Imagine in different languages

Imagine in Different Languages

Discover 'Imagine' in 134 Languages: Dive into Translations, Hear Pronunciations, and Uncover Cultural Insights.

Updated on March 6, 2024

Imagine, a simple word that holds so much power. It's a word that invites us to explore new possibilities, to dream, and to create. It's a word that has been used by some of the greatest minds in history to inspire and motivate. From philosophers and poets to scientists and artists, the word 'imagine' has been a catalyst for innovation and progress.

But what about the rest of the world? How do other cultures and languages convey this powerful concept? Understanding the translation of 'imagine' in different languages can open up a whole new world of cultural understanding and appreciation. For example, in Spanish, 'imagine' is 'imaginar', while in French, it's 'imaginer'. In German, it's 'sich vorstellen', and in Japanese, it's '想像する' (souzou suru).

Exploring the word 'imagine' in different languages not only broadens our linguistic skills but also deepens our connection to other cultures. It allows us to see the world through a different lens and to appreciate the beauty and richness of our diverse human experience.


Imagine in Sub-Saharan African Languages

Afrikaansverbeel jou
"Verbeel jou" literally translates to "imagine yourself" in English.
This verb originates from the root ኤቲኒ (sbt), which also means to hope.
The word "tunanin" can also mean "to hope" or "to expect".
The Igbo word 'iche' also means 'the process of putting something into practice'
Malagasysary an-tsaina
The term "sary an-tsaina" in Malagasy can also refer to the act of daydreaming or fantasizing about the future.
Nyanja (Chichewa)kulingalira
The word 'kulingalira' in Nyanja (Chichewa) is a cognate of the Yao word 'kulingalira', which means 'to perceive, to think, to expect'.
'Fungidzira' is most likely related to the prefix 'fu' which connotes 'to cause' or 'to bring about' action.
"Qiyaas" is also used to mean "guess" or "approximate" and is related to the Arabic word "qiyās" meaning "analogy" or "inference".
"Nahana" also means "to think" or "to believe" in Sesotho.
Fikiria is also used to express 'idea' or 'thought' in Swahili.
The Xhosa word “cinga” also means “to look at” or “to observe”.
The verb "fojuinu" can mean a number of things, including "imagine," "guess," or "suppose."
The word 'cabanga' in Zulu also means 'to think' or 'to consider'.
Bambaraka miri
Ewebu eŋu
Twi (Akan)fa no sɛ

Imagine in North African & Middle Eastern Languages

In addition to its primary meaning of "imagine," "تخيل" also means "to conceive" or "to envision."
The word לדמיין (imagine) is derived from the root דמה (to resemble), suggesting the creation of an image in the mind.
Pashtoتصور وکړئ
The Pashto word تصور وکړئ is also used to mean "consider" or "think about".
In addition to its primary meaning of "imagine," "تخيل" also means "to conceive" or "to envision."

Imagine in Western European Languages

Imagjinoni comes from Latin "imaginari" (to create mental images) and also means "imaginary" or "fictional" in Albanian.
The word "imajinatu" derives from the Latin word "imaginari" and originally meant "to depict or represent."
The Catalan word "imagina't" comes from the Latin word "imaginari", meaning "to form a mental image".
"Zamisliti" in Croatian can also mean "to intend" or "to purpose."
The Danish word "forestille" originally meant "to place before" and can still have this meaning in certain contexts outside of "imagine".
Dutchstel je voor
In Dutch, "stel je voor" literally translates to "set yourself before" or "place yourself in front of", which captures the notion of imagining something before one's eyes.
From the Latin "imago," an image, it now evokes creation out of nothing.
The French word “imaginer” comes from the Latin verb “imaginari” and can also mean “to conceive” or “to think.”
In Old Frisian, yntinke also meant 'to perceive,' and it is related to the modern Dutch denken ('to think') and Duits denken ('to think').
In Galician, "imaxinar" (imagine) shares its etymology with the Latin word "imago" (image), but also has an alternate meaning of "to plan or intend".
The word "vorstellen" can also mean "to introduce" or "to present".
Icelandicímyndaðu þér
Ímyndaðu þér (imagine) comes from the verb "mynda" (to form, create). This is the same root that gives us "mynd" (picture) and "myndasmíði" (animation).
The Irish word "samhlaigh" can also mean "liken" or "compare".
In Italian, the word "immaginare" can also mean "to visualize" or "to conceive of".
The verb "virstellen" can also have the meaning "to represent" in certain contexts.
The word "immaġina" originally meant "image" and is related to the word "immaġni" (Latin: "imago").
Norwegianforestill deg
Forestill deg is a combination of 'forestille' (show, exhibit) and 'deg' (self/you).
Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil)imagine
In Portugal, "imaginar" is synonymous with "pretend", whereas in Brazil it carries a more literal meaning of "imagine" or "picture in one's mind".
Scots Gaelicsmaoinich
The Scots Gaelic word 'smaoinich' is derived from the Old Irish verb 'smáinim' meaning 'to think', 'to consider', or 'to ponder'.
The Spanish word "imagina" can also refer to a mental image, a figure in a dream, or a phantom.
"Tänka" may also mean to "think" or "consider," or to "intend" or "plan."
Welsh word "dychmygwch" is a derivative of the archaic verb "damcan" meaning "to suppose or presume."

Imagine in Eastern European Languages

Belarusianуявіце сабе
"Уявіце сабе" is derived from the Proto-Slavic word *obobraziti, which also means "to show" or "to depict".
"Zamislite" is derived from "zamisliti se," meaning "to think about, to consider."
Bulgarianпредставям си
"Представям си" in Bulgarian also means "to present oneself" in some contexts.
Czechpředstavit si
The verb 'představit si' also means 'to present oneself', 'to introduce oneself' and 'to show one's appreciation'.
Estoniankujutage ette
The Estonian word "kujutage ette" can also mean "to represent" or "to imagine".
"Kuvittele" (imagine) is a loanword from Swedish "kuvitera" (depict), which in turn comes from French "cuvrir" (cover).
Hungarianképzeld el
The word "képzeld el" can also mean "to picture to oneself" or "to conceive of".
The Latvian word "iedomājies" can also mean "to presuppose" or "to assume".
The verb įsivaizduok stems from the Lithuanian word vaizdas (image, vision) and the prefix įsi- (entering, getting into), thus signifying the action of entering a state of imagining.
In Macedonian, 'замисли' is also a synonym for 'dream' and can refer to a state of contemplation or reverie.
Polishwyobrażać sobie
The Polish word "wyobrażać sobie" has a broader meaning than the English "imagine", encompassing both "to imagine" and "to portray".
Imagina derives from the Latin verb "īmāgīnārī" meaning "to imagine".
The verb "представить" comes from an Old Slavic word that also meant
The closest cognate to "замислити" is "мыслить" in Russian, which can also mean both "think" and "imagine."
Slovakpredstavte si
In Slovak, predstavte si also suggests the notion of introducing someone to others
Slovenianpredstavljajte si
"Predstavljajte si" is a very close synonym of "zamislite" and "si zamislite" and thus a direct translation of "imagine". In its archaic meaning it can also be used as a first person plural imperative form to mean "let's imagine".
The Ukrainian word "уявіть" can also mean "visualize" or "form a mental image of something."

Imagine in South Asian Languages

In Bengali, the word "কল্পনা" (kolpona) can also refer to a hypothesis, a dream, or a mental image.
The word "કલ્પના" (kalpana) also refers to a specific type of poetic composition in Gujarati literature.
Hindiकल्पना कीजिए
"कल्पना कीजिए" is a derivative of "कल्प" (conception, desire) and its alternate meaning in Hindi is "to perceive".
Marathiकल्पना करा
The Marathi word "कल्पना करा" can also mean "to envision" or "to conceive" in English.
Nepaliकल्पना गर्नुहोस्
The verb 'कल्पना गर्नुहोस्' is derived from the Sanskrit verb 'कल्प' (kalp), meaning 'to form in mind, conceive, imagine'.
Punjabiਕਲਪਨਾ ਕਰੋ
The word "kalpana karo" is also used in a more figurative sense to mean "make up" or "invent."
Sinhala (Sinhalese)සිතන්න
The Sinhalese word "සිතන්න" can also mean to "consider" or "understand", highlighting its broader semantic range beyond just imagining.
Tamilகற்பனை செய்து பாருங்கள்
The Telugu word .హించు is derived from Sanskrit "hi", meaning to think or consider.
The Urdu word "تصور" can also mean "thought" or "idea".

Imagine in East Asian Languages

Chinese (Simplified)想像
In Chinese, '想像' can also mean 'thought' or 'idea'.
Chinese (Traditional)想像
In Chinese, "想像" can also mean "conjecture" or "guess".
The word "想像する" (sōzōsuru) is composed of two kanji: "想像" (sōzō), which means "imagination", and "する" (suru), which means "to do".
"상상하다" originally meant "to think" or "to suppose".
The word "төсөөлөх" also has the meaning of "to suppose" or "to assume" in Mongolian.
Myanmar (Burmese)မြင်ယောင်ကြည့်ပါ

Imagine in South East Asian Languages

"Membayangkan" means "imagine" in Indonesian and it derives from the Sanskrit word "mimansa" meaning "thinking".
The word 'mbayangno' is derived from the Javanese words 'mbayang' (shadow) and 'no' (thought), and can also mean 'hallucinate' or 'daydream'.
The word ស្រមៃ (sramay) in Khmer also means 'to consider', 'to suppose', or 'to think'
"Bayangkan" also means "imagine" in several other languages, including Indonesian and Javanese.
"จินตนาการ" comes from Sanskrit and means "to think" or "to know."
Vietnamesetưởng tượng
The Vietnamese word "tưởng tượng" can also refer to an illusion or hallucination, reflecting the fluidity of imagination and the boundaries of reality.
Filipino (Tagalog)isipin mo

Imagine in Central Asian Languages

Azerbaijanitəsəvvür edin
The Azerbaijani word "təsəvvür edin" is derived from the Persian "تصور کنید" (tasavvor konid), which literally means "make a picture of". It can also be used to mean "suppose", "guess", or "imagine".
The word "елестету" in Kazakh can also mean "to suppose" or "to fancy".
"Элестетүү" means "to create a mental image". In physics, it means "to form an image". In photography, it means "to take a picture".
Tajikтасаввур кунед
"Тасаввур кунед" (imagine) derives from the Arabic word "تصور" (conception, idea) and Persian word "کردن" (to do, to make).
Turkmengöz öňüne getiriň
Uzbektasavvur qiling
The Uzbek word "tasavvur qiling" can also mean "to conceive" or "to envisage".
Uyghurتەسەۋۋۇر قىلىپ بېقىڭ

Imagine in Pacific Languages

Hawaiiane noʻonoʻo
"E noʻonoʻo" is literally 'to think repeatedly,' coming from the repeated form of the verb "noʻonoʻo" ('to think').
The Maori word "whakaaro" is also used to describe a "thought" or "opinion".
Samoanvaai faalemafaufau
The expression "vaai faalemafaufau" can also mean "to picture" or "to visualize".
Tagalog (Filipino)isipin
The word "isipin" also means "to think of" or "to consider" in Tagalog.

Imagine in American Indigenous Languages


Imagine in International Languages

The Esperanto word "imagu" comes from Esperanto word "imagi", which comes from Latin word "imago", which means "image" or "copy".
Meditati is also a past participle of the verb "meditor", meaning "to ponder" or "to deliberate".

Imagine in Others Languages

Φαντάζομαι may also mean 'make visible,' 'form in the imagination,' 'picture to oneself,' 'think', 'suppose,' or 'believe'
The word "xav" can also mean "dream", "hope", or "wish".
The root of the Kurdish word "fikirin" can be traced back to the Persian word "fikr", meaning "thought" or "idea."
Turkishhayal etmek
The word "hayal etmek" is derived from the Arabic word "khayāl" which means "phantom, illusion, or apparition". This reflects the idea that imagined things are not real but instead exist only in the mind.
The Xhosa word “cinga” also means “to look at” or “to observe”.
The Yiddish word 'ימאַדזשאַן' ('imagine') derives from the Hebrew word 'imagined' ('figure'), also cognate of the English word 'imagine'.
The word 'cabanga' in Zulu also means 'to think' or 'to consider'.
Assameseকল্পনা কৰা
Bhojpuriकल्पना करीं
Filipino (Tagalog)isipin mo
Kurdish (Sorani)بیرکردنەوە
Maithiliकल्पना करु
Meiteilon (Manipuri)ꯈꯅꯗꯨꯅ ꯌꯦꯡꯁꯤ
Odia (Oriya)କଳ୍ପନା କର |
Tatarкүз алдыгызга китерегез
Tigrinyaኢልካ ሕሰብ

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