Language Challenge 180: Week 7 Giveaway

by Corey · 38 comments

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce its seventh Language Challenge 180 giveaway prize – we only have ONE of these giveaways so don’t miss it! This giveaway will only be open for 6 days, so enter today!

Congratulations to Wendy who won last week’s giveaway for The Everyday Language Learner’s Guide to Getting Started First Class Edition!

We multilinguals love words, don’t we? And we especially enjoy what we can do with words in our different languages: We share meanings, engage in conversations, participate in cultural traditions, and so much more.

Michelle from Mother Tongues know this very well. Her products are all about words, especially those that are difficult (or impossible!) to translate into another language. When you wear one of Mother Tongues‘ products, you share some of the world’s most beautiful words with the rest of the world. So fantastic!

Here is more about Mother Tongues from Michelle herself:

I love words. Maybe you do too. I seek out words, not the normal, everyday words, but words in languages that I do not understand, words that can teach me concepts from other cultures. These words, I believe, can inform my life and all of our lives in positive, life-giving ways, because I’m convinced that one culture can educate another.

I’ve built a business around these words, a clothing company called MotherTongues. I print meaningful words from diverse languages on t-shirts and accessories like socks, scarves, tote bags and aprons, along with a poetic explanation of the word(s).

We (my husband is my big inspiration and motivator, and I’m the worker bee) started by picking a word we know: “UBUNTU,” a Zulu or Xhosa word from our native South Africa. Ubuntu is a term for humaneness, for caring, sharing and being in harmony with all of creation. It means that we are all connected, all of us on this planet. I am because we are. We wanted to share this cool concept with the world.

We are delighted to be able to give away a $40 gift certificate to be used at Make sure to check out what Mother Tongues has to offer – you are going to love what you see!

How to Enter the Giveaway…

Only those who are signed up for Language Challenge 180 and have checked in this week are eligible to enter this giveaway!

  • To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment below telling us your favorite word(s) in your language(s) or the language(s) you are learning.

Important Details

This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Make sure to read the Multilingual Living Giveaway Rules! The winner will be chosen at random using

Note: Only one comment from the same person will be counted. Replies posted in response to someone else’s comment won’t be counted.

Hope you enjoy this giveaway! Thank you for all of your support for Multilingual Living!


1 audrey April 20, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I adore the word amor in spanish, this word is so recognisable in all languages, very similar in french. With love the world would be a dim place. Very cheesy I know but essential

2 Mary Kay April 21, 2012 at 12:58 am

There are so many words I love in Bambara. It is such a rich language. One of my favorite words is dooniyanyiniso. That’s the word for library. Literally here is what it means:

dooniya – knowledge nyini – seek/search so – house

So, a library is the house where you seek knowledge.

Another one I’d like to share is “here doron”. It means only peace, or peace only. It’s used as a common expression in greetings. Something like this:

Hello. How are you?
I’m fine.
And your family?
They’re fine.
Only peace?
only peace.
Did you wake up in peace?
only peace.
Is there peace in your house?
only peace.

just spreading the peace.

here doron.

3 Li-Ha April 21, 2012 at 2:52 am

I like “Hong Kong”, the fragrant harbour. It’s exactly what I feel when going in traditional Wanchai or Mongkok street markets. When I brought my son there the first time (his was 19 months old), his first comment was “Mommy, what does it smell?”.

4 Jenny April 21, 2012 at 4:00 am

I like the words “Je t’aime” in French. I know it is very simplistic, but there is just something about the way that it sounds that conveys such strong emotion.

5 Jessica P April 21, 2012 at 5:31 am

I love the word, kowangee in Korean, which means cat. It’s just such a fun word to say and our girls love it also. 🙂

6 Jen N. April 21, 2012 at 6:08 am

I like the -ar verbs in the imperfect tense: hablaba, hablabas, hablabamos. They are so fun to say and teach!

7 Murray April 21, 2012 at 6:31 am

Connaissez-vous …? Do you know …?

8 Maria Rita April 21, 2012 at 6:32 am

Before Linguistic Challenge 180, I didn’t know any turkish words, but now I know arkadaş, “friend”. I love this word in all languages.

9 Andrew April 21, 2012 at 6:50 am

i have to say my favorite word in arabic would be a sentence really .
ahlan wa sahlan which menas something like welcome hello or greetings upon you.
in russian we have a nonsense word but it is put together it is czerezzabornoguzaderiszczenski it means something like throw ones leg over a fence.
in portuguese my favorite word would be dia because even though it is so short the way it sounds in brasil is very different. in turkish absolute favorite word is nasılsınız it means how are you and it composed of the word how and the suffix for you which makes turkish interesting to learn. my french phrase i love is je t’aime which means i love you and i hope to say this to one lucky girl one day

10 JenneferJ April 21, 2012 at 7:17 am

My favorite word in Japanese is chi. It means life and blood and being alive and well it is complicated.
My favorite not so complicated word is midori. It means green, like the color green. Midori just sounds alive and full of spirit.

11 Karim Siebeneicher Brito April 21, 2012 at 7:23 am

I´ve been learning French for about two months now, and these are some of my favourite words: pluie, dimanche, and aujourd`hui.

12 Rachel April 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

Παρακαλώ in Greek. It means please, but I like it because of the way it feels in your mouth when you say it. You roll the /r/ sound and stress the ending.
In German I don’t really have a word I like just for the sound, but I have many good memories tied to certain words: Schokolade, Kinder, Hebamme.(chocolate, children, midwife)

13 Ulrike April 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

I love the word kiki in japanese meaning crisis. it is composed of the ideograms/signs (kanji) for danger and opportunity. when my teacher at the time spoke about this in university, he actually gave the starting signal for my interest in the japanese language. never stopped since 🙂

14 Terra F April 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

I love the word ‘popote’ in Spanish. It’s so fun to say 🙂

15 cami April 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I love the word shouma(tchooma) in Moroccan Arabic… It means naughty or not good… as in behavior.

16 Francesca April 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Home and house. In english they mean different things. I like this difference.
In italian…well…”poesia” and “leggerezza” ….
something we could try to find and live in our own life!

17 Francesca April 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

ps very nice giveaway this time! Congratulations 🙂

18 Melissa April 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I like the word saudade in Portugese. After meeting my Brazilian family and then moving back across the world from them I understood more the meaning of it, to miss someone badly, a longing with all your heart…

19 Marnie April 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

In Spanish I love the expression “ser bilingue vale por dos” because it really does encompass the value in being bilingual or multilingual and how it can open up worlds to you so that you literally are worth two (or more) because you can go between cultures, countries, and worlds, not just stuck in your one place or neighborhood, never really understanding that there are different ways to think and live.

20 Alex April 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

In German, I like the statement that I had sung so many times in English; but when I was beginning German and would listen to music in bed, this song form the Lion King musical struck me- Er Lebt In Dir- He Lives In You.

21 Alicia April 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Currently, It’s the following poem based on the Mayan principle In Lak Ech:

In Lak Ech
Tú eres mi otro yo.
Si te hago daño a ti, me hago daño a mí mismo.
Si te amo y respeto, me amo y respeto yo
You are my other me.
If I do harm to you, I do harm to myself.
If I love and respect you, I love and respect myself.

22 Michelle April 23, 2012 at 5:53 am

Thank you for this! I have the Mayan In Lak Ech in my new MotherTongues app (coming out soon) – I love this poem! It makes me think of the Zulu/South African word Ubuntu.

23 Shannon M April 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Hmmm, maybe “mariposa” in Spanish. It’s a fairly long word, but it seems to pop up often in “Mana” songs we hear on the radio, and since my daughter loves butterflies, I pointed it out to her. Now she always catches it when the word appears.

24 Kristiana Withers April 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I love the word “to need” in French. It sounds just like what it means – j’ai besoin de… with a real stretch on the word “besoin”. I teach French using AIM which incorporates gestures for every word. The gesture involves holding your two hands in front of you and bringing them towards your body, drawing them in and closing your hands as if you’ve gained what it is you need and them drawing them to your heart like it’s your heart’s desire. I just love the combination of the French word and the gesture.

25 mark April 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I like the word, “salamat” in Filipino. It means, thank you. Sometimes we get blinded with all the charms of the world that we forget to say thank you to the little miracles we get in life. What is your favorite language?

Thanks for sharing this!

-Mark P

26 Maria Jesus April 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

In english, I like breakfast and rainbow. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just the way they sound.

27 Denisa April 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I really like the word “chrobacik” in Slovak, because that’s what I have been calling my son since he was born, It’s a word of endearment, which means “little bug”. And he loves it as well. 😉

28 Amy Godoy-Guerra April 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm

In Korean, my current favorite word is 우유, uyu, which means “milk”. It’s a simple word but easy to remember. So much so that it’s one of the words my son has his robot toys yell out to each other when “they’re speaking Korean”.

29 Wendy April 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm

We like “arco iris” in Spanish, which means “rainbow.” Also, I’ve always liked the word “fiesta.” “Siesta” is a good one too.

30 Mikayla April 23, 2012 at 8:45 am

My favorite word is “muchadumbre” which means “crowd” in Spanish.

31 Melanie April 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Puka- in Hawaiian, a little space or hole
That is where we put things in our house, in their pukas.

32 Sarah M April 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

I like saying the word “ferrocarril” in Spanish. It was such a hard one to learn, so I feel proud of myself everytime I can roll those “R”s!!

33 Heather April 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

In German I like “ausgezeichnet,” “Quatsch,” und “Ewigkeit,” which mean “awesome,” “nonesense” (more like the Brittish expression Balls!), and “ages” (as in time, eons). I like these words especially as they feel like the sound evokes what they mean.

34 Laurie April 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I just learned the phrase “luna llena” for a full moon, and I love this phrase! It rolls of the tongue and is so poetic! I ran into it while reading “El caballero del alba”, one of the Magic Treehouse chapter books for early readers. That’s me, an early reader in Spanish!

35 Maria Iskenderoglu April 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Right now my favorite word is- Avrupalılastirabıldiklerimisdenmisiniz
just because it is so long. Are you from the ones who are from Europe?

36 Tracey April 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

My favourite word in English is family because it represents love and home and belonging.
Mi palabra favorita en castellano es ‘querido’ que significa literalmente ‘el/ella/lo que esta querido o amado’ pero esta usado como apodo de alguien que esta querido o amado también.
My favourite word in Maori is ‘kia ora’ is used as ‘hello’ but literally means ‘be well’ or ‘be healthy’ and is also used for ‘thankyou’.

37 Jennifer April 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

My favorite word in ASL is ‘imagination’.

38 Margareta April 27, 2012 at 1:00 am

One of my favourite Slovak words I use with my daughter when she gets hurt is ‘boliestka’, which could be translated as ‘auchie’. The word has a very soft, gentle sound and somehow it helps her feel better. And she can pronounce it beautifully, too, which makes me happy! 🙂

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