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22nd Nov '16 3:20:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' has Timothy Upham who is the naive kid, dispatched from the officer pool to help find private Ryan. Spends the movie getting his hands dirty and learning to be a soldier, manages to end the movie [[strike:a {{Badass}}]] sitting out the climactic battle because of a HeroicBSOD. Hilariously, Upham's German is in fact terrible, despite the claim of the character that his accent is "clean, with just a touch of Bavarian". His French isn't much better, particularly his grammar.

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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' has Timothy Upham who is the naive kid, dispatched from the officer pool to help find private Ryan. Spends the movie getting his hands dirty and learning to be a soldier, manages to end the movie [[strike:a {{Badass}}]] sitting out the climactic battle because of a HeroicBSOD. Hilariously, Upham's German is in fact terrible, despite the claim of the character that his accent is "clean, with just a touch of Bavarian". His French isn't much better, particularly his grammar.
13th Nov '16 12:38:49 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}, in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}}, in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
8th Oct '16 10:12:16 AM SamCurt
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* Aya in the Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote series bears the {{epithet}} of "the Language Expert," after all. While the franchise doesn't have many occasions involving foreign languages (and it'd more than likely to be [[CreatorThumbprint French]] if there is), in those occasions she learns the languages in question—computer languages included—in semi-InstantExpert speed.
8th Oct '16 9:19:22 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':

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* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
8th Oct '16 12:44:59 AM Xtifr
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* In ''Literature/Babel17'', the protagonist, Rydra Wong, is an actual linguist, a poet, and generally a master of languages. She is able to recognize that Babel-17 is actually a language, and not just a code, after seeing just a few poorly transcribed examples.
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).
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