11 untranslatable words from other cultures


“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 meaning is a fascinating one, and linguists have spent countless 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 that some languages cannot identify. Somehow narrowing it down to just a handful, Maptia has illustrated 11 of these wonderful, untranslatable, if slightly elusive, words.

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

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