Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Ennui A feeling of being bored and mentally tired caused by having nothing interesting or exciting to do English adverse feeling
Fisselig Being flustered to the point of incompetence German stress
L'esprit de l'escalier Thinking of the perfect reply after the conversation is over. French friends interaction
Pelinti To move hot food around in your mouth Buli food
Stushevatsya To fade into the background Russian action
Latah Uncontrollable habit of saying embarrassing things Indonesian habits
Chantepleurer Singng and crying simultaneously French action
Backpfeifengesicht A face in need of a slap German physical funny
Schnapsidee An idea you have when you're drunk and will probably not considered anymore once you're sober German thinking change
Milozvučan Having a sweet and gentle voice Croatian attribute physical
Faamiti The sound made by sucking air past the lips in order to gain the attention of a dog or child Samoan sound
Wejbet Unwanted/inconvenient social and family obligations that are somewhat necessary to maintain good relations Arabic family interaction cultural
Harkla The little coughing noise one makes, often before giving a speech or dislodging a piece of cinnamon bun from their throat Swedish action
Voetstoots A sale where the thing is sold as is or with all its faults without any guarantees Afrikaans action
Dapjeongneo Used when someone asks a question despite knowing the answer, expecting the listener to make a smart and studied guess Korean society interaction
Jouska A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head English thinking
Strikhedonia The joy of being able to say "to hell with it" English positive
Erklärungsnot The state of having to quickly explain yourself German action sress
Schnapsdrossel A person that drinks a lot but rarely gets drunk German food habits
Sóphrosuné (σωφροσύνη) excellence of character and soundness of mind; leads to other beneficial qualities, such as moderation and self-control. Greek awareness
Mātauranga The comprehension, or understanding of the universe Nogay awareness thinking reflection
Orphic Mysterious and entertaining; beyond ordinary understanding English reflection
uḷaṟu (உளறு) To say something that should not be or to say somethng nonsensical or unrelated Tamil awareness adverse
Viraag The emotional pain felt from being away from the person you love Hindi emotion love connection
Dolgostroj (долгострой) A construction project that seems to go on forever Russian time adverse
Te quiero Similar to "I love you" in a lower level, something that you say to someone and maybe someday it will be "love". For example, It's used with close co workers or in the classroom. Spanish feeling
kataṟu (கதறு) Helplessly shaking and crying Tamil action adverse
Bababa ba? Is it going down? (In the context of an elevator) Tagalog action
Krawattenmuffel Someone who'd rather not wear a tie German clothing habits
Livsnjutare Someone who loves life deeply Swedish love life beauty

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