Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Tulak ng bibig, kabig ng dibdib. Pretending to dislike something, when it reality you actually like it. Literal translation, "push of the mouth, pull (drawing closer to self) of the chest". Tagalog action
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Wú jí (無極) Lit. without highest point, utmost point, ridgepole; ultimate, boundless, limitless; the primodial universe; original nature. Chinese measurement
mångata The roadlike reflection of moonlight on water Swedish nature beauty
Titip To temporarily entrust something to a person Indonesian trust
Bixomets Shame on behalf of others Catalan feeling adverse
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Petrichor The smell of earth after rain English nature beauty
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
Kintsukuroi To repair with gold. Understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having broken. Japanese beauty change
Myötähäpeä Secondhand embarrassment Finnish adverse feeling
Bajativo A post-meal drink to help with digestion Tamil food
Bon vivant Someone who enjoys and appreciates the good life. French positive happiness
Jein Yes and no German attribute measurement
Dor The heartbreak and sense of longing you feel because you’re separated from your love Romanian love adverse
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Nostalgie de la boue A yearning for degradation, depravity, or other crude/base aspects of life, literally "a yearning for mud" French feeling
Krawattenmuffel Someone who'd rather not wear a tie German clothing habits
Sankocha The feeling of embarrassment due to receiving an inordinate or extravagent gift/favor, making you feel as though you need to return a favor that you can't Kannada feeling
Sisu Extraordinary determination in the fact of adversity Finnish growth strength
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
Abhisar (অভিসার) Lit. 'going towards'; a meeting (often secret) between lovers / partners. Bengali love event
Chandamama (చందమామ) Literally "uncle moon"; referring to the moon when admiring it Telugu nature beauty
Fisselig Being flustered to the point of incompetence German stress
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Sphallolalia Flirtatious talk that leads nowhere. English love life
Punya “Merit,” “virtue”, “sacred", "good karma", among other things Sanskrit beauty
Halyava (Халява) Getting something without working for it Russian luck positive work
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A coward willing to criticize and abuse from a safe distance German adverse attribute interaction

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