Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Abhayamudrâ (अभय मुद्रा) The gesture (e.g., in Hindu and Buddhist iconography) of fearlessness, protection, and/or peace; involves the palms facing outwards, and the fingers extending upwards. Sanskrit strength
Startijenn A kickstart/boost of energy; also denotes perseverance. Breton strength
Eldsjäl This noun is literally ‘fire-soul’, but the actual meaning is ‘enthusiast’ or ‘driving spirit’. Swedish strength
Nepenthe Something that helps you forget grief or suffering Greek growth strength
Nenna Not having the will to do something Icelandic energy strength
Andria (ανδρεία) Both valour and courage, expressed in actions in front of the face of danger Greek strength character
(يقبرني) Ya'aburnee A way to declare your hope that your loved one will outlive you because of how unbearable it would be to live without them. Arabic love time strength
Jia You (加油) Literally translated to mean "add oil", Jia You means something along the lines of "give'er hell", used in the same way "good luck" is often applied in English Chinese strength interaction
Meraki Describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you're doing, whatever it may be. Greek emotion strength
Xíng qì (行氣) Volitionally (e.g., mentally) circulating or directing qi. Chinese growth awareness strength
Kuleana Self-imposed responsibility, duty, service Hawaiian strength character
Viitsima To overcome laziness as the last or only obstacle to do something. Estonian persistence strength
Sisu Extraordinary determination in the fact of adversity Finnish growth strength
Querencia A place from which one's strength is drawn, where one feels at home, the place where you are your most authentic self Spanish strength happiness character
Nutro (Нутро) Something that governs your inner being; your core Russian strength character
kaṟpu (கற்பு) Determination to chastity, even in the face of adversity Tamil strength
desenrascanço the ability to find improvised solutions to problems Portuguese strength attribute life
Sumud (صمود) steadfastness, a determined struggle to persist. Arabic growth strength
Naz The pride that comes from knowing that you are loved no matter what you do Urdu love strength positive
Rauxa Sudden determination or action; rapture Catalan action strength
Te (德) Virtue; morality; integrity; inner power. Chinese strength
Sitzfleisch Having "Sitzfleisch": being persistent enough to complete a tough or big task German strength growth

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