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 3 months 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 3 months ago

Finnish = knowledge machine

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Daria B 3 months ago

Ahahahah! This is true for Croatian too. ♥

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Crapulus Maximus 3 months ago

Dutch: prickly pig

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Vincent Philippart 3 months ago

French: bald mouse

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C 3 months ago

oh my god hahahahah

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European other 3 months ago

Lol so a vegan would be dairy meat denier

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Daria B 3 months 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 3 months ago

Chinese: Sea Female

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Asat Voong 3 months ago

Danish is worse.

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Chloë Coles 3 months ago

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

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C 3 months 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 3 months ago

Same in Dutch

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miaow 3 months ago

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

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Kaisu 3 months ago

Well it's true at least

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Radek Suski 3 months ago

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

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Withnail 3 months ago

Afrikaans: You are still wet behind the ears.

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Tiny Dynamine 3 months ago

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

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David Jeu 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

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Sonja 3 months ago

Czech: a little sun with seven dots

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Night Owl 3 months 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 3 months ago

Korean: "Oh, fuck! So sudden!" ♥

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Iggy 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

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Gosiulka Bloem 3 months 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 3 months ago

Hungarian has it better: house of sickness!!!

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Martz Migraña 3 months 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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Daria B 3 months ago

Same goes for wrist. ♥

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Daria B 3 months ago

In Croatian: self-mover (ha! We predicted the future! ♥)

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki 3 months ago

English: dragon Japanese: dragon English: dinosaur Japanese: fear dragon

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Wyomudder 3 months ago

Is it me, or does German just get to the point of what the thing is...?

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Claudia Machado 3 months ago

Same in Portuguese. Funny thing is rollercoaster in Russian is American slides.

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Markus Holstein 3 months ago

"butterfly" itself sounds rather weird to non-native English spreakers

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Toujin C'Thlu 3 months ago

The Mexican Spanish version sounds less vulgar

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troufaki13 3 months ago

Greek: old lady's hair

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Molly Universe 3 months ago

POTATOES! BOIL EM MASH EM PUT EM IN A STEW

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Isabel Care 3 months ago

sounds more like a gooseberry to me

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Sonja 3 months ago

Czech: an apple from paradise(but not commonly use these days)

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Elsker 3 months ago

Great word actual. Very direct:)

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Thunder 3 months ago

Dutch: anti-bite 👌

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 3 months ago

What on Earth are the Norwegians doing with tadpoles?

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Matt Kennedy 3 months ago

And hospital: sick house And nurse: sick sister!

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solostxrx 3 months ago

English: Hello Chinese: You Good

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Crapulus Maximus 3 months ago

Dutch: slaughter sacrifice

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Tina Hugh 3 months ago

Cantonese: electric brain

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Aine 3 months ago

He's still called Leðurblökumaðurinn in Iceland... (The leather flap man)

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My O My 3 months ago

What is an expectation goose??

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Kaisu 3 months ago

In Finnish too, you can say it's raining water, it's raining snow, it's raining sleet

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Väinö-Oskari Astala 3 months ago

Oxygen translated from Greek means acid-producer so Germans just translated the name. Same with Finnish, happihappo.

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Ehsan Abbaspour 3 months ago

Persian: same word for leg and foot. Also same word for hand and arm.

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Ola Polowczyk 3 months ago

Same in Polish

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goodmorning 3 months ago

aaww that sweet.

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Kaisu 3 months ago

Same in Finnish

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François Bouzigues 3 months ago

Also small pigeons in spanish

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Sonja 3 months ago

Czech: Medusa (like the one from the greek mythology)

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki 3 months ago

Chinese and Japanese: sugar pee disease.

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Thunder 3 months ago

Sea dog is seal in Dutch...

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DE Ray 3 months ago

Side note: Candy floss was invented by a dentist - and the conspiracy is revealed!

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That doggo 3 months ago

Same in Cantonese

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Thunder 3 months ago

In Dutch it is Fly Field (vliegveld)

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Aditya Sixviandy J 3 months ago

same here in Indonesia!

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Thunder 3 months ago

Dutch: With the clock’s direction

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Henrik Lukas 3 months ago

In Danish the mare rides you. You literally say "I've had the mare riding me". The mare being a being that takes you sexually against your will - and giving you evil dreams as a result.

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That doggo 3 months ago

French: lost bread

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Hein Scholtz 3 months ago

lol and English replies in Afrikaans..

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troufaki13 3 months ago

Well, that's the actual translation from greek. Hippos: horse, potamos: river

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Thunder 3 months ago

Dutch: Lazy Earth (luiaard)

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki 3 months ago

Japanese old way: 1+ 1 =?

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solostxrx 3 months ago (edited)

Chinese: Head strands as well!

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Sonja 3 months ago

Czech: behind-fist

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Thunder 3 months ago

Dutch: Earth berry

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