Apparently, today is ‘Hello World Day’ and to celebrate, here is a wonderful book containing a selection of untranslatable words from around the world! It is a fascinating glimpse at the the wonders of language and just how beautiful it can be!
Being highly forgetful, one of my favourite words is ‘tartle’- a Scottish word which means that you hesitate because you have forgotten someone’s name! The entry is accompanied by information, including some reasons to explain why this might happen. I will be using this word to explain my difficulty in the future!
Another word which I love is ‘pochemuchka’, a Russian word describing a child who asks ‘why?’ all the time or a person who asks too many questions. The perfect word to describe my son when he was little! Is there such a thing as a person who asks too many questions?!
It is a fascinating collection for discussing and sharing- and for encouraging children to explore language and the vocabulary we use. Children could locate the countries these words come from and explore why the Finnish people might need to use the word ‘poronkusema’ whereas people living in England might not. How might they describe ‘kawaakari’? This is a word the Japanese use for the gleam of last light on a river’s surface at dusk and to me sounds as beautiful as the sight it describes.
With lots of lovely illustrations and information, this is a fantastic book to share and enjoy!
What a Wonderful Word: A collection of untranslatable words from around the world
Nicola Edwards, illustrated by Luisa Uribe
360 Degrees ISBN: 978-1848576452