10 Wondrous Words from Foreign Languages That Can't Be Translated into English

Mamihlapinatapai. Bet you don’t know what that means, and why would you anyway? It’s one of the hundreds of words in the world that simply cannot be translated into English. There is no equivalent or easy way to express it, they’re just that beautiful that they have to stay as they are.   Thanks to Ella Frances Sanders’ book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World, we now get these quirky phrases and what they mean. The mark left on your skin after wearing something tight? There’s a name for that. That homesick feeling for a …

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Mamihlapinatapai. Bet you don’t know what that means, and why would you anyway? It’s one of the hundreds of words in the world that simply cannot be translated into English. There is no equivalent or easy way to express it, they’re just that beautiful that they have to stay as they are.

 

Thanks to Ella Frances Sanders’ book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World, we now get these quirky phrases and what they mean. The mark left on your skin after wearing something tight? There’s a name for that. That homesick feeling for a place you’ve never even been to? There’s a name for that as well. These words feel mystical and even magical, as though there is nothing else that could capture the essence of it. I can guarantee you will understand many of these, even if you don’t speak the language:

 

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Murrma

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szimpatikus

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