Have you ever noticed that the English word ‘right’ can mean two things? 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. Likewise, the word ‘left’ can have multiple, usually negative, meanings in some languages.

Surprisingly, the use of ‘right’ as the opposite of wrong, as well as the opposite of left, is, in linguistic terms at least, pure coincidence, and the words developed quite separately and from unrelated roots.

Source: Other Handedness Issues – Handedness 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, for example. 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
  • Afrikaans – links & regs
  • Arabic – اليسار & اليمين
  • Armenian – ձախ & աջ
  • Albanian – majtas & djathtas
  • Bosnian – lijevo & desno
  • Bulgarian – наляво & надясно
  • Chinese – 剩下 & 对
  • Croatian – lijevo & desno
  • Czech – levá & pravá
  • Danish – venstre & højre
  • Dutch – links & rechts
  • Estonian – vasakule & õige
  • Finnish – vasen & oikea
  • French – gauche & droite
  • German – links & rechts
  • Greek – αριστερά & δεξιά
  • Hungarian – balra & jobbra
  • Icelandic – vinstri & rétt
  • Indonesian – kiri & kanan
  • Italian – sinistra & destra
  • Japanese – 左 & 右
  • Latvian – pa kreisi & pa labi
  • Lithuanian – kairė & dešinė
  • Norwegian – venstre & høyre
  • Polish – lewa & prawa
  • Portuguese – esquerda & direita
  • Romanian – stânga & dreapta
  • Russian – левый & правый
  • Serbian – лево & десно
  • Slovak – vľavo & vpravo
  • Slovenian – levo & desno
  • Somali – bidix & midig
  • Swahili – kushoto & kulia
  • Spanish – izquierda & derecha
  • Swedish – vänster & höger
  • Turkish – sol & sağ
  • Ukrainian – лівий & правий

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

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