Weekend Challenge: Untranslatable
Hello there, my li'l linguists,
Words are crazy, right!? There's a lot wrapped up in the way we express ourselves through language. I've been feeling particularly inspired by John Koenig's film "Sonder", which is the product of his project The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:
Though we can read and understand the definitions of words, real or fictional, it's often better to experience the word in some way. In the spirit of the meaning behind words, we're challenging you to explore these untranslatable words with video as your medium, illustrating their approximate definitions, the moods they reveal, or the memories they surface.
So go ahead; pick a word from this list:
Duende — (Spanish) The heightened state of emotion after a particularly expressive artistic performance gives you chills, makes you smile, or causes you to cry.
Hyggelig — (Danish) This means something that has to do with cakes and sweets, cozy comfort with family at home, and candlelit darkness under blankets. Who cares if it's hard to describe, it sounds amazing!
Jayus — (Indonesian) A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh. We all have that friend.
L'esprit de l'escalier — (French) The predicament of thinking of all the things you should have said just after you've left the conversation.
Mamihlapinatapei — (Yagan) The wordless, understanding look shared by two people, each hoping the other will start something they both desire but are unwilling to suggest. Oof.
Mokita — (New Guinean) The truth everyone knows but nobody talks about.
Schadenfreude — (German) Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others, which I'm sure you've all experienced while watching fail videos.
For a little extra inspiration regarding the power of words, check out the aptly named Words by Everynone, which reveals the multiple meanings we give these bits of our language. By only occasionally revealing the word they're illustrating, they compel the viewer to think about the words through the entire piece:
+ Create a video based on one of these words. Make sure you either title your video using the word, include it in the description, or use it in the video!
+ Keep it under 3 minutes.
+ If you add music, make sure you use a song you or a buddy created, or something from the Vimeo Music Store! If you do choose to use a Music Store song, please throw a link in the description.
+ Add this at the end of your video's description: "Created for the Weekend Challenge: vimeo.com/groups/weekendchallenge"
+ Upload and post your video to the Weekend Challenge Group by ***Tuesday, December 17th, 2013*** at 11:59 PM (EST).
Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.
+ The winner will receive a free Vimeo Plus account for one year! If you're already a Plus member, you'll get another year.
+ The runner-up will receive an extra 3GB of upload space!
All videos must be approved by the Vimeo Staff before appearing in the Group, so don't worry if your video doesn't show up at first; we'll get to it!
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