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The 50 Most Difficult Words to Translate into English

The 50 Most Difficult Words to Translate into English

Languages are unique. Every language has unique words that are hard to find in other languages, which makes translation quite a tricky task. While English has some interesting words that typically aren’t found in other languages, it also lacks a ton of fascinating words that other languages readily have at their disposal. For instance, the Japanese auxiliary verb “shimau” is similar to “accidentally,” with an added nuance of regret. However, the effect is often somewhat subtle and doesn’t warrant an explicit “accidentally” in a translation, often making it untranslatable. The Japanese language is full of difficult-to-translate words and leaves learners feeling like it has a word for just about everything. German is also famous for its unique compound words and features an abundance of... Show More


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