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
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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

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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
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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!" ♥

Emma Bernhardt
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1 year ago

🤣

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Šimon Špaček
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1 year ago

In Czech we have too options. One would be "God greet you" in English, the other one "Die, bitch."

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought US Americans knew this. You use our word too. It's Gesundheit.

Demonic Darkness
Community Member
1 year ago

Sure we use it sometimes, but we are taught the 'translated' meaning - bless you, not the literal one.

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My O My
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1 year ago

Spanish: Jesus

Maya Baggins
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1 year ago

Salud (Health) is used too

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Elisa Goman
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1 year ago

Same in Dutch (gezondheid) and in Italian (salute)

NMN
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1 year ago (edited)

Most languages: something related to your health. English: bless you

Nathalie Langevin
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1 year ago

French: To your wish!

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

In French it's different depending on if it's the first, second or third time

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miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

This one's interesting.. in Arabic people say "He have mercy/bless on you" instead of Bless you, it's a little long story for about sneeze. The story is when Adam was created and recieved soul, he sneezed and praised God, then God said literally, "He have mercy for you"

Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

In Polish it's "na zdrowie" which is "to your health"

Peko
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1 year ago

I thought that was a toast.

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CrazyCatLady
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1 year ago

In Dutch: gezondheid or proost (cheers).

Britt Pedersen
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1 year ago

One of my dear friends have asked me to stop saying "bless you" when she sneezes, so now just say "sundhed" (health) to her, completely stole the concept from German 3😄

Piou
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1 year ago

French from Switzerland: health. French from France: to your wishes or to your loves.

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

In Catalan we also say HEALTH (salut)

Figen Yavuz
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1 year ago

Live long in Turkish

Dmitry Alexeev
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1 year ago

Russian: be healthy!

Ana Ferreira
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1 year ago

Portuguese: Either "Saúde" (health) or "Santinho" (little saint).

anotherboredpanda
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1 year ago

GESUNDHEIT

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

That's so funny! (sarcasm) I think English has the worst phrase in this case. As if we have the authority to bless someone.

Kellee Collier
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3 months ago

good health

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

Dutch too.

Adeline Cooper
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in romania

Adeline Cooper
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in romanian

Shelly Segal
Community Member
1 year ago

Also in Hebrew

Nadia Bovy
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1 year ago

Actually in spanish and french from Switzerland is "health" too, but in french from France it's "to what you wish"

Mireille Diab
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1 year ago

in lebanese we say " health" after coughing

Shosh Grinberg
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1 year ago

also in hebrew "for health{"

Kalaih Zora
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1 year ago

Spanish: "Jesus"

Luiza Trandafir
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1 year ago

We say the same in Romanian! Health or good luck.

Cristina Popescu
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in Romanian, either health or good luck!

Olivia Yearous
Community Member
1 year ago

My friend~ ACHOO Me~ *screaming* HEALTH!!!

Claudia Alvarez
Community Member
1 year ago

Spanish tooo

Jojo Griff
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1 year ago

That's direct and to the point!

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

I always say gesundheit when people sneeze.

Fernando Tamayo Hurtado
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Same in Spanish. You essentially wish good health on the person sneezing.

pebs
Community Member
1 year ago

Also in Italy people say "Salute!" (Health)

Anh Aline Vuo
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in Dutch

Andreas Wærholm
Community Member
1 year ago

Norwegian: Prosit

Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

Croatian: on health

IZ
Community Member
1 year ago

Originally, it doesn't mean: "I wish you health", but there was the superstition, if s.o. sneezes I wish for myself "Gesundheit", so I don't get sick. Later it became a wish for the person that sneezed.

Gabi X.
Community Member
1 year ago

Also available in Dutch!

Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

The English expression above is from the fuller expression 'God bless you'. The idea being that you would be blessed with health. I prefer to say 'new shirt'!

Daria Z
Community Member
1 year ago

Russian: Be healthy!

Christoph Lindemann
Community Member
1 year ago

"Health" is the short form of "I wish you health." in German. Just like "Thanks" and "Thank you".

Jus
Community Member
1 year ago

'Bless you' was supposed to save a person from their soul leaving their body when sneezing. I think there's no need to say anything so I don't. I'm allergic to many things and sneeze constantly during the allergy season. It's awful and painful and it makes me angry when someone says 'health!' every time I sneeze. Please consider it if you have allergic friends.

Anna Salord
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1 year ago

Spanish and catalan, same! Some people say "jesus", but it's becoming more popular the "health" thing

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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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