When you get down to it, English is a lacking language. Anyone who has ever tried to learn a second language, or for whom English is a second language understands that the simplicity of the language is something that hinders some people from really being able to understand it. Some of us are accustomed to using basic pronoun conjunctions, of having a single way of conjugating most verbs into the past and present, but mostly, we are accustomed to using generalized words to describe entire sets of emotions that some other cultures describe quite specifically. Words like sad, happy, homesick, nostalgic are often applied to cover a wide range of emotions that may be mixed or combined with other feelings.

Still, it is common knowledge that many cultures have an impressive vocabulary of words to describe things and emotions that is not present in the English language. Eskimos, for example, have hundreds of words to describe all different kinds of snow and Asian cultures have words to describe family and bonds that we would need a slew of adjectives to define.

In an interesting infographic featured on FastCo’s Design website, design student Pei-Ying Lin, lists 19 emotions that, “unless you’re a native speaker of Russian, Japanese, or any number of languages other than English, you’ve probably never heard before”.

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