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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!"
29th Mar '16 9:10:43 AM MajinAkuma
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* In the original anime ''Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds'', they figured the best way to get an announcer that would breathlessly broadcast the outcome of children's card games is to get a guy who doesn't know Japanese and get him to phonetically shout his lines at the top of his lungs. ''''. What's more, they got a body builder and tae kwon do fighter, Bernard Ackah, to do it.

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* In the original anime ''Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds'', ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', they figured the best way to get an announcer that would breathlessly broadcast the outcome of children's card games is to get a guy who doesn't know Japanese and get him to phonetically shout his lines at the top of his lungs. ''''. What's more, they got a body builder and tae kwon do fighter, Bernard Ackah, to do it.
29th Mar '16 9:10:05 AM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}, when Oga, Baby Beel, Furuichi and Hilda are in America, Oga, who doesn't know how to speak English at all, introduces himself as "Fuck". He is called like that for the rest of the arc.

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* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}, ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', when Oga, Baby Beel, Furuichi and Hilda are in America, Oga, who doesn't know how to speak English at all, introduces himself as "Fuck". He is called like that for the rest of the arc.
29th Mar '16 9:09:40 AM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}, when Oga, Baby Beel, Furuichi and Hilda are in America, Oga, who doesn't know how to speak English at all, introduces himself as "Fuck". He is called like that for the rest of the arc.
28th Mar '16 5:04:14 PM eroock
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* Considering that it's a French film set in the Catalan-speaking part of Spain with most of the characters [[GratuitousEnglish using English all the time]], ''Film/TheSpanishInn'' a.k.a. ''L'auberge espagnole'' (double entendre: it's literally about a Spanish apartment, but the title is an expression that means "mess" in French, which is also appropriate) occasionally delves into this territory. One particularly memorable moment is when the English girl misunderstands the French slang word "fac". It's short for ''faculté.''

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* Considering that it's a French film set in the Catalan-speaking part of Spain with most of the characters [[GratuitousEnglish using English all the time]], ''Film/TheSpanishInn'' ''Film/TheSpanishApartment'' a.k.a. ''L'auberge espagnole'' (double entendre: it's literally about a Spanish apartment, but the title is an expression that means "mess" in French, which is also appropriate) occasionally delves into this territory. One particularly memorable moment is when the English girl misunderstands the French slang word "fac". It's short for ''faculté.''
18th Mar '16 7:40:36 PM storyyeller
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7dC2Tng0yg An utterly bizarre example]] of this trope appeared in the sketch show ''Series/BigTrain''. A girl on a biking tour stops to ask two locals if they speak English? They both reply, in perfect English, 'No, I'm afraid I don't." The girl responded "Oh I was going to ask for directions" to which the local replied "Well that would be wasted on me, as I don't speak English". This continues for a while (with the girl even trying in German with the locals replying that they don't speak German in perfect German). At the end the girl leaves, and the two locals laugh about how they actually speak perfect English.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7dC2Tng0yg An utterly bizarre example]] of this trope appeared in the sketch show ''Series/BigTrain''. A girl on a biking tour stops to ask two locals if they speak English? They both reply, in perfect English, 'No, I'm afraid I don't." The girl responded "Oh I was going to ask for directions" to which the local replied "Well that would be wasted on me, as I don't speak English". This continues for a while (with the girl even trying in German with the locals replying that they don't speak German in perfect German). At the end the girl leaves, and the two locals laugh about how they actually speak perfect English.


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** Ironically, they did make a mistake with the German, saying "I'm not liquid" instead of "I'm not fluent" like they intended.
5th Mar '16 10:04:17 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''FauxPas'', which focuses on an assortment of animals (foxes, rabbits, cats, a chicken...) and gives a few faceless humans only incidental roles, nearly all of the various animals are quite capable of understanding human speech. Because StatusQuoIsGod, though, FailureIsTheOnlyOption when the animals attempt to make themselves understood by whichever humans presently have control over their lives. Thus, the chicken, Myrtle, is able to read ''and'' write... but her "handwriting" is so poor that the humans can't quite make sense of it (even though, whenever readers are shown a page of her writing, Myrtle's "chicken-scratch" [[InformedAttribute is perfectly legible]]). More to the point: when a new character is introduced --- a cockatiel uninspiredly named Cocky --- who "can speak human, for real," ...it turns out that Cocky is fluent in "''French'' human," and comically inept with English. So, when the fox who urgently ''needs'' a translator asks Cocky to tell the humans this or that, Cocky ends up with gems like: "M'sieur! This girl fox photo of your wildest dreaming to begin? This fox Randy, she is not he!" (Which actually makes close enough sense, in context, but the human doesn't get it.)

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\n* In ''FauxPas'', ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', which focuses on an assortment of animals (foxes, rabbits, cats, a chicken...) and gives a few faceless humans only incidental roles, nearly all of the various animals are quite capable of understanding human speech. Because StatusQuoIsGod, though, FailureIsTheOnlyOption when the animals attempt to make themselves understood by whichever humans presently have control over their lives. Thus, the chicken, Myrtle, is able to read ''and'' write... but her "handwriting" is so poor that the humans can't quite make sense of it (even though, whenever readers are shown a page of her writing, Myrtle's "chicken-scratch" [[InformedAttribute is perfectly legible]]). More to the point: when a new character is introduced --- a cockatiel uninspiredly named Cocky --- who "can speak human, for real," ...it turns out that Cocky is fluent in "''French'' human," and comically inept with English. So, when the fox who urgently ''needs'' a translator asks Cocky to tell the humans this or that, Cocky ends up with gems like: "M'sieur! This girl fox photo of your wildest dreaming to begin? This fox Randy, she is not he!" (Which actually makes close enough sense, in context, but the human doesn't get it.)
6th Feb '16 10:48:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Seinfeld}}'': Elaine thinks the Korean women are making fun of her, which of course they are. She brings George's father, who secretly speaks Korean, to eavesdrop on their chatter, but his short temper leads him to blow his cover quickly.
* ''AllyMcBeal'': Lucy Liu, arguing a case, purports to be relating a Chinese proverb. The subtitles reveal that she is, in fact, simply describing her plan to win sympathy from the jury by using her tone to convey that she's saying something deep and meaningful while actually saying nothing of consequence, because "None of you speak Chinese."
* ''WhosTheBoss'', "Tony the Nanny": Tony Danza theorizes that Italian-speaking uncle Vito Scotti thinks that he's to blame for Scotti's daughter standing up to him regarding her fiancé, and he's right (according to Scotti's daughter's interpretation).
* ''{{Frasier}}'' When Niles suspects that his wife is cheating on him with her German fencing instructor (it turns out that she isn't), Niles confronts him. Frasier doesn't speak German, but does know Spanish. However the Hispanic maid speaks no English but knows German. She worked for a German family that turned up in Guatemala... just after the war.

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* ''{{Seinfeld}}'': ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Elaine thinks the Korean women are making fun of her, which of course they are. She brings George's father, who secretly speaks Korean, to eavesdrop on their chatter, but his short temper leads him to blow his cover quickly.
* ''AllyMcBeal'': ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': Lucy Liu, arguing a case, purports to be relating a Chinese proverb. The subtitles reveal that she is, in fact, simply describing her plan to win sympathy from the jury by using her tone to convey that she's saying something deep and meaningful while actually saying nothing of consequence, because "None of you speak Chinese."
* ''WhosTheBoss'', ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', "Tony the Nanny": Tony Danza theorizes that Italian-speaking uncle Vito Scotti thinks that he's to blame for Scotti's daughter standing up to him regarding her fiancé, and he's right (according to Scotti's daughter's interpretation).
* ''{{Frasier}}'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' When Niles suspects that his wife is cheating on him with her German fencing instructor (it turns out that she isn't), Niles confronts him. Frasier doesn't speak German, but does know Spanish. However the Hispanic maid speaks no English but knows German. She worked for a German family that turned up in Guatemala... just after the war.



* The British version of ''{{Coupling}}'' had an episode with an instance of TheRashomon that was largely about this; it features two completely different perspectives in a conversation between an Israeli girl who doesn't speak English and a Welshman who doesn't speak Hebrew. (He thinks a word that she says is her name; when we hear it from her perspective, we find out exactly what that word (''shadayim'') ''really'' means. - [[note]]Breasts[[/note]])

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* The British version of ''{{Coupling}}'' ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' had an episode with an instance of TheRashomon that was largely about this; it features two completely different perspectives in a conversation between an Israeli girl who doesn't speak English and a Welshman who doesn't speak Hebrew. (He thinks a word that she says is her name; when we hear it from her perspective, we find out exactly what that word (''shadayim'') ''really'' means. - [[note]]Breasts[[/note]])



* In ''MyNameIsEarl'', the "chain-of-translators" version is used. And includes sign language, for extra fun, as the lawyer is deaf.

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* In ''MyNameIsEarl'', ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', the "chain-of-translators" version is used. And includes sign language, for extra fun, as the lawyer is deaf.



* In the ''AreYouBeingServed'' episode "German Week", the German Band arrives, and a character says something to them in German, and they respond in English.

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* In the ''AreYouBeingServed'' ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' episode "German Week", the German Band arrives, and a character says something to them in German, and they respond in English.



* In ''Allo, Allo!'', characters "speak" French, German, and English. To viewers, it's actually ''all'' English, but they speak in different accents to simulate speaking the other languages. Among the characters are a pair of British airmen who "don't speak a word of the lingo", and a policeman (actually a Brit in disguise) who speaks bad French, frequently saying "Good moaning," when he comes in, often to deliver a "massage from Michelle."

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* In ''Allo, Allo!'', ''Series/AlloAllo'', characters "speak" French, German, and English. To viewers, it's actually ''all'' English, but they speak in different accents to simulate speaking the other languages. Among the characters are a pair of British airmen who "don't speak a word of the lingo", and a policeman (actually a Brit in disguise) who speaks bad French, frequently saying "Good moaning," when he comes in, often to deliver a "massage from Michelle."



* One of the funnier gags on TheJamieKennedyExperiment involved Jamie posing as a clueless Maitre D' in a Japanese restaurant while the employees insulted him in Japanese. Jamie couldn't understand a word, but the customer knew exactly what they were saying. HilarityEnsues.

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* One of the funnier gags on TheJamieKennedyExperiment ''TheJamieKennedyExperiment'' involved Jamie posing as a clueless Maitre D' in a Japanese restaurant while the employees insulted him in Japanese. Jamie couldn't understand a word, but the customer knew exactly what they were saying. HilarityEnsues.
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