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

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ella Frances Sanders understands that words have beauty. Some words are so beautiful, they can only be expressed in their native language. That’s what this book is about.

Sometimes you want to express yourself with just the right word. As a book reviewer, I only wish I had words to use like the Italian “Commuovere”: verb, to be moved in a heartwarming way, usually relating to a story that moved you to tears.


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Each of Ella’s fifty words and definitions are illustrated in lively color, showcasing the unique meanings. If you need a gift to appeal to a dragon (enter big green, angry looking red dragon), then you should have your “drachenfutter” at the ready! For us book lovers, we probably can relate to the piles of books illustrated under the word “tsundoku”.


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This is a fun book that is great to look at, especially with friends.

Thanks to Blogging for Books and Ten Speed Press for providing this book for me to review.

You can see other images of this book and other reviews on Amazon: Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World

Happy Reading!!

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