History Main / CunningLinguist

12th May '18 10:39:48 AM IdumeanPatriot
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In "Literature/{{Okuyyuki}}", Reilly's spirit-possessed katana teaches him flawless Japanese. His buddies aren't surprised to hear him speak it, either; in their experience, he usually comes up with even weirder things than that.
9th Apr '18 6:59:50 AM gb00393
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Daenerys encounters a slave woman, Missendei, who translates for the slavers in Astapor. Later, Missendei enters Dany's service as her official translator, saying that she speaks 19 languages. Dany herself speaks several, particularly High Valyrian and Dothraki.

to:

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Daenerys encounters a slave woman, Missendei, who translates for the slavers in Astapor. Later, Missendei enters Dany's service as her official translator, saying that she speaks 19 languages.languages, including the CommonTongue, as well as High Valyrian and Dothraki. Dany herself speaks several, particularly High Valyrian and Dothraki.
8th Mar '18 9:47:29 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


*** The biggest aversion to this, of course, is [[UnitedKingdom the UK]]. As most other countries in the world tend to learn even at least a very basic amount of English - as a "common language" to get by - and since there are so many other languages in the world, all of which Brits would have to learn dependant on where they wanted to go, most Brits only learn one or maybe two major European languages (and with varying degrees of success, at that). The first phrase a lot of British schoolkids learn in another language is "Do you speak English?" (Or more laughably, "Sorry, I do not speak <language>"). Also most other nations dislike hearing [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Vowel_Shift the peculiar way that Brits tend to mangle foreign languages]], and would prefer them to simply speak English. The major problem was that until relatively recently, British schoolchildren didn't even ''start'' to learn a second language until the age of eleven, which neurologists now believe is ''after'' the optimal period in the brain's development for learning them. This was finally addressed around the turn of the millennium, and hopefully this should bear fruit in the next decade.

to:

*** The biggest aversion to this, of course, is [[UnitedKingdom [[UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom the UK]]. As most other countries in the world tend to learn even at least a very basic amount of English - as a "common language" to get by - and since there are so many other languages in the world, all of which Brits would have to learn dependant on where they wanted to go, most Brits only learn one or maybe two major European languages (and with varying degrees of success, at that). The first phrase a lot of British schoolkids learn in another language is "Do you speak English?" (Or more laughably, "Sorry, I do not speak <language>"). Also most other nations dislike hearing [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Vowel_Shift the peculiar way that Brits tend to mangle foreign languages]], and would prefer them to simply speak English. The major problem was that until relatively recently, British schoolchildren didn't even ''start'' to learn a second language until the age of eleven, which neurologists now believe is ''after'' the optimal period in the brain's development for learning them. This was finally addressed around the turn of the millennium, and hopefully this should bear fruit in the next decade.
7th Mar '18 3:07:54 AM erana
Is there an issue? Send a Message


*** The biggest aversion to this, of course, is [[UnitedKingdom the UK]]. As most other countries in the world tend to learn even at least a very basic amount of English - as a "common language" to get by - and since there are so many other languages in the world, all of which Brits would have to learn dependant on where they wanted to go, most Brits only learn one or maybe two major European languages (and with varying degrees of success, at that). The first phrase a lot of British schoolkids learn in another language is "Do you speak English?" (Or more laughably, "Sorry, I do not speak <language>"). Also most other nations dislike hearing the peculiar way that Brits tend to mangle foreign languages, and would prefer them to simply speak English. The major problem was that until relatively recently, British schoolchildren didn't even ''start'' to learn a second language until the age of eleven, which neurologists now believe is ''after'' the optimal period in the brain's development for learning them. This was finally addressed around the turn of the millennium, and hopefully this should bear fruit in the next decade.

to:

*** The biggest aversion to this, of course, is [[UnitedKingdom the UK]]. As most other countries in the world tend to learn even at least a very basic amount of English - as a "common language" to get by - and since there are so many other languages in the world, all of which Brits would have to learn dependant on where they wanted to go, most Brits only learn one or maybe two major European languages (and with varying degrees of success, at that). The first phrase a lot of British schoolkids learn in another language is "Do you speak English?" (Or more laughably, "Sorry, I do not speak <language>"). Also most other nations dislike hearing [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Vowel_Shift the peculiar way that Brits tend to mangle foreign languages, languages]], and would prefer them to simply speak English. The major problem was that until relatively recently, British schoolchildren didn't even ''start'' to learn a second language until the age of eleven, which neurologists now believe is ''after'' the optimal period in the brain's development for learning them. This was finally addressed around the turn of the millennium, and hopefully this should bear fruit in the next decade.
6th Mar '18 8:22:40 AM leraluna
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Malinche La Malinche]] was a Nahua woman from the Mexican Gulf Coast, famous for having been an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for Hernán Cortés and playing a role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, which sadly for her [[LesCollaborateurs associated her name with betrayal]] (even though she was actually a slave, and her role was rather obviously not her career of choice). She grew up in the Nahuatl speaking borderlands of the Aztec and Mayan empires, until [[MadeASlave she was sold to Mayan slave traders]] and then given to the Spaniards as a gift. As a slave she learned to speak Mayan, acquiring bilingual skills that would later serve as a crucial communication link between the Spanish conquistador and the Mayans and Aztecs, [[TactfulTranslator arguably negotiating ways to prevent the conquest of the Americas being even more violent than it was]]. Being also [[TheMistress Cortés' mistress]], she bore him a son that was likely the first [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mestizo mestizo]] (a person of European and indigenous American heritage) of Mexican history.

to:

* [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Malinche La Malinche]] was a Nahua woman from the Mexican Gulf Coast, famous for having been an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for Hernán Cortés and playing a role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, which sadly for her [[LesCollaborateurs associated her name with betrayal]] (even though she was actually a slave, and her role was rather obviously not her career of choice). She grew up in the Nahuatl speaking borderlands of the Aztec and Mayan empires, until [[MadeASlave she was sold to Mayan slave traders]] and then given to the Spaniards as a gift. As a slave she learned to speak Mayan, acquiring bilingual skills that would later serve as a crucial communication link between the Spanish conquistador and the Mayans and Aztecs, [[TactfulTranslator [[TactfulTranslation arguably negotiating ways to prevent the conquest of the Americas being even more violent than it was]]. Being also [[TheMistress Cortés' mistress]], she bore him a son that was likely the first [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mestizo mestizo]] (a person of European and indigenous American heritage) of Mexican history.
6th Mar '18 8:21:46 AM leraluna
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Malinche La Malinche]] was a Nahua woman from the Mexican Gulf Coast, famous for having been an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for Hernán Cortés and playing a role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, which sadly for her [[LesCollaborateurs associated her name with betrayal]] (even though she was actually a slave, and her role was rather obviously not her career of choice). She grew up in the Nahuatl speaking borderlands of the Aztec and Mayan empires, until she was sold to Mayan slave traders and then given along with other slave women to the Spaniards as a gift. As a slave she learned to speak Mayan, acquiring bilingual skills that would later serve as a crucial communication link between the Spanish conquistador and the Mayans and Aztecs, arguably negotiating ways to prevent the conquest of the Americas being even more violent than it was. Being also Cortés' mistress, she bore him a son tha is likely ghe first mestizo (a person of European and indigenous American heritage) of Mexican history.

to:

* [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Malinche La Malinche]] was a Nahua woman from the Mexican Gulf Coast, famous for having been an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for Hernán Cortés and playing a role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, which sadly for her [[LesCollaborateurs associated her name with betrayal]] (even though she was actually a slave, and her role was rather obviously not her career of choice). She grew up in the Nahuatl speaking borderlands of the Aztec and Mayan empires, until [[MadeASlave she was sold to Mayan slave traders traders]] and then given along with other slave women to the Spaniards as a gift. As a slave she learned to speak Mayan, acquiring bilingual skills that would later serve as a crucial communication link between the Spanish conquistador and the Mayans and Aztecs, [[TactfulTranslator arguably negotiating ways to prevent the conquest of the Americas being even more violent than it was. was]]. Being also [[TheMistress Cortés' mistress, mistress]], she bore him a son tha is that was likely ghe the first mestizo [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mestizo mestizo]] (a person of European and indigenous American heritage) of Mexican history.
6th Mar '18 8:17:36 AM leraluna
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Malinche La Malinche]] was a Nahua woman from the Mexican Gulf Coast, famous for having been an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for Hernán Cortés and playing a role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, which sadly for her [[LesCollaborateurs associated her name with betrayal]] (even though she was actually a slave, and her role was rather obviously not her career of choice). She grew up in the Nahuatl speaking borderlands of the Aztec and Mayan empires, until she was sold to Mayan slave traders and then given along with other slave women to the Spaniards as a gift. As a slave she learned to speak Mayan, acquiring bilingual skills that would later serve as a crucial communication link between the Spanish conquistador and the Mayans and Aztecs, arguably negotiating ways to prevent the conquest of the Americas being even more violent than it was. Being also Cortés' mistress, she bore him a son tha is likely ghe first mestizo (a person of European and indigenous American heritage) of Mexican history.
28th Feb '18 7:10:00 AM ChronoLegion
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Sikozu's species can't have TranslatorMicrobes implanted, but they pick up languages very easily, to the point where Sikozu learns English mostly from Crichton pointing to things in the cargo bay and naming them, in addition to a few minutes of attempted conversation. When Moya's crew reaches Earth ''sans'' Crichton, her actual knowledge of English (as opposed to the others' reliance on TranslatorMicrobes and halting attempts to learn the language) proves useful.

to:

* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Sikozu's species can't have TranslatorMicrobes implanted, but they pick up languages very easily, to the point where Sikozu learns English mostly from Crichton pointing to things in the cargo bay and naming them, in addition to a few minutes of attempted conversation.conversation (although Crichton tries to sabotage her efforts a bit by shouting a phrase in [[Series/StarTrek Klingon]]). When Moya's crew reaches Earth ''sans'' Crichton, her actual knowledge of English (as opposed to the others' reliance on TranslatorMicrobes and halting attempts to learn the language) proves useful.
28th Feb '18 7:05:35 AM ChronoLegion
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** This role was later taken by his SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, Jonas Quinn, after he left the show, though only for a season, then he was brought back.

to:

** This role was later taken by his SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, Jonas Quinn, after he left the show, though only for a season, then he was brought back. It helps that Jonas has a wide variety of interests (including linguistics, physics, and meteorology) and has very good observational skills and a near-perfect memory.
28th Feb '18 7:03:46 AM ChronoLegion
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In ''Literature/InvasionEarth'', Nadia Adrianova is a Russian linguist, assigned as the Soviet representative in humanity's dealings with the Oinn. Naturally, Nadia starts learning the Oinn language, despite Hes'bu being clearly reluctant to teach her. Besides her native Russian, Nadia speaks fluent English and Spanish. [[spoiler:When negotiating with the hostile Blettr, Nadia is shocked to discover that these other aliens speak the same language as the Oinn. This is what tips off the human authorities that the Oinn and the Blettr are actually working together to scam Earth out of its resources.]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 199. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.CunningLinguist