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

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Stimpy
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1 year ago

WHAT

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Stimpy
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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
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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
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
Community Member
1 year ago

Afrikaans: You are still wet behind the ears.

LuckyL
Community Member
1 year ago

It's also used in Germany (noch feucht hinter den Ohren)

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Chris Largent
Community Member
1 year ago

Japanese and Korean babies have a large bluish spot on their butts that fade as the child grows.

Demonic Darkness
Community Member
1 year ago

I wasn't sure if you were joking and if I should fall for it or not. Decided to look it up because what the hell... It's actually a thing. They are called Mongolian spots... What a thing to learn.

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Piou
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1 year ago

In French, to be a "blue" means to be a freshman/beginner/newcomer

Kath Leen
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1 year ago

filipino: milk on your lips

Viktor Feurer
Community Member
1 year ago

Hungrarian: you have green ears

Gergő Grabecz
Community Member
1 year ago

OR: The egg shell is still on your ass.

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Nomadus Aureus
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1 year ago

Hungarian: your ears are green.

Kalaih Zora
Community Member
1 year ago

In Spanish, to say that you are experienced we have "the eggs peeled" or "the balls hairy already"

Randomcthulu
Community Member
1 year ago

I know that the color blue is often associated with youth in Japan, it literally translates as "blue small year"

Sam Gupta
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1 year ago

Bangla: if I pinch your nose you still throw up milk

Ana Ferreira
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1 year ago

Portuguese: You still need to eat a lot of beans

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL In English, you're green.

Petar Petrovic
Community Member
1 year ago

In Serbian too

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Jules Valetoux
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3 months ago

Heh, in french, we say : bleubite (which would be wrongly translated as "blue d**k", for "bite" in the french word comes from old french regional language and meant "pupil"...but today, it's a slang word for male genitalia, making "bleubite" translated as "blue d**k") or "bleu", or even "bleusaille" All of those refer to an old military suit worn by newcomers in the army, which was blue. doesn't exist anymore, but the wording stayed

An Pat
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1 year ago

Gujarati : You still drink milk!

Ms Phit
Community Member
1 year ago

In English we also say "green" ( for horses who have little/no training at least) And "wet behind the ears" (like a newborn kitten whose mother has just licked them clean)

Andrea Tiplea
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1 year ago

Hungarian: Your ears are green

Paulay Noriega
Community Member
1 year ago

Philippines: You still got milk on the your lips

Dmitry Alexeev
Community Member
1 year ago

Russian: you are green (not ripe)

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

In French "You are a blue one"

troufaki13
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Tovaritch Bonk
Community Member
3 months ago

French "Blue d**k" (bleubite)

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha

Petar Petrovic
Community Member
1 year ago

In Serbian:you are still green, we say sometimes like that

Joe Palffy
Community Member
1 year ago

i kinda doubt that is the only/most common translation, even english has very weird ways to say the same thing, like wet behind the ears

Milena
Community Member
1 year ago

Још си зелен. "You're still green" in Serbian.

Mireille Diab
Community Member
1 year ago

english : it is too late -- Arabic: the saturday is gone inside the Jew's ass (no offense )

Alessia Rizzo
Community Member
1 year ago

Italian: you still smell like milk

Veronica Mp
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1 year ago

Bahasa Indonesia : runny nosed kid

Leslea Freeman
Community Member
1 year ago

Being Green=English

Patrik Hofman
Community Member
1 year ago

in Slovak it is 'the milk is flowing down your chin'

Sam Gupta
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1 year ago

Bangla: you still throw up milk if I pinch ur nose

Stjepan Divković
Community Member
1 year ago

Rofl

Éva
Community Member
1 year ago

Hungarian: your ears are green.

Zsuzsanna Szucs
Community Member
1 year ago

Green ear (zold fulu) in Hungarian

Katchen
Community Member
1 year ago

“Greenhorn” in American English.

Mark Kiten
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1 year ago

Indonesia : yesterday afternoon child, runny nose, the smell of galangal,

Anna Salord
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1 year ago

Spanish (spain) : you're still a bit fish

Jojo Griff
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1 year ago

French (Quebec) nombril-pas-sec is an expression that translate as "wet navel" and mean someone who is young or new to something.

Si
Community Member
1 year ago

English: Green

glorytherainwing
Community Member
1 year ago

how the fuck do you get your ass is blue from your inexperienced???

Miriam L
Community Member
1 year ago

See a comment above about birthmarks. It's a real thing I've seen on a lot of asian boys in prenursery

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Daria Z
Community Member
1 year ago

Similar in Russian but with yellow mouth

Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL!!!

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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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My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

Now I want a christmas goat

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Sonja
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1 year ago

Czech: a little sun with seven dots

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B Dus
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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