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Untranslatable Words from Around the World


ภาษานอกจากจะเป็นเครื่องมือสื่อสารแล้ว ยังเป็นสิ่งที่สะท้อนให้เห็นวัฒนธรรมนั้นๆ
และด้วยวัฒนธรรมที่แตกต่างกัน จึงทำให้ภาษาต่างๆไม่ว่าจะชาติไหนๆนั้นน่าสนใจ

วันนี้เลยเอาคำในภาษาต่างๆซึ่งไม่มีคำแปลโดยตรงนั้นมาให้ดูกัน จาก Untranslatables Book ที่รวบรวมคำและความหมายพร้อมรูปประกอบที่วาดโดย Ella Frances Sanders นักเขียนจากประเทศอังกฤษ :)

1. Waldeinsamkeit (German)
A feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods and a connectedness to nature.


2. Culaccino (Italian)
The mark left on a table by a cold glass.


3. Iktsuarpok (Inuit)
The feeling of anticipation that leads you to go outside and check if anyone is coming, and probably also indicates an element of impatience.


4. Komorebi (Japanese)
When sunlight filters through the trees — the interplay between the light and the leaves.


5. Pochemuchka (Russian)
Someone who asks a lot of questions. In fact, probably too many questions.


6. Sobremesa (Spanish)
 The period of time after a meal when you have food-induced conversations with the people you have shared the meal with.


7. Jayus (Indonesian)
Their slang for someone who tells a joke so badly, that is so unfunny you cannot help but laugh out loud.


8. Pana Poʻo (Hawaiian)
You know when you forget where you’ve put the keys, and you scratch your head because it somehow seems to help your remember?


9. Dépaysement (French)
The feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country — of being a foreigner, or an immigrant, of being somewhat displaced from your origin.


10. Goya (Urdu)
This particular Urdu word conveys a contemplative ‘as-if’ that nonetheless feels like reality, and describes the suspension of disbelief that can occur, often through good storytelling.


11. Mångata (Swedish)
The word for the glimmering, roadlike reflection that the moon creates on water.
untranslatable words mångata.


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