25 Spanish Words impossible to translate

25 Spanish Words impossible to translate
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25 Spanish Words impossible to translate

It’s funny how we never question the comprehensibility of our language, especially, our mother tongue. The notion of not even considering thinking or expressing our perspectives in another language is just baffling if you think about it. The human mind is so trained to think that way that there is no other pattern, unless, of course, if you start learning a totally different language.

Spanish is one language that is known for so many things, the rough accent, the local dialect, the terms and the words that are whole expressions in themselves. In fact, these super awesome Spanish words/phrases are so cool that you can’t really translate them. Don’t believe it? Well, we have created a list of the 25 most amazing Spanish words that can’t be translated and here’s why:


This one on top of our list is something you always love to have during those long days when you are feeling sad or anxious, or the days when you didn’t really have the time to do a proper lunch so you want it. Yes, the word above means an afternoon snack, coffee or tea. Unpredictable isn’t it? And of course, there is no single word in the English language that can cover all three of the above.

2.Verguenza Ajena / Pena Ajena

Ever been at a gathering with a stupid friend who’s simply annoying and do things that make him look even more stupid but instead of him, you are the one who is embarrassed? Well, the words above mean the whole of that, covering the whole situation in just two words is simply impossible in any other lingo.

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Remember the chit chat you always had at Grandma’s house after the dinner? What do you call it? A chit chat after meal or Sobremesa? Now you can use the latter, because that’s what it means.


What do you call that cake frosting which is too sweet that it leaves you no choice than to stop eating it? Now you have a name for the too sugary things, it’s called Empalagar!


Telling someone that you are an American, could be confusing, because you could be an Afro-American, An Indian-American or even a Latin American but if you tell someone that you are from the USA, they’ll understand what you are talking about or you could say, “Soy Estadounidense” which is basically the same thing.


If you don’t like to wake up early in the morning, this word will not be your favorite. Madrugar means to wake up early in the morning, just one word for a complex task, isn’t it?


It’s hard to believe that you never wondered why there is no word for the day before yesterday, well, in Spanish they have it, called Antier.


This is how Spanish people tell their parents or their partners that they are going to stay up all night, yes, with just one word!

9.Tener ganas de

When you are in the mood for something or feel like doing something, you use the above mentioned phrase in Spanish.


The feeling you experience when you wear something new for the first time is seriously priceless and you can’t stop talking about it or you could say “Estrenar” and point towards your new dress.

11.Desvelado / a

Sleep deprivation can really turn you into a Zombie but to explain why you are like that in that morning is not easy or is it? You could just say, “Desvelado/a” in Spanish.


If you want to make something possible, you should say it in a cooler way, by saying POSIBILITAR!!!


This one can roughly translate close to the term, “friends with benefits” but not exactly, as it means something between a friend and a lover.

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Mothers in Spain are really fond of this term, meaning I am going to hit you on the back with this Chancla. Well, you can ask your Spanish friends for more on this.


If your husband is overly in love with his mother, he is the one you can call Enmadrarse.


This one has to be the most convenient word for parents who have children who are married. They can refer to their daughter or son’s parents in law as Consuegros.

17.Casa Ajena

Well this is the place you can never feel comfortable in. A home where you can’t make yourself at home.

18.Tocayo / a

It gives you a sense of pleasure when you meet someone with your same name, and guess what, TOCAYO is what they say in Spansih when they find a name twin.


If someone has one blind eye, what do you call him, other than a pirate of course, well, they call it TUERTO in Spanish.

20.Friolento / a

Are you too sensitive to cold or feel the chills quicker than others? Then we can call you a FRIOLENTO/A.


When you put some chilli on something, how do you say it in English? Well, in Spanish, you say Enchilar

22.Me cae bien.

When you like someone but don’t know how you are gonna get along with them in the future but just for present, you say Me Cae Bien


Although Duende is somewhat a kind of elf like creature who keeps children from misbehaving, in the Spanish word and Latin American world yet it means an artistically powerful work that moves a person deeply, woah, now this is deep.

24.A Huevo!

Well, this one’s quite funny actually because it literally translates into, “To Egg” but it actually means HELL YEAH!!!

25.Echar Los Perros

This last one is impossible to translate in English because it has two different meanings in Latin America and Spain.
The Latinos use it to mean to flirt or to hit on whereas the Spanish word use it when they are to scold someone.

So these were our favorites, if you have any special words that you want us to translate, you can send them to us. For all your Spanish Translation needs, we are here!

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