Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Merienda It's something you eat between lunch and dinner (sandwich, fruit...). At 6pm or so. Kids never miss it. Spanish food event
Zhaghzhagh The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage Tamil adverse action physical
Koev li halev (כואב לי הלב) Literally "my head hurts", but used to convey empathy for someone's suffering Yiddish empathy connection
Muskelkater Charley horse ("muscle cat") German physical
Kombinować to conspire/try to resolve a problem with unusual methods or through connections Polish creative action
Kabelsalat Tangled up cables; literally “cable-salad" German funny physical
Istories me arkoudes Literal: 'stories with bears'; stories that are so crazy, they can't be true Greek extreme funny
On-nomi The practice of getting together with friends on the internet and having a drink together Japanese friends
Tinga Particles of food left between teeth Tagalog food physical
Zeg The day after tomorrow Georgian time measurement
Tüddelig Sweet, elderly, and senile German character
Dreikäsehoch A small child who is as tall as three wheels of cheese stacked upon one another German measurement food
Kintsukuroi To repair with gold. Understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having broken. Japanese beauty change
Raspafiestas An adjective to describe a person who doesn't go until the party is over. Spanish habits attribute friends
Otium The condition of being in control of one’s own time; leisure, free-time; ease, peace. Latin growth time habits
Pretoogjes Lit. 'fun eyes'; the twinkling eyes of someone engaging in benign mischief or fun. Dutch attribute phsyical
Að redda To save someone or fix something in a time sensitive manner. Icelandic time
Manja Childlike behaviour by women designed to elicit sympathy or pampering by men Malay attribute
Estrenar The experience of wearing something for the first time Spanish life
Schnickschnack Items of little value; empty words that people may utter German adverse
Subhiya Morning coffee, gossip and chat with neighbors after housewives have sent their children to school Arabic community connection
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate
Anteayer The day before yesteraday Spanish measurement
Formacja A state of mind and its own culture of a generation Polish society change
Nedoperepitj (недоперепить) To drink more than one should have, but less than one would have wanted. To fail to drink too much. Russian funny action
Capicua A number that doesn't vary if the numbers are inverted. Also it can be called a palindrome, but the word capicua refers especially to the numbers Catalan measurement
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
Egyszer volt budán kutyavásár Literal: "there was a dog-market in Buda only once"; translates to essentially a once in a lifetime opportunity Hungarian life fate exciting
Hinna "To find the time” or “to be on time” Swedish time
Ǩuẓlanyu To marry a divorced woman Bashkir family attribute

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