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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Finnish = knowledge machine

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Ahahahah! This is true for Croatian too. ♥

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Crapulus Maximus
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1 year ago

Dutch: prickly pig

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Stimpy
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1 year ago

WHAT

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Vincent Philippart
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1 year ago

French: bald mouse

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C
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1 year ago

oh my god hahahahah

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European other
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1 year ago

Lol so a vegan would be dairy meat denier

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Daria B
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1 year 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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Harry Larter
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1 year ago

Aww

Kristina Shchetinina
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1 year ago

haha in Russian it's God's little cows! :D

Ania Barrett
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1 year ago

Same in Polish :)

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John Dwyer
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1 year ago

In England we call them ladybirds. Bug is an American term, not an English term. We call insects, err... insects.

NMN
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1 year ago

Btw, "bug" should be for Hemiptera, but it became a general term for invertebrates with exoskeleton (not only insects). Btw2, ladybug is NOT an Hemiptera

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Ehsan Abbaspour
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1 year ago

Persian: tiny shoemaker

Lynda Momalo
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1 year ago

Now this sounds like it has a nice fairy tale type of backstory.

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Kristof De Smet
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1 year ago

in dutch: dear god's little animal

Withnail
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1 year ago

In Afrikaans it's Liewenheersbesie. Is that the same word you use?

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Lynda Momalo
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1 year ago

Wow, how did the little red lady bug garner so much religious connotation? Not to mention comparisons to farm animals with which they have literally nothing in common ?

Salty Crap
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1 year ago

In Hebrew it's Moses' cow

María Hermida
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1 year ago

In Argentinian Spanish: Saint Anthony's little cow

Daria B
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1 year ago

Oh, that's archaic. We call them "bug called Mara".

Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

Similar to German. Marienkäfer. Käfer is bug, so its Bug calles Marie I guess

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Georgette Goldie
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1 year ago

in English English, it's Ladybird, not ladybug

Αμελίνα Χανέλλι
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1 year ago

English: Mantis Greek: Holly Mary's horse

Archie Solovyev
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1 year ago

In russian it's 'god's little cow'

Jenn Pinnau
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1 year ago

Danish: Marie Chicken

Carol Anne Benoit
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3 weeks ago

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

In Spanish, little Mary

Osvaldo Junior
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1 year ago

Portuguese: Little Joan

Kendall Adams
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1 year ago

That’s adorable and so funny

Kat Hoth
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1 year ago

This is adorable!

SomebodyNobody
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1 year ago

Adorable <3

Elly Smith
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1 year ago

Dutch:dear lord's beastie

Dunja Lesić
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1 year ago

bubamara

Amanda Gamba
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1 year ago

Portuguese: Little Joanne

Tjern Inga Wall
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1 year ago

Swedish: Nyckelpiga = keymaid

Mary Baker
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2 weeks ago

Awww!! My son's alter ego was "Lady Bug" when he was little. I must tell him this!

Lars Andersen
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2 weeks ago

danish - Mary Hen

Katarzyna Fabian
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2 weeks ago

Polish: god's little cow :D

Cyril Durou
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2 weeks ago

Français : coccinelle Anglais : dame insecte

Edgar Rops
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3 weeks ago

Russian - God's little cow

Illa Moskowitz
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3 weeks ago

Hebrew: "Our leader Moses' cow" Not even kidding!

Rana Temporaria
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3 weeks ago

and russian too :)

Clayton Silva
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11 months ago

Portuguese: little Joan

Олексій Зубенко
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1 year ago

Ukrainian: little sun

Олексій Зубенко
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1 year ago

Ukrainian: small sun

Nikola Prša
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1 year ago

This is 100% true :D

Yulya Savvun
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1 year ago

Russian:gods little cow

Yulya Savvun
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1 year ago

Russian: gods little cow

Shelly Segal
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1 year ago

Hebrew: The cow of Moses/Moses-girl of the seven

Shelly Segal
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1 year ago

Hebrew: The cow of Moses/ Moses-girl of the seven

Mavia Kainaat
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1 year ago

Cute!

Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
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1 year ago

Mary's hen in Norwegian.

Joey JoJi
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1 year ago

French: god's bug

Lorelei Philby
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1 year ago

Little Easter in greek

Anna Dow
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1 year ago

Russian: god's little cow

Albert Bergquist
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1 year ago

Swedish: key maid

Nina Nickel
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1 year ago

"God´s little cow" - in Russian! And the word for God is also minimized :D So cute cuteness..

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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1 year ago

Spanish: San Antonio small cow

Viv Hart
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1 year ago

South African English: Ladybird; Afrikaans: Our Lord's little cow

Asia
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1 year ago

True in Polish as well. Though it's called biedronka it's also known as boża krówka (God's little cow).

Noez 🇸🇪
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1 year ago

In Swedish: Key maid 😊

Sarcasticow
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1 year ago

In Latvian... well, you can't even translate it. It's 'bizbizmārīte'. It's like 'bzzzbzzzbug' :)

Sofie Berner
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1 year ago

Swedish: key maid

Marcos Laredo
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1 year ago

Hebrew: Moses' cow

Mikal Du Preez
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1 year ago

Afrikaans: good lord's beetle

Adi Dror
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1 year ago

Hebrew: rabbi Mozes' cow

Mer
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1 year ago

Awwww! Love all these names for ikkle bitty ladybugs!

Anna Bråttvik
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1 year ago

Gods little cow in russian! 😂

Peko
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1 year ago

Swedish: Key maid (I've no idea why)

Stjepan Divković
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1 year ago

True

Eyal Foerster
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1 year ago

In Hebrew they are called "Moses's Cow"

Diana Tulip
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1 year ago

Erm..English: LADY BIRD!

Carolina Marshall
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1 year ago

In Chile is chinita or little Chinese girl

Krystyna Kielar
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1 year ago

Polish also has a less comon name for a ladybug meaning "Gods little cow" 😅

Bored Fox
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1 year ago

Finnish: Alder Greta (leppäkerttu, Kerttu is a Finnish woman's name so Greta could be a good translation for that)

Irina Aderikha
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1 year ago

Russian: Gods little cow

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1 year ago

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Unaffected
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1 year ago

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Michal Mánert
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1 year ago

In Czech the name is " Seven-dotted little sun "

Eiko Toda
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1 year ago

Japanese: Sun Bug or Sun God Bug (天道虫)🐞

Kaja Papaya
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1 year ago

God's little cows in Polish 🤣

Pranas Teišerskis
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1 year ago

Lithuanian too :)

Pranas Teišerskis
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1 year ago

Lithuanian too :)

Figen Yavuz
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1 year ago

Luck bug in Turkish.

Claes Samuelsson
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1 year ago

Swedish: key maid ;)

Vytenis Morkūnas
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1 year ago

Lithuanian: Gods little cow

Siubhan Ní Raghallaigh
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1 year ago

Irish: Gods little cow

Anita Hummelshøj
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1 year ago

Danish for ladybird is Maries chickens. Only plural and female.

Evaldas Ilginis
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1 year ago

Lithuanian: God's little cow

Gali Soff
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1 year ago

What? Boja kraviçka is not a ladybug. A ladybug is kalinka and boja kraviçka is a longer red bug with blag on it and it likes to ingest European homes especially in the winter

Chris Shelley
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1 year ago

That sounds as though it could be a Lili beetle

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Dmitry Alexeev
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1 year ago

Russian: god's little cow

Martina Steinert
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1 year ago

In german it's "Maria's bug"

Shay Aharoni
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1 year ago

Hebrew: Moses cow

Lolo Caty
Community Member
1 year ago

Albanian: Easter Bride

Flavia Christianini
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1 year ago

Portuguese: Little Joana

Jel Thomassen
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1 year ago

Dutch: our dear lord’s little animal

Janine de Boer
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1 year ago

In Dutch it's lieveheersbeestje Lovely gods creature

Andreas Wærholm
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1 year ago

In Norwegian it's "Mary hen"

Anna Cooperman
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1 year ago

Russian: god's little cow

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Greek: Little Eastergirl.

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Swedish: key maid

Grumble O'Pug
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1 year ago

I think I just cuted all over myself!!!

Florencia Debernardi
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1 year ago

Argentina (cause is not like the other spanish spoken tell it) cow of san antony.. yeahh, i know

Piou
Community Member
1 year ago

In French it can be called the good god's beast

Ayra
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1 year ago

In German it's Mary's Bug

Si
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1 year ago

I expect English is from the same root: Our Lady = The Virgin Mary

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Avital Pilpel
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1 year ago

Hebrew: "the cow of Moses our prophet"

Ewa Skotniczny
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1 year ago

Polish: god's little cow :)

Inez Witkowski
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1 year ago

Danish : Marie hen

JV
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1 year ago

French: coccinelle (ladybug), English: insecte demoiselle

Hanneke Legerstee
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1 year ago

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Tim Bevan
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1 year ago

english its actually ladybird. in american its lady bug.

Rissie
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1 year ago

American is not a language :) American English of course is ;) So, without specification, bug is an English word. Also, ladybird? For a bug. The Brits win!

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Laura Be
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1 year ago

In Argentina it's Saint Anthony's little cow - vaquita de San Antonio

Natalia Kowol
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1 year ago

It's God's little cow in Polish 😂

Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

With this the english version is funny

Lyop
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1 year ago

Croatian is amazing!

Lotte Knapen
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1 year ago

In Dutch: dear Lord's little animal.

Lotte Knapen
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1 year ago

In dutch: dear Lord's little animal

glorytherainwing
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1 year ago

actually its god's little COW!

Elvira Kreft
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1 year ago

dutch : loving lords beasty

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Blueplanet
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1 year ago

Chinese: Sea Female

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Asat Voong
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1 year ago

Danish is worse.

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Chloë Coles
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1 year ago

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

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C
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Same in Dutch

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miaow
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1 year ago

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

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Well it's true at least

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Radek Suski
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1 year ago

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

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Afrikaans: You are still wet behind the ears.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

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

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David Jeu
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Sonja
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1 year ago

Czech: a little sun with seven dots

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Night Owl
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Korean: "Oh, fuck! So sudden!" ♥

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Iggy
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Gosiulka Bloem
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Hungarian has it better: house of sickness!!!

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Martz Migraña
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1 year 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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