Do you know a word or phrase, in a language other than English, which you don’t quite know how to translate into English? Or definitely can’t translate into only one English word? Does this word have a positive meaning? Or does it talk about peace, justice, the environment, community? Or is it just a fun word? Then I’d love to hear about it!
I’m developing a (free) MotherTongues app for the iPhone and iPad that will teach you one interesting word each day of the year. I would like to have words from a wide variety of languages.
Some examples of words that I already have on my list (other than the MotherTongues words already on t-shirts):
Gökotta (Swedish): To wake up early in the morning, with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sings.
Yoko meshi (Japanese): A metaphor for the stress of trying to understand another language. The literal translation is a meal that is eaten sideways. Given that Japanese is read vertically and most languages are read horizontally, the expression captures the mind-bending challenge of processing words in new ways.
In La ‘Kesh (Mayan): We are different faces of each other.
If you know any fun, positive, cultural words in ANY language (but English), please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I end up using the word, I’ll send you a MotherTongues gift (and a link to the free app!)
Dankie! Merci! Gracias! Mahalo!