the question is simple: what is your favourite word in your own language and what does it mean?
I will begin. my favourite word in the Dutch language is gezellig because:
1) it sounds great (a bit strange but true)
2) it describes a state of mind, a feeling and a judgement on a social atmosphere in one word.
3) it is untranslatable
I have on-line translated the word and the computer came with this:
gezelligheid(de ~ (v)) als in `gezelligheid`:
sociability (the ~), conviviality (the ~), cosiness (the ~), snugness (the ~), companionableness (the ~), chumminess (the ~)
and it is al those things but there all not quite it.
Tutors who have to learn forgers Dutch have the same problem, there solution is, tell the students that they have to ask a lot, is this gezellig? and if you do this often enough then you will in time understand what the word exactly describes, you will get a feeling for it.
I am what I am