Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Lekker Literal translation "tasty", but can be used to describe anything that has one's hearty approval Afrikaans positive attribute
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
Sonder the realization that everyone has a life as vivid and complex as your own); coined by John Koenig. English philosophy awareness
Mauri ora The essence that animates humans Nogay character
Gigil The urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute Tagalog physical positive funny
Abbiocco The feeling of falling asleep after lunch or dinner Italian food feeling
Pole Sorry; can also express empathy and understanding. Swahili thinking life
Parea A group of friends who regularly gather together to share their experiences about life, their philosophies, values and ideas. Greek friends philosophical
Koev li halev (כואב לי הלב) Literally "my head hurts", but used to convey empathy for someone's suffering Yiddish empathy connection
Friluftsliv “Free air life,” signifying a fundamental understanding of the positive impact of being in nature Norwegian nature health
Lha’i rnal ‘byor (ལྷའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར) Deity meditation/yoga; an advanced practice in which one visualises interacting with, or ‘accomplishing’ (i.e., being), a deity. Tibetan awareness physical
Nadryv When a person releases intimate, deeply hidden feelings, sometimes that do not truly exist; imaginary, excessively exaggerated and distorted feelings Russian emotion extreme
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Nepenthe Something that helps you forget grief or suffering Greek growth strength
Mechaye Joy, pleasure; something that gives great joy/pleasure. Yiddish positive
Acoy Something that is either very positive or negative Indonesian positive measurement
Gulugulu The sound of a pitcher filling with water Tulu physical sound
Krawattenmuffel Someone who'd rather not wear a tie German clothing habits
Yuputka A word made for walking in the woods at night, it’s the phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin Ulwa nature adverse
Arlésienne Used to describe people who are at the centre of a conversation/situation/problem but can’t be found anywhere French society interaction
Kabelsalat Tangled up cables; literally “cable-salad" German funny physical
Wú (無) Negative, void, nothingness, non-being; can imply 'neither yes nor no'. Chinese adverse
Trasnochar To stay up all night Spanish life time event
Halyava (Халява) Getting something without working for it Russian luck positive work
Selcouth Rare, strange, marvellous, wondrous. English attribute

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