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11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures
UPDATE: This post has now been turned into a beautiful, best-selling book! You can now buy a beautiful copy of the book Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World (released in the U.S. in September 2014, coming soon in the UK) based on this blog post — with 52 beautiful illustrated words by the blog post’s original creator, Ella Frances Sanders. You can also purchase limited edition prints of these 52 illustrated words and learn more at The relationship between words and their meaning is a fascinating one, and linguists have spent countless years deconstructing it, taking it apart letter by letter, and trying to figure out why there are so many feelings and ideas that we cannot even put words to, and that our languages cannot identify. The idea that words cannot always say everything has been written about extensively - as Friedrich Nietzsche said,

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