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18th Mar '18 2:17:22 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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->'''Marge''': You...you speak English.\\
'''Kang''': I am actually speaking Rigelian. By an astonishing coincidence, both of our languages are exactly the same.

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->'''Marge''': ->'''Marge:''' You...you speak English.\\
'''Kang''':
English?\\
'''Kang:'''
I am actually speaking Rigelian. By an astonishing coincidence, both of our languages are exactly the same.
8th Mar '18 9:54:25 PM nombretomado
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** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Darmok" is a brilliant subversion of this and TranslatorMicrobes. The aliens ''are'' speaking English, in a way, but [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker their language is metaphorical rather than indicative]], full of seemingly unrelated references to historical events and battles, and is impossible to understand without the proper cultural background. It has been joked that they are a planet of [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary tropers]].

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** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Darmok" is a brilliant subversion of this and TranslatorMicrobes. The aliens ''are'' speaking English, in a way, but [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker their language is metaphorical rather than indicative]], full of seemingly unrelated references to historical events and battles, and is impossible to understand without the proper cultural background. It has been joked that they are a planet of [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary [[JustForFun/TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary tropers]].
8th Feb '18 9:42:07 PM merotoker
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-->-- ''Television/{{The Simpsons}}''

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-->-- ''Television/{{The Simpsons}}''
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Usually these are AcceptableBreakFromReality, because not knowing what the aliens are saying would be quite uninteresting, and having the show's cast spend the first half of every episode learning how to say 'hello' in the Alien Language of the Week ''seriously'' undercuts the story and makes the people who are listening to it in-universe with sentences like "I don't understand this". However, AliensSpeakingEnglish isn't totally inevitable either, as it isn't that impossible to put an imaginary language and English subtitles.

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Usually these are AcceptableBreakFromReality, AcceptableBreaksFromReality, because not knowing what the aliens are saying would be quite uninteresting, and having the show's cast spend the first half of every episode learning how to say 'hello' in the Alien Language of the Week ''seriously'' undercuts the story and makes the people who are listening to it in-universe with sentences like "I don't understand this". However, AliensSpeakingEnglish Aliens Speaking English isn't totally inevitable either, as it isn't that impossible to put an imaginary language and English subtitles.



* Used in ''Manga/{{Dears}}'' when Ren learns Japanese in one night by reading a single Japanese textbook. Justified because it's a genetic trait programmed into the Dears to learn languages. How this also allows her to SPEAK Japanese however is [[VoodooShark never explained]]

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* Used in ''Manga/{{Dears}}'' when Ren learns Japanese in one night by reading a single Japanese textbook. Justified because it's a genetic trait programmed into the Dears to learn languages. How this also allows her to SPEAK Japanese however is [[VoodooShark never explained]]explained]].



* The Pillar Men of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' aren't aliens, being a race of ancient superhumans, but otherwise fit the bill. The weakest and least intelligent one, Santana, is able to speak full sentences using modern language after overhearing a few conversations. All after a four thousand year slumber. The stronger ones pick up modern language immediately after hearing a few words. What ultimately makes things weirder is that Santana is discovered in Mexico (Kars, Esidisi, and Wamuu are all in Italy) by German archaeologists and their plans are thwarted by a British-American man, and yet everyone still speaks Japanese.

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* The Pillar Men of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' aren't aliens, being a race of ancient superhumans, but otherwise fit the bill. The weakest and least intelligent one, Santana, is able to speak full sentences using modern language after overhearing a few conversations. All after a four thousand year slumber. The stronger ones pick up modern language immediately after hearing a few words. What ultimately makes things weirder is that Santana is discovered in Mexico (Kars, Esidisi, and Wamuu are all in Italy) by German archaeologists and their plans are thwarted by a British-American man, and yet everyone still speaks Japanese.



* In a Creator/CarlBarks comic [[Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Uncle Scrooge]] went underground (NoPunIntended) and met the Terries and the Fermies. They talked like cowboys, because through the ground they listened to the radio. As a side effect, [[FridgeBrilliance they thought that money was worthless because people try to give it away on the radio.]] Oh, and they make earthquakes.

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* In a Creator/CarlBarks comic [[Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Uncle Scrooge]] went underground (NoPunIntended) ([[AccidentalPun No Pun Intended]]) and met the Terries and the Fermies. They talked like cowboys, because through the ground they listened to the radio. As a side effect, [[FridgeBrilliance they thought that money was worthless because people try to give it away on the radio.]] Oh, and they make earthquakes.



* The ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' novel ''Queen of Blades'' (by Aaron Rosenberg) seems to have a bad case of this, with Jim Raynor encountering Zerg Cerebrates and Overlords that speak aloud in English, conveniently letting him eavesdrop. [[spoiler:It turns out he was actually unconsciously hearing their telepathic voices through his latent connection to Kerrigan. Zeratul even comments that the Zerg don't speak any language]].

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* The ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' novel ''Queen of Blades'' (by Aaron Rosenberg) seems to have a bad case of this, with Jim Raynor encountering Zerg Cerebrates and Overlords that speak aloud in English, conveniently letting him eavesdrop. [[spoiler:It turns out he was actually unconsciously hearing their telepathic voices through his latent connection to Kerrigan. Zeratul even comments that the Zerg don't speak any language]].language.]]



* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':



* {{Justified}} in a wide variety of ways in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, where all the various alien races speak Aleran (the language of the human protagonists, presumably some derivative of Latin). The Marut use it as a trade language between their various tribes, the Canim generally don't speak Aleran but their ambassadors learn it because they wish to be able to speak to Alerans, the Icemen are telepathic and therefore don't really need spoken languages, and the Vord use it because the Vord queen was awakened by the blood of an Aleran and absorbed knowledge from him.

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* {{Justified}} {{Justified|Trope}} in a wide variety of ways in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, where all the various alien races speak Aleran (the language of the human protagonists, presumably some derivative of Latin). The Marut use it as a trade language between their various tribes, the Canim generally don't speak Aleran but their ambassadors learn it because they wish to be able to speak to Alerans, the Icemen are telepathic and therefore don't really need spoken languages, and the Vord use it because the Vord queen was awakened by the blood of an Aleran and absorbed knowledge from him.



** This is {{lampshaded}} in ''Literature/HaloBrokenCircle'', although the language in question wasn't English, but Sangheili; apparently, the San'Shyuum overcame the language barrier between their species by building translators...that were made after [[ColdBloodedTorture by torturing and interrogating captured Sangheili]] during the war. The protagonist Prophet Mken notes [[{{Understatement}} it might not have been the best way to learn a new language]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Outcast}}'', the hero finds himself thrust into an alien world on a Bronze Age - level. He has no trouble communicating with the natives, who also have their own language used when not communicating directly with the hero, and never stops to wonder at this, being more bothered re: aliens, the existence of, local evil empire, the overthrowing of. [[spoiler:The player is encouraged to accept this as a [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality necessary break from reality]], until it turns out that there are no TranslatorMicrobes - the aliens have all been speaking proper English. The hero meets a scientist from the same world-thrusting expedition, who [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the matter only to be told that the empire instituted the use of the shadowy BigBad's language. Dun dun DUNNN!]]

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** This is {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/HaloBrokenCircle'', although the language in question wasn't English, but Sangheili; apparently, the San'Shyuum overcame the language barrier between their species by building translators...that were made after [[ColdBloodedTorture by torturing and interrogating captured Sangheili]] during the war. The protagonist Prophet Mken notes [[{{Understatement}} it might not have been the best way to learn a new language]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Outcast}}'', the hero finds himself thrust into an alien world on a Bronze Age - level. He has no trouble communicating with the natives, who also have their own language used when not communicating directly with the hero, and never stops to wonder at this, being more bothered re: aliens, the existence of, local evil empire, the overthrowing of. [[spoiler:The player is encouraged to accept this as a [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality necessary break from reality]], until it turns out that there are no TranslatorMicrobes - the aliens have all been speaking proper English. The hero meets a scientist from the same world-thrusting expedition, who [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}ls the matter only to be told that the empire instituted the use of the shadowy BigBad's language. Dun dun DUNNN!]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}''

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* In ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' all ADVENT enemies are speaking their own language, even more, in random conversation Lily Shen mentiones seeing some old documents written in English and how she's unable to read them, meaning that all people born after the invasion are taught alien language. Also, in the final mission, Commander's avatar talks like ADVENT.

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* In ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' all ADVENT enemies are speaking their own language, even more, in random conversation Lily Shen mentiones mentions seeing some old documents written in English and how she's unable to read them, meaning that all people born after the invasion are taught alien language. Also, in the final mission, Commander's avatar talks like ADVENT.



* Lampshaded in an ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' strip about ''Franchise/MassEffect''. All of the advanced technology and mental powers in the setting are made possible by mass effect technology. How does everyone speak english? A wizard did it.

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* Lampshaded in an ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' strip about ''Franchise/MassEffect''. All of the advanced technology and mental powers in the setting are made possible by mass effect technology. How does everyone speak english? English? A wizard did it.



* Most of the aliens in ''Webcomic/LuminaryChildren'' are able to speak english without problems.

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* Most of the aliens in ''Webcomic/LuminaryChildren'' are able to speak english English without problems.



** Later played straight by Diplomat, who can speak all human languages. [[spoiler: Or, at least, the ones he managed to pick up via radio evesdropping.]]

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** Later played straight by Diplomat, who can speak all human languages. [[spoiler: Or, at least, the ones he managed to pick up via radio evesdropping.eavesdropping.]]



* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''

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* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':



* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
6th Feb '18 7:55:02 PM somebob
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* In ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', it is discussed between Lyra and Will, who are both from Oxford, just in different parallel universes. There are slight differences in certain words, though.
** In Cittigazze, which is supposed to be a Mediterranean land on another parallel Earth, the residents still speak English.
** Averted on the Mulefa's parallel Earth. Mary spends some time trying to learn their language. Being elephant-like creatures, part of their language involves movements of the trunk along with words, so she has to use her arms to speak as well. They also learn a little English from her.
21st Jan '18 2:41:27 PM nombretomado
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* Lum, Ten, and Lum's father from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' speak Japanese, but Lum's mother cannot (her speech is rendered as {{Mahjong}} tiles). Rei can say just a few words, and Lum forgets Japanese for an episode after getting hit by a baseball. But... practically every alien other than Lum's mother is fluent. Benten, Oyuki, Ran, Elle, the taxi driver...

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* Lum, Ten, and Lum's father from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' speak Japanese, but Lum's mother cannot (her speech is rendered as {{Mahjong}} {{TabletopGame/Mahjong}} tiles). Rei can say just a few words, and Lum forgets Japanese for an episode after getting hit by a baseball. But... practically every alien other than Lum's mother is fluent. Benten, Oyuki, Ran, Elle, the taxi driver...
11th Jan '18 4:58:20 PM ReaderAt2046
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* {{Justified}} in a wide variety of ways in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, where all the various alien races speak Aleran (the language of the human protagonists, presumably some derivative of Latin). The Marut use it as a trade language between their various tribes, the Canim generally don't speak Aleran but their ambassadors learn it because they wish to be able to speak to Alerans, the Icemen are telepathic and therefore don't really need spoken languages, and the Vord use it because the Vord queen was awakened by the blood of an Aleran and absorbed knowledge from him.
9th Jan '18 11:53:43 AM AHI-3000
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* Played straight for the most part in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlackTheSeries''. It's partially justified as most of the aliens are [[HumanDisguise secretly living among humans]] on Earth, however this trope usually still applies to aliens even when they're talking to another one of their own species or live on another planet. Extraterrestrial languages are only rarely heard being spoken. Though this does get humorously subverted with the Worm Emperor, [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels whose ability to speak English is terrible]].
25th Dec '17 8:11:27 PM JMQwilleran
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** ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' has scenes with the Klingons speaking in the Klingon language and subtitled at the bottom. They're not heard "speaking" English" until the final episode of the first "chapter" when a Starfleet crew-member who has boarded one of their ships eavesdrops on them and has a universal translator.
25th Dec '17 8:06:05 PM JMQwilleran
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** Meanwhile, information written in real-world script instead of Aurebesh is referred to as "[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/High_Galactic High Galactic]]."
24th Dec '17 9:11:35 AM ArtistsAnomalous
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* Justified in ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968''. The apes all speak English, but that's because [[ItWasHisSled they were on Earth all along]].

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* Justified in ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968''. The apes all speak English, but that's because [[ItWasHisSled [[spoiler:[[ItWasHisSled they were on Earth all along]].along]]]].
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