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03 January 2012

Words With No English Translation

Following on from my last post, Seeing and Naming Color, and the unforeseen difficulties of writing poetry.

I read about Alain Levine's web tool to randomly generate some words that have no English Equivalent
Screen shot of http://lab.cogdogblog.com/nowords

Screen shot of http://lab.cogdogblog.com/nowords
Play with his page, and/or go straight to the sources:
15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent
French Words With No English Translation
20 awesomely untranslatable words from around the world
10 Words That Can't Be Translated into English

What words do you know that don't translate (as a one word) from one of your languages to another? 

Alain Levine's post page explains how he wrote the code to create the page, with screen shots and instructions. If you're interested in writing pages "from scratch", you should definitely have a look.