Eunoia

Words That Don't Translate

Eunoia was built in 24h by Steph. Search 500+ untranslatable words by 70+ languages and 50+ tags, or click refresh to see a new batch. Enjoy!


Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Erklärungsnot The state of having to quickly explain yourself German action sress
Abquatulate To leave without saying goodbye English action
Extrawunsch Someone who is slowing things down by being fussy, making everything more complicated than necessary German stress adverse action
Umij se Splash water on your face Serbian physical action
Donaldkacsázás Translated as “Donald ducking” or wandering around one’s house with a shirt but no trousers Hungarian funny action
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
kataṟu (கதறு) Helplessly shaking and crying Tamil action adverse
Beau geste A gesture noble in its nature or intention but ultimately meaningless in substance French action
Bababa ba? Is it going down? (In the context of an elevator) Tagalog action
Wei-wu-wei "Action without action" or effortless doing; conscious non-action; the deliberate and principled decision to do nothing for a reason. Chinese action life
Zugzwang To be forced to make a move even though it will likely to be at your disadvantage German action interaction philosophy
Vybafnout To jump out and say "boo" Czech action funny surprise
Zechpreller A person who leaves a restaurant without paying German adverse action food
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
Ngaobera A slight inflammation of the throat caused by screaming too much Pascuense adverse action health
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Chai-Pani Literal: "tea and water"; the money and favors given to someone to get things done Hindi food action
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
Vprikusku Drinking tea through pieces of sugar Russian food action
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A person who wears gloves to throw snowballs; a wimp German action attribute
Palla To steal fruit off trees Swedish funny action food
Hoppilandkalle Guy who jumps to dry land to moor a boat Swedish action
Rauxa Sudden determination or action; rapture Catalan action strength
Tima Not being ready to spend time or money on a specific thing, despite being able to afford it Icelandic thinking action
Hanyauku To walk on tiptoes across a hot surface Rukwangali physical action




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