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 absolute truth.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Nonetheless, these expressions get pretty close to a fascinating series of culturally-specific, but universally relatable human truths.

Here are some of our favourites.

German: Waldeinsamkeit

Japanese: Komorebi

Spanish: Sobremesa

Hawaiian: Pana Poʻo

French: Dépaysement

Swedish: Mångata

Illustrations by Ella Frances Sanders

Check out all 11 of them from here.


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