Untranslatable words explained through pictures


The diversity of languages around the world is never less apparent than when you come across a term in a foreign tongue for which there is no obvious translation into English. Despite there being more than 25m words for anglophones to choose from for getting their point across, with loan words imported from almost every other language on the planet, some of our international brothers and sisters have coined terms that say an awful lot in just a handful of letters that require us to string entire sentences together. 

The British artist Marija Tiurina has turned her skills to defining some of those untranslatable words, with a cute series explaining what cafuné, palegg, gufra, and baku-shan mean. 

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