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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8 months 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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8 months ago

Finnish = knowledge machine

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Daria B
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8 months ago

Ahahahah! This is true for Croatian too. ♥

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Crapulus Maximus
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8 months ago

Dutch: prickly pig

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Stimpy
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8 months ago

WHAT

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Vincent Philippart
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8 months ago

French: bald mouse

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C
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8 months ago

oh my god hahahahah

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European other
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8 months ago

Lol so a vegan would be dairy meat denier

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Daria B
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8 months 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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8 months ago

Aww

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Blueplanet
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8 months ago

Chinese: Sea Female

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Asat Voong
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8 months ago

Danish is worse.

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Chloë Coles
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8 months ago

I've always called them sleeping policemen and I'm British English...

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C
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8 months 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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8 months ago

Same in Dutch

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miaow
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8 months ago

wait is this a proverb or an actual word they have?

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Kaisu
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8 months ago

Well it's true at least

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Radek Suski
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8 months ago

You can say it in German too. It’s either Kartoffel or Erdapfel

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Withnail
Community Member
8 months ago

Afrikaans: You are still wet behind the ears.

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Tiny Dynamine
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8 months ago

In Irish, it's written "claoaoaoghdghhn nibhmhaoagdh". :D

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David Jeu
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8 months 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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8 months ago

In Croatian we call him either Christmas Grandpa or Frost Grandpa.

Desiré Yen
Community Member
8 months ago

Similar to Afrikaans:kersvader- father Christmas

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Kaisu
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8 months ago

More like the Yule Goat in my opinion

Peko
Community Member
8 months ago

Do the Finnish also have a tradition of Yule Goats?

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Sylvan Rotscheid
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8 months ago

In Dutch: Christmas man (we celebrate "Sinterklaas" (St. Nicholas) on the 5th of December)

Vicky Zar
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8 months ago

In Polish it's Gwiazdka or Gwiazdor, which is either a little star or a masculine star.... the name derives from the star of Bethlehem. Polish traditions are quite interesting. For example: we/they celebrate christmas on the 24th. The feast starts at around 5pm when the first star can be seen in the sky and it consists of exactly 12 dishes. There is no meat but lots of superstitions

Avital Pilpel
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8 months ago

In Hebrew he's not called anything, for obvious reasons...

Vero Morales
Community Member
8 months ago

papá Noel en castellano

Nathalie Sjöblom Lagestam
Community Member
8 months ago

Swedish; christmas gnome 😅

glorytherainwing
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8 months ago

in dutch its he's called daddy december

Thunder
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8 months ago

In Dutch it is Christmas Man

Vicky Zar
Community Member
8 months ago

Christmasman in German

My O My
Community Member
8 months ago

Now I want a christmas goat

Melanie Muller
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8 months ago (edited)

English: Santa Clause... Afrikaans: Father of Candle Festival

Orange Knight
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

In English: Santa Clause; In Italian: Babbo Natale; Italian translated to English: Daddy Christmas

Kami
Community Member
8 months ago

In french: Father Christmas

Tài Trần
Community Member
8 months ago

Vietnamese: Oldman Noel

Anne Haydon
Community Member
8 months ago

Danish : yule man

Thunder
Community Member
8 months ago

Did you know that Santa Claus is based on the figure Sinterklaas out of the Netherlands? It’s a party where everybody gets chocolate letters and presents. Now we have in the Netherlands the whole december full of presents :D

Martin Hugne
Community Member
8 months ago

For a long time it actually was someone dressed up as a goat who gave the kids christmas gifts in Sweden and Finland

Melanie Muller
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8 months ago

English: Santa Claus Afrikaans: Father of Candle Festival

Suzy Lee Ferry
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8 months ago

in France we call him Father Christmas

Miradona Balog
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8 months ago

Romanian is Old Man Christmas

Shosh Grinberg
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8 months ago

in portugese - father noel

Jassie Kaur
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8 months ago

French: Father Christmas

NMN
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8 months ago (edited)

Daddy Noel in Portuguese

Emma Bernhardt
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8 months ago

Ukrainian: St. Nicolas

Lynda Momalo
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8 months ago

Wait, do Finnish children actually envision a goat bringing them presents?

Ivy Ruonakoski
Community Member
8 months ago

No.

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Si
Community Member
8 months ago

English: Father Christmas

Link
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8 months ago

Y'all better be good, otherwise Christmas Goat will eat your socks.

Piou
Community Member
8 months ago

Father Xmas in French

Kat833
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8 months ago

Christmas goat.

Sonia Mokrani
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8 months ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Goat

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Sonja
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8 months ago

Czech: a little sun with seven dots

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Night Owl
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8 months 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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8 months ago

Korean: "Oh, fuck! So sudden!" ♥

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Iggy
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8 months 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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8 months ago

Hungarian: Arra ne varrjál gombot. (Don't sew a button on that.)

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Gosiulka Bloem
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8 months 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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8 months ago

Hungarian has it better: house of sickness!!!

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Martz Migraña
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8 months 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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