Learning a new language is challenging. However, it's just as rewarding. I mean, having the ability to interact with someone who grew up in a a completely different environment? Juk tai nuostabu. And the lessons aren't just a painstaking grind. They're full of fun things as well. One of them is literal translations, the "word-for-word" translations that tend to drift away from the sense of the original word on sentence. One of the members of the Facebook group Monolinguals are the worst has urged others to share the funniest literal translations they know, and, believe me, they delivered. Scroll down to check out these linguistic gems and upvote your favorites!

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Sara de los Reyes 4 weeks ago

Toadstool after all, right? (:

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Interestingly, the United States is largely monolingual. In fact, only about 15-20 percent of Americans call themselves bilingual, compared to 56 percent of Europeans surveyed in 2006 by the European Commission.

According to Arabic professor Mahmoud Al-Batal, the inability to speak a foreign language makes it difficult for Americans to compete globally on a linguistic and cultural level. Others who criticized the United States’ monolingual nature have highlighted problems in university-level language courses that result in students failing to reach higher levels of proficiency in a foreign language.

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Kaisu 4 weeks ago

Finnish = knowledge machine

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Daria B 4 weeks ago

Ahahahah! This is true for Croatian too. ♥

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Crapulus Maximus 4 weeks ago

Dutch: prickly pig

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Vincent Philippart 4 weeks ago

French: bald mouse

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C 4 weeks ago

oh my god hahahahah

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European other 4 weeks ago

Lol so a vegan would be dairy meat denier

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Daria B 4 weeks ago

Ahahahah! True. Interestingly, the cooked / prepared fish has a completely different Sino-Korean word. (Like the difference between "pig" and "pork" in English)

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Blueplanet 4 weeks ago

Chinese: Sea Female

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Asat Voong 4 weeks ago

Danish is worse.

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Chloë Coles 4 weeks ago

I've always called them sleeping policemen and I'm British English...

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C 4 weeks ago

If you want to be further confused, it is pronounced "ishka baha" . There are only 18 consonants in Gaeilic so they have to work together!

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Thunder 4 weeks ago

Same in Dutch

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miaow 4 weeks ago

wait is this a proverb or an actual word they have?

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Kaisu 4 weeks ago

Well it's true at least

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Radek Suski 4 weeks ago

You can say it in German too. It’s either Kartoffel or Erdapfel

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Withnail 4 weeks ago

Afrikaans: You are still wet behind the ears.

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Tiny Dynamine 4 weeks ago

In Irish, it's written "claoaoaoghdghhn nibhmhaoagdh". :D

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David Jeu 4 weeks ago

If you literally translate "pineapple" in French it become "pomme de pin", which translated back in English means "pine cone".

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Daria B 4 weeks ago

In Croatian we call him either Christmas Grandpa or Frost Grandpa.

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Sonja 4 weeks ago

Czech: a little sun with seven dots

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Night Owl 3 weeks ago

Reminds me of Obvious Plant funny-fake...e5b958.jpg funny-fake-products-obvious-plant-59-5d3568732d154__700-5daa164e5b958.jpg

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Daria B 4 weeks ago

Korean: "Oh, fuck! So sudden!" ♥

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Iggy 4 weeks ago

I can see why German isn't the international language of romance! Nipple isn't much better, though, to be honest!

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Erdot 4 weeks ago

Hungarian: Arra ne varrjál gombot. (Don't sew a button on that.)

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Gosiulka Bloem 4 weeks ago (edited)

Same in Dutch (sinaasappel or appelsien) and from Dutch (as far as I know) it was borrowed into many languages, including Russian.

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White Wolf 4 weeks ago

Hungarian has it better: house of sickness!!!

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Martz Migraña 4 weeks ago

I've never in my Hispanic life heard someone showering with an artichoke.. this is maybe from a very specific country or region, and not part of the common Spanish language, I think.

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