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9th Mar '16 1:02:56 AM WhatRayDid
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* As of 4th edition, languages in GURPS are valued from one to three points, with one point being "takes a long time to communicate simple concepts", two being conversant but obviously speaking a second language, and three being fully capable of expressing anything as complex and eloquent as your knowledge allows. Since you get one language at three points for free (your native tongue) and there's little practical benefit to buying over the second tier, almost every character with multiple languages will fall into this trope.
** Also mechanically enforced by the optional cultural familiarity penalties, which can rapidly make your social skills fail almost automatically when outside your native culture if you don't put significant character points into mitigating the effect.
22nd Jan '16 2:54:22 AM annieholmes
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22nd Jan '16 2:49:07 AM annieholmes
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* In the stage adaptation of ''Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDame", Quasimodo's voice is hoarse and raspy with occasional grammar mistakes when he speaks aloud, but smoother when he's expressing his thoughts in song.
13th Jan '16 11:47:57 PM KyleJacobs
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* Groot, badass tree (yes, tree) of the Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy, never says anything but "I AM GROOT!" But his inflection and tone matter greatly… He used to be able to talk normally.
** [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy I am]] [[http://37.media.tumblr.com/b4ed245d14551e84f3a9c7e855595160/tumblr_mztl1jpw1h1sghg2fo1_1280.jpg Groot.]]

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* Groot, badass tree (yes, tree) of the Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy, ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', never says anything but "I AM GROOT!" But [[http://i.imgur.com/rtMlvOv.jpg his inflection and tone matter greatly… greatly]]. He used to be able to talk normally.
** [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy I am]] [[http://37.media.tumblr.com/b4ed245d14551e84f3a9c7e855595160/tumblr_mztl1jpw1h1sghg2fo1_1280.jpg Groot.]]
normally.
2nd Jan '16 7:30:25 PM Doug86
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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has the wild men of the Drúadan Forest; they have no contact with outsiders, and are viewed as backward primitive creatures. Upon contact, their chief Ghân-buri-Ghân speaks sub-optimal Common Speech - but turns out to be quite smart, wise and knowing. This is further cemented when one reads [[AllInTheManual the other things Tolkien wrote about them]].

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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has the wild men of the Drúadan Forest; they have no contact with outsiders, and are viewed as backward primitive creatures. Upon contact, their chief Ghân-buri-Ghân speaks sub-optimal Common Speech - but turns out to be quite smart, wise and knowing. This is further cemented when one reads [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual the other things Tolkien wrote about them]].
19th Dec '15 5:31:45 AM Divra
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* Ivan Dolvich from the ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'' series originally spoke no English, but according to his in-game bio he took an "English as a second language" course between Deadly Games and [=JA2=]. His Russian is fluent and eloquent, his English is... comprehensible, barely. In the trailer for ''Back In Action'' his English is almost perfect, if heavily-accented; the games are a bit vague about how much time elapses between them, but presumably he's had time to practice.

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* Ivan Dolvich from the ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'' series originally spoke no English, but according to his in-game bio he took an "English as a second language" course between Deadly Games and [=JA2=]. His Russian is fluent and eloquent, eloquent (if somewhat heavy on the obscenities), his English is... comprehensible, barely. In the trailer for ''Back In Action'' his English is almost perfect, if heavily-accented; the games are a bit vague about how much time elapses between them, but presumably he's had time to practice.
8th Dec '15 2:44:58 AM Gesperitia
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* [[Series/TheWestWing President Nimbala from The Republic of Equatorial Kundu]] requires a translator beside him at all times, but he is extremely knowledgeable about world events, and you will do well to remember that he is an equal to President Bartlet, and not treat him like some African warlord.
25th Sep '15 12:25:47 PM Kazmahu
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* Inverted in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD''. The "Gift of Languages" allows a Devil to speak with anyone by magically appearing to use whatever language a listener knows, and makes the Devil hear anything that's said in their own native tongue. Shortly after being reincarnated, Issei notes that he's had to put more effort into consciously getting his English consistently wrong for the sake of [[{{Muggles}} his teacher]] than he ever did while trying to learn it conventionally.
11th Sep '15 12:05:12 PM rjd1922
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* This was used in Kasumi Todoh's plotline in VideoGame/ArtOfFighting 3: She is searching for Ryo Sakazaki (who is a mixed-race American) in Mexico, and is using a Japanese-to-English dictionary to communicate. She naturally sounds demented in her win poses (and probably to any natives in the area, who don't speak English anyway.)

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* This was used in Kasumi Todoh's plotline in VideoGame/ArtOfFighting 3: ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting 3'': She is searching for Ryo Sakazaki (who is a mixed-race American) in Mexico, and is using a Japanese-to-English dictionary to communicate. She naturally sounds demented in her win poses (and probably to any natives in the area, who don't speak English anyway.)
20th Jul '15 11:08:40 PM MBI
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* A running gag on ''Series/ModernFamily'' is Gloria's frequent mangling of English, but it does hurt her deep down that no one knows how funny and smart she is in her own language (and when she's conversing with other Spanish speakers this very much seems to be the case). Her husband Jay eventually opts to take Spanish lessons so that he can be the one that sounds stupid every now and then.
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