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  • Ten untranslatable words

    Ten untranslatable words

    Ella Frances Sanders illustrates words held to be untranslatable, to English equivalents, from their native languages.

    Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there's a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest?

    'Akihi - Hawaiian, noun

    Commuovere - Italian, verb

    Excerpted from Lost in Translation

    Glas wen - Welsh, noun

    Kilig - Tagalog, noun

    Komorebi - Japanese, noun

    Luftmensch - Yiddish, noun

    Mangata - Swedish, noun

    Tretar - Swedish, noun

    Tsundoko - Japanese, noun

    Wabi-sabi - Japanese, noun

    Reprinted with permission from Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.


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