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8th Feb '16 12:55:22 AM Anddrix
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* Everyone in ''Film/JupiterAscending'' speaks English and it is never even [[HandWave handwaved away]]. It gets to the point where even the writing in the alien spaceships and bureaucratic offices is in English.
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* Everyone in ''Film/JupiterAscending'' not from Earth speaks English and it is never even [[HandWave handwaved away]]. It gets to the point where even the writing in the alien spaceships and bureaucratic offices is in English. A bit jarring, since even Jupiter's family doesn't exclusively speak English.
4th Feb '16 10:45:50 AM Dontfollowmeman
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*''Series/MockTheWeek'', ''Scenes We'd Like To See'', Lines You Wouldn't Hear in A Sci-Fi Film: -->'''Hugh Dennis''': Yes, we aliens learned English by [[AliensStealCable listening to your radio broadcasts!]]
6th Jan '16 8:21:14 PM BreadBull
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* Virtually everyone can understand each other in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Native Martians speak English, Omicronians speak English, Neutrals speak English, it goes on. This is lampshaded in the sixth season episode, "Mobius Dick", when the Planet Express crew travels to a foreign planet to pick up a statue, written in English.
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* Virtually everyone can understand each other in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Native Martians speak English, Omicronians speak English, Neutrals speak English, it goes on. Perhaps more impressively, although English changed a ''lot'' in the last 1000 years, it proceeds to stay the same for the next 1000. This is lampshaded in the sixth season episode, "Mobius Dick", when the Planet Express crew travels to a foreign planet to pick up a statue, written in English.
28th Dec '15 11:33:43 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is very guilty of this. The Crystal Gems have been living relatively close to humans for thousands of years, so they have reason to speak Earth languages (English in particular because their base is on the Northeastern Seaboard). But the Homeworld Gems have been seperated from Earth for almost 6000 years and somehow also speak English, which had not been invented until under 2000 years ago. Unless English is the gems' native language and was taught to humans for convenience.
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* The Crystal Gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is very guilty of this. The Crystal Gems have been living relatively close to humans for thousands of years, so they have reason to speak Earth languages (English in particular because their base is on the Northeastern Seaboard). But the Homeworld Gems have been seperated separated from Earth for almost 6000 years and somehow also speak English, which had not been invented until under 2000 years ago. Unless English is the gems' native language and was taught to humans for convenience. ago.
27th Dec '15 8:54:56 PM nombretomado
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* {{Justified|Trope}} in the Marvel Comics series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'', when the eponymous alien hero learns to speak English because that's the language his human host speaks. The letters page stated that if Sleepwalker had been trapped in the mind of someone who spoke another language, like French or German, he would have begun using that language when he first appeared in the human world.
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* {{Justified|Trope}} in the Marvel Comics series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'', when the eponymous alien hero learns to speak English because that's the language his human host speaks. The letters page stated that if Sleepwalker had been trapped in the mind of someone who spoke another language, like French or German, he would have begun using that language when he first appeared in the human world.
26th Dec '15 7:09:32 PM nombretomado
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* One [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Comicbook/JimmyOlsen story in Franchise/TheDCU had Jimmy stranded on an alien world where everyone spoke English. The explanation? They had studied the universe's languages and adopted English as the ''most efficient!'' Never mind that English--with its various loanwords, silent letters, and how every rule has an exception--is far from the most efficient language on ''this'' planet.
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* One [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Comicbook/JimmyOlsen story in Franchise/TheDCU had Jimmy stranded on an alien world where everyone spoke English. The explanation? They had studied the universe's languages and adopted English as the ''most efficient!'' Never mind that English--with its various loanwords, silent letters, and how every rule has an exception--is far from the most efficient language on ''this'' planet.
22nd Dec '15 9:36:09 AM GoblinCipher
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There's a specific subtrope for when aliens do it. Not that I blame you for missing it, given its nonindicative name.
* ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier'' went to some trouble to justify the trope. The aliens (who in this case are the viewpoint characters for most of the first two acts) LearnedEnglishFromWatchingTelevision, but the process of deciphering the signal to make it useable on their equipment is briefly addressed[[note]]it's basically reverse [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Eck_Phreaking Van Eck phreaking]], if you were wondering[[/note]] and they're also [[GenreSavvy specifically looking for TV programming aimed at preschoolers]]. They also have a SubspaceAnsible and the linguistics departments of every university in their home solar system working on the problem full-time.
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* ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier'' went to some trouble to justify the trope. The aliens (who in this case are the viewpoint characters for most of the first two acts) LearnedEnglishFromWatchingTelevision, [[AliensStealCable learn English from TV]], but the process of deciphering the signal to make it useable on their equipment is briefly addressed[[note]]it's basically reverse [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Eck_Phreaking Van Eck phreaking]], if you were wondering[[/note]] and they're also [[GenreSavvy specifically looking for TV programming aimed at preschoolers]]. They also have a SubspaceAnsible and the linguistics departments of every university in their home solar system working on the problem full-time.
18th Dec '15 1:31:33 PM galaxyeyes
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* Harry Vanderspeigle, the alien protagonist of ''ComicBook/ResidentAlien'' can speak English; justified in that he actually took the time to learn it.
12th Dec '15 5:20:32 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* In ''InazumaEleven''the members of Aliea Academy, aliens from a distant planet who invade Japan, speak fluent Japanese as soon as they first arrive on Earth. Although, [[spoiler:Subverted with the twist: The "aliens" were actually Japanese middle school kids]].
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* In ''InazumaEleven''the ''InazumaEleven'' the members of Aliea Academy, aliens from a distant planet who invade Japan, speak fluent Japanese as soon as they first arrive on Earth. Although, [[spoiler:Subverted with the twist: The "aliens" were actually Japanese middle school kids]].
12th Nov '15 12:14:39 PM TARINunit9
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* What with how common the "Humans in Equestria" plot is in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction is, this is fairly common. However, as time goes on, aversions and subversions become more common. Sometimes spoken language is perfectly understandable, but the written word seems to follow a different alphabet, following the show. Sometimes some sort of language spell is employed, or if you have a "first contact" type story, you do see the ponies and humans over-coming the language barrier.
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* What with how common the "Humans in Equestria" plot is in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction is, this is fairly common. However, as time goes on, aversions and subversions become more common. Sometimes spoken language is perfectly understandable, but the written word seems to follow a different alphabet, following alphabet (which the show.show has zig-zagged on). Sometimes some sort of language spell is employed, or if you have a "first contact" type story, you do see the ponies and humans over-coming the language barrier.
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