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20th Sep '16 4:29:54 PM Tahaneira
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* ComicBook/AtomicRobo, despite technically having the capacity to learn anything by uploading it directly into his brain, chooses not to. This results in his Japanese being absolutely ''horrible'', sometimes called by fans "[[{{Engrish}} Reverse Engrish]]."
-->'''Robo:''' <Thank you on voyage. My hope for the weight was not too many.>\\
'''Mailman:''' <Your accent is atrocious.>\\
'''Robo:''' <Apologizing. I am foreign robot man.>
3rd Sep '16 8:05:00 AM leraluna
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* In ''La Vita e Bella'' (''Film/LifeIsBeautiful''), Roberto Benigni's character, Guido, translates the Nazi officer's brutal instructions into Italian for his fellow prisoners, among whom is Guido's young son. To spare his kid's innocence, the version he offers in Italian is not exactly a literal translation.

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* In ''La Vita e è Bella'' (''Film/LifeIsBeautiful''), Roberto Benigni's character, Guido, translates the Nazi officer's brutal instructions into Italian for his fellow prisoners, among whom is Guido's young son. To spare his kid's innocence, the version he offers in Italian is not exactly a literal translation.



** There's even a double payoff from this seemingly random speech: not only does the son retain his innocence, but he "wins" the tank!

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** There's even a double payoff from this seemingly random speech: [[spoiler: not only does the son retain his innocence, but he "wins" the tank!tank!]]
21st Aug '16 11:37:32 AM nombretomado
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* Played with in {{Duckman}}, usually by Cornfed. "Either you're babbling, or you just told me in Cherokee 'my scrotum is many colored'."

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* Played with in {{Duckman}}, ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', usually by Cornfed. "Either you're babbling, or you just told me in Cherokee 'my scrotum is many colored'."
30th Jul '16 12:23:29 PM nombretomado
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* In one {{Darkover}} novel it's mentioned that a particular Darkovan phrase, which translates literally as "friend and brother", is forbidden to diplomats from the Terran Empire. The everyday inflection would be acceptable, but it's too easy to say it with the inflection that makes it mean "brother" in the familial sense -- or the one that makes it mean "same-sex lover".

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* In one {{Darkover}} ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' novel it's mentioned that a particular Darkovan phrase, which translates literally as "friend and brother", is forbidden to diplomats from the Terran Empire. The everyday inflection would be acceptable, but it's too easy to say it with the inflection that makes it mean "brother" in the familial sense -- or the one that makes it mean "same-sex lover".
9th Jul '16 9:44:36 AM DGFletcher
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5703754 A Problem of Phonetics]]'', the Series/DeepSpaceNine Translators start flicking on and off, and because Cardassians can memorize better than humans, Garak accidentally gets himself stuck being the translator for everyone. It explores Kardasi vs Arabic, tonal Ferengi, that there is no one "Bajoran" any more than there is one "Earth", and what happens when Molly's dad speaks Irish Gaelic and her mom speaks Japanese and she speaks Molly Gibberish.

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* In The ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' Translators start flicking on and off in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5703754 A Problem of Phonetics]]'', the Series/DeepSpaceNine Translators start flicking on and off, Phonetics]]'', and because Cardassians can memorize better than humans, Garak accidentally gets himself stuck being the translator for everyone. It explores Kardasi vs Arabic, tonal Ferengi, that there is no one "Bajoran" any more than there is one "Earth", and what happens when Molly's dad speaks Irish Gaelic and her mom speaks Japanese and she speaks Molly Gibberish.
9th Jul '16 9:42:09 AM DGFletcher
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5703754 A Problem of Phonetics]]'', the Deep Space Nine Star Trek Translators start flicking on and off, and because Cardassians can memorize better than humans, Garak accidentally gets himself stuck being the translator for everyone. It explores Kardasi vs Arabic, that there is no one "Bajoran" any more than there is one "Earth", and what happens when Molly's dad speaks Irish Gaelic and her mom speaks Japanese and she speaks Molly Gibberish.

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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5703754 A Problem of Phonetics]]'', the Deep Space Nine Star Trek Series/DeepSpaceNine Translators start flicking on and off, and because Cardassians can memorize better than humans, Garak accidentally gets himself stuck being the translator for everyone. It explores Kardasi vs Arabic, tonal Ferengi, that there is no one "Bajoran" any more than there is one "Earth", and what happens when Molly's dad speaks Irish Gaelic and her mom speaks Japanese and she speaks Molly Gibberish.
9th Jul '16 9:37:30 AM DGFletcher
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*In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5703754 A Problem of Phonetics]]'', the Deep Space Nine Star Trek Translators start flicking on and off, and because Cardassians can memorize better than humans, Garak accidentally gets himself stuck being the translator for everyone. It explores Kardasi vs Arabic, that there is no one "Bajoran" any more than there is one "Earth", and what happens when Molly's dad speaks Irish Gaelic and her mom speaks Japanese and she speaks Molly Gibberish.
19th May '16 1:06:27 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In the ''RockosModernLife'' episode "I See London, I See France," Rocko is on the plane, dreaming about romancing a French wallaby girl [[DreamingOfThingsToCome whom he actually meets later]]. He leans in as she's saying something [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench undoubtedly romantic]], and Heffer's voice is heard as he practices phrases from his phrase book: [[ToiletHumor "Je besoin de papier toilette!"]]

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* In the ''RockosModernLife'' ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "I See London, I See France," Rocko is on the plane, dreaming about romancing a French wallaby girl [[DreamingOfThingsToCome whom he actually meets later]]. He leans in as she's saying something [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench undoubtedly romantic]], and Heffer's voice is heard as he practices phrases from his phrase book: [[ToiletHumor "Je besoin de papier toilette!"]]
15th May '16 4:31:32 PM lavendermintrose
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* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Premium'' most of the characters slowly lose the ability to speak anything other than "Octopusese". Two key phrases are "Flat chested" and "I love you", both said by [[IdiotHero Gourry]] to [[PersonOfMassDestruction Lina]]. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues.

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Premium'' most of the characters slowly lose the ability to speak anything other than "Octopusese". "Octopese". Two key phrases are "Flat chested" and [[WillTheyOrWontThey "I love you", you"]] and [[BerserkButton "Flat-chested"]], both said by [[IdiotHero Gourry]] to [[PersonOfMassDestruction Lina]]. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues.
6th May '16 2:22:28 PM mkrgolf
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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', "Got Your Goat": When Dexter realizes the chupacabra is really one of his escaped experiments, he rushes to pick up "Charlie", with Dee-Dee tagging along to act as an interpreter. Once they arrive in Central America, they run into some surly locals who accuse them of being poachers. Dee-Dee, whose grasp of Spanish is really rather lacking, thinks they're asking them if they're thirsty, and in trying to tell them "yes we are", says "I enjoy hamburgers and trousers, but I really like green balloons!"

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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', "Got Your Goat": When Dexter realizes the chupacabra is really one of his escaped experiments, he rushes to pick up "Charlie", with Dee-Dee Dee Dee tagging along to act as an interpreter. Once they arrive in Central America, they run into some surly locals who accuse them of being poachers. Dee-Dee, Dee Dee, whose grasp of Spanish is really rather lacking, thinks they're asking them if they're thirsty, and in trying to tell them "yes we are", says "I enjoy hamburgers and trousers, but I really like green balloons!"
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