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Colombia     ahorita... Ahorita is a Latin American Spanish word used in the central Americas, yet its usage seems most pronounced in Colombia and Ecuador. "Ahorita means 'now', or...

Germany     ordnung muß sein... Literally 'order must be,' a phrase that belies a cultural leaning toward order and efficiency. Ordnung has its roots in 19th century Prussian...

What On Earth Does That Mean?  An international forum for untranslatable words and phrases from around the world. In reality, no word is untranslatable, but some words take a lot to explain....

Guatemala     Xibalba be... Xibalba means 'underworld' and 'be' means 'road'. Guatemala In Mayan mythology xibalba be was the road to hell. It was the journey of Mayan civilisation...

Cyprus     philoxenia... Philoxenia means love of foreigners; philo - love, and xeno - foreign. Cyprus is a divided nation since 1974 - Greek Cypriotic in the south, and Turkish to...

Botswana     botho... Botho is a term from Botswana's language, Setswana; it means humanity, doing the right thing, consideration for others, moral fortitude.'…to harbour grudges was...

Paraguay     yerba mate... Yerba mate (pron: yerba mahtay) is an herbal tea popular throughout the South American region, and which originated in Paraguay. In Brazil it is called...

Kenya     Ukarimu... Ukarimu is Kiswahili for hospitality, generosity of spirit, welcoming. In recent years Ukarimu has become popular as a name. One of the more popular boy's names...

Thailand     mai ben rai... Mai ben rai means 'OK', 'Don't worry', 'Never mind.' At least that's what the phrase books tell you. Mai ben rai can be used in different situations. If...

Israel     sabra... Sabra is the name of the fruit that grows on the prickly pear cactus throughout the middle east. It is also the word used to describe a native-born Israeli. For...

Ghana     Akwaaba... Akwaaba means 'welcome', which, as in other African cultures, has deeper reaching implications than just hello. Another word reveals the singular qualities of...

Finland     sisu... " never give up …" Sisu [pron. see-soo] means determination, never giving up, resilience, steadfastness. "In Finland, if we say we will do something, we will do...

Rwanda     inyangamugayo... Translation: respected person committed to honesty, integrity and impartiality There are approximately 250,000 inyangamugayo, in Rwanda, respected...

Morocco     hshuma... In the Moroccan Arabic dialect called Dirija, hshuma (pron: h'shoo-mah) translates as the sense of being shamed before others, which leads to a loss of pride...

China     zhong yong... Moderation, the middle way, according to the teaching of zhong yong, is the key to a successful life. The middle way lies between two extremes - in order to...