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Literally-Translated Animal World Map Shows How Ridiculous Their Names Can Be
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Literally-Translated Animal World Map Shows How Ridiculous Their Names Can Be

These maps of Asia, Europe, and Africa will change how you look at every creature and critter using their translated synonyms.

Through a set of beautifully illustrated maps, you can reimagine what the animal kingdom would look like if these animals lived up to their literally translated names.

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Africa’s Literally Translated Animals

Using translations from Swahili, Zulu and Afrikaans, we have found the literal translations for insects, mammals, sea creatures and more!

For example, the translation from the Nigerian language Hausa refers to Donkeys as ambassadors. I don’t know who it flatters more, the donkey or the ambassador, but we like the idea of ‘ambassador’ Donkeys roaming the streets:

Image credits: Tails.com

Reimagined African animal

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Asia’s Literally Translated Animals

From languages such as Korean, Sindhi, and Vietnamese, we’ve reimagined what it would be like if these animals fit their translations.

The literal Vietnamese translation for a Shark is ‘Fat Fish’ and you can understand why, though we wouldn’t recommend calling the shark fat (he might get offended)

Image credits: Tails.com

Reimagined Asian animal

Image credits: Tails.com

Europe’s Literally Translated Animals

These spectacular images feature translations in languages such as German, Norwegian, and Serbian.

You can see why a Hamster would be described as ‘The Observer’, they are always watching You from their neat little corners…

Image credits: Tails.com

Reimagined European animal

Image credits: Tails.com

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Joannie Goulet
Community Member
2 years ago

Native French speaker here. Guépard does not translate to "guard" in French. Where does this bullshit come from?

Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

They only used Google Translate so...yeah... :(

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Cesar Grossmann
Community Member
2 years ago

Curiously, "Hippopotamus" means "river horse" in Greek...

Christina Vallentin Nissen
Community Member
2 years ago

And that is exactly what it is called in danish as well

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Sunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

"Kipepeo" is not an Afrikaans word. A butterfly is a "vlinder" which doesn't really translate into anything. As if "butterfly" isn't strange enough : butter & fly.

Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
2 years ago

Hello, I'm the co-author of this work. We have reacted to the fact that there was a mistake that it's translated from Swahili, and not Afrikaans, so we changed the graphic. We know the translations are off, but that's because Google Translate was used.

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Hedgehog in Swedish= Leech Pine Cone :D (Igelkott)

Ester Labuschagne
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Actually... a butterfly is a 'Skoenlapper' in Afrikaans... :| directly translated: shoe patcher

Sunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

Ah! Good catch! Forgot about that one.

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Nora Ask
Community Member
2 years ago

wtf is a sea dragon? And anyway, "sjødrage" in Norwegian literally translates to "sea dragon". No sweet rage here. Is it a sea horse? We call them "sjøhest", which translates to "sea horse". Sorry.

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Some of the translations are a bit off, but nevertheless, let's think about what we call some of these animals in English. I mean, a butterfly? Sea lion? Hamster? None of these make sense in English either.

María Hermida
Community Member
2 years ago

Sea lion does make sense

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Community Member
2 years ago

That’s funny but google translate is not the best translator

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Amen, you can never beat a human translator. While machine translation is improving by leaps and bonds for specific language pairs (primarily Romance languages), it still can’t capture clever word play and many cultural elements since the entire context of the document or text isn’t taken into account. I’ll shut up now...

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Tomorrow Girl
Community Member
10 months ago

lol

Mosheh Wolf
Community Member
2 years ago

Sorry, but "hippopotamus" is a Greek word which translates to, you guessed it, "river horse". So why do they find in weird that the Norwegians don't use a Greek word? Hippos = horse (think "hippodrome" - a stadium for horse racing) Potamos = river (think of "Mesopotamia", or meso-potamia, "the land between the rivers")

spirit wolf
Community Member
2 years ago

It is a lizard through... sea lion is ridiculous.

spirit wolf
Community Member
2 years ago

Though***

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Joannie Goulet
Community Member
2 years ago

Native French speaker here. Guépard does not translate to "guard" in French. Where does this bullshit come from?

Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

They only used Google Translate so...yeah... :(

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Cesar Grossmann
Community Member
2 years ago

Curiously, "Hippopotamus" means "river horse" in Greek...

Christina Vallentin Nissen
Community Member
2 years ago

And that is exactly what it is called in danish as well

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Sunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

"Kipepeo" is not an Afrikaans word. A butterfly is a "vlinder" which doesn't really translate into anything. As if "butterfly" isn't strange enough : butter & fly.

Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
2 years ago

Hello, I'm the co-author of this work. We have reacted to the fact that there was a mistake that it's translated from Swahili, and not Afrikaans, so we changed the graphic. We know the translations are off, but that's because Google Translate was used.

Load More Replies...
Panda Kicki
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Hedgehog in Swedish= Leech Pine Cone :D (Igelkott)

Ester Labuschagne
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Actually... a butterfly is a 'Skoenlapper' in Afrikaans... :| directly translated: shoe patcher

Sunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

Ah! Good catch! Forgot about that one.

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Nora Ask
Community Member
2 years ago

wtf is a sea dragon? And anyway, "sjødrage" in Norwegian literally translates to "sea dragon". No sweet rage here. Is it a sea horse? We call them "sjøhest", which translates to "sea horse". Sorry.

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Some of the translations are a bit off, but nevertheless, let's think about what we call some of these animals in English. I mean, a butterfly? Sea lion? Hamster? None of these make sense in English either.

María Hermida
Community Member
2 years ago

Sea lion does make sense

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•_•
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s funny but google translate is not the best translator

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Amen, you can never beat a human translator. While machine translation is improving by leaps and bonds for specific language pairs (primarily Romance languages), it still can’t capture clever word play and many cultural elements since the entire context of the document or text isn’t taken into account. I’ll shut up now...

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Tomorrow Girl
Community Member
10 months ago

lol

Mosheh Wolf
Community Member
2 years ago

Sorry, but "hippopotamus" is a Greek word which translates to, you guessed it, "river horse". So why do they find in weird that the Norwegians don't use a Greek word? Hippos = horse (think "hippodrome" - a stadium for horse racing) Potamos = river (think of "Mesopotamia", or meso-potamia, "the land between the rivers")

spirit wolf
Community Member
2 years ago

It is a lizard through... sea lion is ridiculous.

spirit wolf
Community Member
2 years ago

Though***

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