Friday, April 28, 2006

Finnaly:The Definition of the word Gezellige!!!

Gezellig (I write "gezellige" - with an e at the end - because in Dutch this is how they conjugate the adjective): is one of the "non-translatable" words in Dutch. There is no literal equivalent or similar word in other idiom. "Cosy" in English is probably the closest one, but gezellig means much more. Gezellig is very colloquial, and is most often used in these contexts: one is with family and/or friends, people are right, music is right, conversation is right, then the feeling is ‘gezellig’! So, a fantastic combination of cosiness, enjoyment, relaxation, well laid-back at home or chilled-out in a bar, ‘gezellig’!
The Wikipedia Enciclopedia classified it at the list of "The Hardest Word to Transalate", which is a list of the words that have rich cultural connotations and often cause problems for translators because such words may not have a direct or concise translation in the target language. Words hardest to translate was compiled by Today Translations, attempting to identify some of the words that are hardest to translate.
Now, for the proud of us, brazilians (ok, for the portuguese dudes too): the word "saudade"(which kind of means a felling of "missing someone/something"), is also in this list!!! Click here to see more about this list.
Being with my family is the most "gazzelig" thing to do (see pictures below). And I definetely fell lots of "saudades" of those in Brazil:

13 Comments:

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Claudia said...

Adorei a explicação! E eu que fico chamando de Ge-ze-li-ge acabando com sua palavrinha mágica. hehhe. Adorei as fotos

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger mulher de aries said...

Eu ja sabia..voce qe me contou, tudo bem,mas ja sabia...rsss...boa festa e agente se fala amanha...beijos

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger mulher de aries said...

Eu ja sabia..voce qe me contou, tudo bem,mas ja sabia...rsss...boa festa e agente se fala amanha...beijos

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger mulher de aries said...

Eu ja sabia..voce qe me contou, tudo bem,mas ja sabia...rsss...boa festa e agente se fala amanha...beijos

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger mulher de aries said...

Eu ja sabia..voce qe me contou, tudo bem,mas ja sabia...rsss...boa festa e agente se fala amanha...beijos

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger mulher de aries said...

Eu ja sabia..voce qe me contou, tudo bem,mas ja sabia...rsss...boa festa e agente se fala amanha...beijos

 
At 6:51 PM, Anonymous camila said...

E como e que se pronuncia?? Eu adorei o significado!
Que familia linda hein!!
Otimo finde.Um beijao.

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Denise Arcoverde said...

Lindo, Ju! :-) tô gostando de ver, o blog tá muito bacana. Adoro as fotos :-)

 
At 10:56 PM, Blogger Flavia said...

Adorei as fotos Ju! Lindas!

Ah, brigada pela explicacao! Vc ta gostando de aprender Holandes?E dificil?

Bjao!

 
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