Beautiful & Untranslatable: Words From Around the World

While English increases in popularity, there are words and phrases commonly found in various other languages that will never be directly translatable. We’re here to celebrate these beautiful, strange, and often elaborate expressions that hold importance to their respective cultures.


Serbian is a Slavic language of the Indo-European linguistic family that’s spoken by more than 9 million people worldwide; as a language, it ranks at around the 63rd position in the world. It has two script standards, Latin and Cyrillic, that aim to achieve maximum proximity between the written and the spoken language.

Quite the unique language, the Serbian alphabet is made of letters that each have a specifically defined sound – words are written just as they are pronounced! The Serbian word merak is a wonderful little word that refers to a feeling of bliss and the sense of oneness with the universe that comes from the simplest of pleasures. It is the pursuit of small, daily pleasures that all add up to a great sense of happiness and fulfillment.

See more beautiful, untranslatable words and phrases from languages all around the world!