9 Untranslatable Words In Different Languages

Sometimes, words aren’t enough. That’s why we’ve started collecting untranslatable words and concepts from different languages and translating them on our Instagram page.

Here are the words we’ve collected so far. Which words did we miss? Comment on one of the Instagram posts below to let us know.

Untranslatable Words

1) Fernweh (German)

2) Komorebi (Japanese)

3) Koselig (Norwegian)

Submitted by Laura Graham (@uwalau), YSEALI Generation: Earth alumna.

4) Waldeinsamkeit (German)

5) Culaccino (Italian)

6) Gufra (Arabic)

7) Bayanihan (Filipino)

Submitted by Jules Guiang (@JULESguiang), YSEALI Generation: Earth alumnus.

8) Torschlusspanik (German)

Submitted by @FranzWRivera, CBYX alumnus.

9) Dépaysement (French)

Lauren Aitken

Lauren Aitken

Lauren Aitken is a communications professional focusing on international exchanges, language education, and public diplomacy. She has worked for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Cultural Vistas, and Meridian International Center. Lauren has a Master's Degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and Economics from American University.

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