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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SiSi Shan
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1 year ago

Chinese: shadow baton and shadow tunnel

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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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Sleep Meister
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1 year ago

The term 'whisky' derives originally from the Gaelic 'uisge beatha', or 'usquebaugh', meaning 'water of life'. Gaelic is the branch of Celtic spoken in the Highlands of Scotland.

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Thunder
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in Dutch

Desiré Yen
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in Afrikaans: handskoene

Eiko Toda
Community Member
1 year ago

Japanese: Hand Bag (手袋)🧤

Alex Cech
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That's my married name! Handschuh =)

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 year ago

My grandmother's name was Handschoewerker. Flemish

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Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

They're more like hand socks though.

Eleanor Redding
Community Member
1 year ago

it should be hand socks

Mark Kiten
Community Member
1 year ago

Indonesian : hand sarong

glorytherainwing
Community Member
1 year ago

hand pants

Fiona Tang
Community Member
1 year ago

Vietnamese: comdom for hands

Christoph Lindemann
Community Member
11 months ago

Hand shoes does make sense, because the german word "Schuh" is based on an old word for "cover" or "sleeve".

Aria
Community Member
1 year ago

I will never call them gloves again. I will call them by their TRUE name. HAND SHOES.

Mikal Du Preez
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in Afrikaans

Isabel Care
Community Member
1 year ago

should be hand socks

Ozzie Ogawa
Community Member
1 year ago

Indonesian : hand sarung

SomebodyNobody
Community Member
1 year ago

ITS HAND SOCKS DUMBASS

Ehsan Abbaspour
Community Member
1 year ago

Persian: hand pull

Guglielmo Marconi
Community Member
1 year ago

Are shoes feet gloves?

Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in Afrikaans - handskoene (skoene = shoes)

Bob Ross Crab
Community Member
1 year ago

Hand shoes. Hand shoes.

Christoph Lindemann
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1 year ago

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Ever wondered where the word "shoe" comes from? Google it.

Sarah Kate Lamming
Community Member
1 year ago

Why say that? Either tell people, Provide a link or stay quiet! Comes across really pretentious.

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

Well it's true at least

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Radek Suski
Community Member
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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