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11th Aug '17 9:05:03 AM Rhodes7
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* ''Literature/{{Thrawn}}'' has Thrawn get an interpreter who speaks Sy Bisti, in the Empire a language so obscure no translator has it programmed, but a common trader's tongue in the Unknown Regions. As time goes on it becomes more and more clear that Thrawn has little need for a translator but is keeping Vanto on to groom him for command. Later, they capture some Rebels and offer to let them go, the Rebels are left together to discuss the offer and where they'd go instead of the base... In Sy Bisti.
7th Aug '17 7:48:23 PM infernape612
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** In one episode, when a Japanese executive belittles Sam and Callen to his entourage and calls a woman in Japan to tell her to "answer the cops question,s" Sam informs him in Japanese "You wish I was just a cop." He then takes the phone and converses with the woman in fluent Japanese while the executive stares.

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** In one episode, when a Japanese executive belittles Sam and Callen to his entourage and calls a woman in Japan to tell her to "answer the cops question,s" cops' questions" Sam informs him in Japanese "You wish I was just a cop." He then takes the phone and converses with the woman in fluent Japanese while the executive stares.


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* PlayedForDrama in one episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' when [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bank robbers rob a bank]]. Two hostages plot to run away in a foreign language, only for one of the robbers to threaten to shoot them in the same language if they try it.
3rd Aug '17 9:28:09 AM YamiryuuZero
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* Hakuya's introduction in KokuhakuGame is this, complete with physical retaliation.
9th Jul '17 2:05:47 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'': Peter goes to the local deli for an afternoon snack and chats with the owner Mr. Delmar who asks him how Aunt May is doing. Delmar turns to the cook and tells him in Spanish that Aunt May is a gorgeous Italian woman. Peter proceeds to ask Delmar in Spanish how his daughter is doing.
29th Jun '17 4:30:25 PM StarTropes
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** A related example involves the little girl of a missing woman talking to her aunt in Chinese. When the aunt lies to the cops about what the girl said, Dr. Huang (who speaks Chinese) immediately calls BS.
7th Jun '17 4:35:44 PM StarTropes
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** When Abby's adopted brother Luca is brought in as a person of interest in a murder case, he starts using sign language with her--not knowing that Gibbs can sign as well.
27th Apr '17 6:02:24 AM Psyclone
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* In the ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' strip for January 20, 2011 (marginally NSFW), Sandra is unconcerned about discussing her private life with Matt because she assumes that Senna, who is from Brazil, speaks "Brazilianese". She does, plus [[OhCrap four other languages]].

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* In the ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' strip for January 20, 2011 (marginally NSFW), Sandra is unconcerned about discussing her private life with Matt because she assumes that Senna, who is from Brazil, speaks "Brazilianese". She does, plus [[OhCrap four other languages]].languages including English]].
18th Apr '17 5:53:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'': The businessman from Macau did this.

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* ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'': ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'': The businessman from Macau did this.
14th Apr '17 5:48:34 PM AuraXtreme
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* ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'' has a subversion. The floating city of Sagitta speaks largely in French. At one point, a young boy named Procyon insults Tiz while speaking to his father in French. Tiz does not speak French, but ''Magnolia'' does. Procyon's father knew this, but Procyon did ''not''.
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