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21st Jan '17 5:26:07 PM PaulA
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* In ''Nadja'', after Nadja is injured but gets away, Edgar tries to figure out her location using TwinTelepathy, which causes him to revert to his native Romanian as he describes what he's picking up; Van Helsing provides a running translation for the others. Part of it goes like this:

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* In ''Nadja'', ''Film/{{Nadja}}'', after Nadja is injured but gets away, Edgar tries to figure out her location using TwinTelepathy, which causes him to revert to his native Romanian as he describes what he's picking up; Van Helsing provides a running translation for the others. Part of it goes like this:
30th Dec '16 10:08:31 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/TheRundown'', Travis exploits this to convince the natives to kick [[DwayneJohnson Beck]]'s ass, as Beck doesn't speak Portuguese, telling Beck to keep a "fierce gaze" and maintain eye-contact, (knowing that to the natives, this is a major sign of disrespect) going while he tries to convince the natives to let them go. The natives also don't speak English, so when Beck starts suspecting that Travis "really sucks at Portuguese," Travis has to "translate" what Beck said.

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* In ''Film/TheRundown'', Travis exploits this to convince the natives to kick [[DwayneJohnson [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Beck]]'s ass, as Beck doesn't speak Portuguese, telling Beck to keep a "fierce gaze" and maintain eye-contact, (knowing that to the natives, this is a major sign of disrespect) going while he tries to convince the natives to let them go. The natives also don't speak English, so when Beck starts suspecting that Travis "really sucks at Portuguese," Travis has to "translate" what Beck said.
26th Dec '16 4:08:31 AM MrsRatched
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** Incidentally, [[Spexico using latin american sexual jargon in Spain]] usually flags something or somebody as {narm} to locals.

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** Incidentally, [[Spexico using latin american sexual jargon in Spain]] Spain usually flags something or somebody as {narm} narmish to locals.
26th Dec '16 4:07:04 AM MrsRatched
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**Incidentally, [[Spexico using latin american sexual jargon in Spain]] usually flags something or somebody as {narm} to locals.
7th Dec '16 4:10:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/RushHour 2'': Detective Carter tries to speak to a crowd in Chinese, but Inspector Lee tells Carter:

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* ''Film/RushHour 2'': ''Film/RushHour2'': Detective Carter tries to speak to a crowd in Chinese, but Inspector Lee tells Carter:
7th Dec '16 4:09:20 AM Morgenthaler
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-->'''Robo:''' \\
'''Mailman:''' \\
'''Robo:'''

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-->'''Robo:''' \\
<Thank you on voyage. My hope for the weight was not too many.>\\
'''Mailman:''' \\
'''Robo:'''
<Your accent is atrocious.>\\
'''Robo:''' <Apologizing. I am foreign robot man.>



--> The game starts now. You have to score one thousand points. If you do that, you take home a tank with a big gun. Each day we will announce the scores from that loudspeaker. The one who has the fewest points will have to wear a sign that says "Jackass" on his back. There are three ways to lose points. One, turning into a big crybaby. Two, telling us you want to see your mommy. Three, saying you�re hungry and want something to eat.

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--> The game starts now. You have to score one thousand points. If you do that, you take home a tank with a big gun. Each day we will announce the scores from that loudspeaker. The one who has the fewest points will have to wear a sign that says "Jackass" on his back. There are three ways to lose points. One, turning into a big crybaby. Two, telling us you want to see your mommy. Three, saying you�re you're hungry and want something to eat.



** Recently, it's revealed that Donovan has not only been providing Fun With Languages, he's been [[spoiler:having his own fun with languages. He speaks perfectly fluent Orcish, coming out with a profound "I believe it goes, '']] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-01-12 Cue WTF faces from all present.]]

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** Recently, it's revealed that Donovan has not only been providing Fun With Languages, he's been [[spoiler:having his own fun with languages. He speaks perfectly fluent Orcish, coming out with a profound "I believe it goes, '']] '<It is not the language of the clans but the language of nature to which one has to listen.>']] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-01-12 Cue WTF faces from all present.]]



-->'''Donovan [[spoiler:(Orcish)]]:''' [[spoiler:]]

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-->'''Donovan [[spoiler:(Orcish)]]:''' [[spoiler:]][[spoiler:<Only for the past twenty years or so.>]]



-->'''Hukthak:'''

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-->'''Hukthak:'''-->'''Hukthak:''' <I knew it!>



** Although in many dialects of English, the first vowel of both those words is reduced to ə, making them barely distinguishable from each other � especially in fast and/or casual speech.

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** Although in many dialects of English, the first vowel of both those words is reduced to ə, making them barely distinguishable from each other -- especially in fast and/or casual speech.
7th Dec '16 4:04:08 AM Morgenthaler
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'''Mailman:''' <Your accent is atrocious.>\\
'''Robo:''' <Apologizing. I am foreign robot man.>

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'''Robo:''' <Apologizing. I am foreign robot man.>

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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/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.''

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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/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.''



* In ''La Vita 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.
--> The game starts now. You have to score one thousand points. If you do that, you take home a tank with a big gun. Each day we will announce the scores from that loudspeaker. The one who has the fewest points will have to wear a sign that says "Jackass" on his back. There are three ways to lose points. One, turning into a big crybaby. Two, telling us you want to see your mommy. Three, saying you’re hungry and want something to eat.

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* In ''La Vita 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.
--> The game starts now. You have to score one thousand points. If you do that, you take home a tank with a big gun. Each day we will announce the scores from that loudspeaker. The one who has the fewest points will have to wear a sign that says "Jackass" on his back. There are three ways to lose points. One, turning into a big crybaby. Two, telling us you want to see your mommy. Three, saying you’re you�re hungry and want something to eat.



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* ''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).

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* ''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).



** The road panel is labeled in french with "chaussée déformée" (uneven road surface) and "interdit aux nomades et campeurs" (forbidden for gypsies and campers).

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** The road panel is labeled in french with "chaussée déformée" (uneven road surface) and "interdit aux nomades et campeurs" (forbidden for gypsies and campers).



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* One time Essa Ríos and Lita were making fun of Kai En Tai in Spanish, when the two Japanese wrestlers turned around and berated them in Spanish; they then left complaining about them in Japanese, to which the Mexican wrestlers responded to in Japanese.

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* One time Essa Ríos and Lita were making fun of Kai En Tai in Spanish, when the two Japanese wrestlers turned around and berated them in Spanish; they then left complaining about them in Japanese, to which the Mexican wrestlers responded to in Japanese.

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** Recently, it's revealed that Donovan has not only been providing Fun With Languages, he's been [[spoiler:having his own fun with languages. He speaks perfectly fluent Orcish, coming out with a profound "I believe it goes, '<It is not the language of the clans but the language of nature to which one has to listen.>']] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-01-12 Cue WTF faces from all present.]]

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** Recently, it's revealed that Donovan has not only been providing Fun With Languages, he's been [[spoiler:having his own fun with languages. He speaks perfectly fluent Orcish, coming out with a profound "I believe it goes, '<It is not the language of the clans but the language of nature to which one has to listen.>']] '']] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-01-12 Cue WTF faces from all present.]]



-->'''Donovan [[spoiler:(Orcish)]]:''' [[spoiler:<Only for the past twenty years or so.>]]

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-->'''Donovan [[spoiler:(Orcish)]]:''' [[spoiler:<Only for the past twenty years or so.>]][[spoiler:]]



-->'''Hukthak:''' <I knew it!>

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** Although in many dialects of English, the first vowel of both those words is reduced to ə, making them barely distinguishable from each other – especially in fast and/or casual speech.

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** Although in many dialects of English, the first vowel of both those words is reduced to ə, making them barely distinguishable from each other especially in fast and/or casual speech.


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7th Dec '16 4:01:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheTwoRonnies'' flipped this around with the sketch "Swedish for Beginners" (AKA "F U N E X?") - in which the "Swedish" is just English (roughly) rendered with spoken letters.

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* ''TheTwoRonnies'' ''Series/TheTwoRonnies'' flipped this around with the sketch "Swedish for Beginners" (AKA "F U N E X?") - in which the "Swedish" is just English (roughly) rendered with spoken letters.



* ''DropTheDeadDonkey''. JerkAss reporter Damien is taught an "ancient greeting" by Japanese journalists which actually means "Go have sex with a hedgehog". After their initial shock the Japanese executives he greets find it a lot more funny than he does. Henry repeats this situation with a Russian dignitary, introducing himself as a pregnant cabbage. On another occasion Damien pretends that a tearful witness in Nagorno-Karabakh is talking about how his family were shot by drunken soldiers. Unfortunately the cleaning lady is from that region and reveals he's actually thanking Damien for giving him money so he can visit Elvis Presley's home in Memphis.
* 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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* ''DropTheDeadDonkey''.''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey''. JerkAss reporter Damien is taught an "ancient greeting" by Japanese journalists which actually means "Go have sex with a hedgehog". After their initial shock the Japanese executives he greets find it a lot more funny than he does. Henry repeats this situation with a Russian dignitary, introducing himself as a pregnant cabbage. On another occasion Damien pretends that a tearful witness in Nagorno-Karabakh is talking about how his family were shot by drunken soldiers. Unfortunately the cleaning lady is from that region and reveals he's actually thanking Damien for giving him money so he can visit Elvis Presley's home in Memphis.
* One of the funnier gags on ''TheJamieKennedyExperiment'' ''Series/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.
27th Oct '16 2:36:23 PM sabremeister
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** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', it's mentioned that "Argh!" translates in one Discworld language as "Your mother is a big hippo", "Hello, thinks Mr. Purple Cat", or "I would like to eat your foot" depending on inflection. This becomes a running gag, where Rincewind's screams are literally translated into these phrases; at one point, Rincewind screams "Argh!" and another character responds "What's that about a hippo?"

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** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', it's mentioned that "Argh!" translates in one Discworld language as "Your mother wife is a big hippo", "Hello, thinks Mr. Purple Cat", or "I would like to eat your foot" depending on inflection. This becomes a running gag, where Rincewind's screams are literally translated into these phrases; at one point, Rincewind screams "Argh!" and another character responds "What's that about a hippo?"
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.>
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