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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Pamela Pampe
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1 year ago

That is so cute :)

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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

Hermien Scholten
Community Member
1 year ago

prickly pig = stekelvarken = porcupine != hedgehog

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Sveta Smirnova
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1 year ago

Japanese: sonic

Katinka Min
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1 year ago

Well, hedgehog is pretty funny, too. It hogs the hedge :-D

Withnail
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1 year ago

Afrikaans: "Krimpvark", which directly translates to "shrinking pig".

Nadine
Community Member
1 year ago

Can we please reflect that hedge hog is just as weird

Anne Haydon
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1 year ago

Danish: stick pig

miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

Aww... Needle mouse, I could actually name a pet hedgehog that <3

Christoph Lindemann
Community Member
1 year ago

hedgehog is weirder.

Shef Gandhi
Community Member
1 year ago

I mean in english it's "pig that lives in the hedges"

Charlie Meinertz
Community Member
1 year ago

Danish: Stick swine

Martina Steinert
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty sure many people here are confusing a porcupine with a hedgehog. The german word for porcupine for example is "spike pig" (Stachelschwein), but that's not a hedgehog (Igel).

Ehsan Abbaspour
Community Member
1 year ago

Persian: thorny chick

EpicFangirl
Community Member
1 year ago

heheh needle mouse, it actually sounds like a really cute animal

kingsnyder
Community Member
1 year ago

Speedy blue thing

Raoul L'artiste
Community Member
3 months ago

Luxembourgish: cow sucker

Matt
Community Member
1 year ago

Norwegian: Stick Pig 😂

Lars Andersen
Community Member
3 months ago

stick swine

Alexander Weixelbaumer
Community Member
3 months ago

German: Eagle

Edgar Rops
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, hedgehog=bush pig

Edgar Rops
Community Member
3 months ago

well, hedgehog=needle pig

Sascha Bart
Community Member
3 months ago

Spike pig in german.

Alexander Weixelbaumer
Community Member
3 months ago

No, porcupine an hedgehog are not the same

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Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
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1 year ago

Ouchpig

Mignonne Moolman
Community Member
1 year ago

Afrikaans: shrink piggy

Thea Bierschenk
Community Member
1 year ago

Afrikaans: krimpvarkie = contracting piglet

Winnie Chen
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1 year ago

Chinese: arrow pig

Dimitris Karaterpos
Community Member
1 year ago

Greek and Italian: Spikepig

Dennis Pedersen
Community Member
1 year ago

In danish it is a stick pig

Alexander Nagel
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, even the English name is kind of hillarious. Hedge hog... it is no hog and not only lives in hedges. In German it has a unique name (Igel) 🙃

Mli Ananas
Community Member
1 year ago

Swedish: leech-cone

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 year ago

Afrikaans: krimpvarkie = shrinkpig

Mireille Diab
Community Member
1 year ago

arabic: father of thorns

Marcos Laredo
Community Member
1 year ago

Portuguese: needle pig

Mikal Du Preez
Community Member
1 year ago

Afrikaans: shrink pig

Kim Balboa
Community Member
1 year ago

Norwegian: stick pig

Debbie
Community Member
1 year ago

YAY

Ozzie Ogawa
Community Member
1 year ago

Indonesian : mini porcupine

Cindy Snow
Community Member
1 year ago

But that's kinda true

Sarah Sievertsen
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1 year ago

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JK Rowling
Community Member
1 year ago

I mean, it's literally hedge + hog

Annabell
Community Member
1 year ago

Cute!

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

What do they call a porcupine? Needle groundhog?

Patty Neuen
Community Member
1 year ago

Lixembourgish: Thirn animal

Tina CI
Community Member
1 year ago

Needle pig

Jenny Lind
Community Member
1 year ago

Icelandic; spike hog

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

Australian = echidna ( I know its a different animal, but there ya go )

Karnelia
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Echidna’s are way more cute!

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Stine Teigen
Community Member
1 year ago

Norweian: Pin Pig

Wolfgang Lin
Community Member
1 year ago

Sonic the needle mouse

Martin Hugne
Community Member
1 year ago

Hedgehog would literally be like “shrubbery-pig” so I think needle mouse is better

Martin Hugne
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1 year ago

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Martin Hugne
Community Member
1 year ago

Hedgehog in english is like ”shrubbery-pig” ...

Maja Axholt
Community Member
1 year ago

Danish: stick pig

Cal Capone
Community Member
1 year ago

ouchmouse

Nathalie Sjöblom Lagestam
Community Member
1 year ago

Swedish; leech something. Honestly, tf were they thinking? 😂

Ana Ferreira
Community Member
1 year ago

Portuguese (european): ouriço caixeiro - clerk bur

Paula
Community Member
1 year ago

Ou porco espinho= neddle pig

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Honey
Community Member
1 year ago

I almost spit out my water. lol

glorytherainwing
Community Member
1 year ago

german: spikey boi

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 year ago

I mean... hedge hog, needle mouse... prickly animal? Makes good sense to me.

Inez Witkowski
Community Member
1 year ago

Danish : stick pig.

Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Afrikaans: Iron pig.

Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
1 year ago

Norwegian: spike swine

Nathalie Langevin
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL! I love this one!

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Stimpy
Community Member
1 year ago

WHAT

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Stimpy
Community Member
1 year ago

I used to think that is what was meant with the word "flabberghast" (as in "I was flabbergasted"). I still like to call bat's that (although I know it's not correct)

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

Seath for the lady part in German. Altough we use vagina too

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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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My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

It does look similar I guesd

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Asat Voong
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1 year ago

Danish is worse.

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Sonja
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1 year ago

Czech: dead policeman

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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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Christoph Lindemann
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1 year ago

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

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Lyop
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1 year ago

Wow!

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Kaisu
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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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troufaki13
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1 year ago

That's cause I'm a smurf! :P

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
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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My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

Now I want a christmas goat

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Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

Czech: a little sun with seven dots

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B Dus
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1 year ago

TIL about the Cree

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My O My
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1 year ago

Spanish: Jesus

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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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That doggo
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1 year ago

I think some apples (not oranges) grow in China

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White Wolf
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1 year ago

Hungarian has it better: house of sickness!!!

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Kat833
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1 year ago

Ok then

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