Friday, November 30, 2018
Friday Feature: Just the Right Word in Just the Right Language
Though I recognized that each language has sounds that aren't found in every other language (especially as I tried to replicate the French "r" and any sound in German with an umlaut), I never really thought much about different languages having words that don't have precise equivalents in other tongues.
Then I stumbled across this article on concepts the Japanese have words for but English-speakers don't. It was a fun read, emphasizing the fact that languages are a cultural artifact, both informing and informed by the culture they represent.
For those of you who are multilingual: what's a word you love in a language besides English that has no English equivalent?