10 English Words That Hilariously Translate Into Something Else



Our geographic and cultural diversity, along with the lack of universal communication over several centuries, has led to the creation of thousands of languages around the world. English might be one of the most popular languages in the world, but it is definitely not the first by any means. There will always be a massive language barrier between countries that operate with different languages. The barrier become a little more complex when certain words in one language means something else in another. Here is a list of 10 English words that translate into an entirely different meaning in a different language.

Hammer

The word hammer actually translates into ‘Awesome’ in German. It can be used as ‘Das ist der hammer!’, which means this is so awesome!

Kiss

The word kiss actually translates to ‘pee’ in Swedish. Trust me, you do not want to kiss your mother with that mouth!

Air

This one is an elemental blunder. Air actually translates into ‘water’ in Indonesian.

Handy

The word ‘Handy’ actually translates into ‘Cellphone’ in German. Since cellphones are a relatively new invention, you can only assume that the Germans did this on purpose.

No

Can you believe that the word ‘No’ actually translates into the word ‘Yes’ in Polish, Czech and some other Slavic languages. No way? Yes way!

Brat

You might think that you are insulting someone in Russia by calling them a brat, but the word actually translates into ‘brother’ in Russian, so you can expect a hug.

Fart

The word ‘Fart’ translates to ‘speed’ in Norwegian.

Ohio

Ohio has always been a funny sounding word for a place. Coincidentally enough, the word actually means ‘Good morning’ in Japanese.

Smoking

The French love their cigarettes and fashion right? No wonder the word ‘smoking’ actually translates to ‘tuxedo’ in French.

Dump

The word ‘dump’ translates into ‘bump’ in Swedish. Hilariously enough, the word ‘Speed bump’ would translate into ‘fart dump’ in Swedish (it’s actually farthinder, but still).