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16 Fantastic Words That Can't Be Translated Into English

The beautifully illustrated book Lost in Translation showcases a collection of words you never knew you needed before.

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1. In 2013, English artist Ella Frances Sanders was working as an intern for Maptia when she wrote and illustrated a post on untranslatable words.

Ella Frances Sanders

It was "a casual blog post on a Wednesday," she told BuzzFeed in a delightful intercontinental phone call. The then-19-year-old never expected how massively popular it would become; after the post was picked up by The Huffington Post, it was circulated to over 2.5 million readers all around the internet.

6. She especially enjoyed illustrating this word:

Ella Frances Sanders

And said of other, more abstract images that "it's hard enough to put [some of them] into English, let alone a picture."

8. Ella travels a great deal, and she's currently freelancing and partaking in what she called "procrastiworking."

Ella Frances Sanders

And she'd love to work on a children's book or a book of idioms and old-fashioned phrases next. Of the time difference between her (many) locations and the people she works with in the United States, Ella said "I do a day, and then at 4 p.m. the Americans start waking up and I do another day!"

10. As for going back to school, Ella said she does think about it, but "I can study at any point; I think I have enough brain cells to get by right now. I'm in no rush!"

Ella Frances Sanders

Besides, "If I can avoid being 20k in debt, that sounds great for now."

15. "A year ago today," Ella said, publishing this book was "the last thing I would have thought would happen."

Ella Frances Sanders

She doesn't know quite what will come next* but she "kind of likes it that way."

*Apart from her 21st birthday, which is this coming Thursday!

Images reprinted with permission from Lost in Translation. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House, and available now.

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