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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Finnish = knowledge machine

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Daria B 1 month ago

Ahahahah! This is true for Croatian too. ♥

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Crapulus Maximus 1 month ago

Dutch: prickly pig

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Vincent Philippart 1 month ago

French: bald mouse

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C 1 month ago

oh my god hahahahah

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European other 1 month ago

Lol so a vegan would be dairy meat denier

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Daria B 1 month 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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Blueplanet 1 month ago

Chinese: Sea Female

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Asat Voong 1 month ago

Danish is worse.

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Chloë Coles 1 month ago

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

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C 1 month 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 1 month ago

Same in Dutch

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miaow 1 month ago

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

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Kaisu 1 month ago

Well it's true at least

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Radek Suski 1 month ago

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

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Withnail 1 month ago

Afrikaans: You are still wet behind the ears.

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Tiny Dynamine 1 month ago

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

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David Jeu 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

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Sonja 1 month ago

Czech: a little sun with seven dots

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Night Owl 1 month 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 1 month ago

Korean: "Oh, fuck! So sudden!" ♥

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Iggy 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

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Gosiulka Bloem 1 month 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 1 month ago

Hungarian has it better: house of sickness!!!

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Martz Migraña 1 month 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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