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The word "realia" means something very local, something based on the way of living unique to certain region. As languages were growing, the according words were developed, best suitable for those "realia". Some languages didn't develop any words for certain meanings; this is what linguists call "lacoons".

When there's no word for a certain sense, the sense is most likely to be omitted from people's attention and, as the result, stays as-if unexisting. What most lacks special words are sudden strong, deep feelings which emerge from a complicated background of inner and outer factors. Or specifical, delicate social interactions. Hence the "10 untranslatable words" lists which went in fashion recently. My favourite untranslatable word from these lists is Mamihlapinatapai , for example.

I wanted to put up a list of Russian untranslatable words for feelings and concepts. However, taking one single word turned out to be enough for a big article and a long travel.

Тоска / toska
This one you probably met if you were interested in untranslatable words. My vocabulary gives a good bunch of possible english equivalents. Is it melancholia? But melancholia is softer, lighter, like a veil. Is it sorrow? No, sorrow brings tears. "Toska" is what comes to you in long, cold winter dusk when you look at the way you live and, though everything is seemingly alright, something aches inside and envelopes you in that grey unease. Or maybe not. Because it's a multi-leveled word! Nabokov describes it like this: "On the deepest, most painful level it's a feeling of huge spiritual suffering without any visible reason. On the less hurting level, it's a vague ache of soul, a sick langour, a desire with the lack of the object of desire. Sometimes it might be a desire of something/someone certain, a nostalgia or langour of love... At the lowest level, toska turns into ennui, a boredom". This latest meaning is rather widely used to describe a long, boring activity, like listening to uninteresting lesson with a teacher trying to load your brain with something you don't want to accept; or a party which you'd never visit again. I guess, for many people it's the only meaning of "toska" they'd use.
If toska is about something, it's often something unreachable or spiritual.

Different languages have different other words which can't be a straight equivalent to this. Instead, they convey other gradations of strong sad feelings. Ukrainian has at least two similar words, one being "туга/tugha" and the other "журба/zhurba", with tuga being stronger and darker and zhurba being more teary and usually invoked by a known object, concept or person. Portuguese word "saudade" conveys the nostalgic and missing aspect of saddness. "It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing may never return. ... The recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again." - wiki says. This just looks similar to Japanese "mono-no aware", the description of which often includes the feeling of "everything passes". Unlike "saudade", mono-no aware is invoked by changing world, with some things being swept away by time. It doesn't have a solid object and in my opinion it also requires a certain level of aware consciousness. It's a light, calm feeling.

Mono-no aware easily brings us to the huge set of Japanese beauty viewing terms, one of them being "yugen" - a hidden beauty which you don't see but experience. The deeper to Asia, the deeper to the core of things, huh? Let's travel West now, throught wiki's "See also" links. It brings us to German Weltschmerz and Sehnsucht. These are somewhat more based on intellect and reason. Weltschmerz, unlike mono-no aware, is depressing, being conscious and somehow disgusted of world's imperfectness. It has an established translation to English as "world-weariness", and to Russian - as "world grief/sorrow". This word's wiki article has a whole burst of aligned concepts linked for further research. Sehnsucht is a word treasured by C. S. Lewis (if you don't know him, remember Narnia). Did he understand it as Germans do, or did he use it to cover the lack of words for his own state of mind? Who knows! But I know one American English word which could embrace all the words and feelings mentioned. It's soulful - something full of soul.

What can I really add to this? Maybe only one old Slavic word which isn't used with the same meaning in modern Russian anymore. "Уязвленный", "the one who got a sore", in its modern meaning is translated to English as "stung". If you take its old meaning, you can say how you were "stung" not by satire or mocking but by a feeling which brought you to constant search, and now you know no peace. You can be stung by love, by Weltschmerz, by toska on abstract unrealizable "something", by finding yugen in every possible case, and that would be really soulful of you!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tnx for the fav :la:
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Rin-Uzuki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heya Road!!! <3 Hope you're doing well!
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RoadZero Featured By Owner Edited Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm alive and kicking! I kind of felt that you worry about me but didn't have any opportunity to use dA... I'm sorry I disappeared for so long, couldn't log in specifically to dA, but guess you've seen my more or less recent tumblr updates (that one tumblr with quotes). I'll be a rare guest in nearest weeks, and tbh barely have time to lie down and rest in the evening o_O
I wanted to make a kobori page before I leave, but every afterwork evening was sooooo.... blobbly...
In the meanwhile, here's my old muro drawing, so if you ever miss my company, you can look at her :D
 
And then I'll return and bring ART with me. :meow: Hopefully.
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Rin-Uzuki Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hohoho.. I've saved this precious message here in my messages for too long...!

and I... can't seem to draw a cute mermaid back... sad.
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Diavell Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you for the fave Love 
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NairaNorica Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thank you so much for the fave :la:
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pixiepot Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the points! :tighthug:
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princess-sybilla Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much for the fav on fav.me/d7ash8x!!!:happybounce: 
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beatnyc Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You keep dreaming big, zero! You have great ideas and something to say. You are rihht about the fact that a piece needs content. It is disapointing to see a skillful execution that has nothing to say. When it comes to pretty and meaningless and low skill with meaning, i'll go with meaning EVERY time. Dont know how old you are, but i look forward to when you can improve your execution and learn the aspects of composition and such. I'm watching you because you have so much potential it hurts. You can stay where youre at and i will still enjoy your work, but for selfish reasons i want to see you become masterful.
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RoadZero Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
H-h-huh.
That sounds...great.
I can't guarantee that I'll always have something to say, because future is unknown, and I mostly go with the flow of my creative needs. But please bear with me from now on, and welcome to my watchers!
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