Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World - Ella Frances Sanders

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!


When you're, like me, not a native English speaker, you'll probably have encountered some words that don't seem to have an English translation. This booklet has collected some beautiful words out of a lot of different languages that don't have an equivalent in English.


I was of course curious to see what Dutch words Ella Frances Sanders would use, and it's gezellig and struisvogelpolitiek. Some of the other words actually do have a Dutch translation, like for example the Norwegian pålegg. Other words describe something familiar and also show a bit of the culture (in that they made words for them) like the Japanese Tsundoku for being a book but leaving it unread. Then again, the Japanese have a word to say that your hair looks worse áfter a visit to the hairdresser (not included in this book).


It's a very nice booklet to read a few pages at a time of. If you like foreign languages, perhaps you should give it a try.