These drawings by Emma Block put images to words that can't be translated easily from one language to the next. Many languages use a single word for what another would have to use many to explain.
For instance, the Hebrew word "firgun" can only be described in English as "the simple unselfish joy that something good has happened to someone else." Another example is the Hindi word "viraha," meaning "the realization of love through separation," the corresponding drawing depicting a woman lovingly saying hello or goodbye to a man through the window of a train.
Each of Emma Block's illustrations depict a couple, family or potential love connection and visually shows the meaning of such words from languages like Tagalog, Hindi and Gaelic.
Untranslatable Word Illustrations
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Elegantly Romantic Ensembles
Chic Cartoon Fashionistas
Illustrated Missed Connections
Comically Honest Illustrations
Color-Collaged Couple Campaigns