History Main / GratuitousForeignLanguage

10th Nov '16 7:54:18 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'': In-universe example: Ivy is a FanGirl of a lot of series from Sønheim, and will throw [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/fish-story-441/unnecessary Sønska words into her dialogue]] (represented by a font change in the strip/a color change in the transcript).



* Sir Henry Longstaff, the first British governor of its Hong Kong colony, wondered why the Chinese natives got even more inscrutable in his presence and why he could hear the odd hastily supressed snigger as he passed. Rather like Biggus Dickus, a man who wanks higher than any in Wome, a clumsy atempt had been made to translate the name "Longstaff" into Chinese. Unfortunately, the pictograms chosen to sign proclamations in Chinese by the British rulers meant "Huge Erect Penis" rather than "Long Staff"....

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* Sir Henry Longstaff, the first British governor of its Hong Kong colony, wondered why the Chinese natives got even more inscrutable in his presence and why he could hear the odd hastily supressed suppressed snigger as he passed. Rather like Biggus Dickus, a man who wanks higher than any in Wome, a clumsy atempt had been made to translate the name "Longstaff" into Chinese. Unfortunately, the pictograms chosen to sign proclamations in Chinese by the British rulers meant "Huge Erect Penis" rather than "Long Staff"....
5th Nov '16 11:02:55 AM nombretomado
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* ''IlivaisX'' has Iriana make an elaborate speech while having an orgasm...except it alternates between Vietnamese, Icelandic, French, Serbian, and Creole. None of which she actually knows, and all of which were churned out with Google Translate.

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* ''IlivaisX'' ''Literature/IlivaisX'' has Iriana make an elaborate speech while having an orgasm...except it alternates between Vietnamese, Icelandic, French, Serbian, and Creole. None of which she actually knows, and all of which were churned out with Google Translate.



*** Also an incident where Kang is about to do something typically Klingon and possibly stupid and justifies it with "''[=tlhIngan maH!=]''"[[labelnote:*]]"I am Klingon!"[[/labelnote]] Eleya retorts, "''[=tlhIngan DaDogh=]'',[[labelnote:*]]"You're a silly Klingon"[[/labelnote]], more like."

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*** Also There is an incident where Kang is about to do something typically Klingon and possibly stupid and justifies it with "''[=tlhIngan maH!=]''"[[labelnote:*]]"I am Klingon!"[[/labelnote]] Eleya retorts, "''[=tlhIngan DaDogh=]'',[[labelnote:*]]"You're a silly Klingon"[[/labelnote]], more like."
23rd Oct '16 2:49:39 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} game ''Video game/PunchOut'' averts this. Every non-English-speaking foreign boxer (except for King Hippo) speaks in their legitimate foreign language.
* Similarly averted in ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization V]]''. As with ''PunchOut'', every leader speaks in their native tongue (within reason) from Alexander speaking Ancient Greek to Montezuma speaking Nahuatl.
* ''Video game/{{Yakuza}} 4'' brings us Gratuitous Filipino in a massage parlor in the game. The title, "Pilipinas Masahe" ("Masaheng Filipino" or simply "Hilot") says it all. Oh, and would you like the "Bumalik sa braso sa likod ng mga paa sa likod?" (which makes no sense in Filipino! [[labelnote:Translation]] Return to the arm to the back of the feet to the back?[[/labelnote]]) Pretty sure you wouldn't want such a mouthful for a full-body massage, eh?

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} game ''Video game/PunchOut'' ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' averts this. Every non-English-speaking foreign boxer (except for King Hippo) speaks in their legitimate foreign language.
* Similarly averted in ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization V]]''. As with ''PunchOut'', ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', every leader speaks in their native tongue (within reason) from Alexander speaking Ancient Greek to Montezuma speaking Nahuatl.
* ''Video game/{{Yakuza}} ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} 4'' brings us Gratuitous Filipino in a massage parlor in the game. The title, "Pilipinas Masahe" ("Masaheng Filipino" or simply "Hilot") says it all. Oh, and would you like the "Bumalik sa braso sa likod ng mga paa sa likod?" (which makes no sense in Filipino! [[labelnote:Translation]] Return to the arm to the back of the feet to the back?[[/labelnote]]) Pretty sure you wouldn't want such a mouthful for a full-body massage, eh?
23rd Oct '16 1:17:31 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* The opening of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' uses an upbeat Hawaiian chant -- except that it's actually parts of two chants about two different people. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVptV_Da5qw The translated result is a bit weird]]. Another song, ''Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride'', uses Pidgin English and [[TotallyRadical surfer slang]]. Nani and Paul use Hawaiian Pidgin English, but their voice actors grew up in Hawaii.
** According to a Hawaiian friend, the singer gets a lot of flak due to his style of forcing the Hawaiian language to match western music by pausing in the middle of words and "putting the em''pha''sis on the wrong syl''la''ble". Potentially, he may have caused the chant(s) to become [[SpeakingSimlish complete gibberish]] to Hawaiian speakers.

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* The opening of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' uses an upbeat Hawaiian chant ("He Mele No Lilo") -- except that it's actually parts of two chants about two different people. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVptV_Da5qw The translated result is a bit weird]]. Another song, ''Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride'', "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride", uses Pidgin English and [[TotallyRadical surfer slang]]. Nani and Paul David use Hawaiian Pidgin English, but their voice actors grew up in Hawaii.
** According to a Hawaiian friend, the singer (Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu) gets a lot of flak due to his style of forcing the Hawaiian language to match western Western music by pausing in the middle of words and "putting the em''pha''sis on the wrong syl''la''ble". Potentially, he may have caused the chant(s) to become [[SpeakingSimlish complete gibberish]] to Hawaiian speakers.



* The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} game ''Videogame/PunchOut'' averts this. Every non-English-speaking foreign boxer (except for King Hippo) speaks in their legitimate foreign language.

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} game ''Videogame/PunchOut'' ''Video game/PunchOut'' averts this. Every non-English-speaking foreign boxer (except for King Hippo) speaks in their legitimate foreign language.



* ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}} 4'' brings us Gratuitous Filipino in a massage parlor in the game. The title, "Pilipinas Masahe" ("Masaheng Filipino" or simply "Hilot") says it all. Oh, and would you like the "Bumalik sa braso sa likod ng mga paa sa likod?" (which makes no sense in Filipino! [[labelnote:Translation]] Return to the arm to the back of the feet to the back?[[/labelnote]]) Pretty sure you wouldn't want such a mouthful for a full-body massage, eh?

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* ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}} ''Video game/{{Yakuza}} 4'' brings us Gratuitous Filipino in a massage parlor in the game. The title, "Pilipinas Masahe" ("Masaheng Filipino" or simply "Hilot") says it all. Oh, and would you like the "Bumalik sa braso sa likod ng mga paa sa likod?" (which makes no sense in Filipino! [[labelnote:Translation]] Return to the arm to the back of the feet to the back?[[/labelnote]]) Pretty sure you wouldn't want such a mouthful for a full-body massage, eh?
21st Oct '16 4:40:16 PM Berrenta
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* Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'' has a ''very'' important Dwarvish dagger called Lökdal -- which means "onion valley" in Swedish. It's unclear if it is a result of CriticalResearchFailure or if Kay [[TheyJustDidntCare Just Didn't Care]]? Could be seen as EpicFail or CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'' has a ''very'' important Dwarvish dagger called Lökdal -- which means "onion valley" in Swedish. It's unclear if it is a result of CriticalResearchFailure or if Kay [[TheyJustDidntCare Just Didn't Care]]? CriticalResearchFailure. Could be seen as EpicFail or CrowningMomentOfFunny.
14th Oct '16 7:51:49 PM Breather
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLingoShow'' features Gratuitous Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Welsh, Polish, and even Gratuitous ''Punjabi'', ''Urdu'', and ''Somali''. However, it is an EdutainmentShow designed to teach preschoolers those languages a la ''DoraTheExplorer''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLingoShow'' features Gratuitous Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Welsh, Polish, and even Gratuitous ''Punjabi'', ''Urdu'', and ''Somali''. However, it is an EdutainmentShow designed to teach preschoolers those languages a la as in ''DoraTheExplorer''.
11th Sep '16 9:21:57 PM PaulA
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* The ''Literature/EndersGame'' sequels have plenty of Portuguese-derived terms, as OrsonScottCard tried to parallel Ender's journey with his own while he served as a missionary in Brazil. A few of the conversations are rather stilted and bizarre, but the oddities are small enough that they can mostly be excused as a different dialect (or just being several centuries in the future).

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* The ''Literature/EndersGame'' sequels have plenty of Portuguese-derived terms, as OrsonScottCard Creator/OrsonScottCard tried to parallel Ender's journey with his own while he served as a missionary in Brazil. A few of the conversations are rather stilted and bizarre, but the oddities are small enough that they can mostly be excused as a different dialect (or just being several centuries in the future).
13th Aug '16 12:32:49 PM nombretomado
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* [[DichterUndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler's non-fiction book ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest''. There are Gratuitous Hebrew, Gratuitous Arab, Gratuitous Russian, Gratuitous Hindi/Sanskrit(?), Gratuitous Chinese, GratuitousLatin and Gratuitous Old Greek (often, even with Greek letters). Mostly used for concepts which are genuine of one culture and [[YouKeepUsingThatWord would be misunderstood]] if a common but incorrect translation was used.

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* [[DichterUndDenker [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler's non-fiction book ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest''. There are Gratuitous Hebrew, Gratuitous Arab, Gratuitous Russian, Gratuitous Hindi/Sanskrit(?), Gratuitous Chinese, GratuitousLatin and Gratuitous Old Greek (often, even with Greek letters). Mostly used for concepts which are genuine of one culture and [[YouKeepUsingThatWord would be misunderstood]] if a common but incorrect translation was used.
7th Aug '16 6:34:49 PM nombretomado
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** ''DeadLands'' has Major Pilsudski... Well they did look up the names in the encyclopedia, so that's some kind of progress. [[FamousNamedForeigner Unfortunately, they used the name of one of the major Polish national heroes.]]

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** ''DeadLands'' ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' has Major Pilsudski... Well they did look up the names in the encyclopedia, so that's some kind of progress. [[FamousNamedForeigner Unfortunately, they used the name of one of the major Polish national heroes.]]
3rd Aug '16 3:09:51 AM Lanthorn
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' takes place in the "Alola" region. Some examples:
** Legendary bat pokemon Lunala ("luna" is a both Latin for moon and Hawaiian for leader)
** One of Oricorio's forms is called Pa'u-style in English instead of just hula-style (pa'u means skirt)
** [[FloralThemeNaming Human character names]]: Prof. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleurites_moluccanus Kukui]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandanus_tectorius Hala]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus_tilliaceus Hau]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopis_pallida Kiawe]] (though in Japanese his name is Kaki (Japanese persimmon)), Lana (Hawaiian for "afloat"), Mao (Hawaiian cotton (she's renamed "Mallow" in English)), Māmane (Hawaiian for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophora_chrysophylla Sophora chrysophylla]], renamed "Sophocles" in English)
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