues
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.
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. :)
I made a mistake. Monstro comes from monstrum in this case. I will fix it. Thanks.
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.
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.