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20 untranslateable words from around the world.

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Mamihlapinatapei Report Abuse
This mouthful is Yagan (indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego). Basically, it is - the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start.
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Jayus Report Abuse
This word would be very useful in the english language. It basically means something is so not funny, that you laugh anyway.
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Iktsuarpok Report Abuse
Inuit, which is the native Alaskan people. This word basically means to check and see if someone is coming.
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Toska Report Abuse
This Russian word was best described by Vladmir Nabokov, he said, - "No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom"
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Prozvonit Report Abuse
It is a word for when you call someone and let it ring once on a phone so they will call you back.
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Litost Report Abuse
The only definition close to what this means is - a state of agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.
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Cafuné Report Abuse
Brazilian for running your fingers tenderly through someone's hair.
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Tartle Report Abuse
This Scottish word means to put off introducing someone because you forgot their name.
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Kyoikumama Report Abuse
A word for a mother who pushes her children towards academic achievement.
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Ilunga Report Abuse
Tshiluba (Southwest Congo) is the language for this word. The loose translation is someone who has been fooled twice but refuses to be again.
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Hyggelig Report Abuse
This danish word is something that really has to be experienced but is a rather warm, friendly and cozy feeling.
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Duende Report Abuse
This Spanish word translates to something like - the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person.
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L’appel du vide Report Abuse
This French word refers to the urge to jump from high places.
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Saudade Report Abuse
This Portuguese word refers to that longing feeling you have for someone or thing, that you love that is lost.
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Ya’aburnee Report Abuse
This Arabic word means "you bury me" basically saying you hope they out live you because you can't imaging living without them.
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Dépaysement Report Abuse
This word is similar to being home sick or misplaced from ones home land.
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Torschlusspanik Report Abuse
This German word basically means regretting of missed opportunities as one grows older.
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Tingo Report Abuse
Pascuense (Easter Island). This word basically means to borrow your friends things until you've taken all of them.
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Wabi-Sabi Report Abuse
Without a direct translation, the best description of this words meaning is - a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.
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Schadenfreude Report Abuse
German. This doesn't translate directly into any other language but the basic meaning is - the enjoyment of watching others misery.
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