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12th Apr '18 3:51:07 PM Zaptech
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** This explanation causes an inconsistency when the plot requires certain characters to recognize each other by the sounds of their voices- even though, from their point of view, they're not actually hearing the other character's voice, but artificial audio generated on the spot by a translator that just made them sound like that arbitrarily. It's actually a pretty vital plot point in the first game that Tali (a quarian), Shepard (a human), Tevos (an asari), Valern (a salarian), and Sparatus (a turian) all recognize Saren's (turian) voice immediately, even though they should all be hearing entirely different voices from their translators.
29th Mar '18 9:21:20 PM nombretomado
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* In ''StarOcean'', advanced species have universal Translator devices (that when necessary can double as [[MadeOfExplodium EXPLOSIVES]]). They understand the people who aren't yet inducted to the Pangalactic Federation/Terran Alliance because they've documented and recorded them behind the scenes (read: from orbit). As such, they can speak to anyone (there are no unknown groups in the galaxy) except the Aldians, who are already space-capable and wholesomely unfriendly [[spoiler:until their entire species is blown up in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''.]]

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* In ''StarOcean'', ''VideoGame/StarOcean'', advanced species have universal Translator devices (that when necessary can double as [[MadeOfExplodium EXPLOSIVES]]). They understand the people who aren't yet inducted to the Pangalactic Federation/Terran Alliance because they've documented and recorded them behind the scenes (read: from orbit). As such, they can speak to anyone (there are no unknown groups in the galaxy) except the Aldians, who are already space-capable and wholesomely unfriendly [[spoiler:until their entire species is blown up in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''.]]
26th Mar '18 6:17:46 PM Snet1939
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* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': In the film. When Meronym and Zachry happen upon Sonmi's orison, the computer playing it translates her Korean to English in real-time. This wasn't present in the novel; when Zachry watches the orison he can't understand what Sonmi is saying.
16th Mar '18 2:58:41 PM WillKeaton
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A well-done page on this is [[http://jbr.me.uk/lingo.html here]].

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A well-done page on this is [[http://jbr.me.uk/lingo.html here]].
A well-done page on this is here.]]
4th Mar '18 3:05:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''StarOcean'', advanced species have universal Translator devices (that when necessary can double as [[MadeOfExplodium EXPLOSIVES]]). They understand the people who aren't yet inducted to the Pangalactic Federation/Terran Alliance because they've documented and recorded them behind the scenes (read: from orbit). As such, they can speak to anyone (there are no unknown groups in the galaxy) except the Aldians, who are already space-capable and wholesomely unfriendly [[spoiler:until their entire species is blown up in ''StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''.]]

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* In ''StarOcean'', advanced species have universal Translator devices (that when necessary can double as [[MadeOfExplodium EXPLOSIVES]]). They understand the people who aren't yet inducted to the Pangalactic Federation/Terran Alliance because they've documented and recorded them behind the scenes (read: from orbit). As such, they can speak to anyone (there are no unknown groups in the galaxy) except the Aldians, who are already space-capable and wholesomely unfriendly [[spoiler:until their entire species is blown up in ''StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''.''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''.]]
28th Feb '18 7:09:40 PM Argon2
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* In the isekai ''LightNovel/CookingWithWildGame'', one of the few magical elements in the setting is that Asuta and Ai Fa can understand each other perfectly. Well, almost perfectly- she can't pronounce his surname very well.



** A plot point in "The Masque of Mandragora" when companion Sarah Jane is revealed to be {{brainwashed}} when she questions why she understands medieval Italian.

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** A plot point in "The Masque of Mandragora" when Mandragora"; companion Sarah Jane is revealed to be {{brainwashed}} when she questions why she understands medieval Italian.
14th Feb '18 1:42:28 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The heroine in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' becomes able to speak with dolphins after her tear falls on a dolphin's nose in the moonlight (which MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext as it does here).

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* The heroine in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' becomes able to speak with dolphins after her tear falls on a dolphin's nose in the moonlight (which moonlight. It MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext as it does here).here, which is to say no damn sense at all.
14th Feb '18 1:38:20 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The heroine in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' becomes able to speak with dolphins after her tear falls on a dolphin's nose in the moonlight (which MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext as it does here).
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* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books introduce a few {{Starfish Language}}s that are normally unintelligible to human ears but can be understood via this trope. Being submerged in water allows humans to communicate with merfolk in Mermish, and a rare hereditary trait allows certain humans to communicate with snakes in Parseltongue. It should also be noted that some humans can manage to understand and/or speak these languages without the use of TranslatorMicrobes. For example, Albus Dumbledore learned to decipher Mermish and Parseltongue through study, and Ron Weasley manages to mimic a snatch of Parseltongue that he heard from Harry.

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* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books introduce a few {{Starfish Language}}s that are normally unintelligible to human ears but can be understood via this trope. Being submerged Submersion in water allows humans to communicate with merfolk in Mermish, and a rare hereditary trait allows certain humans to communicate with snakes in Parseltongue. It should also be noted that some humans can manage to understand and/or speak these languages without the use of TranslatorMicrobes. For example, Albus Dumbledore learned to decipher Mermish and Parseltongue through study, and Ron Weasley manages to mimic a snatch of Parseltongue that he heard from Harry.
12th Feb '18 3:06:38 AM JackG
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* An episode of the Australian 1980's science show ''Towards 2000'' about translator software had a skit in which various international businessmen (all [[WigDressAccent played by the host]]) tried to negotiate a deal but got stymied by the too-literal translation of what they were saying. Eventually the computer blows up when called upon to translate [[UsefulNotes/AustralianSlang the most incomprehensible language in the world]].

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* An episode of In the Australian 1980's Australian science show ''Towards 2000'' 2000'', an episode about translator software had a skit in which various international businessmen (all [[WigDressAccent played by the host]]) tried to negotiate a deal but got stymied by the too-literal translation of what they were saying. Eventually the computer blows up when called upon to translate [[UsefulNotes/AustralianSlang the most incomprehensible language in the world]].
28th Jan '18 2:46:32 PM NogaiKhan
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** This explanation causes an inconsistency when the plot requires certain characters to recognize each other by the sounds of their voices- even though, from their point of view, they're not actually hearing the other character's voice, but artificial audio generated on the spot by a translator that just made them sound like that arbitrarily. It's actually a pretty vital plot point in the first game that Tali (a quarian), Shepard (a human), Tevos (an asari), Valern (a salarian), and Sparatus (a turian) all recognize Saren's (turian) voice immediately, even though they should all be hearing entirely different voices from their translators.
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