Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Untranslatable words

There are words difficult to translate in all languages, but here you will find a list of words really impossible to translate, at least into English.
You will find more in the new book of the Linguist Christopher J. Moore, In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World with Renee Montagne. Some examples include the l Spanish term duende literally goblin - noun (although the author states it's an adjective) used specially in the South of Spain to refer to a mixture of artistic flamenco spirit, passion and charm stlyle. It collocates with the verb "tener" as in "tiene duende" for example.

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