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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...

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...

Switzerland     sind lieb miteinand... Sind lieb miteinand is schwytzerdütsch (Swiss German) for 'be nice to each other.' It is how Swiss concordance works, between French, German...

Denmark     hygge... [pron. hoo-geh] 'cosy, relaxed, informal, friendly' Closely related to hygge is Danish fællesskab - fellowship; being part of a small close-knit group. You...

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....

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...

USA     The American Dream... Give me your tired, your poorYour huddled masses yearning to breathe free The wretched refuse of your teeming shoreSend these, the homeless,...

Laos     bo pen nyang... Bo pen nyang means; never mind, it's OK, don't worry, similar to the Thai expression, mai ben-rai (see Thailand). The Lao language (same group as Thai and...

Mexico     La Neta... La Neta is a colloquial Mexican phrase for 'The Truth'. More than that, it means the deepest truth, the truth over all truths; being sincere, authentic and...

Turkiye     tanri misafiri... Tanri misafiri means 'guest of God.' It means that travellers and strangers are met with 'divine hospitality.' "Turkey is a bird. Türkiye is our...

Peru     ¿si como no?... '¿Si como no?' is Spanish for 'Sure, why not?' or 'Yes, of course'; a phrase which could be understood by Spanish speaking people anywhere, but a phrase that...

Bolivia     yapa... Yapa means to add a little more, something extra, a bonus, as a favour.At the market places of La Paz, El Alto or Cochabamba it is customary to say to the seller,...

New Zealand     kiwi mana... Mana is a Maori expression meaning reputation, respect, 'face' or spirit. Kiwi Mana probably translates best as New Zealand Spirit. It's about the pride...

Tibet     snying rje... Snying rje means compassion - it is the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism, and according to the exiled Dalai Lama, the essential requirement for world...

Samoa     Kava ('ava)... Kava or kava'ava means both ceremony and problem. It also means plant and drink. In Samoan, the word for ceremony and problem is the same - a ceremony means...