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Every language reflects a unique worldview; a generations-old way of life;
a means through which the human mind makes sense of the world around it.

Gta' (India)

Words have meanings not seen in English words.

goteh

bring something from an inaccessible place with the help of a long stick

buhno'

a ladder made from a single bamboo tree

nosore

to free someone from a tiger

poh

to kill lice by pressing them under your nails

ruhri'

to eat flesh from the bone

Ket (Siberia)

Stand can be said in four different ways, depending on what is standing.

keh't dúghìn

a human or animal: person stands

ohks dúghàta

a tree: tree stands

u'y úyba'ut

an object: cradle stands

qu's hávìta

a structure: tent stands

Bella Coola/Nuxalk (Canada)

Similarly structured words can mean entirely different things. The language also has words that sometimes have no vowels.

q'lstsw

rope

qhlm

black cod

q'hlp

balsam fir

stshlh

afterbirth

stsnts

transsexual / hermaphrodite

sk'l

cold

stqw

mud

tl'xwtsn

onion(s)

xhlsxtss

he dislikes me

k'tstx

look at him!

sk'ts

disease, illness


Bayso (Ethiopia)

Nouns are structured differently to indicate number.

general number plural (7+) singular paucal (2 - 6)

ker

dog(s)

keroor

dogs

kertiti

a single dog

keroorjaa

a few dogs

dabaalo

heifer(s)

dabaal

heifers

dabaalotiti

a single heifer

dabaaljaa

a few hefeirs

min

house(s)

minjool

houses

mintiti

a single house

minjaa

a few houses

worab

hyena(s)

worabeel

hyenas

waratiti

a single hyena

worabjaa

a few hyenas