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1st Nov '17 6:53:49 AM EDP
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/12591880/chapters/28680388 Lila and the Anger Management Class]]'', Lila makes a comment in Italian before accepting... Then notices that Marinette is giving her a weird look, making her realize that "of course, the aspiring fashion designer with an Italian grandmother could understand Italian" and she now knows her relationship with [[AbusiveParents her parents]].
27th Oct '17 5:53:30 AM C105
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* In PGWodehouse's ''The Adventures of Sally'', the eponymous heroine is relaxing on the sea side in southern France when an Englishman nearby comments to his companion about how pretty he finds her, and goes on to rant about her beauty, along with the fact that nobody around understand English. Sally being American, she understands the whole conversation perfectly, and takes the opportunity of a later chance encounter with the Englishman to make gentle fun of him, to his deep embarrassment.
26th Oct '17 3:36:19 AM betterwatchit
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-->'''Getafix:''' ''[in Gothic]'' O Gothic Chief, your interpreter is deceiving you! I never had any intention of showing you my magic.\\

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-->'''Getafix:''' ''[in Gothic]'' O Gothic Chief, your interpreter is deceiving you! I never had any intention of showing you my magic.\\magic!\\



'''Rhetoric:''' ''[terrified]'' [[OhCrap He speaks Gothic. [sic] He speaks Gothic.]]

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'''Rhetoric:''' ''[terrified]'' [[OhCrap He speaks Gothic. [sic] Gothic! He speaks Gothic.]]Gothic!]]
17th Oct '17 2:51:00 AM jormis29
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* Larry Shue's play ''The Foreigner'' is made of this trope. A tourist pretends to be a foreigner who doesn't speak English so he doesn't have to have small talk conversations with others. Since he doesn't speak English, people have various conversations in front of him which eventually reveals a plot to drive the owner of the lodge out and use the place for KKK meetings.

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* Larry Shue's play ''The Foreigner'' ''Theatre/TheForeigner'' is made of this trope. A tourist pretends to be a foreigner who doesn't speak English so he doesn't have to have small talk conversations with others. Since he doesn't speak English, people have various conversations in front of him which eventually reveals a plot to drive the owner of the lodge out and use the place for KKK meetings.
8th Oct '17 5:34:14 PM LordNictus
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'''Chinese girl:''' You... can speak Mandarin?\\
'''House:''' Not much. I can say "Hello", I can count to ten, and I can say... ''[turns to mother, in Mandarin]'' Congratulations, you're a grandmother!

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'''Chinese girl:''' You... can speak You speak...Mandarin?\\
'''House:''' Not much. I can say "Hello", I can count to ten, and I can say...ask to go to the bathroom and... ''[turns to mother, in Mandarin]'' Congratulations, you're a grandmother!
1st Sep '17 11:55:29 PM bfunc
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** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' Unseen University awarded visiting Klatchian Prince Kufurah a "Doctorum Adamus Cum Flabello Dulci", Doctor of Sweet Fanny Adams. It's made clear that the visitors are quite as learned in Latatian as the Ankhian scholars.

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** In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' Unseen University awarded visiting Klatchian Prince Kufurah a "Doctorum Adamus Cum Flabello Dulci", Doctor of Sweet Fanny Adams.Adams[[note]]which may require some ''additional'' translation for US readers; it's a [=UKism=] roughly equivalent to "Jack Shit"[[/note]]. It's made clear that the visitors are quite as learned in Latatian as the Ankhian scholars.
29th Aug '17 11:51:15 PM Divra
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* In ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'', a pre-mission {{cutscene}} has Colonel Sawyer (American) and Commandant Sabatier (French) arguing, in English, about letting an American officer command NATO forces. Sabatier voices his annoyance in his native tongue.
-->'''Sabatier:''' Vous arrogants Americains, vous pensez que vous dirigez le monde comme il vous plais! \\ (You arrogant Americans, think you can run the world as you see fit!)

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'', a pre-mission {{cutscene}} has Colonel Sawyer (American) and Commandant Sabatier (French) arguing, in English, about letting an American officer command NATO forces. Sabatier voices his annoyance in his native tongue.
tongue. Sawyer shuts him down in the same.
-->'''Sabatier:''' Vous arrogants Americains, vous pensez que vous dirigez le monde comme il vous plais! \\ (You arrogant Americans, you think you can run the world as you see fit!)
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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