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Artist Explains Untranslatable Words From All Over The World In Vibrant Illustrations


Artist Marija Tiurina from London uses her vibrant and cartoonish illustration style to depict the meaning of untranslatable words from all over the world.

The German word Schadenfreude, which describes a feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune, might not be that new to you anymore, but Tiurina collected many more enchanting words that really come to life with her fascinating and colorful illustrations.

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Luftmensch – refers to someone who is a bit of a dreamer, and literally means “air person”

Gufra – the amount of water that can be held in a hand

Duende – the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person

Cafuné – the act of tenderly running fingers through someone’s hair

Kyoikumama – a mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement

Torschlusspanik – the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages

Palegg – anything and everything that you can put on a slice of bread

Baku-Shan – a beautiful girl – as long as she is being viewed from behind

Schadenfreude – feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune

Tingo – the act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them

Tretar – is a second refill, or “threefill”

Schlimazl – a chronically unlucky person

Age-Otori – to look worse after a haircut

L’appel Duvide – instinctive urge to jump from high places

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