March 6, 2014 10:54 am
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A while back, we discovered this infographic of words that don’t have a direct translation in English. We loved it so much that we decided to see if there were any more words like these and create our own. So here it is – 10 cool words that don’t exist in English. Please do share any other suggestions as we’re sure there are many, many more…

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10 cool words that don't exist in English

Infographic created by Alex, who did all the research, and Luke, our fab graphic designer 🙂


  • Olaf Magnusson says:

    The Norwegian word (Pålegg) looks a lot like the Dutch word (when pronounced) ‘Beleg’ ( which means ‘anything to put on a slice of bread’…

  • Maria says:

    In Finnish there is a word “Juoksentelisinkohan” which means
    “I wonder if I should run around aimlessly?”

  • Rob Ebenau says:

    zhaghzhagh in Dutch is “klappertanden”

    • EuroTalk says:

      Thanks Rob, it’s interesting to hear that other languages have these words too. It makes you wonder how English manages to have such a large vocabulary!

  • Arthur G. Lightfoot says:

    Dear All,

    You give us the German word “Kabelsalat” when cables are all tangled. Well. we Scots have a word for this and is is “fankled”. (Used for wool long before cables came along.) You, yourself, could also be in a fankle when you are working with a ball of wool or string and it goes awry (for example when the cat gets hold of it) and you could then say “I am in an awful fankle”.

  • Marie says:


    Brillant post! And very poetic..
    Yet “chantepleurer” does not really exist in France, sorry guys!!

    • EuroTalk says:

      Thanks Marie, yes we’ve since discovered that ‘chantepleurer’ isn’t quite right, but we still think it’s a fun word!

  • Jean says:

    “Magtampisaw” doesn’t mean to walk barefoot through a muddy place. It means to frolic in shallow waters — pools, beach, puddles, etc. It’s basically “Vanessa Hudgens” in english, primarily because that’s all she ever does in the beach (thanks to OMG photos)

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