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? (:

Narunaru
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1 year ago

Like "Mush room" isn't weird in English at all.

Kaisu
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1 year ago

This is so cute!

Withnail
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1 year ago

In Afrikaans we call it a "sampioen" or a "paddastoel", the latter of which translates to toadstool. I am uncertain of the etymology of "sampioen".

Elsker
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1 year ago

Maybe comes from the Dutch champignon?

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European other
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1 year ago

Well a frog has that option I guess

Pamela Pampe
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1 year ago

That is so cute :)

Thunder
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1 year ago

In Dutch we say toad chair

OCD Mom
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1 year ago

Haha!! Yep and as kids we used to look for frogs under them during the rains. Took us way too long to realize that was not literal

Nini Meow
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1 year ago

Banger chata 😅

Pa Fried
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4 months ago

Hubschrauber is actually the lifting screwer.

A B C
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1 year ago

Awww, that's so cute :)

Avani Gupta
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1 year ago

Lol in Hindi it's kukkurmutta meaning where the dog peed!

Sunzilla
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1 year ago

Bangla? Scared La?? :)

Shekhar Verma
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4 months ago

In Uttar Pradesh (India) they call it Kukurmutta means a thing that grows by dogs pee

Filipe Isabelinho
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4 months ago

I'm Portuguese and I have no idea where she' getting fih eye and leg potato... calf is gémeo, which literally tranlated is twin, so both muscles are called the twins and wart is verruga, which exists in english as verruca. So I don't know w hat the hell she's talking about, maybe trolling tbh, or some Brazillian Portuguese names I do not know.

Filipe Isabelinho
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4 months ago

I'm Portuguese and I have no idea calf is potato of the leg and wart is fish eye is coming from o.O Calf is "Gémeo" which translated literally just means twin, that's why both of the muscles are called the twins and Wart is "verruga", which exists in english as verruca. Que merda é batata da perna e olho de peixe o.O?

Vladimíra Matejová
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4 months ago

slovak: poison for flies

Vladimíra Matejová
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4 months ago

muchotravka. mucha-a fly, travit- to poison

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Marieke Wichern
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4 months ago

A German helicopter is a Hubschrauber. A screwdriver is a Schraubendreher...

Victoria Rey Piuma
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1 year ago

Oooohhh I like this better!

Joe Palffy
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1 year ago

the toes one is the same in hungarian too, you could make a whole post just with hungarian ones

Gyan Ranjan Pruthal
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1 year ago

Its actually 'kukurmutta' which literally translates to 'the thing on which a dog pisses'

Vivi
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1 year ago

Im brazilian and the portuguese one make no sense.

Eniko Bata
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1 year ago

Lovely:)

anita marx
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1 year ago

German: Pilz English: pulp (fiction)room ambient German: ...?

Manideepa Banerjee
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1 year ago

In Bangla it's "Bangér Chata" meaning frog's umbrella literally lol

c Fuller
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1 year ago

isn't that what the original post said?

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Grace Birch Mataika
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1 year ago

English: Mushroom Fijian: :) English: How bad is it? Fijian: Little Devils house

Magpie
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1 year ago

Frogs umbrella was what all us kids called them before we could say mushroom. ( cousins/ friends/family)

Magpie
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1 year ago

I know, language development was weird in my gene group)

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Máire Breathnach
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1 year ago

That's so cute 😍

Analyn Lahr
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1 year ago

That is so cute!

Eevi
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1 year ago

I. Don't. Even. Omg it's too cute.

JV
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1 year ago

That's cute!

glowworm2
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1 year ago

That is adorable!

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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
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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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My O My
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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