Article: Words without translations

I love languages. And, I love words, especially new words that convey something previously undefined. That’s why I particularly enjoyed this Spanish-language article highlighting some unique words found only in their native languages.

Pāhoehoe, a type of lava, is a word given to geology from Hawaiian.

Pāhoehoe, a type of lava, is a word given to geology from Hawaiian.

  • For example, what do you call the path created by moonlight on water? In Swedish, it’s mangata.
  • What about the feeling of being alone in the forest? Waldeinsamkeit, in German.
  • Or, the urge to look out the window to see if that person you’re expecting has arrived? The Inuit call it iktsuarpok.

For all 9 words, check out this article in Spanish. For an English version, check out the 15 words English lacks.

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