I really enjoy the work of Ella Frances Sanders*.
Her bestselling book, Lost in Translation, has been a worldwide hit in many languages. This short video adapts 13 “untranslatable” words about love, sharing their literal meaning.
Here are a few of my favorites:
tiam (Farsi): the twinkle in your eye when you first meet someone
forelsket (Norwegian): the indescribable euphoria as you begin to fall in love
nunchi (Korean): the subtle, often unnoticed art of listening and gauging another’s mood
wabi-sabi (Japanese): finding beauty in imperfections; acceptance of the cycle of life and death
Sometimes a single word in English doesn’t describe what you’re looking for. If you watch the video, what do some of these words mean to you?
*In fact, I like her work so much that I asked her to design my first (and only) tattoo!