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Lost in translation: Foreign words with no English equivalents

Elizabeth Han

According to cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky, people who are bilingual “incorporate ideas and distinctions from both languages” in their brains, never fulling turning off one language over the other in daily life. Even as they speak English to another English speaker, they may find that certain situations call for a precise word provided by another language. As international students build their arsenal of English vocabulary at MVHS, they cling onto the words in their native language that are irreplaceable in the English speaking world. Scroll down below to learn words unique to their cultures and history.