Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Wejbet Unwanted/inconvenient social and family obligations that are somewhat necessary to maintain good relations Arabic family interaction cultural
Kulturbärare Lit. culture-bearer or culture-carrier; a phenomenon (e.g., person or idea) that upholds a culture and/or moves it forward. Swedish cultural
Mumpsimus A traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable. English society cultural
Aegyo (애교) Accentuated cute behaviour (voice/facial expression/gestures); Frequently used by K-pop idols (all genders) as fan service. Also used as a sign of affection towards loved ones (family or romantic partners). Korean cultural
Nonina Andalusian expression of three negations to say yes but with a certain touch, as if wanting to mean that this is not even doubted. Spanish cultural
Gemba The real place'; in business it refers to the real place where value is created, such as the factory floor. Instead of depending on hierarchy, the people who are closest to what's happening make decisions. Ie: the more hands-on knowledge a decision-maker has, the better their decision will be. Japanese work cultural
Bildung education, formation, acculturation, cultivation, development. German cultural

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