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As with every culture, the Japanese have words that are difficult to translate into other languages. Most well-known among them are honne, one’s “true feelings and desires,” and tatemae, “the behavior and opinions one displays in public.” There’s also a Japanese word, yoko meshi, for the “stress induced by speaking a foreign language.”
Then there’s this one from the 20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World list:
But, see, here’s where I’m confused. Because I always thought the word for that person was just… “Mom”?
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