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  • Writer's pictureVaishali A. Patel


Updated: May 3, 2021

The word new or Navoo in Gujarati has a sense of freshness and clean feel to it.

With freshness comes life and liveliness. Given the choice, who wouldn’t want something new compared to something old?

When I go down memory lane the word new for me is new books and clothes before school started. When I was growing up in India, right before school started my siblings and I got new notebooks, pens, pencils, backpacks (once every 2-3 years) and 2 pairs of brand new clothes where we got to pick the fabric and pattern and the tailor sewed it the way we liked. The smell of fresh pages in a notebook or the way a new pen writes and glides on a paper is so precious to me. Maybe this is a reason why I love journals, pens and all kind of stationary.

New to me is the fresh smell of a baby each morning. The sun when it first comes out and makes me feel like I can conquer the world. So it’s no wonder we all are pumped for the beginning of the new year to tackle all of our goals. We make those resolutions and truly feel we can do this.

I want that sense of the new year freshness every morning of my life to wake up and know it’s a brand new (Navoo) day and anything is possible. What does new mean to you? Here is the word new in some languages:

  • Filipino: bago

  • French: nouveau m, nouvel m (before a vowel), nouvelle f

  • German: neu (de)

  • Greek: νέος (neos)

  • Hawaiian: hou

  • Hindi: नया (nayā) m, नयी (nayi) f

  • Irish: Nua (ga), Úr (ga)

  • Italian: nuovo (it) m, nuova (it) f

  • Japanese: 新しい (あたらしい, atarashii)

  • Latin: novus (la) m, nova (la) f, novum (la) n

  • Norwegian: ny (no)

  • Spanish: nuevo (es) m, nueva (es) f

  • Swahili: -pya (sw), kipya (sw)

  • Turkish: yeni (tr)

  • Vietnamese: mới (vi)

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