Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World

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Author: Ella Frances Sanders

Brand: Ten Speed Press


  • Ten Speed Press

Number Of Pages: 112

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Details: From the author of Eating the Sun, an artistic collection of more than 50 drawings featuring unique, funny, and poignant foreign words that have no direct translation into English

Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest? 

Lost in Translation
brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee.

In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation.

UPC: 884700729733

EAN: 9781607747109

Release Date: 16-09-2014

Package Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches

Languages: English