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25th Aug '16 2:53:40 PM Discar
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* Implied in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', though yet to be explained. A number of people show up with no trouble communicating despite having been away for over 4000 years or being from another world. Notably [[spoiler: Zahel aka Vasher]] speaks Alethi perfectly but carelessly uses idioms entirely foreign to those around him, an extremely unlikely mistake for someone who'd learned the language naturally.

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Implied in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', though yet to be explained. A number of people show up with no trouble communicating despite having been away for over 4000 years or being from another world. Notably [[spoiler: Zahel Zahel, aka Vasher]] Vasher,]] speaks Alethi perfectly but carelessly uses idioms entirely foreign to those around him, an extremely unlikely mistake for someone who'd learned the language naturally.naturally.
** One type is seen in ''Literature/BandsOfMourning'', though it's unlikely to be the same type used in ''Stormlight''. Duralumin metalminds allow Feruchemists to store various types of Connection. If they put all of their Connection to their homeland in one metalmind, they can then put "blank" Connection in another metalmind. If someone uses this metalmind, they suddenly have no Connection to a homeland. Their soul will then automatically Connect to the closest land, which has the side effect of allowing them to speak the language as if they were raised there (though accents are preserved because of the dichotomy between mind and soul). Unfortunately, this only works for visitors to a land, because having someone Connect to their own homeland is just redundant.
23rd Aug '16 3:28:44 PM elemt
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* Implied in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', though yet to be explained. A number of people show up with no trouble communicating despite having been away for over 4000 years or being from another world. Notably [[spoiler: Zahel aka Vasher]] speaks Alethi perfectly but carelessly uses idioms entirely foreign to those around him, an extremely unlikely mistake for someone who'd learned the language naturally.
1st Aug '16 1:01:49 PM Tron80
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* ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'': When Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} first arrives on Earth, she can only understand Kryptonian, so only {{Superman}} and a girl named Siobhan Smythe can communicate with her. Siobhan can, through magic, become fluent in any language after hearing a few words. She demonstrates with both Kryptonian and birdsong. Later, Supergirl, Black Banshee, and Siobhan's brother are able to understand each other in Black Banshee's mindscape, but not in the real world.

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When Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Supergirl first arrives on Earth, Earth in the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'', she can only understand Kryptonian, so only {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} and a girl named Siobhan Smythe can communicate with her. Siobhan can, through magic, become fluent in any language after hearing a few words. She demonstrates with both Kryptonian and birdsong. Later, Supergirl, Black Banshee, and Siobhan's brother are able to understand each other in Black Banshee's mindscape, but not in the real world.world.
** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' Supergirl gets a Red Lantern Ring which is -literally- an universal translator... although Kara wondered if her ring's translator was broken when the Diasporan leader called her "their newest Champion".
9th Jul '16 2:26:45 PM nombretomado
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* According to WordOfGod, all the Matoran Universe characters in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' were hit with a signal from Mata Nui, which upgraded them with software that allowed them to communicate with the Glatorian and Agori.

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* According to WordOfGod, all the Matoran Universe characters in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' were hit with a signal from Mata Nui, which upgraded them with software that allowed them to communicate with the Glatorian and Agori.
2nd Jul '16 12:16:20 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''[[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?]]'', the Zentradi are shown to be talking their own language for about half the movie. Then after capturing our heroes, the Zentradi archivist Exedor turns on a universal translator. Suddenly the Zentradi are speaking English (conveniently [[TranslationConvention translated to Japanese for the Japanese audience's benefit]]).

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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
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In ''[[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Super Dimension Fortress Macross: ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross: [[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Do You Remember Love?]]'', the Zentradi are shown to be talking their own language for about half the movie. Then after capturing our heroes, the Zentradi archivist Exedor turns on a universal translator. Suddenly the Zentradi are speaking English (conveniently [[TranslationConvention translated to Japanese for the Japanese audience's benefit]]).
26th Jun '16 8:56:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheDresdenFiles'', a ''demon'' trying to tempt Harry into losing his soul provides perfect two-way translation (of various languages including Latin and ''ancient Etruscan'') as one of several favors it does for Harry. He knows he shouldn't keep relying on it, but...
* In the later ''Discworld'' novels, as we see in "Snuff", when Commander Vimes is in total darkness, a powerful demon called the Summoning Dark by dwarves, allows him to hear and speak perfectly to any creature within the darkness, as well as having perfect night vision.

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* In ''TheDresdenFiles'', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', a ''demon'' trying to tempt Harry into losing his soul provides perfect two-way translation (of various languages including Latin and ''ancient Etruscan'') as one of several favors it does for Harry. He knows he shouldn't keep relying on it, but...
* In the later ''Discworld'' novels, as we see in "Snuff", ''{{Discworld/Snuff}}'', when Commander Vimes is in total darkness, a powerful demon called the Summoning Dark by dwarves, allows him to hear and speak perfectly to any creature within the darkness, as well as having perfect night vision.
22nd Jun '16 10:49:21 AM MrKindall
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* It's for written text, but the Google Translate mobile app can recognize text in video captured from your phone's camera and translate it, then insert the translated text back into the video, all in real time. Signs, menus, newspapers in every country become English, or whatever your native tongue is. (Based on an earlier app called Word Lens that Google acquired.)
21st Jun '16 8:58:45 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' There is a FreezeFrameBonus when Peter Quill is being put into the system. Tthe screen the prison guards are looking at notes that Peter's implanted helmet has a translation circuit in it. Other than Groot's language, it seems to work rather well. Presumably TranslationConvention is in place for all scenes that Peter is not present.

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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' There is a FreezeFrameBonus when Peter Quill is being put into the system. Tthe The screen the prison guards are looking at notes that Peter's implanted helmet has a translation circuit in it. Other than Groot's language, it seems to work rather well. Presumably TranslationConvention is in place for all scenes that Peter is not present.
21st Jun '16 11:10:45 AM madammina
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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' There is a FreezeFrameBonus when Peter Quill is being put into the system. Tthe screen the prison guards are looking at notes that Peter's implanted helmet has a translation circuit in it. Other than Groot's language, it seems to work rather well. Presumably TranslationConvention is in place for all scenes that Peter is not present.
8th Jun '16 9:01:21 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** It also apparently doesn't translate written language. One early episode hinged on only Rygel being able to read a book written in an archaic language from his own world, which he had studied as a child but hadn't used in decades. John also has to teach Aryn how to read English even after she learns to speak it.

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** It also apparently doesn't translate written language. One early The same episode hinged on only Rygel being able to read a book written in an archaic language from his own world, which he had studied as a child but hadn't used in decades. John also has to teach Aryn how to read English even after she learns to speak it.
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