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
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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troufaki13
Community Member
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

miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

so cute !

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Alex Harris
Community Member
1 year ago

Argentina: "Vaquita de San Antonio" (Saint Anthony's little cow).

Paulina
Community Member
1 year ago

Polish: biedronka (can't really translate to anything sensible ( Archaic Polish: God's little cow

Silvana Hex
Community Member
1 year ago

Dutch: dear lord beastie (lieveheersbeestje)

Jenny Lind
Community Member
1 year ago

Icelandic; Maria's chicken!

Jennifer Crompton
Community Member
1 year ago

I understand the reference to the Virgin Mary, but why chicken? Do you know? I tried googling it but couldn't find an explanation.

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Nathalie Sjöblom Lagestam
Community Member
1 year ago

Swedish; key maid 😂

Celine Samnøy
Community Member
1 year ago

norwegian: mary hens hahah

Thunder
Community Member
1 year ago

In Dutch: lieveheersbeestje = lovely gentleman creature

Gabrielle Daylano
Community Member
1 year ago

Dutch: sweet lord beast

LilicatUK
Community Member
1 year ago

Portuguese: little Joanna

Daria Z
Community Member
1 year ago

Russian: God's little cow :-)

Maya Baggins
Community Member
1 year ago

Spanish: Faggot (mariquita)

Ana Arena
Community Member
1 year ago

I think the real translation is that we call gay people "Ladybugs" not in the other way

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Kalaih Zora
Community Member
1 year ago

In Spain Spanish we call it "little faggot"

Anne Haydon
Community Member
1 year ago

Danish: Mariechicken

Stine Teigen
Community Member
1 year ago

Norwegian: Mari hen

Zarah Zander
Community Member
1 year ago

Swedish: Key maiden

Ana Ferreira
Community Member
1 year ago

Portuguese: Joaninha (little joan).

Pinkjoelle
Community Member
1 year ago

in french Canadian slang we also call them potato bug

neighbor.no13
Community Member
1 year ago

Chinese : fluttering bug

Ashley Galyen
Community Member
1 year ago

Ladybugs and Asian Ladys look similar but they aren't the same. I wonder if Chile has them as an invasive species also?

Euge Otero
Community Member
1 year ago

In Argentine Spanish it's Saint Anthony's little cow 🤷🏻‍♀

Viktor Feurer
Community Member
1 year ago

Hungarian: Katie-bug

Talía Álvarez
Community Member
1 year ago

Chileno: "Chinita"

Ksusha Priadikhina
Community Member
4 months ago

in russian it is god's little cow :)

Marieke Wichern
Community Member
4 months ago

Dutch: lieveheersbeestje (good Lord creature)

Nicolás Ribeiro
Community Member
9 months ago

Uruguayan Spanish: Little Saint Antoine's Cow (Vaquita de San Antonio)

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

Funny in Uruguayan Spanish it's a saint Anthony and in dutch it's a 'beloved Lords tiny animal ' (lieveheersbeestje )

Owain Morgans
Community Member
1 year ago

Welsh: Short red cow

Claudia Alvarez
Community Member
1 year ago

Catarina 🐞

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B Dus
Community Member
1 year ago

TIL about the Cree

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My O My
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok then

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