Positive emotions that have no direct English translation
  • Ah-un (Japanese): Unspoken communication between close friends
  • Að jenna (Icelandic): The ability to persevere through hard or boring tasks
  • Cafune (Portuguese): Tenderly running fingers through a loved one’s hair
  • Fargin (Yiddish): To glow with pride at the success of others
  • Gökotta (Swedish): Waking up early to hear the first birds sing
  • Gula (Spanish): The desire to eat simply for the taste
  • Iktsuarpok (Inuit): The anticipation felt when waiting for someone
  • Kreng-jai (Thai): The wish to not trouble someone by burdening them
  • Mbuki-mvuki (Bantu): To shed clothes to dance uninhibited
  • Querencia (Spanish): A secure place from which one draws strength
  • Santosha (Sanskrit): Contentment arising from personal interaction
  • Sarang (Korean): The wish to be with someone until death
  • Schnapsidee (German): An ingenious plan hatched while drunk
  • Seijaku (Japanese): Serenity in the midst of chaos
  • Sobremesa (Spanish): When the food is gone but the conversation is still flowing
  • Tarab (Arabic): Musically-induced ecstasy or enchantment
  • Toska (Russian): A wistful longing for one’s homeland
  • Uitwaain (Dutch): Walking in the wind for fun
  • Waldeinsamskeit (German): A mysterious feeling of solitude in the woods
  • Yuan fen (Chinese): A binding force impelling a destined relationship
  • Yutta-hey (Cherokee): Leaving life at its zenith; departing in glory.


This is a picture of my teacher Joey, and I.

He is super nice and very talented!

I learned a new word this week: Fargin;

“To fargin someone is to feel utter unselfish joy at another’s success or happiness.”

This is how I feel for Joey; he is playing the Emcee in Cabaret, which is one of his dream roles!

I am so happy for him!

And I’m going to go see it on Wednesday; he’ll surely be phenomenal, as always! 

Here’s a link.

I’m so excited! It’s one of my favorite musicals, and Joey is so wonderful!

Anyways… I wanted to share my fargin! 

“Fargin’ Unicorns get adopted by the Gays, but I’m sitting around here all day waiting for the bisexuals to ring me up and say they need a mascot.”