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29th Aug '16 11:45:52 AM dotheroar
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Fiction may exaggerate, but this trope is [[TruthInTelevision not unheard of in real life]]. People with speech impediments or thick foreign accents tend to be easier to understand by family and longtime friends, leading to conversations that can certainly appear as this trope to onlookers. Children who don't make their stuffed animals act like humans make them act like this trope.

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Fiction may exaggerate, but this trope is [[TruthInTelevision not unheard of in real life]]. People with speech impediments or thick foreign accents tend to be easier to understand by family and longtime friends, leading to conversations that can certainly appear as this trope to onlookers. Children who don't make their stuffed animals act like humans make them act ''exactly'' like this trope.
29th Aug '16 11:45:52 AM dotheroar
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29th Aug '16 11:33:52 AM dotheroar
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Fiction may exaggerate, but this trope is [[TruthInTelevision not unheard of in real life]]. People with speech impediments or thick foreign accents tend to be easier to understand by family and longtime friends, leading to conversations that can certainly appear as this trope to onlookers.

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Fiction may exaggerate, but this trope is [[TruthInTelevision not unheard of in real life]]. People with speech impediments or thick foreign accents tend to be easier to understand by family and longtime friends, leading to conversations that can certainly appear as this trope to onlookers.
onlookers. Children who don't make their stuffed animals act like humans make them act like this trope.
21st Aug '16 9:00:28 AM Theriocephalus
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** The various alien anatomies would make it impossible for everyone to be able to speak one standard language, but understanding other languages is fairly easy - Chewbacca understands [[TranslationConvention Basic]] but can't speak it, while Han understands shyriiwook but can't speak it. Anyone wanting to get by as a trader, merc or other interplanetary profession would need to learn at least a half-dozen common languages. Protocol droids like [=C3PO=] provide special services as they can both understand and synthetically speak several thousand languages. Also, R2-D2's bleeps are a language of its own, which service droids use and people can learn to understand.

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** The various alien anatomies would make it impossible for everyone to be able to speak one standard language, but understanding other languages is fairly easy - Chewbacca understands [[TranslationConvention Basic]] but can't speak it, while Han understands shyriiwook Shyriiwook but can't speak it. Anyone wanting to get by as a trader, merc or other interplanetary profession would need to learn at least a half-dozen common languages. Protocol droids like [=C3PO=] provide special services as they can both understand and synthetically speak several thousand languages. Also, R2-D2's bleeps are bleeping is a language of its own, which service droids use and people can learn to understand.



* Groot's vocabulary in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is composed almost entirely of "I", "am", and "Groot" (Always said in that order). Rocket Raccoon has no trouble understanding what he's saying.

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* Groot's vocabulary in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is composed almost entirely of "I", "am", and "Groot" (Always (always said in that order). Rocket Raccoon has no trouble understanding what he's saying.



* Also known as "The Librarian-speak Conundrum" after the Librarian in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', who communicates only with "ook", but seems to able to be understood with perfect clarity by many (but not all) characters.
** Only after a period of exposure.

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* Also known as "The Librarian-speak Conundrum" after the Librarian in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', who communicates only with "ook", but seems to able to be understood with perfect clarity by many (but not all) characters.
** Only after
characters, although a period of exposure.exposure to his unique speaking patterns seems to be required.



** Similarly, the Death of Rats communicates entirely by saying [[AC:Squeak]] but the few people he interacts with don't have much trouble understanding him, and Quoth the raven is usually around to translate for him.

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** Similarly, the Death of Rats communicates entirely by saying [[AC:Squeak]] [[AC:Squeak]], but the few people he interacts with don't have much trouble understanding him, and Quoth the raven is usually around to translate for him.



* In the many ''Franchise/StarWars'' novels, there are many characters who can understand R2-D2 or Chewbacca. In a conventional novel, there would be no reason not to include sentences like, "And then Chewie said, in Shyriiwook, 'Pass me the peanuts.'" However, to preserve the ambience from the films, their dialogue is never provided directly like that. Instead, you get something like, "Chewie grunted a request. Han said, 'Sure, pal,' and passed him the peanuts."

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* In the many ''Franchise/StarWars'' novels, there are many characters who can understand R2-D2 or Chewbacca. In a conventional novel, there would be no reason not to include sentences like, like "And then Chewie said, in Shyriiwook, 'Pass me the peanuts.'" However, to preserve the ambience from the films, their dialogue is never provided directly like that. Instead, you get something like, "Chewie grunted a request. Han said, 'Sure, pal,' and passed him the peanuts."



* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': [=BloodDrinker=], a sword, speaks in humming and flashes of light that Basilard can interpert as words.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': [=BloodDrinker=], a sword, speaks in humming and flashes of light that Basilard can interpert interpret as words.



* Done on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' in a running gag wherein two old men are sitting in armchairs and one of them will mutter something unintelligible and the other one will understand it and give a reply which leaves the viewer amusingly perplexed as to what the man could have been saying.

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* Done on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' in a running gag wherein two old men are sitting in armchairs and one of them will mutter something unintelligible and the other one will understand it and give a reply which leaves the viewer amusingly perplexed as to what the first man could have been saying.
8th Aug '16 9:37:54 AM supersaver87
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* Bluey from ''WesternAnimation/AvengerPenguins'' speaks in gibberish, but everyone seems to understand him just fine.
17th Jul '16 7:39:55 PM PaulA
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* Bubo, the mechanical owl from the 1981 version of ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''. What sounded like clicks and whistles to everyone else was perfectly understandable by Perseus. Justified by the fact that it was a gift from the goddess Athena.

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* Bubo, the mechanical owl from the 1981 version of ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''.''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''. What sounded like clicks and whistles to everyone else was perfectly understandable by Perseus. Justified by the fact that it was a gift from the goddess Athena.
29th Feb '16 9:17:29 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** In the sequels and TV series, Iago can understand Abu as well.
-->'''Abu''': ''(Angry chattering)''
-->'''Iago''': Hey, do I insult your mother?
29th Feb '16 1:47:55 AM Gerusz
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** Continuing the tradition of beeping astromechs is BB-8 from ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Rey and Poe have no problem understanding him.
28th Dec '15 4:11:33 PM Shadoboy
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* VideoGame/{{Octodad}}, being an octopus, speaks only in a series of blubs. He is, however, quite eloquent in his diary entries, and manages to get his points across rather well regardless.

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* VideoGame/{{Octodad}}, VideoGame/{{Octodad}} is quite eloquent in his diary entries, but being an octopus, speaks only in a series of blubs. He is, however, quite eloquent in his diary entries, Somehow everyone understands him perfectly and manages to get his points across rather well regardless.nobody suspects a thing.
26th Dec '15 4:35:49 PM Gamermaster
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* In chapter 14 of ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'', Haru has a brief conversation with Tsurezure, who replies to all of her brief word fragments with "Mm". They understand each other completely, to Akane's disbelief.
-->'''Akane:''' Mm? And they understand each other? For Real?
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