Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lost In Translation Book Review


About the Book

Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest?

Lost in Translation brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee.

In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation. (Goodreads)

My Review

This is such a fun book! I wasn't sure what to expect but each page is a new word and it's meaning but this is way more fun than a dictionary. The author has discovered all of these words in other cultures and languages for different meanings.
Example: Spanish Verb: Vacilando - Traveling when the experience itself is more important than the destination.
Swedish Noun: Resfeber- The restless beat of a traveler's heart before the journey begins, a mixture of anxiety and anticipation. (Lost in Translation)

I loved many of the words but these were two of my favorite. I always enjoy hearing new words and I think this book could come in handy with a Scrabble game perhaps? Depending on the family rules of course.

This is a fun book and I highly recommend!

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."

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