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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11 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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11 months ago

Finnish = knowledge machine

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Daria B
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11 months ago

Ahahahah! This is true for Croatian too. ♥

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Crapulus Maximus
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11 months ago

Dutch: prickly pig

Hermien Scholten
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11 months ago

prickly pig = stekelvarken = porcupine != hedgehog

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Sveta Smirnova
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11 months ago

Japanese: sonic

Katinka Min
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11 months ago

Well, hedgehog is pretty funny, too. It hogs the hedge :-D

Withnail
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11 months ago

Afrikaans: "Krimpvark", which directly translates to "shrinking pig".

Nadine
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11 months ago

Can we please reflect that hedge hog is just as weird

Anne Haydon
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11 months ago

Danish: stick pig

miaow
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11 months ago

Aww... Needle mouse, I could actually name a pet hedgehog that <3

Christoph Lindemann
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11 months ago

hedgehog is weirder.

Charlie Meinertz
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11 months ago

Danish: Stick swine

Martina Steinert
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11 months ago

Pretty sure many people here are confusing a porcupine with a hedgehog. The german word for porcupine for example is "spike pig" (Stachelschwein), but that's not a hedgehog (Igel).

Ehsan Abbaspour
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11 months ago

Persian: thorny chick

EpicFangirl
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11 months ago

heheh needle mouse, it actually sounds like a really cute animal

kingsnyder
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11 months ago

Speedy blue thing

Shef Gandhi
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11 months ago

I mean in english it's "pig that lives in the hedges"

Matt
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11 months ago

Norwegian: Stick Pig 😂

Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
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9 months ago

Ouchpig

Mignonne Moolman
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11 months ago

Afrikaans: shrink piggy

Thea Bierschenk
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11 months ago

Afrikaans: krimpvarkie = contracting piglet

Winnie Chen
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11 months ago

Chinese: arrow pig

Dimitris Karaterpos
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11 months ago

Greek and Italian: Spikepig

Dennis Pedersen
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11 months ago

In danish it is a stick pig

Alexander Nagel
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11 months ago

To be fair, even the English name is kind of hillarious. Hedge hog... it is no hog and not only lives in hedges. In German it has a unique name (Igel) 🙃

Mli Ananas
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11 months ago

Swedish: leech-cone

Viv Hart
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11 months ago

Afrikaans: krimpvarkie = shrinkpig

Mireille Diab
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11 months ago

arabic: father of thorns

Marcos Laredo
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11 months ago

Portuguese: needle pig

Mikal Du Preez
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11 months ago

Afrikaans: shrink pig

Kim Balboa
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11 months ago

Norwegian: stick pig

Debbie
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11 months ago

YAY

Ozzie Ogawa
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11 months ago

Indonesian : mini porcupine

Cindy Snow
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11 months ago

But that's kinda true

Sarah Sievertsen
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11 months ago

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JK Rowling
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11 months ago

I mean, it's literally hedge + hog

Annabell
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11 months ago

Cute!

Id row
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11 months ago

What do they call a porcupine? Needle groundhog?

Patty Neuen
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11 months ago

Lixembourgish: Thirn animal

Tina CI
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11 months ago

Needle pig

Jenny Lind
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11 months ago

Icelandic; spike hog

Magpie
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11 months ago

Australian = echidna ( I know its a different animal, but there ya go )

Karnelia
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11 months ago (edited)

Echidna’s are way more cute!

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Stine Teigen
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11 months ago

Norweian: Pin Pig

Wolfgang Lin
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11 months ago

Sonic the needle mouse

Martin Hugne
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11 months ago

Hedgehog would literally be like “shrubbery-pig” so I think needle mouse is better

Martin Hugne
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11 months ago

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Martin Hugne
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11 months ago

Hedgehog in english is like ”shrubbery-pig” ...

Maja Axholt
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11 months ago

Danish: stick pig

Cal Capone
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11 months ago

ouchmouse

Nathalie Sjöblom Lagestam
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11 months ago

Swedish; leech something. Honestly, tf were they thinking? 😂

Ana Ferreira
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11 months ago

Portuguese (european): ouriço caixeiro - clerk bur

Paula
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11 months ago

Ou porco espinho= neddle pig

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Honey
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11 months ago

I almost spit out my water. lol

glorytherainwing
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11 months ago

german: spikey boi

Peter Bear
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11 months ago

I mean... hedge hog, needle mouse... prickly animal? Makes good sense to me.

Inez Witkowski
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11 months ago

Danish : stick pig.

Sunzilla
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11 months ago

Afrikaans: Iron pig.

Eirik Johnsbråten
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11 months ago

Norwegian: spike swine

Nathalie Langevin
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11 months ago

LOL! I love this one!

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Stimpy
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11 months ago

WHAT

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Vincent Philippart
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11 months ago

French: bald mouse

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C
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11 months ago

oh my god hahahahah

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European other
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11 months ago

Lol so a vegan would be dairy meat denier

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Daria B
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11 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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11 months ago

Aww

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Blueplanet
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11 months ago

Chinese: Sea Female

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Asat Voong
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11 months ago

Danish is worse.

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Chloë Coles
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11 months ago

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

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C
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11 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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11 months ago

Same in Dutch

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miaow
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11 months ago

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

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Kaisu
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11 months ago

Well it's true at least

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Radek Suski
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11 months ago

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

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Withnail
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11 months ago

Afrikaans: You are still wet behind the ears.

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Tiny Dynamine
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11 months ago

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

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David Jeu
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11 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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11 months ago

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

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Sonja
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11 months ago

Czech: a little sun with seven dots

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Night Owl
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11 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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11 months ago

Korean: "Oh, fuck! So sudden!" ♥

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Iggy
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11 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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11 months ago

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

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Gosiulka Bloem
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11 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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11 months ago

Hungarian has it better: house of sickness!!!

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Martz Migraña
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11 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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