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

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s because the name of the brand of popcorn that came into Iran at first was called Chesterfield and people pronounced it in a way that when you translate it sounds like the Persian words for elephant farts. Anyway most people now just call it “popcorn” but with a heavily Persian accent. We have a lot of words like that, just English words with thick accent.

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Marcio Chan Yu
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1 year ago

Mandarin: Exploded rice flower

Elsker
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1 year ago

Way more poetic:)

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Mondo Cane
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1 year ago

Spanish: little corn pigeons

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

Little pigeons, in fact :)

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Danielle Renee
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1 year ago

i'm not sure how Persians make popcorn, but i think i'll pass.

Claudia Alvarez
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1 year ago

Inglés: popcorn Spanish: little dove

stef
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1 year ago

Romanian : little flowers

Onix
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1 year ago

In chilean spanish would be "Little goats"

Cody Eriksen
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1 year ago

I dont understand the smiley face in any of these

Adrienne Early
Community Member
1 year ago

I interpret it as kind of a "knowing smirk". Like, just you wait...

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Anna Salord
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1 year ago

Spanish: tiny pidgeons :)

Krizia Endermann
Community Member
1 year ago

Little doves in Mexico

Lolo Caty
Community Member
1 year ago

Albanian: sheep head

Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

Croatian: little chickens

glorytherainwing
Community Member
1 year ago

HOW THE FUCK DO YOU GET ELEPHANT FARTS FROM POPCORN??!?!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

You don't want to know ...

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Kat833
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1 year ago

How?

Ryan Hill
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3 months ago

WHAT

Aria
Community Member
10 months ago

Boy do I love watching a movie and eating some delicious, buttery elephant farts.

Lauren Michlin
Community Member
1 year ago

I lost my appetite for popcorn

Chloe Zhao
Community Member
1 year ago

Chinese: exploded rice corn

glorytherainwing
Community Member
1 year ago

popcorn= roasted corn sperm

OhForSmegSake
Community Member
1 year ago

😂😂😂

Johnny Hicks
Community Member
1 year ago

Chos-e fil! Years since I’ve heard that

SomebodyNobody
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1 year ago

THEY JUST RUINED POPCORN FOR ME TwT

c Fuller
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahahahahahaa!

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

No. Is this for real?

Tina CI
Community Member
1 year ago

corn that's popped

Priscila Pedrosa
Community Member
1 year ago

The best!!!!

Zsuzsanna Szucs
Community Member
1 year ago

Whhhhhaaaaaattttt?

Máire Breathnach
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha

Anna Salord
Community Member
1 year ago

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

Cal Capone
Community Member
1 year ago

why

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

What? How?

Wesley Liford
Community Member
1 year ago

That took a very unsatisfiying turn...

Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

This is my favourite!

Daria Z
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha, cool! :D

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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
Community Member
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

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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
Community Member
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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