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10 Untranslatable Words for Relaxing

A few weeks ago, Mahabis, a London-based company that manufactures slippers “made in Portugal, with an Italian sole and a European mindset,” shared 10 untranslatable words for relaxation from around the world on their website. The post features the words and a close approximation of what the word would mean in English, as well as content that puts the words in proper context.

Just because summer, the season of relaxation, is over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy, as former “Daily Show” host John Stewart used to say, “a moment of Zen.” So take a few minutes away from the stress of work, family and life in general, and mysa up with this fun, vocabulary list.

You can check the entire list out at  http://bit.ly/1NnUXBF, but here are a few of our favorites:

Fika

(adj./vb.) an important practice in Swedish culture dedicated to drinking a coffee and taking a break.

Sweden

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Gemutlich

(adj.) a comfortable and homey atmosphere; a relaxing situation; without haste.

Germany

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Friluftsliv

(n.) being outside; exploring nature; relaxing in the open air

Norway

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Sobremesa

(n.) the leisurely time spend in conversation after sharing a meal.

Spain

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Volta

(n.) an evening promenade. Time spent going for a relaxing stroll or walk.

Greece

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