Sometimes there is no one word that perfectly sums up an emotion, a feeling, or an experience. At least, there may not be in your native tongue but they can be found throughout different languages. Discovering these words is such a lovely thing. Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World is a beautiful collection of words from a number of different cultures that don’t have an English equivalent. It includes words in Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Inuit, and Arabic, just to name a few. As a word nerd I was excited to go through this book and found it very enjoyable. Especially the bookish terms:
Lost in Translation is wonderfully put together and accompanied by lovely illustrations. The only thing I wish was different would be the font used for the definitions as it’s not the easiest to read. Overall it is a beautiful book that makes a great bookshelf addition.