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19th Sep '16 2:30:09 PM EDP
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* In ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'', Misa is shown able to understand Zentraedi language and, after some initial trouble, decipher the Protoculture one (from which the Zentraedi's derives). This allows her to translate the title song (originally a Protoculture song), and, indirectly, end the war in the good guys' favour when Minmay sings it.
7th Sep '16 4:24:32 PM unokkun
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** Creator/JRRTolkien spoke ten languages fluently and understood 18.

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** Creator/JRRTolkien spoke ten languages fluently and understood 18. And that's not counting the [[ConLang languages]] [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings he created.]][[note]]At least the two "big" Elvish languages, Quenya (based on Finnish and Latin) and Sindarin (based on Welsh), are extensively developed, to the point where you could have a simple conversation in them. Khuzdûl (Dwarvish) and Adûnaic (Númenórean), both based somewhat on the Semitic languages, seem to have a developed grammar, although there's not much published of the former (linguist David Salo had to make up a lot of it for ''[[Film/TheHobbit The Hobbit]]'' movies). And then there are a handful of languages which have some vocabulary, and maybe a little grammar (Telerin, Black Speech, Ilkorin/Nandorin, Valarin, Westron...)[[/note]]
10th Aug '16 8:01:44 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', the story of an English pilot stranded in Japan:

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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', the story of an English pilot stranded in Japan: Japan:
4th Aug '16 3:20:30 PM missmoon
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** It’s showcased a little more in ''[[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness Into Darkness]]'', when they’re hunting down “John Harrison”.

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** It’s showcased a little more in ''[[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness Into Darkness]]'', ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', when they’re hunting down “John Harrison”.


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** Her understanding of speech patterns plays a pivotal role in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' as her time attempting to negotiate with Krall allows her [[spoiler:to identify his true identity of long-lost Starfleet captain Balthazar Edison from ship logs and reveal why he's so hell-bent on destroying the ''Yorktown'' station.]]
4th Aug '16 5:41:47 AM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/WolfHall'': Starting as a boy, Thomas Cromwell picks up Welsh from his brother-in-law. When he goes to the continent to flee his father and seek his fortune, he picks up Italian and French serving as a mercenary soldier, as well as Latin and Spanish, and then Flemish when he works as a cloth merchant in the Low Countries. All of this proves terribly useful as Master Secretary to Henry VIII (though he eventually loses the Welsh when he gets older).
27th Jul '16 5:20:02 AM Kakai
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* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', Kenton knows several Dayside and Darkside languages, making him the translator of Khriss' group.
26th Jul '16 1:18:52 AM PaulA
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* In the young adult series by Creator/JohnBellairs that begins with ''Literature/TheCurseOfTheBlueFigurine'', recurring character Proferssor Childermass often helps shed light on the current mystery with his extensive knowledge of languages, from French, Spanish and German to Latin and Greek. He prides his knowledge of languages extremely, and at the end of the book ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheKillerRobot'', he is very put out by the fact that he did not recognize Arabic writing on a sword, thinking instead that it was only decorative engraving.

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* In the young adult series by Creator/JohnBellairs that begins with ''Literature/TheCurseOfTheBlueFigurine'', recurring character Proferssor Professor Childermass often helps shed light on the current mystery with his extensive knowledge of languages, from French, Spanish and German to Latin and Greek. He prides his knowledge of languages extremely, and at the end of the book ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheKillerRobot'', he is very put out by the fact that he did not recognize Arabic writing on a sword, thinking instead that it was only decorative engraving.
26th Jul '16 1:17:53 AM PaulA
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* In the young adult series by John Bellairs, recurring character Proferssor Childermass often helps shed light on the current mystery with his extensive knowledge of languages, from French, Spanish and German to Latin and Greek. He prides his knowledge of languages extremely, and at the end of the book EyesOfTheKillerRobot, he is very put out by the fact that he did not recognize Arabic writing on a sword, thinking instead that it was only decorative engraving.

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* In the young adult series by John Bellairs, Creator/JohnBellairs that begins with ''Literature/TheCurseOfTheBlueFigurine'', recurring character Proferssor Childermass often helps shed light on the current mystery with his extensive knowledge of languages, from French, Spanish and German to Latin and Greek. He prides his knowledge of languages extremely, and at the end of the book EyesOfTheKillerRobot, ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheKillerRobot'', he is very put out by the fact that he did not recognize Arabic writing on a sword, thinking instead that it was only decorative engraving.
20th Jul '16 5:19:34 PM nombretomado
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* Bellis in ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar'' fills this role on the ship, complete with being both cunning and [[TheStoic unapproachable]].

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* Bellis in ChinaMieville's Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar'' fills this role on the ship, complete with being both cunning and [[TheStoic unapproachable]].
3rd Jul '16 1:18:14 PM Morgenthaler
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** However, while the Dragonborn can [[InstantExpert instantly]] learn new [[LanguageOfMagic Words of Power]] and use the Thu'um, they actually do ''not'' gain a full understanding of the Dragon-Language itself. [[BigBad Alduin]] mocks and berates them for having the audacity to call themselves "[[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord Dov]]" when they don't understand their language, while [[TheObiWan Arngeir]] only realises the Dragonborn's lack of fluency when they had to ask what was being said during their initiation ceremony.

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** However, while the Dragonborn can [[InstantExpert instantly]] learn new [[LanguageOfMagic Words of Power]] and use the Thu'um, they actually do ''not'' gain a full understanding of the Dragon-Language itself. [[BigBad Alduin]] mocks and berates them for having the audacity to call themselves "[[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord Dov]]" when they don't understand their language, while [[TheObiWan Arngeir]] Arngeir only realises the Dragonborn's lack of fluency when they had to ask what was being said during their initiation ceremony.
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