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11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures
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Art, Illustration7 years ago

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill” – words by Buddha.

These are the illustrations of 11 untranslatable words from other cultures which have a precise and profound meaning.

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Waldeinsamkeit

Cualacino

Sobremesa

Jayus

Pana Po’o

Mangata

Iktsuarpok

Komorebi

Pochemuchka

Goya

Depaysement

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Enea
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7 years ago

Wow, thanks for sharing. I'm a German native speaker, and was just about to comment that the word Waldeinsamkeit did not exist, when a little research revealed that the word refers to what medieval munks were seeking when leaving their noisy cities to seek solitude in the woods ("Waldeinsamkeit"). It advanced to a literary subject during Romanticism. I never knew - again, thanks for broadening my horizon!

Amanda-LiKollberg
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7 years ago

Mångata literally translates to moon street.. ;)

SusanSobon
Community Member
7 years ago

im a little confused. if they are untranslatable, how come you translated them?

GayleWayland
Community Member
7 years ago

It's shorthand for "not succinctly translatable".

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Enea
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow, thanks for sharing. I'm a German native speaker, and was just about to comment that the word Waldeinsamkeit did not exist, when a little research revealed that the word refers to what medieval munks were seeking when leaving their noisy cities to seek solitude in the woods ("Waldeinsamkeit"). It advanced to a literary subject during Romanticism. I never knew - again, thanks for broadening my horizon!

Amanda-LiKollberg
Community Member
7 years ago

Mångata literally translates to moon street.. ;)

SusanSobon
Community Member
7 years ago

im a little confused. if they are untranslatable, how come you translated them?

GayleWayland
Community Member
7 years ago

It's shorthand for "not succinctly translatable".

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