Eleven Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

The idea that words cannot always say everything has been written about extensively — as Friedrich Nietzsche said,

Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth.

I love discovering new words in other languages, so I really enjoyed this article. The nuances of expression and diversity of observations just aren’t captured in the English language. Sometimes you feel at loss for words and have to make do with hastily strung together sentences and phrases that just don’t do your thoughts justice. I would want to use these words in conversations with people, but no one would understand me!

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2 thoughts on “Eleven Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

  1. Pingback: Most Commonly Used Words in English | jimbuie

  2. I completely agree!! Many times I like to interchange Spanish and English words but forget that not everyone understands both. I completely feel you on this. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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