Untranslatable words

“Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us;

nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche


The relationship between words and their meanings is a by all means a fascinating one. Linguists have spent years deconstructing it, taking it apart letter by letter, and trying to figure out why there are so many feelings and ideas that we cannot even put words to, and why some languages cannot identify a single word letter translation for particular words.

Narrowing it down to just a handful, we’ve illustrated 11 of these wonderful, untranslatable, if slightly elusive, words.

If you happen to have any word that fits this category, e-mail it to us, with the explanation in English and we will expand the infographic below.
11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

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