Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders

IMG_0224Sometimes 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:

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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.