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1st Sep '17 11:18:49 PM bfunc
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* Pretty much the whole point of the movie ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}''.

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* Pretty much the whole point of the movie ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}''. Based on real-life events; in both World Wars, the American military in some cases obfuscated codes by having speakers of Native American languages such as Navajo and Cherokee relate them. Even if the enemy found someone would could understand (for example) Navajo, they'd still have to break the code itself. If transmitted in English an enemy codebreaker (who ''might'' be expected to know English) could reasonably guess that "turtle" might refer to a tank, but if you don't know what the world for "turtle" is and can't even pick it out of what is (to you) a stream of gibberish, your task as a codebreaker just got significantly harder.
10th Aug '17 10:58:33 AM Abodos
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* ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has the King of Red Lions talk to ancient beings in Old Hylian so [[TheHero Link]] doesn't realize he's the TheUnchosenOne. The game translates it in a NewGamePlus.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has the King of Red Lions talk to ancient beings in Old Hylian so [[TheHero Link]] doesn't realize he's the TheUnchosenOne. The game translates it in a NewGamePlus.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' features a "Voe and You" class where [[OneGenderRace Gerudo]] women are taught how to interact with men. When the teacher asks for the students' thoughts on how to respond to a guy who they are interested in, one student suggests initially pretending not to know the guy's language to inspire curiosity in him.
25th May '17 5:03:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheGreatBrain at the Academy'', Tom is sent to a Catholic Boarding School for 7th grade (the town only has a 1-6 One Room Schoolhouse). Tom's brother Sewyn is there in the 8th grade class and takes delight in hazing Tom and the other 7th graders (as he was presumably hazed when he was in the 7th). At one point early in the book Sewyn exposits to another 8th grader, "[[AsYouKnow Remember]], speak in Latin when we don't want the 7th graders to know what we're saying." [Because the 8th graders had learned Latin when they were in 7th but the new 7th graders hadn't learned it yet.]

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* In ''TheGreatBrain ''Literature/TheGreatBrain at the Academy'', Tom is sent to a Catholic Boarding School for 7th grade (the town only has a 1-6 One Room Schoolhouse). Tom's brother Sewyn is there in the 8th grade class and takes delight in hazing Tom and the other 7th graders (as he was presumably hazed when he was in the 7th). At one point early in the book Sewyn exposits to another 8th grader, "[[AsYouKnow Remember]], speak in Latin when we don't want the 7th graders to know what we're saying." [Because the 8th graders had learned Latin when they were in 7th but the new 7th graders hadn't learned it yet.]
13th May '17 1:57:39 AM Mipe
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* In some countries there are languages that are mandatory at school but are not commonly spoken at home, such as English for most of Europe, or a given country's second official language for a family that speaks only one of the official languages at home. Thus, those languages can be used by parents and older children to keep smaller children from understanding a conversation. Handy for planning surprises or just annoying your younger siblings.
27th Apr '17 3:18:59 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': At one point, Yuuna's father is meeting a woman to discuss business. Yuuna and her friends assume he's on a date and [[DatePeepers decide to follow and watch]]. However, despite both being Japanese, they hold all their conversations in English (both because they're discussing magical matters and because they've noticed Yuuna's group following them).

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23rd Apr '17 12:48:30 AM JackG
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* ''Dark Blue World'' (2001). Two Czech Spitfire pilots openly discuss the breasts of a British woman one of them is seeing, right in front of the woman in question.
10th Apr '17 6:59:39 PM nombretomado
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* Oddly averted in ''ShanghaiKnights''. Chon Wang has a private conversation with his sister about Roy without knowing that Roy is eavesdropping. For some reason, they have the conversation in English rather than their native language, which Roy would not know.

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* Oddly averted in ''ShanghaiKnights''.''Film/ShanghaiKnights''. Chon Wang has a private conversation with his sister about Roy without knowing that Roy is eavesdropping. For some reason, they have the conversation in English rather than their native language, which Roy would not know.
2nd Feb '17 8:29:56 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/MadameRosa'': Everybody in the movie is French, but Nadine and Ramon start talking to each other in English when they want to discuss Momo's highly agitated state.
26th Jan '17 3:14:03 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheGardenOfTheFinziContinis'': Giorgio's parents are Italian but they speak in French when they don't want the maid to hear. And since this is Fascist Italy cracking down on Jews, sometimes they don't want to be overheard.
17th Jan '17 3:02:58 PM DaibhidC
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* "Pas devant le..." is played with a couple of times in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels.
** In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Vetinari says "Pas devant le gendarme" to Moist, and Sergeant Detritus helpfully explains "Dat means no talkin' in front of me."
** In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', one of the wizards snaps "Pas devant la domestique" to another when he mentions Archchancellor Bigger's Bequest in front of Glenda, the Night Kitchen cook. Ridcully reflects that Glenda looks like someone who's suddenly very keen to learn Quirmian.
* Deconstructed in the Literature/LordDarcy novel ''Too Many Magicians'', when they find a secret letter written in Polish. Darcy observes it's unlikely to have been written by an actual Polish spy, partly because the vocabulary is limited, and partly because a native speaker would not consider Polish a "secret language".



** Also with upper and middle class employers of lower-class servants. Thus in German the French phrase "pas devant les enfants" or "les domestiques" was semi-proverbial until ca. World War 2, when French was still the foreign language most likely to have been learned in the "educated classes".

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** Also with upper and middle class employers of lower-class servants. Thus in German and English the French phrase "pas devant les enfants" or "les domestiques" was semi-proverbial until ca. World War 2, when French was still the foreign language most likely to have been learned in the "educated classes".
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