Avez-vous déjà remarqué que le mot anglais «right»’ peut signifier deux choses? Right is used to describe both a normal or upright position and something as morally good, justified, or acceptable. This is also the case in other languages as well. De même, the word ‘leftcan have multiple, usually negative, meanings in some languages.

Étonnamment, the use of ‘rightas the opposite of wrong, as well as the opposite of left, est, in linguistic terms at leastpure coincidence, and the words developed quite separately and from unrelated roots.

Source: Other Handedness IssuesHandedness and Language https://www.rightleftrightwrong.com/issues_language.html

Despite their origin and other meanings, left and right are useful words to know in foreign languages if you ask for directions, par exemple. Here is an infographic listing 37 translations of the words left and right. You can find the list in words below the image.

Left and right translated into other languages
  • Afrikaanslinks & regs
  • Arabe – اليسار & اليمين
  • Armenianձախ & աջ
  • Albanianmajtas & djathtas
  • Bosnianlijevo & desno
  • Bulgarianналяво & надясно
  • Chinois – 剩下 &
  • Croatianlijevo & desno
  • Tchèque – levá & pravá
  • Danishvenstre & højre
  • Dutchlinks & rechts
  • Estonianvasakule & õige
  • Finnois – vasen & oikea
  • Français – gauche & droite
  • Allemand – links & rechts
  • Greekαριστερά & δεξιά
  • hongrois – balra & jobbra
  • islandais – vinstri & rétt
  • indonésien – kiri & kanan
  • Italien – sinistra & droit
  • Japonais – &
  • letton – pa kreisi & pa labi
  • lituanien – kairė & dešinė
  • Norvégien – venstre & høyre
  • polonais – lewa & prawa
  • Portugais – esquerda & direita
  • Romanianstânga & dreapta
  • Russe – левый & правый
  • Serbianлево & десно
  • Slovakvľavo & vpravo
  • Slovenianlevo & desno
  • Somalibidix & midig
  • Swahilikushoto & kulia
  • Espagnol – izquierda & derecha
  • Suédois – vänster & höger
  • Turc – sol & sağ
  • Ukrainien – лівий & правий

Do you speak more languages? Write a comment below to add more lefts and rights to the list.

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